A Year with Children 2005



Artwork Created by New York City School Children on View at the Guggenheim
(NEW YORK, NY–May 6, 2005) A Year with Children 2005: 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 31 through June 20, 2005. The exhibition presents selections of artwork created by nearly 1,500 students in the second through sixth grades, who participated in artist-led residencies in ten schools throughout New York City. Approximately 300 works will be on display, including books, headdresses, videos, and quilts, as well as 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 New York City classrooms for yearlong 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 2004–05 school year, LTA residencies explored a diverse range of topics, including Chinese railroad workers in the late 19th century, Iroquois symbols, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil War. These explorations utilized art on view at the Guggenheim in the exhibitions: The Aztec Empire, Keith Haring: New Wave Aztec, the Kandinsky Gallery, and the Thannhauser Collection, as well as the museum's unique Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

The exhibition, which includes examples of various stages of student work, reflecting the instruction, thought, and invention that preceded the final pieces, will highlight six themes: Identity, Community, Symbols, Our World, Social Issues, and Stories. These themes and the corresponding artwork offer insight into the areas of interest and concern to NYC students and teachers. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to view, among other projects, personal maps recording third-grade students' imaginary journeys through the environment in and around P.S. 86; plaster models of student-designed monuments to community and personal values at P.S. 148; and large-scale portraits of imaginary characters from the history of 19th-century Chinese-American railroad workers by students at P.S. 42.

Rebecca Shulman Herz, Manager of Learning Through Art, organized A Year with Children 2005 with assistance from the LTA staff. According to Herz, “LTA is a rigorous program, requiring teachers and students to work intensely, learn new things, and give individual ideas visual form. This exhibition recognizes and applauds that effort, while showcasing the myriad ways that art can be used to cultivate critical thinking and encourage personal expression.” A testament to the success of the program can be found in the words of a third-grade student at P.S. 86, “What I most liked about this art program was that it awoke my creative side. Before, I felt like my soul was hibernating in math and reading, leaving no time for creativity in it.”

Events for A Year with Children 2005 include:
Opening Reception on Tuesday May 31, from 6 to 8 PM
Family Day on Sunday June 5, from 1 to 4 PM

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation.

Educational activities are made possible 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 and the Museum's Education Committee.

The Learning Through Art program is supported by Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., The Louis Calder Foundation, The Center for Arts Education, Citigroup Foundation, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Gap Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Janus Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York Times Company Foundation, Beatrice Snyder Foundation, Marti Stevens, and The United States Department of Education.

General Information: (212) 423-3500
Hours: Sat–Wed, 10 PM–5:45 PM; Fri 10 AM–8 PM; closed Thurs
Admission: $15 adults, $10 students/seniors

Morgan Grant
Guggenheim Public Affairs
Telephone: (212) 360-4248
E-mail: mgrant@guggenheim.org


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