SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (NEWS10) – Preparations are underway at the Tang Teaching Museum for the completion of the “Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef.” After years of work and public submissions, the community-created reef will be the focal point of a new exhibit called “Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science.”
“Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science” is curated by Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara, in consultation with Skidmore College faculty members Mark Huibregtse, Rachel Roe-Dale, and Becky Trousil of Mathematics & Statistics; Sara Lagalwar of Neuroscience; Elaine Larsen of Biology; Aarathi Prasad of IT; and Sang-Wook Lee of Art.
Last year, McNamara invited the public to contribute to the “Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef,” a community-created coral reef made up of hundreds of hooked specimens. The “Satellite Reef” is part of the global “Crochet Coral Reef” project of Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring.
Over the past year, McNamara has held 50 workshops for crafters of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. The museum says it has received submissions from around the world. “Some people submitted one and some submitted 25, so we didn’t do a full count, but I really think there’s over a thousand here,” McNamara said.
On January 28 and 29, the museum will host “Radical fiber: a symposium on art and science” in line. The two-day online symposium brings together scholars, artists and thinkers from academia, business, technology and the arts on the historical, present and potential future connections between fiber craft and science. Each day includes a visit from the curator, two panel discussions and a moderated conversation where all attendees can meet and share insights inspired by the day.
The Tang Teaching Museum opens to the public on February 3.