New York Universitys Annual Humanities Festival will showcase the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project with an April 20 symposium, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at NYUs Cantor Film Center (38 E. 8th St., betw. Greene St. and University Pl.). The symposium follows this years festival theme, Climate of Concern.
The symposium is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call 212.998.2100 or visit www.nyu.edu/fas/institute/nyih. Subway Lines: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).
The symposium will include remarks from the Institute for Figurings Margaret Wertheim, Niles Eldridge of the American Museum of Natural History, Nancy Knowlton of the Smithsonian Institutions Museum of Natural History, artist Tara Donovan, and others.
Coral reefs around the world are dying off at rate faster than the rain forests, a development many attribute to global warming. In response, Australian twins Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring have put out a call for citizen craftspeople to help fashion a giant, exponentially expanding, crocheted coral reef, which has been called global warmings equivalent of the AIDS Quilt project and which was inspired by the Great Barrier Reef of the twins homeland.
The Reef will be on display in two New York City locations: NYUs Broadway Windows at 10th Street and Broadway (April 5-May 18) and the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center (April 7-August 31).