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.

Update 2018: Pastrami now has an Instagram account!

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 NAGPRA, 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.

Pastrami’s exhibition in Albany NY

Update Spring 2018: There will be a show of these photographs in Albany NY, details in the embedded Instagram image below.

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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