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DOGS: FAITHFUL & TRUE -- Open through August 6

by By Bert Beiswanger | Jun 30, 2017

By now you’ve seen the adorable TV commercials and billboards around town, including one featuring a dog appropriately named Doc Holiday. What better way to represent an exhibit about dogs and their roles in the West than Doc — an Australian Shepherd, American-bred in the West.

The Eiteljorg’s 2017 featured exhibit, Dogs: Faithful and True, has captured the attention of media far and wide and the hearts of museum visitors of all ages. And to say the museum has had fun with the exhibit and all the special programming supporting it is an understatement.

“It’s a very sentimental show, because when people see images of dogs they become very empathetic,” said Jennifer Complo McNutt, Eiteljorg curator of contemporary art and lead curator on Dogs.

John Audubon_Hare-Indian DogThrough art, photographs, objects, interactive experiences such as a drawing station where visitors can create dog art, as well as a robust schedule of family programming, visitors explore the enduring presence and contributions of dogs as companions, workers and heroes in the West and Native cultures. This is a heart-warming and insightful look at our canine friends.

“In this show, you see sculptures of dogs, some very abstract and crazy-looking dogs, fun photographs of dogs, historic paintings of dogs and dog blankets used in Native American ceremonies — and the dogs were dressed in their regalia.” McNutt continued. “It’s an interesting and fun way to learn about the many roles of dogs in Western and Native cultures.”

Dogs: Faithful and True continues through August 6. Don’t miss the opportunity to bring family and friends to see this popular exhibit, as well as experience our special programming days.

Exciting Dogs programming continues through the summer:

Saturday July 8
Hear from artist Veryl Goodnight, meet adorable dogs from Paws and Think, see a drawing demonstration and much more. Details are here.

Friday August 4
Outdoor film screening, Best in Show (PG-13) at dusk. Details are here.

Sunday August 6
Final day to see the Dogs: Faithful and True exhibit, noon to 5 p.m. Details are here.

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Image Caption:
John James Audubon (American, 1785 - 1851)
John Woodhouse Audubon (American, 1812 - 1862)
Hare-Indian Dog
lithograph with original hand-coloring
Eiteljorg Museum Collection

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