Carnegie Museum of Natural History

For more information, contact: Leigh Kish
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
412.622.3361 (0), 412.526.8587 (C)
kishl@carnegiemnh.org

February 8, 2012

   

Warhol’s Dogs and Cats Series
On view at Carnegie Museum of Natural History through September 9, 2012

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Following the exhibition of Warhol’s Endangered Species prints depicting rare and endangered animals, visitors to Carnegie Museum of Natural History are now greeted by more familiar furry friends: dogs and cats. Andy Warhol’s eight Dogs and Cats paintings, created in 1976, are on view in the museum’s Entrance Gallery.  This exhibition is the second to feature Warhol’s work in the Entrance Gallery and is a collaboration between Carnegie Museum of Natural History and The Andy Warhol Museum exploring the ways art and science connect.

            The paintings feature common house cats and popular dog breeds such as Great Dane, West Highland Terrier, and Dachshund. Why display paintings of pets in a natural history museum? These works remind us of the complex relationships between humans and domesticated animals. Examples of this long and intertwined history can be found throughout the museum: Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt shows how ancient Egyptians worshipped and mummified cats, and Polar World details how the Inuit rely on dogs for transportation. Research into the history of horse domestication by anthropologist Sandi Olsen, who heads the museum’s Center for World Cultures, can also be seen in M is for Museum. 

Free admission on Thursday nights in February and March 

Admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History is free to all visitors 3:30–8 p.m. every Thursday in February and March. Normal parking fees apply. Parking is $5 per car after 5 p.m. Admission to paid Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History programs, such as Culture Club ($10 for the program and one drink ticket), is not included. Free Thursday nights in March are made possible by a generous gift from The Jack Buncher Foundation.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History and The Andy Warhol Museum are two of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website, www.carnegiemnh.org.