On the Prowl: Cats and Dogs in French Prints

Loading Map.

On the Prowl: Cats and Dogs in French Prints

September 5th, 2017 - July 31st, 2018
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Event Description

Kept in homes since ancient times for both pest control and companionship, cats and dogs have also been portrayed for centuries in art ranging from religious works to portraiture. During the nineteenth century, urbanization, industrialization, and the rise of the middle class affected the lives and portrayals of both people and their pets. On the Prowl: Cats and Dogs in French Prints features works from the Zimmerli's renowned collection of nineteenth-century French graphic arts by artists including Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, Edouard Manet, and Théophile Steinlen. The exhibition explores the ways artists relied on traditional representations of cats and dogs, serving as symbols or indications of status, while also acknowledging their modern lives in Paris's streets and parks. FREE Admission.

Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday - Sunday Noon - 5p m. 1st Tuesday of most months, 10 am - 9 pm. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.