THE HYPERBOLIC CROCHET CORAL REEF - Showing in NEW YORK
Exhibition Dates: April 6 - May 18, 2008
In association with the New York Institute for the Humanities and the Steinhardt School at NYU, and arts>World Financial Center, the Crochet Reef is showing in Manhattan at two separate locations:
- Broadway Windows at NYU (corner of Broadway and East 10th Street)
- World Financial Center, Winter Garden (220 Vesey Street, Battery Park City)
Opening Reception: Sunday April 6th, 3-6pm at World Financial Center, Winter Garden (beside staircase)
Crochet Reef Symposium: Sunday April 20, 11am-3pm. NYIH will host a crochet reef symposium on pattern and peril in nature and art. Location: NYU Cantor Film Center, 38 E. 38th Street.
The Crochet Reef at Broadway Windows at NYU - Spring 2008. Elegant, old Grace Church is reflected in the glass, overlaying woolly wonders by Christine Wertheim, Cindy Bennish, Sarah Simons and Evelyn Hardin.
- Broadway Windows at NYU
In conjunction with the New York Institute of the Humanities and the Steinhardt School at NYU, a selection of the IFF's most complex and delicate sub-reefs will be on exhibition in the Broadway Windows space, across the road from historic Grace Church. The exhibition includes the Bleached Reef, the Branched Anemone Garden, and the Ladies Silurian Reef.
The New York Reef and the Toxic Reef at the World Financial Center, Winter Garden. Above hangs the Rubbish Vortex by Helle Jorgensen and Dr Axt's pink psychadelic Reefer Madness.
- World Financial Center, Winter Garden (Battery Park City, NYC)
As a sister exhibition to the Broadway Windows site, a second exhibition will be on show at the World Financial Center, Winter Garden. On display here will be the IFF's yarn-and-plastic-extravaganza, the Toxic Reef. The Winter Garden show will mark the debut appearance of the Rubbish Vortex, crocheted entirely from plastic shopping bags by IFF Australian contributor Helle Jorgensen. On display will also be a large cloud of plastic jellyfish forms by Irish contributor Inga Hamilton, Cambrian Explosion forms by Aviva Alter, hyperbolic octopii by Helen Bernasconi, Reefer Madness forms by Dr Axt, plastic diatoms by Evelyn Hardin, and beaded hyperbolic marvels by Rebecca Peapples and Sue Von Ohlsen.
On exhibition at the Winter Garden show will also be the brand new New York Reef and the Chicago Reef - which will remain on display through August 31.
Left: Crochet plastic diatom form, with cable ties, by Evelyn Hardin. Middle and Right: Crochet plastic jelly-fish by Inga Hamilton.
In association with the NY exhibitions a number of events and activities are planned:
Sunday April 6, 3-6pm: Opening Reception hosted by arts>World Financial Center and the New York Institute for the Humanities.
IFF directors and reef co-creators Margaret and Christine Wertheim will give an informal talk about the origin and evolution of the Crochet Reef Project and its many-tentacled, ever-expanding manifestations around the world. Irish contributor Inga Hamilton and Australian contributor Helle Jorgensen will also be in attendance to discuss their amazing works and techniques.
Location: World Financial Center, Winter Garden (beside staircase)
Tuesday April 8, 6:30pm: Talk at the American Museum of Natural History.
IFF Director Margaret Wertheim will give a talk about the Crochet Reef Project, followed by a discussion with AMNH marine biologist Kate Holmes.
Sunday April 20, 11am-3pm. Coral Reef Symposium at New York Institute for the Humanities.
The New York Institute for the Humanities will host a crochet reef related symposium on pattern and peril in nature and art. Morning Session 11am-12:30: An evocation of hyperbolic geometry and other mathematical structures in nature, and a discussion of how such natural forms inspire artists and handicrafters. Afternoon Session 1:30-3pm: A discussion about the biology of coral reefs and the grave threats they face from global warming and plastic trash.
Symposium participants include Crochet Reef co-creator Margaret Wertheim, Smithsonian coral reef expert Dr Nancy Knowlton, AMNH evolutionary biologist Dr Niles Eldredge, NYU biologist Dr Tyler Volk, and pattern artist extraordinaire Tara Donovan.
Location: NYU Cantor Film Center, 38 E. 38th Street.