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Strathmore Goes to The Dogs With New Unleashed! Exhibition
Arts & Culture, Pets
Strathmore Goes to The Dogs With New Unleashed! Exhibition

 

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There are 78.2 million dogs owned in the United States, driving a more than $50 billion industry. America has gone to the dogs in an undeniable way, and the new exhibition Strathmore Unleashed! explores the significance of man’s best friend with works by 25 artists—including renowned photographer William Wegman— in the Mansion and campus grounds from Saturday, April 28 through Saturday, June 23, 2012. The societal significance of dogs, their emotional and economic value, representation in art throughout history, anthropomorphism and, conversely, the animalistic nature of humans are touched upon through painting, photography, installation, video, mixed media, fiber art and sculpture to explore the multidimensional impact dogs have on people. For more information, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

            The Opening Reception for Strathmore Unleashed! on Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. will feature a special Yappy Hour from  6:00 – 7:00 p.m., for dog owners to bring their pets to the exhibition. The reception is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Mansion parking lot. Well-socialized dogs are welcome in the Mansion for Yappy Hour, provided they and their owners observe the following doggie decorum: dogs must always be on a leash; no animals on the furniture; while on campus, owners are expected to pick up after their pooches; and dogs may not be tied up or left unattended at any time.

            Initially inspired by the book Barkitecture by Fred Albert, Strathmore Unleashed! elevates the dog domicile to a fine art with five doghouse structures—from futuristic polypod structures to scale models inspired by the Sydney Opera House—accompanying the more than 60 works by 25 artists. Highlights of the exhibition include weimaraner photographs by the iconic William Wegman; large scale installations by Massachusetts artist Dale Rogers; fiber sculpture by Ann Citron; painting by David Corcoran, Anna Dibble, Clair Hartmann and Heather LaHaise; a memorial assemblage by Donna McCullogh; mixed media works by Jackie Ehle; and video by Moira McLaughlin of Dog Art Today.

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