Art, Travel & Life in Italy & Europe

The Art and Travel Dog

Pastrami is a 10 year old Golden Retriever who loves art. Or so we’d like to imagine, based on the photos of Pastrami traveling around the world, posing in front of famous landmarks. Her owner, 57-year old New York resident Monroe Warshaw, admits that “she herself doesn’t much care about her artistic legacy, unless it can be tied in with getting more treats.” Warshaw is a collector and dealer of old master drawings, primarily Netherlandish and German, a passion that has allowed him to travel extensively – and he never does so without his best canine friend.

Munich Residenz, Antiquarium

Munich Residenz, Antiquarium

Pastrami is clearly the best sport ever, as she docilely allows Monroe to dress her up with appropriate hats, part of an impressive collection, for each location. Dog and owner are known to curators and museum staff around the world and have had brief moments of fame – once on Dutch TV, and once when the Warhol Museum put a photo of the dog in their museum on their website. Otherwise, though, these photos have never been published, so I thank Monroe for sharing his ongoing project with me and allowing me to publish the photos on ArtTrav.

Pastrami the Art and Travel Dog in North America

In 2013, Warshaw set out on a nine-month trip around the USA, a long voyage that started out as a two-week visit to some museum clients in Cleveland, Chicago and Minneapolis. But traveling, he found there was much to see – often unusual, art-related things. Using a website called “Roadside Attractions” he found himself in odd places like a beer can house, famous hot dog stands, a cemetery for circus performers and more. He found himself stopping in antiques shops and co-op malls looking for hats – first for himself, but increasingly, for his dog. With the photos of Pastrami, he states, “I wanted to record all the different cultures in the US.”

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

Part of this trip also involved getting to know the history and culture of American Indians, a positive result of an unfortunate incident: in an art sale in Paris, Warshaw “purchased two Hopi ‘friends’, or what we would call masks, that the Hopi consider the spirits of their ancestors. I bought two of them, planning to donate them to a US museum, not knowing about NAAGPRA, Native American grave protection and repatriation act.” He continues: “Within 3 months of the Paris auction I was at Hopi, in north eastern Arizona, with Pastrami, negotiating the return of the two Hopi artifacts that I had bought in France. I spent several weeks at Hopi and then started visiting other Native American sites as I had never known the devastation that we had caused to the early inhabitants of our country. And the trip continued, all the way up to Alert Bay British Columbia, arriving there for their October Thanksgiving.” (See the article on Arizona Daily Sun about this incident.)

Winslow, Arizona

Winslow, Arizona

Telluride 4th of July parade

Telluride 4th of July parade

Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas

Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas

Kansas City, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

Kansas City, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

4th of July in Bristol, Rhode Island, oldest in country

4th of July in Bristol, Rhode Island, oldest in country

Carson Mansion, Eureka Ca, probably greatest ornamented Victorian house in the US

Carson Mansion, Eureka Ca, probably greatest ornamented Victorian house in the US

Milwaukee, Harley Davidson Museum

Milwaukee, Harley Davidson Museum

Williamstown Mass.   Louise Bourgeoise  at Williams College Museum of Art

Williamstown Mass. Louise Bourgeoise at Williams College Museum of Art

Tin Goose. at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, Oregon

Tin Goose. at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, Oregon

Beer can house, Houston

Beer can house, Houston

National Packard Museum. Warren Ohio

National Packard Museum. Warren Ohio

Kemper Museum of contemporary art, Kansas City, Missouri. Statue by Louise Bourgeois

Kemper Museum of contemporary art, Kansas City, Missouri. Statue by Louise Bourgeois

Gropius House, Lenox, Mass.

Gropius House, Lenox, Mass.

Buffalo, Frank Lloyd Wright -  Martin House

Buffalo, Frank Lloyd Wright – Martin House

Outside Marfa, Texas,  early grave site

Outside Marfa, Texas, early grave site

Scottish wedding in Greenwich, Ct.

Scottish wedding in Greenwich, Ct.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Niagara Falls, Pastrami as a bride

Niagara Falls, Pastrami as a bride

Edith Whartons Home, The Mount, Lenox, Mass.

Edith Whartons Home, The Mount, Lenox, Mass.

Google Headquarters. Note the goggles.

Google Headquarters. Note the goggles.

San Francisco, Geary Street , tribute to great Russian wedding painting at California Palace of Legion of Fine Art.

