The Cat Show @ White Columns
Cats are finally getting their day at an exhibit that opens on June 13th at White Columns in New York City. I have to admit that when I first got the email about this show, I quickly deleted it. I love cats, but I thought it was some kind of contemporary art world statement/joke. Luckily they sent it again and I read it. It’s a real show. And I’m delighted.
It will help a good cause, too, the Social Tees Animal Rescue, a 501c3 non-profit that, every year, takes over 3000 at risk animals from kill shelters, gives them veterinary care and finds them loving homes.
Cats should be the subject of an art exhibit because cats are great. Most creative people have cats, especially writers. Just think of Ernest Hemingway. I visited his house in the Keys just to see the descendents of his famous six-toed cats. And they were everywhere. I really could’ve cared less about the house. Or Hemingway.
We creatives aren’t as drawn to dogs, not that they’re not also great. But dogs are so, well, doggy and messy and excitable and irksome when you’re trying to sleep. Cats are cool, confident and discerning. And contrary to what many people say, cats are not aloof if they own the right person. If their person is genuine, cats are affectionate, loyal and will come when called. Honestly, cat people just don’t get the “My Cat From Hell” show.
Apparently a lot of famous artists agree because the White Columns show, curated by writer and artist Rhonda Lieberman, features work from: Michele Abeles, Rita Ackermann, Antonio Adams, Bill Adams, Laura Aldridge, Graham Anderson, Araki, Cory Arcangel, Atelier E.B. (Lucy McKenzie, Beca Lipscombe, Marc Camille Chaimowicz), Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Matthew Barney, Will Benedict, Olaf Breuning, Janet Burchill, Kathe Burkhart, Carter, Antoine Catala, Cole, David Colman, Cynthia Daignault, Lucky DeBellevue, Jake Ewert, Bella Foster, Magdalena Frimkess, Jeff Funnell, Rainer Ganahl, Paul Georges, Eric Ginsburg, Karin Gulbran, Tamar Halpern, June Hamper, Daniel Heidkamp, Robert Heinecken, John Hiltunen, Ann Cathrin November Hoibo, Jonathan Horowitz, Marc Hundley, Gary Indiana, Matt Keegan, Mike Kelley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Barbara Kruger, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Sadie Laska, Elad Lassry, Mark Leckey, Cary Leibowitz, Rhonda Lieberman, Cassandra MacLeod, Alissa McKendrick, Ryan McNamara, Siobhan Meow, Marilyn Minter, Dave Muller, Takeshi Murata, Eileen Neff, Laura Owens, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Eileen Quinlan, Jennifer Rochlin, Sam Roeck, Ruth Root, Kay Rosen, Jason Rosenberg, Theo Rosenblum and Chelsea Seltzer, Gus Van Sant, Joe Scanlon, Steven Shearer, David Shrigley, Patti Smith, Frances Stark, Amy Taubin, Nicola Tyson, Andy Warhol, Jordan Wolfson, B. Wurtz, Rob Wynne, and Freecell with Gia Wolff.
I’m curious to see what Matthew Barney submits. Somehow I envision a cat dressed as a satyr, if that’s even possible. And Rob Wynne, who has an amazing installation currently on view in the lobby of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Cats will also be present during the White Columns exhibit through the “Cats-in-Residence-Program.” That’s right. You can meet Meowrina Abramovic, Bruce Meowman, Jeff Maine Coons, Claws Oldenburg, Alex Katz, Frida Kahlico and many others. (no joke. that’s what the press release said.) But this is New York and it’s an art gallery opening, so scratch what I said earlier because they actually might act aloof and disinterested while they nurse their Chardonnay, unless James Franco wanders in. The cats will be available for adoption.
I’m sensitive and I’m a writer, so of course I have a cat and he’s the love of my life. He’s a big, furry ball of orange fur and love and joy and therapy. Cat therapy is the best kind because it costs less than professional analysis and nothing boots your ego better than unconditional love. I must post a picture. He’s really not fat. It’s just the way he’s sitting. Here’s Yang….
The Cat Show opens at White Columns on June 13th with a reception from 6-8pm and will run until July 27th. The “Cats-in-Residence Program” will be on view on June 14/15 and July 19/20.