‘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 mightwant to steal it from him. Or hoping for someone to come along andjoin 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 from1927 to 1957, and attracted, at its peak, some 50,000 people.

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

Art of the Day is a series of posts, each focusing on one work of art on display at a museum, gallery or other exhibition space in New Jersey. These will appear daily, though not on weekends and holidays. To suggest works of art to feature, please email njartsdaily@gmail.com.

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