Black Cowboy is a group show organized by Amanda Hunt, Associate Curator at the Studio Museum. It includes works by French artist Mohamed Bourouissa.
The exhibition 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. Visitors to the exhibition will find cowboys in unexpected locations — riding down a busy city avenue, for example — or in complex situations, such as a rodeo held within the confines of a state prison. The images will show that African-American children and women, too, can take on the aura of this highly symbolic figure. Black Cowboy expands our idea of what constitutes an American icon and legacy, and complicates a narrative that has been tightly woven into our popular culture.