Dunkerley Dialogue with Margaret Wertheim and Amy Frappier

Crocheted corals of various colors and sizes form a reef-like art piece that sits in front of the purple introduction wall of the Radical Fibers exhibition at the Tang.
Installation view, Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science, Tang Teaching Museum, 2022

Join us in person on Wednesday, March 30, at 6 pm, for a Dunkerley Dialogue with artist Margaret Wertheim, whose work is on view in Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science, and Skidmore Associate Professor of Geosciences Amy Frappier.

Dunkerley Dialogues pair Skidmore professors with artists in a conversation format, which is often a catalyst for new connections and understandings across disciplines, and can spark new ideas for all participants. Dunkerley Dialogues are made possible by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley ’80.

This event is free and open to the public. In honor of this event, the Museum will be open from 5 to 8 pm.

About the Speakers

Margaret Wertheim is science writer and artist whose work focuses on relations between science and the wider cultural landscape. The author of six books, including a trilogy about the history of physics, her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Guardian, Cabinet, and Aeon. With her sister Christine, she co-founded the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles-based practice devoted to the aesthetic dimensions of science, through which they have created exhibits for the Hayward Gallery (London), Science Gallery (Dublin),and elsewhere. The sisters’ Crochet Coral Reef is a worldwide participatory science+art project that has been exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale, Helsinki Biennial 2021, Museum Frieder Burda (Germany, 2022) and other international venues. Margaret’s reef TED Talk has been viewed over 1.5 million times.

Amy Frappier is a paleoclimatologist and Associate Professor in the Geosciences Department at Skidmore College. Amy studies past climate changes and extreme weather including hurricanes, droughts, and floods by developing new tools to measure evidence in stalagmites from Yucatán Peninsula caves. With her spouse and research partner, she established a state-of-the-art National Science Foundation-funded stable isotope laboratory and mentors students in climate research. Amy was featured on the BBC/NOVA program Killer Hurricanes. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono and a master’s in Earth System Science, a Cognate in College Teaching, and a PhD in Earth and Environmental Science from University of New Hampshire. She has taught over a dozen courses at Skidmore, where she held the Charles Lubin Family Chair for Women in Science and Chaired the Geosciences Department.

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