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Talk: “The Crochet Coral Reef: Intersections of Math, Science and Art through Hyperbolic Crochet” by Margaret Wertheim

Part of the CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series

Margaret and Christine Wertheim’s Crochet Coral Reef project is a global participatory art & science endeavor that has been seen by more than two million people and exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Margaret will discuss the interplay of art, science, and art as social practice in the Crochet Coral Reef project while promoting UIUC's very own locally made satellite reef, opening at the Siebel Center for Design September 23, 2021.

Margaret Wertheim is a writer, artist and curator whose work intersects art, math and science as evidenced in her Crochet Coral Reef, an installation created through hyperbolic crochet. In this lecture Margaret will introduce the UIUC community to her work with the Institute for Figuring, a collaborative Los Angeles based practice started with Margaret's sister Christine in 2003. Devoted to the “aesthetic and poetic dimensions of science and mathematics,” the IFF has designed art & science exhibits for galleries and museums around the world.

The CAS/MillerComm public events series brings to campus people who offer unique cross-disciplinary contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.

This Center for Advanced Study event is hosted by Art + Design in conjunction with Art Coop, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Champaign School District Unit 4, City of Urbana Arts & Culture Grant, College of Education, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Department of Anthropology, Department of Mathematics, Fish Ally LLC, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), Jane Addams Book Shop, Krannert Art Museum, School of Art + Design Visitors Committee, School of Integrative Biology, School of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Siebel Center for Design, Spurlock Museum, Stratton Academy of the Arts, and Urbana Free Library.

Current pandemic policies/restrictions require visitors to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status.

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