You might think the Internet boosted the popularity of cats, but people have been fascinated by felines for as long as people have been around. That’s why an upcoming show at the Japan Society Gallery in New York will showcase 90 little-known prints that place cats at the center of their frames.
Miwako Tezuka, director of the Japan Society Gallery, hand-picked the works in Life of Cats. The exhibition includes five categories: cats and people, cats as people, cats versus people, cats transformed, and cats and play. Through these artworks, you can see how ancient Japanese people interacted with cats on a daily basis long before the Internet made it easy for us to see cats bouncing off walls or playing keyboards to humiliate people doing something stupid.