Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants. Photo © Mark Moffett

 

Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants

Small yet abundant, with complex and wildly diverse lifestyles, ants are everywhere, living lives mostly hidden from our view. What if we could see into their world . . . on their level? What would we learn? What parallels could we draw between them and us. Now, with the aid of a macro lens and the insights of ant expert and photographer Dr. Mark Moffett, SITES and the Smithsonian ’s National Museum of Natural History present the world of ants.

Farmers, Warriors, Builders was one of NMNH's most popular exhibitions, and the ongoing companion website has received a record number of visits.

Moffett’s stunning macro photographs tell incredible stories about the lives ofantants—hunting, communicating, dealing with disease and agriculture—and chronicle the work of entomologists in the field. This science-based exhibit includes complete instructions for a live ant colony and hands-on models that will awe both adults and children.

 

 

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Exhibition Specifications

Contents 39 large-scale color photographs, three-dimensional aluminum cast of an ant nest, touchable oversized ant models, 7 lightweight flexible graphics with text, text panels, labels
Supplemental

Guidelines for setting up leaf cutter ant colony, 4-minute DVD (venue provides equipment), educational and promotional resources, speakers list, bibliography

Participation Fee

$7,900 per 10-week booking period, plus outgoing shipping

Square Feet 250 running feet, est.
Crates 9 crates, 3010 pounds
Category Science & Natural History
Security Moderate
Shipping Outgoing
SITES Contacts

Minnie Russell, 202.633.3160 (Scheduling)

Tour Through July 2015
   
 
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Tour Itinerary

Opening Closing Host Institution Status
01/29/2011- 04/10/2011 New York State Museum, Albany, NY Booked
04/30/2011- 10/09/2011 South Florida Museum, Bradenton, FL Booked
10/29/2011- 01/08/2012 Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC Booked
01/28/2012- 07/08/2012 Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL Booked
07/28/2012- 01/06/2013 The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO Booked
04/27/2013- 07/07/2013 Stauth Memorial Museum, Montezuma, KS Booked
07/27/2013- 01/05/2014 Canadian Museum of Nature-Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Booked
01/25/2014- 04/06/2014 Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia, NC Booked
04/26/2014- 07/06/2014 Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville, VA Booked
09/27/2014- 01/04/2015 Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT Booked
01/24/2015- 04/05/2015 Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT Booked
04/25/2015- 07/05/2015 Discovery Place, Texarkana, TX Booked
*Tour Extension    
12/13/2014- 02/08/2015   Call for Availability
02/28/2015- 04/26/2015   Call for Availability
05/16/2015- 07/12/2015   Call for Availability
       
     
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Related Publications

Exhibition Prospectus: Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants, created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 2010.

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Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants exhibition prospectus

Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions by Dr. Mark Moffett, University of California Press, 2010.

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Adventures Among Ants book cover

 

 

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Press Release

Media only: Lindsey Koren 202.633.3122
SITES_PRESS@si.edu

The Incredible Hidden Life of Ants Explored in New Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition

April 19 , 2011

Small yet abundant, with complex and wildly diverse lifestyles, ants are everywhere, living lives mostly hidden from view. What if people could see into their world—on their level? What could be learned? What parallels could be drawn between them and humans? Now, with the aid of a macro lens and the insights of ant expert and photographer Mark Moffett, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History present the world of ants.

Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants will open at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Fla., April 30 and will be on view through Oct. 9 before it continues on its 15-city national tour through 2015. Ants was previously on view at the New York State Museum in Albany, N.Y., and at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Moffett’s macro photographs tell stories about the lives of ants—hunting, communicating, dealing with disease and agriculture—and chronicle the work of entomologists in the field. The exhibition features 39 large-scale color photographs, a three-dimensional aluminum cast of an ant nest and touchable oversized ant models. Visitors can explore the model of a leaf-cutter worker ant that has been blown up to 50 times its actual size and learn how it uses its body to work and survive in the colony.

“What fascinated me most in preparing this exhibit is that modern humans can be much more like ants than we are like our relatives, the chimpanzees,” said curator Moffett. “With our societies of millions, only ants and humans deal with issues of public health and environmental safety, roadways and traffic control, assembly lines and teamwork, market economics and voting, slavery and mass warfare.”

A real-life adventurer who has been called “the Indiana Jones of entomology” by the National Geographic Society, Moffett has won the highest honors in exploration—the 2006 Lowell Thomas Medal from the Explorers Club and Rolex, and the Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award (2008). Moffett received a doctorate from acclaimed conservationist Edward O. Wilson at Harvard University and remains active in science with more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. He has written more than 25 articles for National Geographic magazine, which has featured nearly 500 of his images. He also has appeared on Conan O’Brien’s show, twice on the Colbert Report and on NPR. His most recent book, Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions, won the National Outdoor Book Award. More information is available at www.doctorbugs.com.

SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for nearly 60 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. Exhibition descriptions and tour schedules are available at www.sites.si.edu.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, located at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. in Washington, D.C., welcomes more than 7 million visitors annually. More information about the museum is available at www.mnh.si.edu or by calling (202) 633-1000, TTY (202) 633-5285.

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EXPLORE and LEARN

Exhibition Specifications

Tour Itinerary

Exhibition Prospectus

Related Publications

Press Release

Ants at NMNH

Curator's Website



Army ant. © Mark Moffett
Ants form a living nest around the queen. © Mark Moffett
Weaver Ants. © Mark Moffett
Cast of ant's nest included in the traveling exhibition.

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