7 Reasons to Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art in JacksonMarch 22, 2017
National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Courtesy photo
Perched above the National Elk Refuge and two miles from the Grand Teton National Park entrance, the National Museum of Wildlife Art features more than 5,000 items of animal art.
Here are seven reasons to visit this national gem.
See: Chief by Robert Bateman
Robert Bateman (Canadian, b. 1930), Chief. 1997. Acrylic on Canvas. 71 x 98 inches. Gift of Birgit and Robert Bateman, National Museum of Wildlife Art
Why: “It’s one people really associate with us,” says Jennifer Weydeveld, museum marketing director. “It’s a painting of a bison that’s moody and beautiful.”
See: Exploring Wildlife Art- National Museum of Wildlife Art Gallery Reinstallation
Opens May 16, 2017
Edward Hicks (American, b. 1780), The Peaceable Kingdom. Oil on Canvas. 21 7/8 × 27 1/4 inches. Given at the behest of Anonymous Museum Benefactors. National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Why: From ancient 2,500-year-old Native American bird stones to a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, this gallery reinstallation features new stories exploring people’s relationship with wildlife and nature. “What makes our museum unique is its niche,” says Jennifer Weydeveld, museum marketing director. “It’s rare to have a museum that focuses on a specific subject matter. To celebrate wildlife from all over the world and do it in a place that’s so special is unique.”
See: Andy Warhol: Endangered Species
May 17-Nov. 5, 2017
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Grevy’s Zebra, 1983. Screenprint. 38 x 38 inches. Gift of the 2006 Collectors Circle and an Anonymous Donor and the NMWA Acquisitions Fund, National Museum of Wildlife Art. ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York/Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.
Why: Catch a rare glimpse of this incredible Andy Warhol series made up of brightly-colored endangered animals like elephant, panda and eagle. The “Endangered Species” portfolio was commissioned by art dealers Ronald and Frayda Feldman in 1983.
See: The Photo Ark: Photographs by Joel Sartore
June 10-Aug. 20, 2017
Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda), St. Louis Zoo, Missouri. Image courtesy of the Joel Sartore National Geographic Photo Ark natgeophotoark.org
Why: Follow National Geographic photographer Sartore around the world as you see his photos of endangered species. “The Photo Ark was born out of a desperation to halt, or at least slow, the loss of global biodiversity,” Sartore says.
See: Thomas Moran’s Paintings
Why: In 1872, Moran’s paintings of the Yellowstone area helped persuade Congress to designate Yellowstone as the world’s first national park.
Eat: Palate Restaurant in the Museum
Why: Enjoy food to match the views from Graeme and Christine Mara Swain who own Jackson’s Gather Restaurant. Palate opens in May 2017.
Do: Yoga on the Trail
Why: Visitors can do a free yoga class on the museum’s Sculpture Trail every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 13- Aug. 31, 2017.
For more information:
(800) 313-9553, (307) 733-5771
2820 Rungius Road, Jackson, Wyoming 83001
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