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View Andy Warhol's endangered species series, other exhibits at Mattatuck Museum

Andy Warhol's endangered species series comprises of 10 works depicting animals that were on the endangered species list.

News 12 Staff

Jul 13, 2023, 12:28 PM

Updated 346 days ago


The Mattatuck Museum in downtown Waterbury is displaying Andy Warhol's endangered species series.
The famed artist was commissioned in 1983 to do the series celebrating the 10th anniversary of the endangered species act. It comprises of 10 works depicting animals that were on the endangered species list.
The Mattatuck Museum is exhibiting original silk screens from the series along with panels that allow people with low vision to touch and experience the artwork.
“Every single person in the world knows who Andy Warhol was,” said executive director Bob Burns. “He elevated these animals to the role of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis through the way that he has depicted them in these silk screens."
The museum also has an exhibit about the life and legacy of baseball star Roberto Clemente.
Visitors can see a variety of archival material including bobble heads, baseball hats and a Wheaties box bearing the image of the famous right fielder.
“We have a really large population of Puerto Ricans in Waterbury and Roberto Clemente is a real culture hero for Puerto Ricans,” said chief curator Keddie Feldman.
Another exhibit is Thomas McKnight’s "Apollos Mirror”, which features works based on mythology.
“In his images, there are these great animals that appear mythological. It's fun because it gives families an opportunity to chat about what is that they are seeing in the artwork,” said Burns.
“Ifeyinwa Joy Chiamonwu - Ancestral Heirloom” is an exhibit displaying the work of a Nigeria-based artist.
“She is 100% self-taught which is incredible. When you look at the photo realistic quality of these works, it really does look like if people are jumping off a canvas,” said Feldman.

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