The Institute for Figuring's Crochet Coral Reef opens in NYC this weekend at a variety of (aquarium-like) locations. Several talks and events are being held in conjunction with this most celebratory and eye-opening of eco-fiber-art projects.
See IFF's website for details: http://theiff.org/exhibits/iff-e12.html
There will also be a Crochet Reef Symposium on Sunday April 20 from 11am - 3pm. The New York Institute for the Humanities will host the discussion 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.
More information about this event may be seen at the NYIH website: http://nyih.as.nyu.edu/page/events