Blake Little:

Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

September 5, 2020 – January 31, 2021

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

Blake Little, Brian Cornell, Hayward, California, 1989

On view from September 5, 2020 to January 31, 2021, Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo, explores the diverse and complex nature of individual and community identity in Western rural culture. Taken between 1988 and 1992 at events from Oklahoma to California, the collected body of images combines the action of riding, roping and chute dogging with intimate views into the lives of rodeo participants, examining themes of competition and community and inviting an expansive redefinition of cowboy identities. 

We are proud to host this exhibition celebrating diversity in the West,” said Emily Kapes, Curator at The James Museum. “With so many different perspectives within the Western experience, we see this exhibition as an opportunity to feature the Gay community, create dialogue, and inform museum visitors on these little-known competitions. The James Museum strives to be a welcoming and inspiring space for all and to help reveal stories untold in the majority of popular culture and mainstream western art. 

The sport, camaraderie, and atmosphere of this first rodeo experience transformed me.

-Blake Little

Blake Little, Hollywood Style Cowboys, Sun Valley, California, 1991.

Member Preview

James Museum members, please join us for a dessert reception to celebrate the opening of Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo.

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  • One complimentary beverage
  • Dessert bites
  • Cash bar
  • Exclusive viewing of our special exhibition space
  • Bring a non-member guest for $15

Members will have exclusive access to the Special Exhibition Gallery on POSTPONED – Date TBD.

Your membership corresponds to the number of people you can bring, but if you would like to bring guests beyond that, guest tickets will be available.
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Dates and Times

Member Preview


Member Reception


Admission Prices

FREE for members

$15, additional guests