Biting Back - Art for a Good Paws is excited to announce our 2nd animal fundraiser art show! This year’s event will once again be conveying the message for the love of animals and reminding people to Adopt Don’t Shop! All proceeds raised during the event will be donated to Second Chance Rescue NYC. Their mission is to reduce animal overpopulation in shelters, rescue and rehabilitate critically injured and neglected animals and connect the community to services that enable animals to remain in their homes. They do a lot for our community, and now we’d like to give back to them.
For our first show in December 2017, Biting Back – Art for a Good Paws wanted to do something positive as a response to how the Guggenheim handled the ‘Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other,’ video from the Art And China After 1989 exhibit. For those of you who aren’t aware of the piece, it demonstrates actual animal cruelty, and the Guggenheim considers it “art.” Although the piece was removed from the exhibit after massive petitions, traditional protesting, and an outpouring of people expressing general disgust via social media, the Guggenheim claims to only have pulled the piece for their own safety, not due to any other ethical reason. Our goal with Biting Back is to express our own social message— one that displays only the love for animals NOT cruelty.
For 2017’s show, we raised over $7,000 for Animal Haven Shelter in NYC via the art show, a fun raffle, and a donations page.
WHO WE ARE
Eliza Kapitan and Kim Holiner have been friends since their college days as art students, and we are now both working creative professionals with a love for rescue dogs. They were both completely outraged by the video but equally or possibly more so about the Guggenheim’s statements so they decided to organize this show and turn it into good with their own social message of artwork.
Elizabeth Argibay is a NYC Animal Rights Activist who strongly advocates for all animals and has been a key player in spreading the word through word of mouth, protest and social media. She is the perfect addition to the Biting Back, Art for a Good Paws movement.