A Year with Children 2004



New York City Schoolchildren Create Artwork for Annual Exhibition

A Year with Children 2004: Selected Works from Learning Through Art, an exhibition organized by the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum, will be on view at the Guggenheim from May 27 through June 13, 2004. The exhibition presents selected artwork created by nearly 1500 students in the second through twelfth grades who participated in residencies conducted by artists in residence in thirteen schools throughout New York City. Approximately 260 works will be on display, including books, costumes, videos, and quilts, as well as collages, murals, paintings, prints, and sculptures.

A Year with Children is an annual exhibition that showcases work by students participating in Learning Through Art (LTA), an educational program of the Guggenheim Museum. LTA sends practicing artists into the classroom for yearlong and semester-long residencies, to create process-oriented art projects that examine ideas and themes related to the school curriculum. The late Natalie K. Lieberman, a Guggenheim Museum trustee, founded LTA in 1970 in response to the elimination of art and music programs in New York City public schools.

This award-winning program is designed to introduce art techniques, promote critical thinking and creativity, and encourage students to view, analyze, and discuss works of art. During the 2003–04 school year, LTA residencies explored a wide range of topics, including symbolism in literature and art, immigration and cultural heritage, bridges, ecosystems, mythology, local communities, and memoir. These explorations utilized art on view at the Guggenheim in the exhibitions James Rosenquist: A Retrospective, Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, Boccioni’s Materia: A Futurist Masterpiece and the Avant-garde in Milan and Paris, and the Thannhauser Collection, as well as the museum's unique Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. This exhibition includes examples of various stages of student work, reflecting the instruction, thought, and invention that preceded the final pieces. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to view, among other projects, collaged self-portraits that explore cultural heritage by students at P.S. 88; suitcases created with paint, clay, cardboard, and glue by students at P.S. 148, in a project entitled "What We Carry—Immigration Then and Now"; and accordion books inspired by Chinese Folklore created by students at P.S. 166.

Janine Okmin, Associate Manager of Learning Through Art, organized A Year with Children 2004 with assistance from the LTA staff. According to Okmin, "Every spring, A Year with Children is a source of pride for students and teachers, and is an inspiration to visitors to the Guggenheim Museum. It is a joy to see the children's creativity blossom during the course of this program, and it is my hope that those who visit A Year with Children are reminded of the importance of keeping arts education in our schools."

Events for A Year with Children 2004 will include:
Opening Reception on Thursday, May 27, from 6 to 8 pm
Family Day on Sunday, June 6, from 1 to 4 pm

Learning Through Art has been made possible by: The Louis Calder Foundation, The Center for Arts Education, Citigroup Foundation, Gap Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Janus Foundation, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by: Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., The Elroy and Terry Krumholtz Foundation, Inc., New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York Times Company Foundation, and Marti Stevens.

HOURS: Sat–Wed, 10 am–5:45 pm; Fri 10 am–8 pm; closed Thurs
ADMISSION: $15 adults, $10 students/seniors

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April 28, 2004


Jennifer Russo/Morgan Grant

Telephone: 212 423-3840

E-mail: publicaffairs@guggenheim.org


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