A Year with Children 2007

A Year with Children 2007


Artwork by New York City Public Schoolchildren on View at the Guggenheim Exhibition: A Year with Children 2007

Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York City
Dates: May 18–June 13, 2007

(NEW YORK, NY—April 24, 2007) A Year with Children 2007, an exhibition organized by the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum, will be on view at the Guggenheim from May 18 through June 13, 2007. The exhibition presents selections of artwork by second- through sixth-grade students from 10 public schools throughout New York City that participated in 20-week artist-led residencies. Approximately 250 works will be on display, including prints, paintings, sculpture, masks, quilts, papier-mâché, clay, and more.

A Year with Children is an annual exhibition that showcases work by students participating in Learning Through Art (LTA), an education 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. Approximately 1800 second- through sixth-grade students from 17 public schools participated in 10- or 20-week residencies offered by Learning Through Art in the 2006–07 school year. 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 internationally-recognized program is designed to introduce art techniques, promote critical thinking and creativity, and encourage students to view, analyze, and discuss works of art. LTA residencies are rooted in questioning: questions about the world and contemporary culture, questions about works of art, questions about art materials and what they can do. The program aspires to create an environment of curiosity and ongoing, collaborative investigation. During the 2006–07 school year, LTA residencies explored nature, local communities, historical eras, global cultures, and the students’ own pasts and futures, and posed questions such as, “How does art reflect culture?”, “How does geography affect our lives?”, and “How do writers and artists impact the world we live in?” The resulting art projects and techniques include print-making, photography, papier-mâché, plaster, clay, acrylic, watercolor, assemblage and collage, and installation art. Explorations utilized art on view at the Guggenheim in the blockbuster exhibition Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History, as well as works from the permanent collection and Frank Lloyd Wright’s unique architecture.

Students at PS 8 in Brooklyn heard individuals’ stories from US history and painted a “portrait quilt” and accompanying masks, to highlight the experiences and struggles of both influential and unheard early Americans. Students at PS 42 in Chinatown learned about the experiences of immigrants who passed through Angel Island on their way to America, and wrote poetry and made monuments out of papier-mâché and metal in response. And students at PS 88 in Queens discussed the impact of artists and writers on the world and created written and visual works reflecting the issues they care deeply about.

Participating schools greatly value the addition of Learning Through Art to their curriculum. Jennifer Sussman, a second grade teacher at PS 144 in Queens, says, “One of the things I like best about [LTA] is how it reaches all types of learners. I have students who have excelled doing this project, who have difficulty in other areas of the curriculum.”

Rebecca Shulman Herz, Education Program Manager, organized A Year with Children 2007 with Marie Reilly, Education Program Coordinator. Herz says, “We are teaching students how to be curious about art, the world, and their own abilities to manipulate materials. We give them the tools to use art materials to shape a visual response to some of their questions and ideas.”

For more information about Learning Through Art, please visit www.learningthroughart.org.

Events for A Year with Children 2007 include:
Opening Reception on Thursday May 17, 6–8 pm (Tickets available for $125 each. Call 212 423 3796 for more information)
Teaching Literacy Through Art Teacher Workshop on Wednesday, May 23, 3:30–6 pm ($25 per educator)
Teaching Social Studies Through Art Teacher Workshop on Thursday, May 31, 4–6:30 pm ($25 per educator)
Family Day on Sunday, June 3, 1–4 pm (Open to the public, no reservations necessary, $15 per family, free admission for families of LTA participants.)
The Art of Teaching on Wednesday, June 6, 6:30 pm (A panel presentation featuring artists Faith Ringgold, Lynne Yamamoto, Pablo Helguera, and Susan Mayr, in conversation with Laura Reeder, Executive Director of Partners for Arts Education. Panelists will discuss the ways in which studio practice and teaching inform one another. Tickets are $10 ($7 for members, students, and seniors); for tickets call 212 423 3587.)

This exhibition is made possible in part by Gail May Engelberg and The Engelberg Foundation, as well as the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation. Additional support is provided by Con Edison. The Leadership Committee for A Year with Children 2007 is gratefully acknowledged.

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, Esther Simon Charitable Trust, and the Museum's Education Committee.

The Learning Through Art program is supported by Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., Citigroup Foundation, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Gap Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Janus Foundation, public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, The New York Times Company Foundation, Generoso Pope Foundation, Beatrice Snyder Foundation, Marti Stevens, The United States Department of Education, and Arthur Zimtbaum Foundation.

April 24, 2007

Nora Fussner
Guggenheim Public Affairs
Telephone: 212 360 4248
E-mail: nfussner@guggenheim.org

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