New York City has always been alive with art and culture, and we New Yorkers have likewise always had a soft spot for our cats. Perhaps it’s no wonder that, lately, increasingly more museums and art galleries have taken it upon themselves to curate collections dedicated to the feline image in art. The following 3 collections are just a small sampling of such collections to see this month.
Dogs & Cats: 21 Artists Unleashed and on the Prowl
Mark Miller Gallery
April 5, 2015 – May 3, 2015
On the Lower East Side, the Mark Miller Gallery invites you to takes a glimpse at widely varied representations of pets. The artists and the gallery owner have told the New York Times that collection as a whole is meant to invoke fun, familiarity, and reflection on how our lives with animals can influence our own humanity.
Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection
March 13 – June 7, 2015
Like many modern societies, Japan’s love for cats has deep roots in history. Cats are believed to have been first introduced to Japan in the mid-sixth century aboard shipping vessels arriving with Buddhist scriptures from China. Today, the Japan Society in Midtown East has been gracious enough to display over 120 works of art depicting cats. As a preview, the museum has released several videos animating the prints, which can be seen in this article on Quartz.
You’ll want to hurry to see the exhibit in real life, though, as about 50 of the pieces are being rotated out on April 26.
Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt
With almost 30 different representations of lions, wild African cats, and our favorite felis silvestris catus, this collection commemorates the Ancient Egyptian’s adoration of felines. On display are a limestone sculptures, bronze figurines, and items of luxury. You won’t want to miss the gilded Leonine Goddess (770–412 B.C.E.), which is on public display for the first time since it entered the collection in 1937.
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Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.