“Alexis in Texas” is among the works in the exhibition (Photo courtesy of Luke Gilford)

A new exhibit is on display at the University of Wyoming Museum of Art.

This exhibition presents the gay rodeo community with the photographs of Luke Gilford.

“Luke Gilford: Portraits of the Queer Frontier” was funded by the Susan Moldenhauer FUNd for Contemporary Art.

The exhibition is presented until December 23.

Rodeo is a well-known sport in the West, and Gilford’s photographs show that it also expands prevailing expectations of gender, sexuality, and self-expression.

Photographer and filmmaker Gilford was born in Denver, Colorado. Gilford spent his formative years in the rodeo community with his father in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Years later, when he discovered the IGRA, he began to see himself as part of a rodeo family.

Gilford is based in Los Angeles and New York. His work has been exhibited around the world, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and the NEXT FEST in Sundance.

Her work has also been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair and Vogue. His first photographic monograph, “National Anthem”, was published in 2020.

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