By Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring
Presented by the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery and the Institute of the Arts and Sciences of the UCSC Arts Division
■ Artist talk: February 10, 4:00 pm by Christine Wertheim
at Digital Arts Research Center, DARC 108
■ Reception: Friday, February 10, 5:00 –7:00 pm
at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
■ Artist meet & greet: Saturday, February 11, 2:00– 4:00 pm
at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
■ Opening and Reception for the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef: May 4, 2014
at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
The Crochet Coral Reef project, by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring, responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. Residing at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, and community art practice, the Crochet Coral Reef highlights not only the damage humans do to the earth's environment, but also our power for positive action. The project constitutes an elegiacally beautiful, artistically complex, and socially powerful way to bring citizens together around a devastating ecological challenge—the survival of the coral reefs and marine ecologies throughout the world.
The Crochet Coral Reef has been exhibited in art and science museums worldwide, including the Museum of Art and Design (New York), the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), the Hayward Gallery (London), the Science Gallery (Dublin), and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC).
In addition to the exhibition Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA-CO2LA Ocean at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, related programming includes the creation of the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef, crocheted by UCSC students alongside faculty, staff and Santa Cruz community members. This latest addition to an ever-evolving wooly archipelago of crochet reefs worldwide, including Europe, Australia, Asia, and the United States, will be exhibited at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center beginning May 4, 2017. See ias.ucsc.edu for more details.
Sisters Margaret Wertheim (a science writer) and Christine Wertheim (a poet, writer and faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts) are co-founders of the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles non-profit devoted to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics. The IFF is a "play tank" which develops artworks, exhibitions and programs that engage audiences in topics ranging from the physics of snowflakes to mathematical paper folding. www.theiff.org.
"This hyperbolic reef is material, figurative, collaborative, tentacular, worldly, dispersed within the tissues and across the surfaces of terra, playful, serious, mathematical, artistic, scientific, fabulous, feminist, exceeding gender, and multispecisist. Its story is brave—actually making—real and fabulated things together in order to open up still possible times for flourishing on a diverse earth." – Donna Haraway
Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA-CO2LA Ocean and the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef are sponsored and co-organized by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. The Institute of the Arts and Sciences is part of UC Santa Cruz’s Arts Division. It is an interdisciplinary programming unit, which creates public exhibitions, public events, publications, and collaborations with faculty and students, aligning with UCSC’s teaching and research.
Crochet circles for the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef
Learn to crochet! (Beginners welcome, yarn supplied)
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery is open late on Wednesday evenings, 5- 8 pm
Learn to Crochet at FREE Related Events:
Wednesday, February 15, 5-8 pm, Porter College, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Tuesday, February 21, 7-9 pm, Rachel Carson College, Red Room
Wednesday, February 22, 5-8 pm, Porter College, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Tuesday, February 28, 7-9 pm, Stevenson College, Silverman Conference Room
Wednesday, March 1, 5-8 pm, Porter College, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Tuesday, March 7, 7-9 pm, Location TBA
Wednesday, March 8, 5-8 pm, Porter College, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
At the Seymour Marine Discover Center:
Friday, March 3, 2-4 pm
Friday, April 7, 2-4 pm
More DATES and TIMES TBA
The UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef is part of the Crochet Coral Reef world-wide reefing project and will be on display at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center beginning May 4, 2017.
Satellite Reefs have been hosted in cities across the U.S. and Europe, Australia, and Asia. The UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef is the newest addition to the IFF's worldwide reefing network. Crocheting will continue at UCSC and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center until April 2017.
About Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
The Sesnon Gallery encourages interdisciplinary discourse through the lens of the arts. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. It is closed for the university spring break March 25 - April 3, 2017. The gallery is located at Porter College, UC Santa Cruz and is wheelchair accessible. Admission is free, and metered or special event parking is available at Porter College. Group tours are available by appointment at (831) 459-3606.
Special thanks to the UCSC Institute of the Arts and Sciences for this wonderful collaboration. Please see ias.ucsc.edu website for more information on related events.
Press about the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef and the Crochet Coral Reef exhibition at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery:
Click the download arrow for the press release.