Seniors 62 and older will enjoy a free, self-guided tour of Dog Days: Portraits of Man’s Best Friend.
Americans love dogs. Whether in the 19th century or today, anyone observing the daily activity in our streets, sidewalks, yards and neighborhoods will find dogs and their human companions. They guard homes from pests and strangers, accompany hunters and farmers as they work, participate in sports and competitions, and serve as beloved family pets.
Artists such as William Sidney Mount, William Moore Davis, and Alexander Kruse were careful observers of daily life on Long Island in the 19th and 20th centuries, and captured dogs as they relaxed, played and accompanied their owners everywhere. With a few exceptions, dogs were rarely the main focus of these works of art, but nonetheless were a ubiquitous part of the local landscape. Dogs gained greater prominence in the early 20th century with the growth of personal photography. Family snapshots and studio portraits captured dogs as beloved pets with lives of leisure, as Long Island shifted from rural to suburban living.