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In the Arena: Photographs from America’s Only Touring Black Rodeo

Black cowboys have long been an integral part of the American West. Thousands of Black cowboys, for instance, rode in the Western cattle drives of the 1860s. Their stories are largely untold in popular narratives, but modern-day Black rodeos keep their traditions alive. A new, original High Desert Museum exhibit celebrates this thriving culture.

In the Arena: Photographs from America’s Only Touring Black Rodeo running from November 19, 2022 – June 25, 2023. Through the lens of San Francisco Bay Area photographer Gabriela Hasbun, this exhibit documents the exhilarating atmosphere of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo—the only touring Black rodeo in the country—and the show stopping style and skill of the Black cowboys and cowgirls who compete in it year after year.

High Desert Museum

59800 US-97
Bend, OR, 97702
(541) 382-4754

The High Desert Museum is an indoor and outdoor exploration of the High Desert, including live wildlife, living history characters and changing cultural exhibits. Meet owls, hawks, porcupines and more close up in daily shows. Experience vibrant art.