Artist Talk and Opening Reception | Art Galleries

Thursday, September 12 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Zoellner Arts Center, Baker Hall
420 E Packer Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18015

The Lehigh University Art Galleries will host an artist talk and opening reception for our Fall 2019 Exhibitions on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Join us at 5pm in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center to hear from Margaret Wertheim and learn more about the exhibition Crochet Coral Reef: By Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring. A reception will follow from 6-7:00pm in the LUAG Main Gallery. This exhibition will be on display until December 8, 2019.

In addition to the exhibition at Lehigh University Art Galleries, Margaret and Christine Wertheim have been invited to participate in the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, May 11 - November 24, 2019.

About the Crochet Coral Reef

The Crochet Coral Reef project resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, and community art practice. Through a process of collective creativity, the project responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash by highlighting not only the damage humans do to the earth’s ecology, but also our power for positive action. The Crochet Coral Reef collection has been exhibited in art and science museums worldwide, including the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), the Hayward Gallery (London), the Science Gallery (Dublin), and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC). The project's Satellite Reef program has engaged thousands of people from all walks of life in more than a dozen countries. The Crochet Coral Reef is one of the largest participatory science + art projects in the world. 

About the Institute For Figuring

The Institute For Figuring is a non-profit, Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics. Co-founded by science writer Margaret Wertheim and her sister Christine Wertheim, a member of the Critical Studies faculty at California Institute of the Arts, the IFF specializes in creating participatory projects in which communities build large-scale artworks inspired by discoveries and techniques stemming from scientific and mathematical research.

For more information on the Crochet Coral Reef project and the Institute For Figuring please visit and

All LUAG events are free and open to the public. 

Co-sponsored by the Visiting Lecturers Committee. 


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