By Sharon Kennedy Wynne
MOSI is expecting a swarm of bugs this weekend, and that's a good thing.
The Museum of Science & Industry is opening its doors Saturday for an insect invasion when the exhibition "Bugging Out" crawls in for a three-month stay.
Among the features are the insect artistry of Jennifer Angus, whose work is literally covered with bugs. In her attempt to rehabilitate the image of the insect — the unsung heroes of pollinated crops and decomposed trash — the Wisconsin artist builds scenes or patterns with beautifully colored insects pinned directly to a wall in repeating patterns.
"A tension is then created by the beauty one observes in the pattern and the apprehension we feel toward insects," the artist says.
The exhibition will also include hands-on fun at Harry's Big Adventure: My Bug World! presented by Terminix, and a new IMAX film, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure.
"Bugging Out" runs from Saturday to May 31. Entrance to the exhibit is included in museum admission, which is $20.95, $18.95 for seniors and $16.95 for ages 2-12. MOSI is at 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa; mosi.org. You can learn more about Angus' work at jenniferangus.com.