As regular readers may have noticed, I have been doing quite a bit of art appreciation lately. Over the weekend, I attended my very first art opening! I asked the Lady whether I should perhaps wear a distinctive pair of glasses or a bow tie to better fit in with the downtown gallery scene, but She said that my red harness was jaunty enough as is.
On Sunday afternoon, the Mark Miller Gallery hosted a reception for the exhibition “Dogs and Cats: 21 Artists Unleashed and on the Prowl,” which features contemporary art that “taps into the feelings and attitudes inspired by our pets in order to reveal something about ourselves,” according to the gallery.
The best about the reception, at least in my opinion, was that pets were invited! Several dogs mingled among the humans, gazing at the artwork and sniffing each other out. The gallery made water bowls and a generous supply of biscuits available for our refreshment. Even better, some adoptable animals from the Humane Society of New York were there to meet and greet and, one hopes, find a home. The gallery is also donating 10% of art sales from the exhibition to the Humane Society.
Many of the works on display are humorous or charming; others are more poignant. There are paintings and drawings in various media as well as some sculpture, and subjects include both dogs and cats (I think I even spotted a drawing of a bird). It was a bit crowded in the small gallery space, so the Lady did not get many photos, but you can see more of the artwork at the gallery’s website.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and hope that more institutions will open their doors to canine art enthusiasts. By the way, if any up-and-coming artists are in search of a muse, I am always happy to sit.
“Dogs & Cats” runs through May 3rd at the Mark Miller Gallery, located at 92 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side.