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Sitting dog looking up

The idea sounds a little crazy at first. An art exhibit for dogs? Can your pet even comprehend the finer nuances of a painting or the tamed Cubism elements of an Art Deco design? Well, any pooch living near the Downtown LA Lofts will tell you that they don't have to in order to enjoy this event.

One look at doGUMENTA and you might imagine your pet asking similar questions about your comprehension of carefully curated treats and squeaky toys. This one-of-a-kind exhibit is something that only a dog could fully appreciate. Here's what to know if you and your furry friend are planning a trip see the gallery this weekend.

What Is doGUMENTA, Exactly?

The doGUMENTA exhibit is a dog-friendly version of Documenta, a premier art survey in Europe. Founding curator and art critic, Jessica Dawson, was walking her rescue dog when this unique idea popped into her head. Why not create an art exhibit that dog's can understand and enjoy?
Teaming up with friends and local artists, Dawson set out to do just that. The end result is a fantastic collaboration of unique, interactive works on display at the FIGat7th open-air shopping mall.

What You and Your Pooch Can Expect

LA-based artists have designed numerous installations, sculptures, and interactive works of art that your dog is sure to love. Each is designed to work with a canine's unique senses through a variety of media. Some utilize sound to peak your pup's interest, while others are edible creations. Color, sound, scent, and touch through a dog's perspective are the motivation behind these pieces.

Pictures from the event circulating around the web include a cure, sometimes bizarre, and altogether unique experience. Imagine a statue of a dog made entirely out of chew toys sitting on one pedestal while a carefully placed pile of branches rests just a few steps away. Meanwhile, in the background, a portrait crafted from bone-shaped biscuits rests in a shaded playhouse. It's interesting pieces like this, ones that truly appeal to the things a dog loves, that you'll find at doGUMENTA.

There's a triangle-shaped pool to help pets cool off in the heat, edible arrangements and pictures worthy of a canine-Chef Ramsay, and even interactive installations that change colors when peed upon. That's just the tip of the iceberg, though.

Aside from these incredible works of doggy-art, the event also features a mobile adoption section from LA Animal Services each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have room in your heart for another adorable mug, then make sure to stop by. If not, it never hurts to show them a little love.

Dog trainers from the Los Angeles Positive Dog Trainer Alliance will also be onsite each day to help owners and their pets have a good time. With so much to see and do, can you really blame these dogs for getting a little overexcited? After all, this is the very first art exhibit tailor made for their enjoyment.

Participating artists include:

  • Alex Sheriff
  • Gali Basel
  • Gary Lockwood
  • Janne Larsen
  • Joshua Levine
  • Meena Khalili
  • Ruben Rojas
  • Sabrina Clouden
  • Tibi Tibi Neuspiel
  • and Tucker Marder

Location and Times

You can find doGUMENTA at the FIGat7th in the Financial District of Downtown Los Angeles. The gallery is open this year on from September 14th to the 16th, as well the 21st to 23rd. Dogs and their owners are welcome from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

While admission is free, it is highly recommended that you reserve a ticket in advance to guarantee your entry. Tickets are selected by date and window of arrival. Window times include:

  • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m
  • 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

You can enter the exhibit at any time during your selected window. Walk-ins are welcome, but are allowed entry based on first come, first serve basis to avoid overcrowding. If you are unable to secure a ticket, the best times to arrive are between 2 and 4 p.m.

Additional Information

Entry is only allowed to one dog per person, and all dogs must be on a leash during their time at doGUMENTA to ensure everyone's safety (including your dog's). If you have more than one pooch who would love to go, consider bringing a friend or family member along who won't mind walking your pet.

Ample parking can be found at the FIGat7th garage. Entrance ways are found on 8th Street and 7th Street at Francisco Street. Vehicles must park on either level one, two, or three. Rates vary depending on how long you plan to stay.

The FIGat7th garage offers a Park & Play rate of $6 all day each weekend. If you plan on making this a short trip, one-hour parking is only one dollar. Two-hour parking costs $2.50, while three hours is priced at $4. After the three-hour cutoff, and additional fee of $3 for every ten minutes is applied. Overnight parking is not allowed.

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We invite you to experience the West Coast like never before at Atelier. Welcome to your next blank canvass. Here, you can paint your life however your heart desires. Welcome home.