Valued Species

“Bighorn Ram” is one of 10 silkscreen prints by pop art icon Andy Warhol. The entire “Endangered Species” series will be on display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art along with a Lego version of Ai Weiwei’s “Zodiac” series starting Friday with the opening of the museum’s latest show, “Valued Species.”

Hey locals. We know. It’s the height of tourist season and the region is humming — no, it’s buzzing with excited visitors pouring in to see, taste, touch and experience all the bounty of the Rocky Mountains.

But as you navigate the crowded roadways and pathways through the summer heat, remember, there are places to go and culture to explore that’s specifically supported for you — as in you who live, work and play in Teton County, Wyoming, Teton County, Idaho and Lincoln County, Wyoming (and yes, you too down there in Swan Valley, Idaho and Bondurant).

The National Museum of Wildlife Art continues to roll out the red carpet hoping you will flash your local’s card at the door and spend a free afternoon dipped in paint and color, sculpture and so much more. First Sundays is a locals-only event that kicked off again in May after the pandemic had changed everything. And as you eye the vast schedule of events this Fourth of July week, remember that this Sunday, July 4, the doors to the museum are open to you as a courtesy.

“First Sundays are important because this allows access to local people who support us,” said Michelle Dickson, the director of programs and events for the museum. “Anytime we have an opportunity to open our doors and give people access to understand what we have here, it’s really a win-win situation.”

First Sundays is sponsored by Lawrence Finch and Bank of Jackson Hole. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and exhibits are open and free to locals at that time. This is a family-friendly event.

While at the museum, check out the latest exhibit, running through Oct. 3: Animals in the art of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. According to the museum, “This exhibit combines Warhol’s ‘Endangered Species’ series from the museum’s permanent collection with Ai Weiwei’s ‘Zodiac’ (2018) series, which consists of 12 Chinese zodiac animal portraits made of thousands of colorful, plastic bricks.”

The exhibition has translated text available in Spanish.

“There is a lot of energy right now at the museum and it’s fantastic,” Dickson said. “The bottom line to locals, if you haven’t come to see us yet, please do and please take advantage of First Sundays.” 

Jeanette Boner via 723-7078 or entertainment@newsandguide.com

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