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Fancy font reading Jennifer Angus Magicicada

Artist Jennifer Angus presents Magicicada, taking inspiration from the museum’s collection of cicadas – one of the world’s largest. Angus has created an immersive environment to discover, full of exquisite and ornamental patterns and imaginative vignettes, unexpectedly created with hundreds of preserved insects.


Jennifer Angus: Magicicada is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Staten Island Museum is supported in part by public funds provided through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Magicicada is the genus of seven species of periodical cicadas which emerge out of the ground in remarkable numbers every 13 or 17 years.

This exhibition celebrates not just cicadas but all insects, ‘the little things that run the world’ as described by renowned biologist E. O. Wilson.

—Jennifer Angus

Jennifer Angus Interview

In this interview Jennifer Angus answers some frequently ask questions and introduces the unique nature of the magenta coloring across the walls of her installation "In the Midnight Garden" at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum.