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Artist Jennifer Angus painted gallery walls red using a dye extracted from cochineal insects before pinning up about 5,000 insects in patterns reminiscent of wallpaper. Working with her trademark tires, Chakaia Booker weaves and splices the material into a massive labyrinth. Workers are restoring the Grand Stairwell, above which a work by Leo Villareal will feature 23,000 LEDs programmed to display an infinite sequence of patterns.
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Patrick Dougherty and his team wove saplings by hand to create 10 pods that fill one of the first-floor galleries of the building designed in 1859 by James Renwick Jr. The structure, a National Historic Landmark, was originally built to house William Corcoran’s private art collection. Tara Donovan used thousands of index cards to create towers up to 13 feet tall. John Grade’s hemlock is made of thousands of old-growth cedar pieces — think of a horizontal Jenga tower — that are puzzled together to create a work that seems to defy gravity. Workers apply gold leaf to decorative molding.