Jennifer Angus: Magicicada
Opening to the public July 10, 2021.
Using responsibly-collected and preserved specimens, the artist Jennifer Angus creates site-specific installations of insects pinned directly to a wall and other surfaces creating exquisite patterns reminiscent of textiles or wallpaper. Angus’ intricate installations reveal themselves up close to be comprised of actual insects, often species that would not traditionally be considered beautiful, confounding viewer expectations. Her work motivates viewers to understand the role insects have in our ecosystem and the importance of biodiversity. In preparation for the exhibition, Angus will spend time in the Museum’s collections, including one of the world’s largest collections of cicadas, to find inspiration and inform her resulting artwork.
Jennifer Angus: Magicicada is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.