A Year with Children 2013 fetes kids' creativity at the Guggenheim
Prepare to be wowed by the annual showcase of outstanding artwork created by NYC public school students with the guidance of Guggenheim artist-educators.
Fri May 3 2013
Gracing the walls of the illustrious Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum this spring are, once again, brilliant works by NYC public-school children, thanks to the exhibition "A Year with Children 2013." The show, which opens on Friday, May 3, is the result of the museum's Learning Through Art program, now in its 42nd year, in which Guggenheim artist-educators—all practicing artists—work alongside classroom teachers to integrate art making into the schools' yearlong curricula. We got a sneak peek at the work at the show's reception on May 2; click through our slide show to see what's in store for young museumgoers.
This year, the program had 17 classroom residencies in ten different schools throughout the five boroughs, according to exhibition organizer and Learning Through Art senior education manager Greer Kudon. Among the highlights of this year's show, says Kudon, is a project from Brooklyn's P.S.9 called What's Hidden in the Details. Inspired by a visit to the Guggenheim to see a show of work by Danh Vo, the Hugo Boss Prize 2012 winner, students fabricated "their own marbelized paper, Japanese suminagashi, and used small boxes they found at the school to create small cabinets of curiosity like Vo's." Another standout: the work of sixth-graders in the Bronx, who "pushed the limits to explore the concept of change," Kudon says. "Each student created a landscape, and was then given challenges to change their work, adding things like wood and brick—now they're collage landscape paintings." Their teacher photographed the kids' work at various stages throughout the project, and created short animations of each work's metamorphosis. "The work speaks for itself," Kudon says. "And they're still in elementary school!"
"A Year with Children" is on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art through June 19.