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Sponsored: Cats & dogs in must-see Blanton exhibit

Jodi N. Gonzalez

There is no doubt that Austinites love their pets, and a new exhibit at the Blanton Museum of Art celebrates the relationship between people and animals throughout the ages.

"In the Company of Cats and Dogs," running from June 22-Sept. 21, features about 150 works from some of history's greatest artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Jean-Honore Fragonard, William Blake, Francisco Goya, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso and more. Ranging from Ancient Egypt to YouTube, the presentation includes Chinese and pre-Columbian ceramics, medieval and Renaissance-era manuscripts and prints, books, photos and paintings. The works come from the Blanton's extensive collection as well as from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Dallas Museum of Art, the Menil Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Yale Center for British Art, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin and from private collections.

The exhibit considers the nature of dogs and cats as well as characteristics that people bestow upon them. Our furry friends have been viewed as family members, hunters, strays and as icons of mythology, religion, politics and morality throughout history. Accompanying that artwork will be a curated display of popular cat videos and public programs with researchers, filmmakers and more.

The Blanton, at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Thursdays are free admission days, and every third Thursday the museum is open until 9 p.m. Adult admission is $9, children 12 and younger are free, seniors 65 and older are $7 and students ages 13-21 are $5. Members and current UT ID-holders are free. See www.blantonmuseum.org for more information.