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The Eiteljorg Publishes a Companion Book to "Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo" Exhibition

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February 16, 2016


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Book features essays and dozens of photographs documenting the gay rodeo circuit


INDIANAPOLIS—The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art has published a book, Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo, as a companion piece to its groundbreaking 2014 exhibition of the same title. The book showcases 41 black-and-white images taken by world-renowned photographer, Blake Little, between 1988 and 1992, to document the gay rodeo circuit and the lives of many of its participants. Essays accompany the images to provide historical and cultural context. The book is available for purchase at the Eiteljorg's Frank and Katrina Basile Museum Store and online at


Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo serves as a stunning example of black-and-white portraiture and of rodeo photography, while also exploring the diverse and complex natures of individual and community identity in the West.


Johanna Blume, the museum’s assistant curator of Western Art, who both curated the exhibit and edited the book, says, “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.” She adds that the book and the exhibition reflect the Eiteljorg’s commitment to celebrating the diverse story of human accomplishment, adversity and perseverance with respect and sensitivity to all.


During its six-month run at the Eiteljorg, Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo challenged and moved our local, urban audience. In summer 2015, the collection continued to stimulate thought and reflection at the first stop on its five-year national tour, the Salina Art Center, in the small, rural community of Salina, Kansas, from July through September. A month-long showing (October - November) at Gallery 210 in St. Louis followed. The collection is currently on display at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, in Tucson (December 2015 - March 2016).


All images from the exhibition can be found at


About the Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit





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