Guggenheim’s Annual Exhibition of Artwork by New York City - April 22–June 12, 2016

(NEW YORK, NY—March 29, 2016)—Now in its 45th year, Learning Through Art (LTA), the A Year with Children 2016, an exhibition organized by the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum, on view April 22–June 12, 2016. The annual presentation showcases select artworks by students in grades two through six from twelve public schools who participated in LTA during the 2015–16 school year, representing each of New York City’s five boroughs. More than one hundred creative and imaginative works, including collages, drawings, found objects, installations, paintings, poems, and prints will be on display during the seven-week exhibition.


Student Artwork
Fourth grade, PS 38, East Harlem, Manhattan, 2016
Photo: Kris McKay © 2016 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Program Overview
A Year with Children is an annual exhibition that presents art by students participating in the Learning Through Art (LTA) program of the Guggenheim Museum. LTA places professional teaching artists in New York City public elementary schools. They collaborate with classroom teachers to develop projects that teach students artistic skills and techniques for expressing creativity while exploring ideas and themes related to the school’s 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 Guggenheim exhibitions they visit during the school year. This year, these included Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting and Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better, as well as works on view in the Kandinsky and Thannhauser galleries. When viewing art, students participate in inquiry-based discussions that encourage careful observation and interpretation.
pioneering arts education program of the Guggenheim Museum, presents
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.

2015–16 School YearNearly 1,500 students in grades 2 through 6 at 12 public schools participated in 20-week projects led by 14 LTA teaching artists, who reached 62 classes during the 2015–16 school year. The participating schools are: in Manhattan, PS 28 (Washington Heights), PS 38 (East Harlem), and PS 42 (Chinatown); in the Bronx, PS 86 (Kingsbridge); in Staten Island, PS 48 (Grasmere); in Queens, PS 88 (Ridgewood), PS 130 (Bayside), PS 144 and PS 175 (Forest Hills), and PS 317 (Rockaway Park); and in Brooklyn, PS 8 (Brooklyn Heights) and PS 9 (Prospect Heights).

Exhibition OverviewIn this year’s LTA program, students investigated culture, history, identity, nature, sense of place, and tradition. While engaged with these themes, students experimented with a variety of media and techniques, as reflected in the works on view in A Year with Children 2016. For example, 3-D mind maps connecting the personal stories of second graders from PS 28 in Washington Heights will be on display, as will an animated film responding to current events and created by the sixth graders at PS 86 in the Bronx. Paper models constructed by the students of PS 48 in Staten Island consider ideal living structures and practical green living.
A Year with Children 2016 is organized by the Education Department at the Guggenheim Museum: Greer Kudon, Associate Director; Emmy Goldin, Associate Manager; Amy Boyle, Education Associate; and Rebecca Rosen, Education Coordinator.
Kim Kanatani, Deputy Director and Gail Engelberg Director of Education, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, commented “For 45 years, the Learning Through Art program at the Guggenheim has worked with New York City public schools to offer hands-on experiences in the visual arts that otherwise might not be available to students. LTA firmly believes in the importance of integrating the arts across the curriculum and has also contributed important research to the field of education.”

Select HighlightsPS 317, Queens, Second Grade
Teaching artist: Judy Hoffman
Second graders at PS 317 are interested in the ways in which nature has inspired artists for centuries. By heading outdoors to explore their own community near the beach, collecting natural objects, and viewing works in the museum’s Thannhauser collection as well as the Kandinsky Gallery, the students were inspired to create their own artworks using nature as source material and a subject to interpret visually. For their final projects, the class combined drawings, watercolor paintings, and prints into accordion books that illustrate nature’s role in their lives.
PS 9, Brooklyn, Fourth Grade
Teaching artist: Megan Pahmier and James Reynolds
In an effort to better understand their individual identities, PS 9 fourth graders read the poem “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon (b. 1949) and wrote poems that reflect on an essential question, who am I in a complex world? Students also explored individuality through portraiture, printmaking, and photography to show the world who they are. These works are inspired by the photographer Leslie Hewitt (b. 1977), an artist from the recent Photo-Poetics exhibition, and include layers of images to represent the multiple ways that student artists define themselves.
PS 38, Manhattan, Fourth and Fifth Grade
Teaching artist: Jeff Hopkins
Students at PS 38 spent the 2015–16 school year considering the question “How does where you live affect how you live?” After comparing and contrasting their daily lives with the lives of other students around the world, the fourth and fifth graders created papier-mâché masks portraying characters from around the world, and then built relief sculptures to represent the environments in which these individuals live.
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Related Events for A Year with Children 2016Benefit for Learning Through Art and Opening Reception
Thursday, April 21, 6–7:30 pm
Tickets $150 each for adults, $75 each for children. 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 from each school 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 visit

Learning Through Art and A Year with Children 2016 are generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Additional funding is provided by The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation; The Keith Haring Foundation; Deutsche Bank; the Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gail May Engelberg and The Engelberg Foundation; the Sidney E. Frank Foundation; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Guggenheim Partners, LLC; the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation; the Gap Foundation; Con Edison; the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.; the Henry E. Niles Foundation, Inc.; and an anonymous donor.

The Leadership Committee for Learning Through Art and A Year with Children 2016 is gratefully acknowledged for its support.

VISITOR INFORMATIONAdmission: Adults $25, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. The Guggenheim’s 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 1,600 works in the Guggenheim’s permanent collection and information about the museum’s landmark building. Verbal Description guides for select exhibitions are also included for visitors who are blind or have low vision. The Guggenheim app is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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

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