Free Family Days Return to the High Desert Museum

High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon. Photo by Jason Quigley for TRC Companies / Energy Trust of Oregon

Free Family Saturdays are back at the High Desert Museum, starting this weekend on Saturday, Jan. 27.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day is free for everyone and there will be a good number of programs available.

The Museum’s exhibition Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species: From the Collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation will be open during Free Family Saturdays. The Endangered Species portfolio was commissioned by art dealers Ronald and Frayda Feldman of the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City in 1983, 10 years after the Endangered Species Act was signed into law. Warhol created a series of screenprints to raise the profile of endangered animals and draw public attention to their plight. Alongside the Endangered Species series, this intriguing exhibition also showcases pieces from Warhol’s Skull series, Vanishing Animals series and one of his iconic Marilyn Monroe works.

Other current exhibitions include the Museum’s original effort Endangered in the High Desert. This exhibition calls attention to species in the region that are either facing or recovering from the threat of extinction. Intriguing and informative, Endangered in the High Desert is a component of the Museum’s yearlong exploration of the Endangered Species Act, 50 years after it was signed it into law by President Richard Nixon.

Those who attend the first Mid Oregon Free Family Saturday on January 27 can look forward to visiting the traveling exhibition Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan before it closes on February 11The exhibition, created by the National Geographic Society and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, features Donovan’s images and videos of wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and on Ellesmere Island in the high Canadian Artic. Since 2014, the National Geographic Explorer and photographer has examined the relationship between wild wolves and humans to better understand the animals, our shared history and what drives the persistent human-wolf conflict.

The Museum’s newest exhibition, Timber Culture, is also ready to explore during both Mid Oregon Credit Union Free Days. This traveling historical photography exhibition curated by the Maxville Interpretive Heritage Center tells the story of Maxville, a logging town that once existed 15 miles north of Wallowa, Oregon. The Bowman-Hicks Lumber Company owned and operated the town from 1923-1933. Maxville was a segregated town, meaning families were formally divided by race. Despite these laws, Maxville’s isolation encouraged the formation of interracial friendships and the exhibit’s photographs convey that unique story. Although Timber Culture is a traveling exhibit, the Museum’s exhibitions team added their own special touches with historic objects from the Museum’s collection including a few hands-on interactives for kids like wash basins and a cross section of an old growth ponderosa pine tree.

The second, and last, Free Family Saturday will occur on February 24.

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