press release

A Year with Children 2008 is an annual exhibition dedicated to work created by students participating in Learning Through Art (LTA). This artist-in-residence program of the Guggenheim Museum sends teaching artists into public elementary schools in all five boroughs of New York City, where they collaborate with classroom teachers to design ten- or twenty-week projects that explore questions and ideas related to the school curriculum.

Students involved in LTA experience what it means to be an artist. Their classrooms become artists’ studios. They explore and transform art materials, investigate the world around them, and give their thoughts and ideas visual form. The exhibition this year is divided into five categories that reflect some of the ways in which artists engage with the world: artists interpret history; artists investigate their environments; artists tell stories; artists invent; and artists are activists.

One of the third-grade student artists this year told us, “An artist learns by looking at other artists.” During the 2007–08 school year, students looked at art in the classroom and visited several exhibitions here at the museum, including Richard Prince: Spiritual America, Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918–1945, Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe, and the Guggenheim’s permanent collection.

A Year with Children 2008