This exhibit will give you the creeps


Joan Danziger's new exhibition at the American Museum features 72 beetles crawling up and around the studio. (Neil Greentree/Neil Greentree)
December 9, 2012

Where can you go to see 72 beetles — some bigger than you — climbing up the walls and on the floors and ceilings?

Well, an art gallery, of course!

That’s because the creepy, crawly beetles we’re talking about are works of art created by Washington sculptor Joan Danziger.

The beetles are made of glass, metal and paint. There are enormous warrior beetles that glisten in shades of red, gold and black. Others are the color of pea soup with splotches of crimson. Some are made just of intricately molded metal. (There’s even one that appears to be dead in a corner; if you go, see if you can find it.) “As in the world of real insects, no two beetles are alike,” Danziger says.

But if you want to see these enormous creatures, you have to go to American University’s Katzen Arts Center by Sunday, when the beetles will scurry away. (Actually, that’s when the exhibition ends.)

What: “Inside the Underworld: Beetle Magic.”

Where: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington.

When: The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free.

For more information: You can ask your parents to go online to www.american.edu/cas/museum/ gallery/joan-danziger-beetle.cfm or to call 202-885-1300.

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