The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
March 11 – June 17, 2007
Three sub-reefs of the overall IFF Crochet Reef were on display at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh as part of the exhibition 6 Billion Perps Held Hostage: Artists Address Global Warming.
Curated by Warhol Museum archivist Matt Wrbican, 6 Billion Perps... was one of the first major gallery shows to address the topic of global warming head-on. Twelve artists and art collectives were invited to contribute to the show, which also included a large gallery displaying Warhol's famous Disaster paintings and his series of Endangered Species prints. The exhibition was timed to coincide with the centenary of the birth of Pittsburgh native Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, the book that launched the modern environmental movement.
The IFF exhibit, designed and curated by IFF directors Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim, was comprised of the Crochet Coral and Anemone Garden with sea slug by Marianne Midelburg, kelp by Barbara Wertheim, and shell forms by Sarah Simons; the Branched Anemone Garden with contributions from Shari Porter, Helen Bernasconi, Lynn Latt, and Allie Gerlach; and the Kelp Garden with contributions from Sarah Simons and Karen Frazer.
On the opening night of the exhibition Margaret gave a talk on the Crochet Reef project and devastation of marine life by global warming. In May, Christine will conduct a Crochet Reef workshop and shepard in the creation of a local Pittsburgh Reef.