by Margaret and Christine Wertheim
and the Institute For FiguringSponsored by the Institute of the Arts and [...]
by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring
Sponsored by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences of the UC Santa Cruz Arts Division
Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA CO2LA Ocean and the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef are sponsored and 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.
Gallery hours: Tues–Sat, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wed until 8 p.m. Closed on all university holidays.
The IFF’s Crochet Coral Reef project 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). The current exhibition at UC Santa Cruz, Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA CO2LA Ocean, features immense sculptural crochet “coral forests”, delicate “podwords”, and a monstrous undersea ceiling made of trash (the “Mitten”).
In conjunction with the show, the university is collaborating with the local community in a public art project to create a UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef. This latest addition to an ever-evolving wooly archipelago of crochet reefs worldwide will be exhibited at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center beginning May 4, 2017. See ias.ucsc.edu for more details.
February 10 (Friday) 1:00 am - May 6 (Saturday) 1:00 am