It’s a dream come true for art lovers, dog owners and art-loving dogs (if there’s such a thing). It’s an art show just for artsy-fartsy pooches and their owners and they’re calling it, “ America’s first art show for dogs.” Fitting event name, if I do say so myself. All you New Yorkers get ready because it is coming to a neighborhood near you this summer. A local art critic and her Maltese-Yorkie pupper created the pup-tacular event and it’s going to be pretty barking amazing.
“This will be a show not of or by dogs, but for them. It offers an unprecedented opportunity for the creative community to engage with an entirely new species of art lover, and to consider its concerns, interests, and worldview,” saidorganizer Jessica Dawson, a former Washington Post critic. This quote is from a piece for the Criterion Collection. You can check it out here. https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/3968-art-of-a-dog
The event, named Dogumenta, which is a play on the German art festival, Documenta, will open at Brookfield Place in lower Manhattan on August 11th, 2017.
So what’s the show all about? It will feature work from 10 different artist with each unique piece placed at eye level for dogs, painted with perfect pup colors in specific hues ideal for their vision limitations and held during times it’s not too hot for the 4-legged friends. It will be open from 8am-1pm and 4-8pm.
I asked a fellow friend and dog lover if the dog art show sparked her interest.
“I would love to take my dog to a dog art show. Are you kidding? My dog often watches me paint and he seems to have a real interest for it. I show him my finished work and he seems to enjoy it. So if that art show comes to LA I will be the first in line,” said Rita Smith from West Hollywood.
The event creator Jessica Barrow explains her passion for the project.
“Now in development, dOGUMENTA (I) NYC will be the world’s first exhibition of art for dogs. It’s a labor of love, dedicated to my beloved Rocky and canine companions the world over. This will be a show not of or by dogs, but for them. It offers an unprecedented opportunity for the creative community to engage with an entirely new species of art lover, and to consider its concerns, interests, and worldview. Anderson’s explorations in Heart of a Dog and her performances are the first dispatches from the vanguard. I am eager to see how other artists will respond to this mandate.”
“It’s safe to say that dOGUMENTA is a revolutionary step forward for human creativity, and it is long overdue. After all that dogs have given us, isn’t it time we gave something back?”
Jessica Barrow Dawson is a New York City–based arts reporter, critic, and professor. She is currently at work on a memoir.
Thanks to innovative thinkers and creators like Barrow our dogs can expand their minds with us and nothing is better than that.