The Black Hills Center for Equality and The Rapid City Arts Council are collaborating to host the traveling exhibit Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.
We are seeking your support to bring this award winning show to Rapid City, to highlight one of the many contributions of LGBTQ communities to the American West, and celebrate the rich diversity of our region.
The exhibit is drawn from a show Rapid Citian Johanna M. Blume curated at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis as part of its Out West series. The photographs combine classic portraiture and rodeo action, and bring to each image a complex and rich multi-cultural identity.
A year ago the exhibition began a five-year national tour and we think Rapid City should be one of its stops. We believe this exhibit furthers the goals of the Black Hills Center for Equality, and the mission of the Rapid City Arts Council “to fuel creativity and innovation and encourage diversity through dynamic partnerships that strengthen the greater community.”
The photos in this exhibit convey the excitement and athleticism of rodeo, a Western South Dakota tradition.
They also bring a message of acceptance and community, a way to be oneself even when facing the challenge of exclusion.
“Many of the people in these photos were LGBT men and women from rural backgrounds, and the gay rodeo circuit gave them a place where they could embrace and celebrate their full identities,” according to curator Johanna Blume.
Art, and the community institutions that make art accessible to everyone, have the power to reflect who we are, our diverse culture, and our multi-faceted community. They bring us together in how we experience and live in the West.
Will you join us in celebrating rodeo, art, photography, and the contributions of our own LGBTQ community, Out West in Western South Dakota? With your help, we can bring Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo to Rapid City.