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

Everyday Life

It is my two pussycats that help me survive and I love them dearly; even though, really as far as I can see, they are good for nothing.

—Beatrice Wood to Elizabeth Stein, 1992

There are more than seventy million cats living in American households. The popular pets are considered family members. In these unassuming snapshots and personal files, cats are the center of attention—whether they like it or not. These candid records give us a glimpse into an artist’s daily activities outside of the studio, where they hang out with their friends, families, and, of course, felines.