June 22 – September 21, 2014
Studies of a Greyhound, circa 1607
Pen and black and brown inks on cream antique laid paper
6 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.
The Suida-Manning Collection, 521.1999
Throughout history, artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Francisco Goya, and William Wegman have created works that explore the relationship between people, cats, and dogs. Today amateur videographers post videos to the Internet that receive thousands of views daily. What is the reason for our enduring fascination with these animals and what do our relationships with them say about us? In the Company of Cats and Dogs features works that capture our attitudes and behavior towards these trusted companions. It highlights their inherent personalities and temperaments as well as those imposed or projected by us: we see them as family members, as hunters of prey, as characters in books, poems, and films, and as mythological, religious, and social symbols. With works that span centuries and genres, the exhibition draws on research and scholarship from several disciplines in the humanities and sciences at the University of Texas and will offer dynamic programming for Austinʼs pet lovers.
This exhibition is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art. Generous funding for the exhibition is provided by Dana and Gene Powell, with additional support from the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Foundation, the Scurlock Foundation Exhibition Endowment, and a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities
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