Andy Warhol

Endangered Species


Presenting the complete portfolio of Endangered Species prints by Andy Warhol, this exhibition examines the works through three engaging and multi-disciplinary themes: Activism, Animals, and Art.

In 1983, American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) created a portfolio of prints called the Endangered Species series. These works, depicting 10 endangered animals designated in the Endangered Species Act of 1973, are presented in Warhol’s signature pop style which interrogated concepts of commercialization and production. Warhol created these works 10 years after the passing of the historic act as a response to ongoing ecological concerns and the global impact of human destruction of animals and the environment.

The exhibition features all 10 prints from the Endangered Species series as well as extensive labels and full color panels created around three themes:

Activism: Explores the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the inspiration for Warhol’s prints, and history of artist activism.

Animals: Focuses on the animals depicted (African Elephant, Bald Eagle, Black Rhinoceros, Bighorn Ram, Giant Panda, Grevy’s Zebra, Orangutan, Pine Barrens Tree Frog, San Francisco Silverspot Butterfly, and Siberian Tiger) from a zoological and conservation standpoint.

Art: Provides further insight into Warhol’s process and impact on American art. Through these themes, the works are explored with an interdisciplinary lens that creates accessibility for a variety of audiences with varying interests.

In addition to the works and interpretation, this exhibition offers a variety of opportunities for learning and engagement. Screen making workshops, film screenings, and multidisciplinary speakers are just a small example of the types of programs that can be offered.


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