The Muckenthaler Cultural Center unveils The Artful DogTM an exhibition that takes a sweeping look at the dog in art. Since ancient times humans have produced images of their dogs, and prehistoric evidence even suggests that the dog may have been man’s or woman’s best friend for more than 20,000 years. The Artful DogTM explores a range of work from around the world to demonstrate what is known -- that virtually every culture has shared a bond with the canine species.
This unmatched tribute to the pooch is comprised of a vast array of works including ancient Asian and renaissance antiquities; paintings and prints; bronze and marble sculpture; decorative arts in china and porcelain; commercial and folk art; humor; books and toys. Over the centuries the dog has been valued for its usefulness as a working animal, hunting partner, guard dog, tracker, and loving companion. Before there was “horse power” there was “dog power” and the practical “dog mill” is not to be missed in this impressive exhibition.
Featured inthe exhibition is Robert Story. Story is showing two mixed-media sculptures -- a bullet shaped feathered dog named "Lyle the Land-Shark," and a furry trussed and bound canine called "Valerie in Bondage,". And a 48" x 48" painting, "Mysterious Events," which portrays a dog who is perhaps dancing with a pig.
Story's work is in a dozen collections including the White House in Washington D.C. His website is www.robertstoryart.com.
The role of the dog as a true and loyal friend and as a guardian and support system is inarguable. Still fascinating and ineffable is the ageless nature of this relationship. The question remains, why has the bond between man and dog seemingly been eternal? Dig up your own answers with this intriguing collection of art on display through April 20, 2003.
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center is located at 1201 West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton, California. One block west of Euclid Avenue, two and one-half miles north of the Riverside (91) freeway. Regular museum hours are: Tuesdays by appointment for group reservation; Wednesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 noon - 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for seniors and students, children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.muckenthaler.org or call (714) 738-6595.