Making Art


MAKING ART: Traveler Tales

Traveler Tales
  • Traveler Tales
  • Theme: Immigration, U.S. History, 20th-Century History
  • Technique: Photography, Painting

Project Description

This year, students in the Bronx and Bilbao considered what new immigrants gain and lose when they arrive in a new country—whether Spain or the U.S. These photographic stories, or photonovelas, recount the journeys of fictional immigrants. They are based on interviews with real-life immigrants and research into the history and experience of immigration. To stage these stories, students created their own painted props, also on view.

Each year, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao offers the Learning Through Art program to nearly two hundred students in nine schools in the Basque region of Spain. In an annual cultural exchange between the Guggenheim Museums in Bilbao and New York, students in one bilingual class in New York share letters, photographs, and art with a class in Spain.

"Instead of using real things for our props, we made them. We made the props look real even though they weren't real." —Sixth-grade student, PS 86


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