Pick of the Litter: Cats & Dogs in Art

September 21, 2024 - January 5, 2025

Temporary Exhibition Gallery Hodge Gallery

More than 3 in 5 Americans have a pet. Our four-legged companions make a big impression on our lives and have throughout history. Across cultures and time periods, cats and dogs have been viewed and depicted as family members, hunters of prey, and as symbols of status – representing wealth, power, loyalty, compassion, and companionship. Pick of the Litter: Cats & Dogs in Art explores our devotion and enduring fascination with the world's most familiar pets, highlighting the unique bond between humans and their furry friends. This exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that depict cats and dogs from ancient Mexico and China to modern day America.

From the Exhibition

  • Gerald Heffernon. American, born 1946. Four-eyed Sighthound, 1986. Excelsior, wire, wood, fake fur, pigment, and newspaper 21 × 48 × 20 in. (53.3 × 121.9 × 50.8 cm). Gift of Claire White 2006.63