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The Unlikely Marriage of Crochet and Climate Change Institute For Figuring's Crochet Coral Reef project, 2005-ongoing. Photo © the IFF.
The Unlikely Marriage of Crochet and Climate Change

'All hail the Pussy Hat, the charming, knitted-or-crocheted pink cap, designed to raise awareness of women’s rights. It’s hard to point to anything that has so captured the global imagination and sung the praises of needlecraft at the same time.

The Crochet Coral Reef, as installed at UC Santa Cruz. The Crochet Coral Reef, by Margaret & Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring, as installed at UC Santa Cruz.
The Crochet Coral Reef, as installed at UC Santa Cruz.

"At the IFF, we have long admired UCSC’s legendary History of Consciousness program, an important site of interdisciplinary research and practice.

The ‘Crochet Coral Reef’ at UCSC brings together mathematics, nature and an underappreciated artform The Crochet Coral Reef, by Margaret & Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring, as installed at UC Santa Cruz. Photo by Jenna Bascom.
The ‘Crochet Coral Reef’ at UCSC brings together mathematics, nature and an underappreciated artform

"The first widely visible pop-culture artifact of the Trump Era is the pink crocheted (or knitted) kitten-eared hat worn by millions participating in the various women’s marches around the country the day after the inauguration.

Review of Look Back in Time on Square Cylinder Astronomer's observation log book, Lick Observatory Collection
Review of Look Back in Time on Square Cylinder

Read what David Roth of SquareCylinder has to say about Look Back in Time, on view through Febuary 26th. Roth also interviews co-curator Tony Misch about the scientific uses of the instruments and photographs on view, the potentials for art-science dialog, and his animation of the 1908 Comet Morehouse.

Look Back in Time one of the best shows of 2016 Look Back in Time installation shots, courtesy of David Pace (above) and Maia Landau (below)
Look Back in Time one of the best shows of 2016

Look Back in Time, on view through February 26th at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, is included in Square Cylinder's "Best of 2016" list.

This Interactive Exhibit is Encouraging People to Crochet … to Save Coral Reefs Institute For Figuring's Crochet Coral Reef project, 2005-ongoing. Photo © the IFF.
This Interactive Exhibit is Encouraging People to Crochet … to Save Coral Reefs

"If you’ve been living under a rock, you may not know what all the animals living under the ocean know all too well – humans are destroying our earth’s coral reefs.

Russell Crotty on the cover of Art Ltd. Magazine Cover of January/February art ltd. magazine
Russell Crotty on the cover of Art Ltd. Magazine

Russell Crotty and the IAS exhibition, Look Back in Time, currently on view at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, are featured in the cover article of the January/February art ltd. magazine.

How to Crochet a Coral Reef--and Why The Crochet Coral Reef project by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring, 2005-ongoing. Credit: IFF
How to Crochet a Coral Reef--and Why

"When words aren't enough to get people engaged in an environmental issue, it can be useful to try another medium" writes Sarah Derouin on the Scientific American blog.

Finding the Art in Our Stars
Finding the Art in Our Stars

For some of us, looking up and out into the depths of space is as unsettling as, say, swimming alongside a blue whale. There's something about the infinity that can make a body feel small. But that's not the case for artist Russell Crotty.

'Look Back in Time: Russell Crotty and Lick Observatory’ exhibition opens in San Jose
'Look Back in Time: Russell Crotty and Lick Observatory’ exhibition opens in San Jose

Look Back in Time: Russell Crotty and Lick Observatory, the first traveling exhibition of the UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS), opens November 13 at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).