Andy Warhol Endangered Species Prints Go on View at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Sat 12/22-Sun 3/10

Most people associate Andy Warhol with his pop-art soup can images or his multiple images of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Onassis and Mao-Tse Tung. But late in his career, he gave the same psychedelic-colored treatment to a set of 10 silk screens of Endangered Species.

The 1983 work features brilliantly colored images of an African elephant, a Grevy’s zebra, a black rhinoceros, a giant panda, an orangutan, a San Francisco silverspot butterfly, a Siberian tiger, a bighorn ram, a pine barrens tree frog and a bald eagle. He created the images at the urging of environmental activists to draw attention to the growing conservation moving.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History owns a complete set of the prints, which were donated in 1983, one of 150 sets in existence. They can’t be displayed often because prints are sensitive to light. But for a short time — through Sun 3/10 — you will be able to see them at CMNH, free with regular admission.

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