Black Cowboy

Exhibition, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, US.


Until March 5, 2017
Black Cowboy is a contribution toward overcoming the historical omission of African-American communities with long histories of keeping and training horses, and toward demonstrating that their tradition is alive and well today. In this exhibition, cowboys can be viewed in unexpected locations – riding down a busy city avenue, for example, or in a rodeo held within the confines of a state prison. The images reveal the aura of this figure that symbolises independence and stoic pride, thereby expanding the idea of what constitutes an American icon and legacy, and righting a narrative that has been tightly woven into popular culture.