Cowboy Conversations: Dearfield & Black Cowboys
Artist, writer, and graphic novelist Alan Brooks hosts this conversation series that brings together artists from the Cowboy exhibition with scholars and other guests to unravel the complex history, stereotypes, and legends surrounding the American West through the intersection of contemporary art and American history.
Founded in 1910, Dearfield was the most significant Black homesteading settlement in Colorado, and at its peak, it was home to as many as 300 residents. Artist (and host) Alan Brooks unpacks the history of this community, which was the subject of his recent graphic novel, which is on view in Cowboy. He is joined by Amanda Hunt, former associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, whose 2017 exhibition Black Cowboy centered on specific African-American communities with long histories of keeping and training horses – and demonstrated how this tradition is alive and well today. Alan and Amanda will be joined by other surprise guests.