Andy Warhol's Endangered Species and Vanishing Animals

On a recent trip through the West, my new husband and I zoomed past The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. What, we wondered, would be the point of going indoors to look at paintings and bronze sculptures of wildlife when a veritable American safari awaited us in nearby Yellowstone National Park? Had we known that we were in fact speeding by "Silent Spring: Andy Warhol's Endangered Species and Vanishing Animals," we might have been tempted to visit the museum. The exhibit has surprised and impressed visitors all season, many of who were not aware that Warhol was a treehugger. The iconic painter of icons grew up tending a garden and owned undeveloped land near Carbondale, Colorado of which he said, "I'm not going to build on it… It's too pretty… Land is the best art." He also contributed to "Vanishing Animals" a book published "to raise awareness about the plight of animals in danger of becoming extinct," said Adam Harris, NMWA's curator of art. Rest easy if you can't make it to the museum this season, the success of the showing has prompted curators to look into procuring a portfolio of the images for the permanent collection. ::Via Reuters and Aspen Times News.