10/02/2017 - 06/05/2017

The exhibition :
The Crochet Coral Reef projectby 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).


Opening events
Friday, February 10
4–5pm: Artist talk with Christine Wertheim, Digital Arts Research Center
5–7pm: Reception, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Saturday, February 11
2–4pm: Artist meet and greet, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery


In addition to the exhibition : Crochet Coral ReefCO2CA-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 will be exhibited at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center beginning May 4, 2017.

Learn to Crochet at Related Events: every Wednesday evening during the Sesnon Gallery’s late hours 5-8pm
And at the Seymour Marine Discover Center : 2-4 pm on Friday, January 6, Friday February 3, Friday March 3, Friday, April 7


Crochet Coral ReefCO2CA-CO2LA Ocean and the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef are sponsored by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.



Exhibition Crochet Coral Reef : CO2CA-CO2LA and project UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef
February 10 – May 6
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Porter College
1156 High Street
West Campus Entrance
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
More information on : www.ias.ucsc.edu or www.art.ucsc.edu


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