Member Preview: ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’ and Other Stories, as told by Jennifer Angus
MFA Members are invited to a special preview of ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’ and Other Stories, as told by Jennifer Angus.
A neo-Victorian, a creator of unexpected experiences, and a visionary artist who twists the familiar into the unsettling, Jennifer Angus (b. 1961) challenges our perceptions and expectations by working in an unusual medium: dried, exotic insects. Her site-specific installations often incorporate large, brilliantly-colored insects into elaborate patterns inspired by Victorian wallpaper and 19th-century book illustration – always to dramatic and startlingly beautiful effect.
Inspired by a painting in the MFA’s collection, Angus’s project will use Aesop’s fable “The Grasshopper and the Ant” as its starting point. The ancient Greek story (5th century B.C.) has traditionally pointed to the virtue of the industrious ant over the seemingly profligate grasshopper, who wiled away the summer making music. How society values the contributions of musicians (and by extension, artists) is just one theme in this special exhibition that turns many preconceived notions and perceptions on end.
This MFA-commissioned project will transform all Hazel Hough Wing galleries, and will be Angus’ largest site-specific installation of her 20-plus career. This exhibition will not travel. This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience a monumental, immersive, and fascinating work by one of the most important installation artists working in contemporary art today.
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This exhibition is Made possible in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture with additional support from Mark Anderson and Keith Bucklew, and Suki and John Carson.
Image: Jennifer Angus, Artist mock-up for “The Ant and the Grasshopper’ and other stories, as told by Jennifer Angus,” 2019, Mixed media and exotic dried insects. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Angus.