Collection Cats

In celebration of #MuseumCats day, we wanted to share some of the gorgeous, unusual, and even strange cats found in the archives.

The first two come from the Ziegfeld Collection of International Children’s Art, comprised of paintings, drawings, prints and collages made by adolescents aged 10 to 18 from around the world. The collection was originated in the 1950s by Dr. Edwin Ziegfeld, the creator of the arts and education program at Teachers College.

black white drawing

Cat On A Barrel (1956), by Mary Canoway

drawing of cat and mice

Cat And Mice (circa 1955)

Next, we have a few images from the Rothman Lantern Slide Collection.

Mammals, Cat, Fishing (c.1920) - Rothman Lantern Slide

Mammals, Lynx (c.1920) - Rothman Lantern Slide




Finally, do check out “Cat Book,” a 7 page collection of cat sketches by Victor D’Amico, who was an art educator at Teachers College in the 1930s. D’Amico was also the founding Director of the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art from 1937 until 1970. Much of the D’Amico Archive is currently held by the MoMa.