Lunchtime Crochet: Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef

A red, three-dimensional crochet coral resting on crushed seashells in front of a dark blue wall.
Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring, Pod World – Plastic Fantastic at the 2019 Venice Biennale, Photo courtesy 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, May You Live In Interesting Times, by Francesco Galli.

Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara hosts an online drop-in crocheting session from noon to 12:30 PM each Wednesday through 2021. Join at your leisure to crochet and chat as we create corals for a massive community art project, the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef, part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring. Coral creations submitted to the Museum will be assembled together to form the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef, which will be exhibited as part of Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science, opening in early 2022.

Open to everyone, and all skill levels welcome!

Register via Zoom.

Download the Institute For Figuring’s brochure How to Crochet Hyperbolic Corals.



About the Crochet Coral Reef

The Crochet Coral Reef is a project created by sisters Christine Wertheim and Margaret Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring. Residing at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, and community art practice, the project responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash by highlighting not only the damage humans do to earth’s ecology, but also our power for positive action. The Wertheims’ Crochet Coral Reef collection has been exhibited worldwide, including at the 2019 Venice Biennale, Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), Hayward Gallery (London), Science Gallery (Dublin), and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC). The project also encompasses a community-art program in which more than 10,000 people around the world have participated in making more than 40 locally based Satellite Reefs—in New York, Chicago, Melbourne, Ireland, Latvia, UAE, and elsewhere. The Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef is the latest addition to this ever-evolving wooly archipelago.


About the Artists

Margaret Wertheim is a science writer, artist, and author of books on the cultural history of physics. Christine Wertheim is an experimental poet, performer, artist, and writer, and a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts. Margaret and Christine conduct the Crochet Coral Reef project through their Los Angeles–based practice, the Institute For Figuring, which is dedicated to “the poetic dimensions of science and mathematics.” The IFF is at once an art endeavor and a framework for innovative public science engagement.

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