Whatcom Museum Out of Town
Sept 8, 2018–Jan 6, 2019, Wednesdays–Sundays
Recommended by Katie Kurtz
With 80 works by 52 artists, this exhibition explores the full spectrum of our natural environment with art that addresses everything from anthropogenic climate disruption to habitat restoration projects. Pieces in the show date back as far as the early 1800s (George Catlin’s striking and strange 1832 oil painting Buffalo Bull, Grazing on the Prairie has a contemporary feel to it), on through to the present (Michael Felber’s colored pencil Arctic Father from 2017 provides the requisite polar bear image). Also included is Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species series, 10 silk-screen prints from 1983, with each featuring a different endangered animal, like the bald eagle that was on the list 40 years ago due to habitat destruction. The bald eagle is now in the "Least Concern" column of the endangered species list maintained by the EPA, but with the EPA itself now in "Threatened" status, that could easily change.