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Jennifer Angus: Flying Jewels & Other Lofty Insects

March 29 through August 18, 2024

Insects are the prime medium of internationally exhibited artist Jennifer Angus. Composing the small creatures into kaleidoscopic room installations, Angus highlights our mixed relationship with these ubiquitous beings. With insects pinned directly to walls in repeating patterns that reference both textiles and wallpaper, Angus’ installations speak to ideas of domestic comfort and the unseen world of dust mites, germs, and bacteria. The jewel-like quality of insects is showcased in shimmering bell jar tableaux and in glowing jelly jars set in windows with the effect of stained glass. Through such reverent—even holy—presentations, the vital and threatened insect population is given its proper due. Angus’ recent work has drawn inspiration from the Victorian era and is fueled by her fascination with the multifaceted nature of insects that are at once exotic, grotesque, and enchanting. Her original installation for Meijer Gardens takes the iridescent green wings of the “Jewel Beetle” as her aesthetic departure point.

about Jennifer Angus

BIO

Born in Canada, Jennifer Angus currently lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin. Angus is a professor of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Her numerous granted residencies include MadArt in Seattle, Washington, and the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Angus has exhibited widely across the United States, being one of nine leading contemporary artists selected for the landmark exhibition WONDER at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in 2015. 

Artist Overview

Jennifer Angus is best known for creating elaborate immersive installations featuring real insects pinned to the wall in patterns mimicking textiles and wallpaper. Angus’ environments are intended to inspire wonder and prompt viewers to consider the beauty and adaptability of these remarkable creatures. More recently, her projects have developed a darker tone that reflects what she describes as “ecological grief.” With whole ecosystems facing collapse due to insects being threatened by pesticides, habitat loss, and climate change, Angus wants to encourage appreciation of their importance. The artist sees her work as potentially subversive: “Visitors enter the gallery expecting to see an entertaining exhibition and leave thinking about the endangered splendor and ingenuity of insects.”

Exhibition Partners

This exhibition is made possible with the support of:

  • The Meijer Foundation
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation
  • Sculpture and Botanic Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
  • Michigan Arts and Culture Council, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts

HOURS

Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE

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scheduled grounds maintenance

On Tuesday, April 16, the Treehouse Village and Woodland Boardwalk in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden and the Gwen Frostic Woodland Shade Garden will be closed due to tree removal for the safety of our guests. Thank you for your understanding. 

Garden closures

Please note: The Harvey Lemmen Sculpture Gallery in the Sculpture Park will be closed May 20-21 for scheduled tree work. Thank you for your understanding.

Spring Break Hours

Extended Hours

Enjoy extended spring break hours until 9 pm on April 1-5.

Extended Member Early Hours

Each Sunday from 9-11 am during Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming and Saturday, April 6, from 8-9 am. 

HOURS

Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE