Romance of Ants at the Field Museum

Forget the Bears. Forget Wrigley Field. Forget the Sears Tower Big Willie.

If you’re in Chicago, what you really want to do is head over to the amazing Field Museum. They’ve just opened a small exhibit, The Romance of Ants, a life-size comic book story about Field Museum ant expert Corrie Moreau and her fascination with the little creatures.

photos by Karen Bean

The exhibit features artwork by cartoonist Alexandra Westrich, live harvester ants, and some familiar looking photographs by, um, me. I’ve not been up to see Romance of Ants in person yet, so I can’t vouch for it other than to say it looks stylish from from the photos. But consider this: the display has already gone over so well that the museum decided to extend it for an extra year, until January 2012.

If you don’t get a chance to see it, there’s also a web page.

10 thoughts on “Romance of Ants at the Field Museum”

  1. Looks cool! I probably won’t be able to see it any time soon. However, I was at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History a month or so ago and saw one of your photos (of a termite) in one of the temporary exhibits.

  2. Alex:

    Glad you liked the show. Yeah, we love it, too (I’m particularly partial to the comic book text…) but it’s great mainly because of the alignment of three stars:

    — a curator (Corrie Moreau) who was willing to draw outside the lines because she knows that getting young people excited about science is way more important than loading the maximum volume of information into a square foot of wall space;

    — an illustrator (Alexandra Westrich) whose artistry–and humor–were able to turn an interesting concept into an amazing reality (in an amazingly short amount of time);

    — and a photographer (I think you know him) who could provide the kind of stop-you-in-your-tracks images that it takes these days to jolt us from our slumber to look at the creatures we share the planet with.

    We’re proud of the team that put the show together here at The Field Museum, but all of us also feel incredibly lucky to have worked with three scientist-artists such as yourselves.


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