June 1 – Aug. 31, 2013
“The Long Ride Home – The African American Experience in America” a photographic exhibition
Award winning photographer and Oklahoma native, Ron Tarver, has spent years documenting the life of the African American cowboy. Tarver wanted to show, through his imagery, that being an African American cowboy meant surviving discrimination, bigotry and prejudice. This exhibit was paired with the Center’s 2013 summer program, “Black Cowboy: Tall Tale or Top Hand.”
The exhibit was also a personal journey for Tarver, whose grandfather was a cowboy in the old sense, he said. “In the 1940s, he worked on a ranch and drove cattle from near Braggs to Catoosa.”
The photographs provided a strong visual impact, depicting scenes from the black cowboy culture – parades and the action in the arena, portraits of aging cowboys and of young rodeo queens. The photographs also help tell the story of his grandfather.
Tarver is known in several circles – news industry, photojournalism, sports and fine art. He’s been published in National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated, to name a few. He also co-authored, “We Were There: Voices of African-American Veterans” published by Harper Collins in 2004.
Visit his website and read his complete bio at www.rontarverphotographs.com.