About

The Cats-in-Residence Program debuted as part of The Cat Show at White Columns from June 14 through July 27, 2013.

This purr-formance piece, conceived by writer/artist/curator Rhonda Lieberman, was produced in collaboration with architects Gia Wolff and Freecell (John Hartmann and Lauren Crahan), artists Lucky deBellevue, Jonathan Horowitz, Ryan McNamara, Rob Pruitt, Sam Roeck, Ruth Root, Theo Rosenblum + Chelsea Seltzer, Joe Scanlon and purr-formers (a.k.a. adoptable rescue cats) from Social Tees Animal Rescue NYC.

During the course of the installation, 25 cats were successfully adopted.

Two upcoming installations of The Cats-in-Residence Program will help even more kitties find homes while creating a fabulous inter-species social sculpture. Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT will host The Cats-in-Residence Program this Fall (2014). In Winter 2014/15, the show will travel to 356 Mission (L.A.) in Winter 2014/15. In addition to adorable, adoptable purr-formers (cats), the new installations will feature a larger enclosure with seating where people can comfortably hang out with the cats.

Part purr-formance piece, part social sculpture, part design solution: The Cats-in-Residence Program integrates Art and rescue to address animal overpopulation in urban areas.

For more on The Cats-in-Residence Program backstory, check here and here, here and here.

Site and social media (a.k.a. cat tweeting) by Dana Byerly.

Loud purrs to everyone who helped to make the first run of The Cats-in-Residence Program a success!

You can follow us on Twitter at @catsinresidence and contact us here. And, you can see some excellent images of the Cats-in-Residence courtesy of Jonathan Grassi here.

Further Reading…
Gallerist NY: Seven adoptions in the first days of the Cat Show at White Columns
New York Times: The Cat Show
The Paris Review: Return of the Feline Repressed
Juxtapoz: The Cat Show at White Columns
Salon: Why we love cat memes
Forbes: Having Conquered The Internet, Cats Set Their Sight On The Art World

More to come!