Discover feline inspiration before the digital age
This week’s prize for acuity goes to researchers at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art for their new exhibition, Before Internet Cats: Feline Finds from the Archives of American Art. Designed to grab online headlines, the show comprises 60 works – sketches, drawings, letters and photographs – from the 19th century until the early noughties, before the cat-as-meme fixation truly took hold. Highlights include material by Jasper Johns, Hedda Sterne and Louise Nevelson. The Archives of American Art holds personal memorabilia of artist’s lives and work from the past 200 years. Before Internet Cats is being shown at The Lawrence A Fleischman Gallery in Washington until October 29 (www.si.edu).