Hot Diggity

By: Kathy Kelsey Foley, director on January 29th, 2020

A recent trip to New York City with curator of collections Jane Weinke had us uptown, downtown, and all around the city.

We started at the expanded and recently re-opened Museum of Modern Art and we wrapped up at the New York Historical Society. In between, we took in The Metropolitan, Museum of Arts and Design, Jewish Museum, and the AKC Museum of the Dog.

There’s a museum devoted to dogs, you ask. That question is answered with a resounding “yes, indeed.”

Located in Saint Louis for many years, the Museum of the Dog relocated to the Big Apple two years ago. Now occupying a swanky location in a sleek glass building on Park Avenue at 40th Street, the museum’s collections explore the human-canine bond in powerful, poignant, and humorous ways, spanning decades of artistic output and virtually every medium known to man — and dog.

Jane and I were welcomed by Museum of the Dog director Alan Fausel, a consummate dog lover, and treated to an informative tour.

High-tech interactives abound, including our favorite: What Dog Are You?

I’m an Akita, a member of the Working Group; courageous, dignified, profoundly loyal. I’ll take that as a compliment, even though my dog-loving heart belongs to the Terrier Group.

Museum experiences, whether in your hometown or while traveling, can be unexpected and delightful in surprising ways, as mine and Jane’s were in New York City.

If you haven’t visited the Woodson Art Museum recently, don’t miss the current trio of origami-based exhibitions — Above the Fold, FaunaFold, and Alchemy Unfolding — on view through Sunday, March 1. The artworks comprising these exhibitions will have you whistling “Hot Diggity.”

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