Indianapolis – First Ever Gay Rodeo Exhibit Opens in February

Author: , January 3rd, 2014

Photo by Blake Little

Photo by Blake Little

On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo will open at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The opening marks the first time this exhibition, which tells the story of an often ignored part of American Western culture, has been displayed anywhere.

Blake Little will feature 41 black-and-white images of cowboys and cowgirls from the gay rodeo circuit, taken by award-winning, Los Angeles-based photographer, Blake Little. The Seattle native became captivated by the gay rodeo scene in 1988 and began documenting the lives of its contenders, victors and their devoted fans.

“The whole scene watching it – imagining that these guys were really doing this, and that they were gay!” Little said when asked what first sparked his interest in gay rodeos.

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Art and Sex in New York

Author: , April 4th, 2012

Art and Sex in NYC“The Piers: Art and Sex along the New York Waterfront” is the first museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the uses of the Hudson River docks by artists and a newly emerging gay subculture. It presents over 70 works of art that demonstrate how the gay liberation movement–spurred by the 1969 Stonewall riots–transformed the cultural and social landscape of New York.

For the first time such seminal works of the New York avant-garde as Vito Acconci’s Untitled Project for Pier 17, Gordon Matta-Clark’s, Day’s End and David Wojnarowicz’s Rimbaud in New York, will be shown alongside little known photographs of the gay cruising scene by Leonard Fink, Frank Hallam, Lee Snider, and Rich Wandel.

After years of persecution and repression in the 1950s and 60s, the counter-culture revolution of the late 1960s brought about many cultural changes; this was especially true of changes in sexual attitudes. Public nudity and sex were becoming more accepted, especially as subject matter for artists seeking new forms of expression.

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Chicago History Museum Plans Gay History Exhibit

Author: , January 30th, 2011

Gay ChicagoThe Chicago History Museum is planning an expansive exhibit on the city’s LGBT-related milestones — possibly the first ever gay history project produced by an urban museum.

The “Out in Chicago” exhibit opens May 21 and will include pictures and stories of gay life in the Windy City, including the rise of gay voters as a political force.

Chicago has been a magnet for LGBT Americans, even in the 19th-century — the city enacted an ordinance in 1851 prohibiting cross-dressing, which bureaucrats viewed as a growing problem.

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