‘Bees + Biomimicry’ to Open at Metropolitan Museum of Design Detroit

The show features work by 12 Detroit artists
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“Bees” by Fel3000ft is among the artworks on display in Bees + Biomimicry. // Photograph courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Design Detroit

The Metropolitan Museum of Design Detroit (MM-O-DD) opens its Bees + Biomimicry exhibition on Feb. 26. The show — which was created in partnership with local beekeeper organizations Bees in the D and Detroit Hives — aims to bring awareness to the ways in which the buzzy pollinators benefit our world.

Bees play a crucial part in our ecosystem. According to a press release from MM-O-DD, they pollinate 70 percent of the 100 crop species that feed 90 percent of the globe. This means, without them, the availability of fresh produce would dwindle as would other plants and flowers that rely on their pollination. The Bees + Biomimicry exhibit, which runs through April 7, will highlight this and more.

Each section of the show is focused on a different reason why we should care about the preservation of bees. It features honeybee-themed works by Detroit artists Dawn Smith, Denzel Palm, Fel3000ft, Juan Martinez, Kirk Roda, Makailah Rock, Marlo Broughton, Mike Ross, Nakia Camp, Nancy Wanchik, Sheedo Magneto, and Youngest Waffle.

A reveal reception for Bees + Biomimicry will take place at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. MM-O-DD, located within Collected Detroit at 2439 Fourth St. in Detroit, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The museum is free to the public.

For more information, visit mm-o-dd.org.