Exhibition: A Year with Children 2014
Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
Location: Annex Level 3
Dates: May 9–June 18, 2014
Now in its 43rd year, Learning Through Art (LTA), the pioneering arts education program of the Guggenheim Museum, presents A Year with Children 2014, an exhibition organized by the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum, May 9–June 18, 2014. The annual exhibition showcases select artworks by students in grades two through six from 11 public schools who participated in LTA during the 2013–14 school year, representing each of New York City’s five boroughs. Approximately one hundred creative and imaginative works, including collages, drawings, found objects, prints, paintings, sculptures, and photographs will be on display during the six-week installation.
A Year with Children is an annual exhibition that presents art by students participating in the Learning Through Art program which places professional teaching artists in New York City public elementary schools. The teaching artists collaborate with classroom teachers to develop art projects that teach students art skills and techniques while exploring ideas and themes related to the school curriculum. The program encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and ongoing collaborative investigation. Additionally, LTA immerses students in the artistic process, encouraging them to view themselves as artists. Each student is given a sketchbook and an artist’s apron. Throughout the program, teaching artists model practices and explorations similar to those that they use to spark their own creativity. Students’ investigations are also inspired by the exhibitions they visit at the Guggenheim during the school year. When viewing art, students participate in inquiry-based discussions that encourage careful observation and interpretation.
In the LTA program, students investigated local and world communities, history, nature, change, and identity. While engaged with these themes, students explored a variety of materials, as reflected in the works on view in A Year with Children 2014. For example, Lotería Character Cards created by the students at PS 88 in Ridgewood will be grouped onto boards so visitors may interact with the Mexican Lotería game of chance. Invented board games and characters created by the fourth graders at PS 9 in Prospect Heights will also be on display, as will mixed-media sculptures inspired by the characters in books read by fourth graders at Chinatown’s PS 42.
LTA was founded in 1970 by Natalie Kovner Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs in New York City public schools. Since its inception, LTA has served nearly 150,000 children and their families, primarily in New York City public schools.
2013–14 School Year
Nearly 1,500 students in grade grades two through six at 11 public schools participated in 20-week projects led by 16 LTA teaching artists, who reached 55 classes during the 2013–14 school year. The participating schools are: in Manhattan, PS 28 (Washington Heights), PS 184 (Lower East Side), and PS 42 (Chinatown); in the Bronx, PS 86 (Kingsbridge); in Staten Island, PS 48 (Grasmere); in Queens, PS 88 (Ridgewood), PS 144 (Forest Hills), and PS 317 (Rockaway Park); and, in Brooklyn, PS 8 (Brooklyn Heights), PS 9 (Prospect Heights), and PS 676 (Red Hook).
A Year with Children 2014 is organized by the Education Department at the Guggenheim Museum: Greer Kudon, Senior Education Manager; Lindsay Smilow, Associate Manager; and Emmy Goldin, Education Associate.
A second-grade teacher at PS 317 said, “LTA has allowed our students an opportunity to see the world from a different perspective—that of an artist. Through working collaboratively, students have practiced cooperation and decision-making skills that will serve them well in future endeavors.”
PS 86, Bronx, Sixth Grade
Teaching Artist: Jeff Hopkins
As the sixth graders at PS 86 prepare to graduate from grade school this June, they reflected on how experiences have changed them over time. Throughout the year, students learned about visual storytelling techniques such as showing point of view, creating mood, and composing a picture, which were then applied to their final projects. Using a variety of mediums—acrylic paint, collage, drawing, and text—the students created pages from a graphic novel that convey the story of a person who endures a personal challenge or change.
PS 317, Queens, Second Grade
Teaching Artist: Judy Hoffman
Rockaway Beach, home to the students of PS 317, has experienced many changes in recent years. Its geographic location outside Manhattan provides a unique seaside environment for artistic exploration. Using collected items from the beach adjacent to their school, second graders created mixed-medium collages that represent their personal and collective landscape. Students worked together in small groups to make collaborative artworks comprised of observed and imaginary drawings that represent their community’s landscape through artistic and visual research.
PS 184, Brooklyn, Fourth Grade
Teaching Artist: Megan Pahmier
Inspired by the curriculum for fourth-grade social studies, teaching artist Megan Pahmier asked students to address contemporary issues by contemplating an essential question: “For what will you be responsible?” Working together, students created a series of mixed-medium, hanging sculptures that express creative solutions to contemporary challenges, such as the environment, hunger, and animal rights.
Related Events for A Year with Children 2014:
Benefit for Learning Through Art and Opening Reception
Thursday, May 8, 6–7:30 pm
Tickets $150 each for adults, $75 each for children. This year the Learning Through Art Benefit and opening reception will feature a pop-up exhibition in the museum rotunda to complement the works on view in the gallery. Student docents will be present to discuss their work and the work of their peers. Proceeds benefit A Year with Children, and the Learning Through Art program. For more information, call 212 423 3796 or visitguggenheim.org/ywc2014.
Ongoing Family Programs
Just Drop In!
Sundays, 1–4 pm
After viewing A Year with Children 2014, families may explore highlights of the permanent collection through creative, interactive projects led by museum educators. For families with children ages 3–10. Free with museum admission. No registration necessary. Signage on the rotunda floor will identify the location. More information is available at guggenheim.org/families.
Learning Through Art and A Year with Children 2014 are generously supported by The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Additional funding is provided by Deutsche Bank; Bain Capital Children’s Charity; Gail May Engelberg and The Engelberg Foundation; the Sidney E. Frank Foundation; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Guggenheim Partners, LLC; The Keith Haring Foundation; the Harman Family Foundation; The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation; the Windgate Charitable Foundation; the Gap Foundation; the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.; and Scout Capital Management.
The Leadership Committee for Learning Through Art and A Year with Children 2014 is gratefully acknowledged for its generous support. For more information about Learning Through Art, please visit guggenheim.org/lta.
Admission: Adults $22, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. The Guggenheim’s new, free app, available with admission or by download to personal devices, offers an enhanced visitor experience. The app features content on special exhibitions as well as access to more than 1,400 works in the Guggenheim’s permanent collection and information about the museum’s landmark building. A verbal imaging guide for the collection is available for visitors who are blind or have low vision. The Guggenheim app is sponsored by Bloomberg.
Museum Hours: Sun–Wed 10 am–5:45 pm, Fri 10 am–5:45 pm, Sat 10 am–7:45 pm, closed Thurs. On Saturdays, beginning at 5:45 pm, the museum hosts Pay What You Wish. For general information, call 212 423 3500 or visit the museum online at: guggenheim.org and guggenheim.org/connect.