Before Internet Cats: Feline Finds from the Archives of American Art

Cats as Art

Just tell them it’s the man who made the cat.

—Beniamino Bufano, oral history interview, 1964

Many artists have made cats the subject of their work. This focus on felines can be traced through various sources from the Archives, including photographs, exhibition announcements, and scrapbooks. Together, these materials help elaborate on the circumstances of a specific project. We can trace the life of an artwork, beginning with the moment of inspiration to its critical reception in the press.