Margaret Wertheim in conversation with Amy Frappier

Dunkerley Dialogue features Crochet Coral Reef artist and Skidmore paleoclimatologist

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (March 17, 2022) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College’s Dunkerley Dialogue series continues Wednesday, March 30, at 6 pm with a conversation between artist Margaret Wertheim and Skidmore Associate Professor Amy Frappier.

Margaret Wertheim is science writer and artist whose work focuses on relations between science and the wider cultural landscape. The author of six books, including a trilogy about the history of physics, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Guardian, Cabinet, and Aeon. With her sister Christine, she co-founded the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles-based practice devoted to the aesthetic dimensions of science, through which they have created exhibits for the Hayward Gallery (London), Science Gallery (Dublin), and elsewhere. The sisters’ Crochet Coral Reef is a worldwide participatory science+art project that has been exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale, Helsinki Biennial 2021, Museum Frieder Burda (Germany, 2022) and other international venues. Margaret’s reef TED Talk has been viewed over 1.5 million times.

The Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef, a participatory work on view in the exhibition Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science at the Tang is one of the more recent works created as part of the Crochet Coral Reef.

Amy Frappier is a paleoclimatologist and Associate Professor in the Geosciences Department at Skidmore College. Amy studies past climate changes and extreme weather including hurricanes, droughts, and floods by developing new tools to measure evidence in stalagmites from Yucatán Peninsula caves. With her spouse and research partner, she established a state-of-the-art National Science Foundation-funded stable isotope laboratory and mentors students in climate research. Amy was featured on the BBC/NOVA program Killer Hurricanes. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono and a master’s in Earth System Science, a Cognate in College Teaching, and a PhD in Earth and Environmental Science from University of New Hampshire. She has taught over a dozen courses at Skidmore, where held the Charles Lubin Family Chair for Women in Science and Chaired the Geosciences Department.

Dunkerley Dialogues pair artists with Skidmore faculty members in a format that acts as a catalyst for new connections and understandings across disciplines, and can spark new ideas for all participants. The dialogue between Wertheim and Frappier will be in person at the Tang. The series is named in honor of the generous support of Michele Dunkerley, Skidmore College ’80.

The event is free and open to the public. Visitors are required to be fully vaccinated. For more information, please contact the Tang Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visit

About the Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. A cultural anchor of New York’s Capital Region, the Tang’s approach has become a model for university art museums across the country — with exhibition programs that bring together visual and performing arts with interdisciplinary ideas from history, economics, biology, dance, and physics, to name just a few. The Tang has one of the most rigorous faculty-engagement initiatives in the nation, and a robust publication and touring exhibition program that extends the museum’s reach far beyond its walls. The Tang Teaching Museum’s award-winning building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of art and ideas. Museum hours: Thursday to Sunday, Noon to 5pm, with extended hours until 9 pm Thursdays. For the latest visitor guidelines, please visit

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