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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.

View Broadway Windows exhibition photos

View Winter Garden photos

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.

Location: Broadway Windows, at the corner of Broadway and E. 10th St.

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.

Location: World Financial Center, Winter Garden
220 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281.

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.

More information about this event can he seen at the AMNH website:
http://www.amnh.org/programs/programs.php?src=p_h&date=2008-04-08&event_id=847

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.

More information about this event may be seen at the NYIH website:
http://nyih.as.nyu.edu/page/events

The Bleached Reef (with outliers by Heather McCarren, Helle Jorgensen, and Sarah Simons) will be on display at the Broadway Windows at NYU.

The Crochet Reef has become in total the work of many, many individual crafters around the world. A full list of IFF Contributors may be seen here.

The New York Reef has been constructed under the auspices of the New York Crochet Guild and the Harlem Knitting Circle (with thanks to Barbara Hilary van Elsen and Njoya Angrum.)

A full list of NY Reef Contributors may be seen on the NY Reef page

The Chicago Reef was constructed under the auspices of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (with thanks to Catherine Chandler) and has been kindly lent for this exhibition by Hull-House and the more than 100 citizens of the Windy City who contributed to this work. A full list of Chicago Reef contributors may be seen here: Chicago Reef page

  • The NYU Broadway Windows exhibition is supported by NYU's Sustainability Task Force and the Joanna S. and Dan Rose Foundation.
  • The Winter Garden exhibition is co-presented by arts>World Financial Center, which is sponsored by American Express, Battery Park City Authority, Brookfield Properties, and Merrill Lynch.
  • The Crochet Reef Project has been assisted by grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and by the Norton Family Foundation.
  • Our very special thanks to Lawrence Weschler and Molly Sullivan at NYIH, Ruth Newman at Broadway Windows, and Karen Kitchen at arts>World Financial Center.