Unpredicted splendor: Preserved bugs showcased in distinctive exhibition at the Staten Island Museum

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As Brood X starts to wane, the bugs most effective identified for the tracks sung by most have started to emerge at the Staten Island Museum.

A new and distinctive exhibition titled “Jennifer Angus: Magicicada” is set to open up Friday, July 16, and will run via May well 22 of upcoming 12 months at the museum, positioned on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Heart & Botanical Backyard garden in Livingston.

“Magicicada” is an immersive exhibit that includes exquisite ornamental styles and imaginative vignettes developed by Angus employing hundreds of preserved bugs.

Using inspiration from the Museum’s collection of cicadas, one particular of the world’s largest, the set up will function over two dozen species of cicada, like Brood X periodical cicadas, or Magicicadas, gathered through the 2021 emergence.

“Cicadas, and Magicicada in particular, have a deep connection and this means to the Staten Island Museum,” said Colleen Davis, Staten Island Museum director of purely natural science. “Founder William T. Davis was the cicada skilled all through his lifetime and was even the one particular who coined the name Magicicada, capturing the wonder of the periodical cicadas’ mass emergences and lengthy disappearances. It is primarily poignant that this show is opening as we are also remerging into the environment immediately after a time of darkness. I am hopeful that it can carry people a feeling of joy and speculate soon after a time of profound reduction.”

Working with responsibly gathered and preserved specimens, Angus creates site-distinct installations with hundreds of bugs pinned right to partitions, producing styles reminiscent of textiles or wallpaper. Up close, the installations reveal them selves to be comprised of precise bugs, generally species that are not typically considered gorgeous.

Angus’s installations also include Victorian-fashion insect dioramas in antique furniture and bell jars. Her do the job motivates viewers to obtain splendor in surprising areas and to understand the worth of bugs and other creatures to our globe.

In preparation for this exhibit, Angus put in time in the museum’s considerable pure record collections to support condition the pick out objects and specimens from the normal science selection, which include retired selection storage and historic taxidermy.

For the duration of the spring Brood X emergence, she traveled to Princeton, N.J., together with the Museum’s Director of All-natural Science Colleen Evans, and Joseph Yoon from Brooklyn Bugs to observe and obtain cicadas for the clearly show.

“I often say that the meat and potatoes of my installations are cicadas,’’ reported Angus. “They occur huge and compact. Tropical species frequently can have colourful wings leading to quite a few people to presume they are moths. But as opposed to those people insects, cicadas are rough, hardy creatures standing up to recurring use in my artwork installations.

“I could not have been a lot more delighted when the SIM contacted me, and I acquired of founder William T. Davis’ enthusiasm for cicadas, which had been an less than documented species in his day,’’ Angus continued. “I have had the privilege of exploring the SIM’s collection, the 1 of the largest of cicadas in the environment, and have been inspired by these mysterious creatures who spend most of their lives underground but on emerging permit us all know of their existence with loud calls. I deeply value the guidance offered by the SIM’s team in doing the job with me to celebrate the cicada.”

The plan will kick off on Saturday, July 17, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with “Cicada Talk” with Colleen Evans.

A Virtual Artist Discuss is slated for Sunday, Sept. 19, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration is necessary.


Angus is a professor in the Design Studies section at the College of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches in the Textile and Apparel Layout Application. She gained her bachelor of great arts diploma at the Nova Scotia Faculty of Art and Structure and her master of great arts at the College of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her perform has been exhibited through the entire world at galleries this kind of as the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Staten Island Museum is found at 1000 Richmond Terr., Building A.

For extra facts, call Rachel Somma, communications manager, at 718 483-7117 or e-mail [email protected].

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