In 2010, the Arts Council for Wyoming County hosted an exhibition exploring the Attica Rodeo, a grassroots event launched in 1957 and held every August since in the small town best known for its maximum security prison. Now, that show has made its way to Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum, where an opening celebration for the exhibition’s first tour stop is slated from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The show, “A Good Ride: Arts and Traditions of the Attica Rodeo,” was the brainchild of Karen Canning and Claire Aubrey, two folklorists who set out to document the history and traditions of the rodeo in 2006. The resulting exhibition contains photographs, narratives and ephemera from the beloved community event, which was started by a group of teenage boys and has since grown into an annual festival requiring more than 100 volunteers to organize.
The exhibition, which opened Jan. 20, runs through May 26. And, in case the show piques your interest in the event itself, this year’s Attica Rodeo runs from Aug. 2 to 5. Find more information at www.castellaniartmuseum.org or call 286-8200.
– Colin Dabkowski