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community, visual art

September 14, 2018 - September 23, 2018

Friday, Saturday, Sunday ONLY

Upper Plaza
735 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

SEPTEMBER 14 – 16 & 21 – 23

11 AM – 6 PM Daily

RSVP link here.

Online registration closes at 10 am the day of. Walk-ons will be let into the exhibit on a first come, first served basis. 

One dog per person and dogs must be on a leash. This is to ensure a safe and pleasant experience for all. 

America’s first art exhibition for dogs, dOGUMENTA, debuts at FIGat7th in DTLA this September!

Not by or about dogs, dOGUMENTA is a curated art show for dogs. The exhibition invites artists to create work addressing the canine sensibility through a variety of media—from sound and sculpture to kibble and squeaky toys. Exhibition-goers will encounter work in a range of media that address formal, conceptual and experiential elements such as color, sound, scent and touch.

dOGUMENTA’s curatorial team is comprised of art critic Jessica Dawson, Mica Scalin, and a Morkie named Rocky. They commissioned eight new works by LA-based artists including: Meena Khalili, Janne Larsen, Joshua Levine, Gary Lockwood aka Freehand Profit, Tucker Marder, Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Alex Sheriff, Ruben Rojas, Sabrina Clouden and Gali Basel.

The concept for dOGUMENTA was born during Dawson’s New York gallery walks with her rescue dog, Rocky. It was clear that Rocky saw art differently than humans and Dawson realized he and his friends deserved an exhibition of art all their own. A radical, pioneering concept, dOGUMENTA takes its name from Documenta, the major art survey that takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany and is considered the gold standard for international art exhibitions.

Both Sundays will feature an onsite, mobile dog adoption section with LA Animal Services from 11 am to 3 pm and trainers from the Los Angeles Positive Dog Trainer Alliance will be onsite each day of the exhibition to help support dog owners and their pups.

Reserving a ticket on eventbrite is strongly encouraged and guarantees entry but walk-ins are welcome. One dog per person and that dog must be on a leash. Humans welcome!

dOGUMENTA is produced by Arts Brookfield and sponsored by Nature’s Recipe.


A NYC-based art critic, reporter and professor of art history, Jessica Dawson has written for national and international publications including the Wall Street Journal, Art in America and the Washington Post and has held staff positions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Architecture magazine. She was a UCLA visiting professor from 2010-2014 and is currently at work on a memoir.

A creative development consultant and partner at Another Limited Rebellion an Art & Innovation Studio whose clients include GE, Altria and Capital One, Mica Scalin is the co-author of “Creative Sprint: Six 30-Day Challenges to Jump Start Your Creativity” (2017). She teaches at SUNY Purchase College.

A Chelsea, NYC-based Morkie, Rocky has been sniffing out New York City’s best art since 2013.


Artists Sabrina Clouden and Gali Basel co-created their work for dOGUMENTA. Born in Germany, Clouden moved to America in 2000 and LA in 2006. She holds a BA from Goethe University Franfurt/Main and has worked in the creative departments of Arista Records, SonyMusic and CBS Television. Born in Belarus, Gali Basel received a BA from the Technische Universitaet Berlin and moved to LA in 2004; her career has included swimming pool design and textile manufacturing, among other creative pursuits.

Janne Larsen is an artist and set designer and art educator living in Los Angeles. Her work has been seen at Symphony Space, Pomona College, Cal State L.A, Caltech, CalPoly, Horsetrade Theater, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Workspace, Weekend Gallery, Telic Art Exchange, and Outpost for Contemporary Art, The Municipal Gallery of Assisi, The Washington Museum of Art and Elephant Gallery. Larsen is also a member of the dining collective “Inner Dinner” that makes dining experiences around art. She was trained as a figurative painter and set designer and has recently broadened her practice to include social practice work with women’s shelters, cat shelters and, for dOGUMENTA, dog shelters.

