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Exhibition Opening: Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species

April 7 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm


The High Desert Museum will unveil its much-anticipated exhibition of Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species to the public on Saturday, Dec. 9, offering a rare look at the collection. The exhibition is a key component in the Museum’s yearlong recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act through exhibitions and public programs that explore and reflect the ESA’s impact in the High Desert and beyond.

The exhibition, titled Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, will showcase the Pop Art icon’s complete Endangered Species series (1983), as well as select works from Warhol’s Skull series, Vanishing Animals series and one of Warhol’s iconic Marilyn Monroe works.

The Endangered Species portfolio was commissioned by art dealers Ronald and Frayda Feldman of the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City in 1983, 10 years after the Endangered Species Act was signed into law. Warhol created a series of screenprints to raise the profile of endangered animals and draw public attention to their plight. Endangered Species features portraits of 10 animals in peril, depicted in Warhol’s bold signature style. As of today, seven of the 10 highlighted animals remain at risk of extinction. Warhol’s Endangered Species collection asks observers to reflect on the need for actionable conservation on a global scale. It leverages the same style he used for celebrities to share that these animals deserve the same level of recognition and attention.

“This collection not only offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the creative genius of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, but it is also meant to engage our visitors in a dialogue about the interplay between humans, landscape, and wildlife,” said Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D., executive director of the High Desert Museum. “This is an exciting exhibition and particularly relevant as we consider the Endangered Species Act at 50.”


April 7
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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High Desert Museum
59800 S. Hwy. 97
Bend, OR United States
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