CROCHET CORAL REEF: CO2CA CO2LA OCEAN
By Margaret & Christine Wertheim & the Institute For Figuring
@ UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Sponsored by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences
Exhibition dates: February 10 – May 6, 2017
At the IFF, we have long admired UCSC’s legendary History of Consciousness program, an important site of interdisciplinary research and practice. Donna Haraway, a Distinguished Professor Emerita of the program, is both a friend to the Reef project and an inspiration for our work; (she writes about the Reef in her newest book, Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene). When the campus’ new cross-departmental venture, the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, approached us about bringing the project to Santa Cruz, we accepted the invitation as a singular opportunity to experiment with our curatorial strategy. The resulting exhibition Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA CO2LA Ocean, reframes the project by highlighting the cthulucene nature of the sculptures and by reimagining our plastic trash Midden as a monstrous undersea ceiling.
In conjunction with the show, an accompanying year-long public art project will engage the local community in creating a UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef that will be exhibited at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center later this year.
Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA 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. 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. The Sesnon Gallery encourages interdisciplinary discourse through the lens of the arts.
Gallery hours: Tues–Sat, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wed until 8 p.m.
IFF Exhibition webpage: here
UCSC/IAS Exhibition webpage: here
UCSC Satellite Reef webpage: here
Scientific American – How to crochet a coral reef and why? here
Ideas.TED.com– Gallery: What happens when you mix math, coral and crochet? It’s mind blowing here
Santa Cruz Newsletter – IAS launches Santa Cruz Satellite Reef here
Santa Cruz Sentinal here,
Santa Cruz Good Times here
Opening Night Photos:
The IFF’s work on this exhibition has been generously supported by a grant from the Opaline Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Special thanks to Anna Mayer, John Weber, Shelby Graham, Rachel Nelson, Donna Haraway.