Museum Frieder Burda + Tang Teaching Museum

Exhibitions dates: January–June, 2022
Baden Baden (Germany) + Saratoga Springs (NY, USA)
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From January – June 2022, Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden, Germany, will host Wert und Wandel der Korallen  (The Value and Transformation of Coral), a museum-wide retrospective of the Crochet Coral Reef project over the past 16 years. For these months the gallery will be transformed into a submarine paradise encompassing the entire collection of existing crochet reefs along with new reef sculptures by artists Christine Wertheim and Margaret Wertheim. Also on display will be a Baden-Baden Satellite Reef, to which all of Germany is invited to contribute. The Wertheims will work closely with German “coral reefers” to curate this community artwork, taking as inspiration a newly discovered “pinnacle reef” in the remote Pacific Ocean east of the Great Barrier Reef. Featured in the show will also be a massive undulating Midden of plastic trash generated by the people of Baden-Baden as a sibling to the Wertheims’ own trash Midden, their vast meditative reflection on the toxic ensorcellment of our throw-away plastic culture. A currently-in-the-making ‘fancywork’ banner will honor the Crochet Reefs’ most committed crafters with an intricate hand-emboidered sampler spelling out their names in lace-like letters. Wert und Wandel der Korallen is curated by Udo Kittelman in collaboration with the Wertheim’s.


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From January–June 2022, the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College presents Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science. A centerpiece of the show will be the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef, an effort currently under construction by crafters across northern NY state and beyond. Crochet Coral Reef creators Christine Wertheim and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring are delighted to participate in this ground-breaking entanglement of crafting and science.

As the Tang curators describe their show: “For centuries, fiber art practice has influenced practical, theoretical, and pedagogical areas of the sciences as diverse as modern computing and digital technologies, mathematical theories, neuroscience, psychology, biology, environmental science, and more. Through contemporary art by a diverse group of intergenerational artists working in weaving, quilting, needlework, crochet, knitting, dyeing, and other fiber-based practices Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science demonstrates how fiber practice has influenced mathematics, science, and technology. The exhibition foregrounds each work as at once fine art, process-driven craft, and scientific tool, complicating existing frameworks across fields.”