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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Andy Warhol's Endangered Species

Andy Warhol, Grevy’s Zebra, 1983.

59800 US-97, Bend, OR 97702

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), credited with rescuing the grizzly bear, the American alligator, and the bald eagle from the brink of extinction, Andy Warhol’s 1983 prints of 10 endangered species are on view at the High Desert Museum. The gallerist Ronald Feldman commissioned the series to highlight high-risk species, and Warhol depicted animals—including the black rhinoceros, African elephant, orangutan, Grévy’s zebra, and giant panda—in the same bold, playful fashion he brought to portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, essentially elevating these creatures to stardom. All 10 species are still in existence; eight remain on the Endangered Species list. —Clara Molot

Photo: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts