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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.

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