San Francisco, Geary Street , tribute to great Russian wedding painting at California Palace of Legion of Fine Art.

Who knew there was a Spam Museum?

Who knew there was a Spam Museum?

Near Bandon Oregon

Near Bandon Oregon

Pastrami the Art and Travel Dog in Italy

Despite airline baggage limitations, the art dog project continued in Europe. Warshaw says, “It was all silliness! Who travels with a dog and six huge boxes of hats and millinery supplies to create hats on a whim?! It was therapy but also wonderful to create something that really makes me (and others) smile. And there is a lot of history in these photos. Some are rather sly, but there is sometimes a lot of thought and sarcasm in the images.”

Verona

Verona

Venice, Rialto Bridge

Venice, Rialto Bridge

Bologna

Bologna

Pastrami the Art and Travel Dog in Europe

“I am prouder of these images than of the old master drawings that I have discovered,” Monroe told me. The dog and her owner toured Europe as well, always impeccably dressed for the occasion.

Strasbourg Catherdal

Strasbourg Cathedral

Ghent Altarpiece

Ghent Altarpiece

Berlin Brandenburg Gate

Berlin Brandenburg Gate

Delft, tribute to Vermeer

Delft, tribute to Vermeer

Ghent , Gravensteen

Ghent , Gravensteen

Prague, a temporary exhibit of contemporary art

Prague, a temporary exhibit of contemporary art

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amalienburg at Nymphenburg Palace

Amalienburg at Nymphenburg Palace

Monroe and Pastrami are clearly an exceptional pair who have found a unique way to love both art and travel.

ArtSmart Roundtable

This post is part of a monthly exchange of blog posts by a group of arts bloggers who live in different parts of the world but share a passion for art and travel. March’s topic is “an art city” (which I have stretched a bit to include a dog). In particular, we’re welcoming a new member this month, Lizzie from WanderArti! Please check out what the others have to contribute on this topic and see our (infrequent) postings on the ArtSmart Travel Facebook page.

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Alexandra Korey aka ArtTrav is a Florence-based art historian and arts marketing consultant.

  • Max Leggett

    Wonderful

  • Dave

    She is a star. With a name like hers how could she not be a star?

  • http://www.shoutography.com Lydian

    That’s so much fun! The other day we were just discussing, if there are any museums which would allow you to take your dog along. I guess they made an exception for Pastrami! Can’t believe he got him to pose in front of the Ghent altarpiece!

  • http://wanderful-world.com/ Lizzie @ Wanderful World

    Oh my, I LOVE Pastrami! What a great sport :)

  • http://www.arttrav.com arttrav

    Hi Lydian
    I guess there are some museums that allow it, though I’m quite sure in Italy not many. At most I think service dogs are allowed, which is why when I first saw these photos I asked Monroe if she was a service dog, but she is not!
    I don’t know how he got that Ghent Altarpiece shot – I think it might have been a bit risky ;)
    Alexandra

  • http://www.artweekenders.com Pal

    Pastrami is a rock star! Although I suspect occasionally she was also a bit fed up with stardom, on some of the pictures she seems to be thinking “oh no here we go, bride again” :-). But in general, she’s a convincing poser. I want her hehe.

    Oh, and the Spam Museum seems like a must-see :-)

  • Christina @ DayreamTourist

    That is amazing! The photos are really creative! How did you find this amazing dog (and owner)?! Pastrami’s been more places than I have! :) I also love that he was up on the Ghent altarpiece.

  • http://www.arttrav.com arttrav

    Hi Christina! Thanks so much for the compliments. Pastrami found me, sort of… her owner wrote to me about an Italian drawing in a circle that I’m pretty expert thanks to my dissertation. So we met virtually through Accademia.edu!
    Alexandra

  • http://girlinflorence.com/ Georgette Jupe

    Pastrami is awesome! This is beyond fun to look at and the photos are amazing, this is one traveled dog. If I attempted to do this with ginger, she would eat all of the props but I adore the idea.

  • Jenna Francisco

    So adorable :)

  • http://www.luckydog-biscuits.com/ Kendall | Lucky Dog

    These are fantastic! What an experience to share with your dog and the world.

  • http://www.arttrav.com arttrav

    Thanks Murissa, and sorry, I must have missed the update…
    I have yet to read everyone’s posts (and come around and comment), it’s been an intense moment.
    I will put your link in now!