The Institute For Figuring is proud to announce that the Autry National Center has awarded Margaret and Christine Wertheim, co-creators of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project, the first Theo Westenberger Grant for Women of Excellence, an honor that recognizes “innovation in any field of art” by a living female artist.
In conjunction with the Grant, the Wertheims will present the first Theo Westernberger Lecture in the Arts about the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project and its unique intersection of art, science, environmentalism and community art practice. The lecture will be held at the Autry on Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 2pm.
The Grant and the Lectureship are new programs the Autry has created in conjunction with the Center’s recently established Theo Westenberger Archive. Theo Westenberger (1950-2008) was a “trailblazing feminist photographer whose versatility in portraiture and travel images made her both one of the leading magazine photographers and a respected artist.” In keeping with the Center’s mission “to explore the experiences and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, the Autry created the Theo Westenberger Archive to honor and build on the legacy of this important female artist.”