An exciting new exhibit is coming to Indianapolis’ Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in February — Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo.
The Los Angeles-based artist, who’s photographed everyone from Tom Cruise to Jane Fonda to Jane Lynch, captured the grit and glamour of the gay and lesbian rodeo circuit in the ’80s and ’90s. The gay cowboys and cowgirls challenged gender roles and reveled in competition and comraderie. Little became so transfixed by the Western gay cowboy/cowgirl circuit that he learned to ride a bull and a steer.
“The whole scene watching it; imagining that these guys were really doing this, and that they were gay!” Little said about his interest in gay rodeo.
The exhibit, curated by Johanna Blume, opens February 1 and will be at the Eiteljorg until the summer Pride season.