How Black Cowboys Built the American West: A Living History
2020, JUN. 5
Messy Nessy Chic
You may hear it, before you see it. The gentle trotting of hooves backdropped by the sounds of New York City’s JFK Expressway. Even locals do a double take when they cross paths with a member of the Federation of Black Cowboys. When they ride, they tell the true story of the Wild, Wild West: that it was built by Black cowboys. In fact, an estimated one in three cowboys was a person of colour in the 19th century. It’s an often unsung legacy, and one that lives in big city Black cowboy clubs, working Black ranches, and luxury label-featured organisations and entertainers. But what did it really mean to be a cowboy in 1890? What about today? We spoke with Ron Tarver and John Ferguson, two photographers who have spent extensive time in Black cowboy communities – either growing up in them, or gravitating towards them from across the Atlantic – to document their story. Spur up, folks.
“We’ve Been Here All Along, Doing It With Style”: The Lesser-Known History of the Black Cowboy
2020, JUN. 5
On Tuesday, thousands of protesters marched downtown Houston, demanding justice for the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the countless other black Americans who have been victims of police brutality in the country.
The Print Center's Press Release for the 94th ANNUAL
2020, JAN. 2
The Print Center
PHILADELPHIA, PA - (January 2, 2020) The Print Center is pleased to present solo exhibitions of new
work by Miguel A. Aragón (born Ciudad Juárez, México; lives Staten Island, NY), Young Sun Han (born
Evanston, IL; lives Brooklyn, NY) and Ron Tarver (born Fort Gibson, OK; lives Philadelphia, PA). These
artists were selected from more than 500 international artists who applied to our 94th ANNUAL
International Competition. The jurors were Charlotte Cotton, Curator-in-Residence, California Museum
The Print Center 94th ANNUAL January 17 — March 21, 2020 2
of Photography, Riverside and Gretchen Wagner, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and
Photographs, Saint Louis Art Museum
Restoring Black Cowboys to the Range
2019, SEP 14
Sarah Maslin Nir
The New York Times
At the Black Cowboy Museum in a storefront near Houston, one man celebrates the lives of African-Americans in the West’s most iconic role.
How Solange and Mitski Reconsider Who Can Be the Cowboy
2019, MAR 21
As the “yeehaw agenda” takes hold online, two prominent women of color question the significance of the beloved American hero in their music.
'Black Cowboy' Exhibition Reveals a Forgotten Part of US History
2017, JAN 7
A new exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem challenges popular silver screen portrayals of the American cowboy.
A History Of Black Cowboys And The Myth That The West Was White
2017, JAN 24
An exhibition on view at The Studio Museum in Harlem hopes to retire the persistent myth equating cowboys with whiteness.
Black Cowboys Busting One of America's Defining Myths
2017, JAN 22
The New Yorker
According to scholars, one in four cowboys working in Texas during the golden age of westward expansion was black; many others were Mexican, mestizo, or Native American—a far more diverse group than Hollywood stereotypes of the cowboy would suggest. Bass Reeves, a black lawman who had a Native American sidekick, is thought to have served as a model for the Lone Ranger. Britt Johnson, a black cowboy whose wife and children were captured by Comanches, in 1865, partly inspired John Ford’s classic film “The Searchers,” almost a century later. In the wake of the Civil War, the African-American Buffalo Soldiers were dispatched by Congress to protect Western settlers and federal land.
Why You’ve Never Heard about Black Cowboys
2017, FEB 9
At age 15, Amanda Hunt, now associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, came across an unlikely figure in a Philadelphia park: a black cowboy.
The Black Cowboys Whitewashed from American History
2017, FEB 8
The photographs and videos in Black Cowboy at the Studio Museum show images of nonwhite cowboys, bringing Americana in line with historical accuracy.
Seeing the 'Invisible'
2011, FEB 25
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ron Tarver, in his new photo series "Invisible" at Sande Webster Gallery, zeroes in on things in our everyday surroundings we might look at a lot, but don't necessarily see.
Photog’s work puts different spin on universe
2007, JULY 8
The Wilmington News Journal
People tend to find something recognizable in the celestial. The signs of the zodiac are among the oldest examples. Images captured by the Hubble space telescope account for some of the most recent. We assign to the latter titles such as “Eye of God,” “Hourglass Nebula” and “Cat’s Eye Nebula” -- we describe what is difficult to grasp by using terms that bring the heavens down to Earth.
Capturing Havana’s Poetic Soul
2006, JAN 20
Phyllis A.S. Boros
The poetry of photography -- and the wonder it can evoke -- is what fascinates Ron Tarver, an award-winning lensman for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
See Havana in Southport in January
Art/Place Gallery presents “Havana, A Place Out of Time,” a photographic journey by Ron Tarver, the gallery’s invited artist of 2006. The January show is the first time Art/Place has reached beyond Connecticut for their guest exhibit.
The Inquisitive Lens of Ron Tarver
The places and objects that inhabit Ron Tarver’s photographs “conjure more questions than they do answers,” as the artist himself has said of his own work.