The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Correspondence: In Relation to Goya: Louise Serpa, American Rodeo Pictures

Louise Serpa, Robbie Christie on Lollipop  Globe, Arizona, 1984

March 23, 2007 – June 10, 2007

Louise Serpa: American Rodeo Pictures is an exhibition of large-scale, black-and-white photographs spanning the self-taught photographer’s career from the 1960’s to the early 2000’s. Serpa’s dynamic shots capture the excitement and the peril of man’s interaction with bulls, horses, calves and steers in the rodeo setting. The images focus on rough stock events – bull riding, saddle bronc riding, and bareback riding – which highlight some of the most dramatic encounters between man and animal in rodeo .

Over the course of a nearly 50-year career, Louise Serpa has perfected the art of isolating one moment from an unpredictable trajectory of rapid, frenzied motion and capturing that moment with dynamism, beauty and unexpected grace. Serpa’s work suspends motion in time, securing the energy and wonder of a split-second movement for permanent viewing.

UAMA gratefully acknowledges Louise Serpa, without whom this exhibition could not have been realized; the support of Lynette Hyde Mautner / grafícas, Tucson; and Centric Photo Processing, Tucson, for digital printing services.


Organized to complement La Tauromaquia, this exhibition introduces the series, Correspondence: In Relation to Goya, a showcase for contemporary artwork that — in risk-taking originality, clarity of vision, and passionate quality — resonates with Goya’s legacy.

Also see the related exhibition, Goya’s Mastery in Prints: La Tauromaquia