‘Ready to Play,’ Pamela Hall

"Ready to Play," by Pamela Hall, is part of the Morris Museum's exhibit, "The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions."

“Ready to Play,” by Pamela Hall, is part of the Morris Museum’s exhibit, “The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions.”

In Pamela Hall’s “Ready to Play,” a bulldog stands over a soccer ball, glaring. Is he standing guard against those who might want to steal it from him. Or hoping for someone to come along and join him in some fun? Maybe a little bit of both?

This is one of the many striking — and very human-like — canine images in “The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions,” which is at the Morris Museum through Dec. 14. Among its more than 100 works are elegant portraits of show dogs and sporting dogs; a 1929 photo of the original Rin Tin Tin; and Chet Jezierski’s “Shared Solace,” a painting of a golden retriever and a rescue worker at Ground Zero, soon after 9/11.

The exhibition also includes artifacts from the Morris and Essex Dog Show, which ran from 1927 to 1957, and attracted, at its peak, some 50,000 people.

For information, call (973) 971-3700 or visit morrismuseum.org.

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