Dog tags

A student from School of Visual Arts created this dog from coat hangers, wire and a very large maple syrup bottle

Those of you who have visited the Education Center recently may have seen this dog, created by a student from School of Visual Arts during a group visit to MFTA. Who doesn’t love dogs? Marcel Duchamp, one of art history’s wittiest re-users, associated with dogs (see below). And you can find images of dogs in art easily by searching the tagged images in the collections of many museums. The image below was found in the fantastic online photo archive of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative, which is a division of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

"Marcel Duchamp, Raymond Duchamp-Villon and Jacques Villon seated outdoors with a dog" (1913) by unknown photographer. Published in "Archives of American Art Journal" v. 2, no. 3, p. 7; v. 38, no. 1-2, p. 14.

MFTA recipient, Brooklyn Museum, allows you to search tags, tag objects and judge the accuracy of tags others have disputed. These are really fun ways to engage audiences that can’t make it to the museum itself. Check out the images I found browsing dog tags online:

The colonizers and colonists loved dogs:

Detail of "Mrs. John Wendt" (ca. 1745) attributed to Thomas Hudson (British). Oil on canvas. Brooklyn Museum.

Detail of "Pierre Van Cortlandt" (ca. 1731) Maker unknown. Oil on canvas. Brooklyn Museum.

Gary Tinterow, curator (nineteenth-century, modern, and contemporary art–what a title?!) at the Metropolitan Museum, loves dogs too: particularly the “thin and elegant” greyhound.

Detail of "The Hunt of the Unicorn" (ca. 1495-1505) South Netherlandish. Wool warp, wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

One of our goals at the Education Center is to bring art and art-making into public schools. This post showcases the great art we have in our city as well as some of the images teachers can bring to their students via the Internet. Educators can learn how to link art-making with any subject–like the history of dogs–during our P credit course, “Creative Infusion: The Art of Reuse.” Participants in this course get to workshop lesson plan ideas in a supportive studio setting and learn to incorporate low or no-cost art projects into their classrooms.

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