Ten established visual artists created the world’s first art exhibit especially for man’s best friend called dOGUMENTA at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza in New York City.
dOGUMENTA is an idea of Jessica Dawson, an art critic, reporter, and professor of art history. Dawson said she was inspired by Rocky, her tiny morlie (Yorkie-Maltese mix) rescue dog, to curate the art exhibit. According to her, Rocky regularly goes with her at art galleries and she noticed the dog’s energy and enthusiasm never wavered.
“When Rocky accompanied me on my gallery visits I noticed that he was having a much better time than I was. He was not reading the New York Times reviews, he was not reading the artists’ resumes, and so I said he has something to teach me about looking, and all dogs have something to teach us about looking at contemporary art and being with it,” said Dawson as quoted by the Associated Press (AP).
dOGUMENTA is derived from Documenta, an art exhibition that takes place in Kassel, Germany every five years. The three-day art exhibit is presented by Arts Brookfield and made possible by the following artists: Eleanna Anagnos, Graham Caldwell, Kathryn Cornelius, Merav Ezer, Eric Hibit, Margarita Korol, Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Noah Scalin, Dana Sherwood, and Paul Vinet.
The artists strategically placed their works of art outdoors at eye-level for the dogs. For example, Dana Sherwood’s “Confections of Canines and Kings” features sculptures of Milkbones, dog biscuits, and other doggie treats—attract canines to smell and nibble whether it is edible.
The four-legged art critics find Eleanna Anagnos’s Penumbra Oasis, a triangular pool. Some jump into it, others just dip their feet, or pause for a drink.
Lorraine Gates, who went to the show with her tiny Japanese chin (Matese and Papillon mix) told AP, “I think she’s enjoying it. I love this idea. I think it’s really wonderful.”
Another dog owner, Susan Godwin, who visited the art show with her morkie, Tasha, commented, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can go to museums all over New York and you can never bring your dog.”
For Dawson, dOGUMENTA is just the beginning. She told Artnet News, it could paved the way for a “world where every dog park is a sculpture park, essentially Storm King. That would be amazing!”
dOGUMENTA is free and open from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM today, August 11 until Sunday, August 13.
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