Joshua Levine holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA in sculpture from the University of Miami. He has had solo shows in Los Angeles at Gallery 825, Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Koplin Del Rio, and ShoeboxLA Gallery; he has also shown at Manhattan’s Luxe Gallery, Mid-Manhattan Library and Washington, DC’s Irvine Contemporary and Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art and Design. He has been included in group shows nationally and internationally, including at The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Tallahassee, FL, Palazzo della Ragione, Milan, Italy, The Yard@CasaLin, Miami, FL, Fairchild’s Tropical Garden, Miami, FL, Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona, CA and multiple international art fairs. Levine has been featured in art ltd., Artillery Magazine, ARTE, INSIDE, Chrome Hearts’ Magazine, MetroBox (Hong Kong), ARTnews and the Huffington Post. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Freehand Profit (aka Gary Lockwood) is a lifelong artist and animal lover. Emboldened by a year-long, daily creative project, Freehand Profit began making one-of-a-kind masks from highly coveted sneakers in 2010. The sneaker masks have become his best-known body of work and the series now consists of more than 180 original artworks. He has gone on to create artwork for brands such as Nike, Adidas, Cadillac Europe, Champs Sports, Foot Locker (AUS), ASTRO Gaming, Way of Wade (Li-Ning) and more. He holds a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art.

Tucker Marder is an artist and filmmaker currently living in Los Angeles. Working in a wide range of media including puppetry, documentary and landscape design, Marder uses humor and absurdity to promote an exuberant environmental ethic. He has exhibited at the National Aviary, Phipps Botanical Garden, the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the San Francisco Independent Film Festival. Marder’s performance “STAMPEDE!”, comprised of over 200 live Crested Runner Ducks and large motorized abstract puppets, premiered as part of the Parrish Art Museum’s Road Show in 2015. Marder is a recipient of the Frank Ratchye Grant for Art at the Frontier and in 2016 was named a Redford Center Grant Honoree. He received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016 and has been an artist in residence at Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and SymbioticA at the university of Western Australia. His work often casts live plants, animals and ecosystems into theatrical scenarios that satirize the ways in which humans relate to the natural world. Borrowing from nature documentaries, puppetry, and formal abstraction, Marder seeks unorthodox ways to inspire engagement with environmental issues. He is the founder of the Folly Tree Arboretum, a collection of rare and unusual trees in Long Island, NY, that showcases nature’s sense of humor.

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel works in a diverse range of media including performance and video, but is perhaps best known for his wryly humorous sculptures. His practice frequently involves the construction of logical and humorous structures, which are subverted in order to create doubt. Neuspiel’s projects intend to better our understanding of troubling aspects of contemporary life. Questions that he has recently addressed include: Do dogs like art? How can you survive a school shooting? What will our progeny make of our search histories? While pursuing these inquiries through art-making may not resolve any of these issues, they create a space in which further thought can occur. He has exhibited his work at institutions and art fairs throughout the Americas, Europe, and Japan, including at The Art Gallery of Ontario, MOMA PS1, Art Basel, and Tokyo Wonder Site. His work has been featured extensively in print and television including in the Chicago Tribune, Vice Magazine, and The New York Post, as well as screenings of his video works on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Neuspiel has been granted numerous awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, as well as recognition at the National Magazine Awards. He holds a BFA in Sculpture/Installation from OCAD University in Toronto, and an MFA from New York University.

Ruben Rojas is an artist and co-founder of Beautify Earth. A native Angelino, Rojas is inspired by the urban landscape and surrounding media culture. Through murals, paintings, corporate programs, and community activations, Rojas changes the way we view the world through art and collaboration. His murals are beautiful interruptions to the urban landscape that bring messages of love to inspire social change and transform communities. Rojas’s art challenges the status quo and creates space for inquiry, activism, and change. Rojas has spoken on the TED stage where he showcased his work and its impact in communities around the world. He has worked in Paris, New York, Florida, Texas and Mississippi; his clients include GT’s Kombucha, American Express, Heineken, Lululemon, Nike Football, FX Networks, and Reebok.

Alex Sheriff is a Canadian-born visual artist who received a BFA in Drawing & Painting from OCAD University in 2013. In 2014 he moved to New York City where he received an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design. He now lives and works in Los Angeles. Through drawing, painting, sculpture and video, Sheriff navigates, blurs, and erases the gaps between human and natural history, often adopting perspectives other than human.