A Year with Children 2009

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Student artwork from 2008–09

May 13–August 9, 2009

A Year with Children 2009 showcases art by students participating in Learning Through Art (LTA), an artist-in-residence program of the Guggenheim Museum. LTA places professional teaching artists in New York City public elementary schools, where they collaborate with classroom teachers to develop art projects that relate to the school curriculum. The program encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and ongoing collaborative investigation, while immersing students in the artistic process. At the beginning of each residency, LTA provides each student with a sketchbook and an artist’s apron, and throughout the program, teaching artists actively seek to expose students to the same artistic practices and explorations with which they themselves are engaged.

This year's exhibition will feature a variety of works including both process pieces and final projects, and will illuminate how LTA strives to transform classrooms into studios and students into artists. As they worked with their teaching artists this year, students examined topics including community, identity, storytelling, peace, and the environment. They also investigated questions such as, “What makes an ideal community?”, “How can art tell a story?”, “What is change?”, and “What is worth standing up for?” In response to these topics and questions, students explored a variety of materials as they created their art. Works on view will include drawings, prints, photographs, clay and found object sculptures, acrylic and watercolor paintings, assemblage pieces, and collages.

Students’ investigations were also inspired by the exhibitions they saw at the Guggenheim during the 2008–09 school year, including Catherine Opie: American Photographer, theanyspacewhatever, and The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989, as well as galleries featuring the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. When viewing art, students engaged in inquiry-based discussions encouraging careful observation and interpretation.

This exhibition is made possible in part by Gail May Engelberg and The Engelberg Foundation, Ben Rauch, The Barbara Slifka Philanthropic Fund, and The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation.


The Host Committee and sponsors for A Year with Children 2009 are gratefully acknowledged.

The Learning Through Art Program is supported by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., Citi Foundation, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Gap Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Guggenheim Partners, LLC, The Janus Foundation, Jane A. Lehman and Alan G. Lehman Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Times Company Foundation, Inc., Generoso Pope Foundation, United States Department of Education, and Arthur Zimtbaum Foundation.

General support of educational activities is provided by The Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund, The Engelberg Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Mortimer D. Sackler family, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Esther Simon Charitable Trust, and the museum's Education Committee.

Learning Through Art was founded in 1970 by Natalie K. Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs in New York City public schools. Over the past 39 years, Learning Through Art has served more than 145,000 children and their families, primarily in New York City public schools.

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Above, student artwork from 2008–09. From left to right: Stacey Morillo, Ashley Santiago, and Destiny Spencer, 6th grade, P.S. 86, The Bronx. Teaching Artist: Jeff Hopkins

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