Interactive art installation for dogs

- As an art critic, Jessica Dawson would often take her dog with her on trips to galleries and exhibits in New York City. Whenever she did, she noticed something about him.

"He is engaging so directly and fearlessly with the artwork," she said. "I thought, 'You know, he's going with his gut,' like this is what the real joy of looking at art is all about… So I thought 'Yeah, he deserves an art show of his own."

So Dawson created a "dOGUMENTA," the first art exhibition in the U.S. made exclusively for dogs. Her morkie Rocky was the curator.

"Rocky's studio visits with each of the artists clearly proved that he did approve works that are going to really work with the canine community," Dawson said.

Culture hounds, both small and large, made their opinions known on the 10 pieces of art. Now before you go barking up a tree, that is all part of the experience. The dogs are supposed to interact with the art. Some displays were even created to be eaten, splashed in, or in artist Paul Vinet's case peed on.

The free art exhibition runs through Sunday at Brookfield Place's waterfront.

An adoption event will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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