A museum dedicated to dogs is opening in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts in January 2018, blocks away the state’s largest contemporary art museum, MASS MoCA.
At the east entrance to downtown North Adams, Museum of Dog (M.O.D) will feature a private collection of dog inspired paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and accessories. The 8,000 square-foot historic space will feature more than 180 pieces from more than 50 notable artists ranging from William Wegman photographs to Mary Engel "Watch Dog" sculptures and rare dog collars dating back to the 1800s.
"I'm excited to bring this vision to life, just blocks from MASS MoCA and downtown North Adams. The museum will recognize dogs and the joy they bring to our lives," said owner and founder David York. "Museum of Dog is the first of its kind in Massachusetts, and I'm excited to share it with the thousands of visitors from around the world."
After a successful NYC fashion career, York, founded Barking Hound Village, in 1989, when he realized the void for a fun and comfortable place to care for his most beloved rescue dog, Sophie. He remains an avid supporter of national rescue projects. Museum of Dog, in the Berkshires, is York's latest philanthropic venture.