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Explore the World of Internet Cat GIFs at Museum of Moving Image

"How Cats Took Over the Internet" exhibit will be on view at Museum of the Moving Image starting in August.
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ASTORIA — Can't get enough lolcats or Lil Bub?

The Museum of the Moving Image is paying homage to the Internet feline, with an exhibit set to open next month that explores the phenomenon of cats online — and why web users are so enthralled with them.

"How Cats Took Over the Internet" will open in August and will feature a collection of cat GIFs, photos and viral cat videos that will be broadcast on loop, according to a statement from the museum.

"The Internet's collective obsession with cats offers a window into the way we understand ourselves," Jason Eppink, the museum's associate curator of digital media, said in a statement.

"This exhibition examines the many reasons for this deceptively frivolous phenomenon and highlights the new ways we're creating, consuming, and sharing culture," he continued.

There will be a multimedia timeline that chronicles "significant moments of cats online," that will also take a historical look at the role that images have played in popular culture. There will also be interactive stations where museum-goers will be able to create their own cat memes.

The exhibit will be on view at the museum from Aug. 7 through Jan. 31.