Arts
3:52 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

City's Museums Collaborate with Warhol's Dogs and Cats Series

Bringing the history of humans and their domesticated animals together, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History will display Andy Warhol's Dogs and Cats paintings through the end of June.

The Warhol Museum's director of exhibitions, Jesse Kowalski, said the display is a continued collaboration among the city's museums.

"Late last year we had the art of endangered species prints up, which are some prints that Warhol did of endangered animals and those are going out on loan, and so we decided to switch them out with Warhol's [Dogs and Cats] series," Kowalski said.

The Dogs and Cats series is among Warhol's lesser known works. The eight-painting set was created in 1976 and features common house cats and dog breeds such as the Great Dane, West Highland Terrier, and Dachshund.

"They're not that well-known. They are kind of more of a personal project he did," Kowalski said. "Warhol was a big lover of animals throughout his life, and I think that the Dogs and Cats series was just a representation of that."

Admission to Carnegie's Museum of Art and Natural History is free to all visitors from 3:30-8:00 PM every Thursday in February and March. In addition to seeing the paintings, hung in the lobby of the museum, Kowalski said the museums other exhibits are great for entertaining kids.

Kowalski said animals were a part of Warhol's life and work.

"He painted cats in the 1950s, did several illustrations," Kowalski said. "He did a book called 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy, and in the '70s he had two dogs named Amos and Archie, two famous Dachshunds that he liked to take everywhere."