Installation view, A Year with Children 2023, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, May 5–June 19, 2023. Photo: Ariel Ione Williams © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
The exhibition by New York City public school students explores how art can convey powerful messages.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s long-standing artist-in-residence education program, Learning Through Art(LTA), presents A Year with Children 2023. On view today through June 19, the exhibition features around 350 imaginative artworks including collages, drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, textiles, and mosaic installations by students in grades two through six from New York City public schools across the five boroughs.
In LTA classroom residencies in the 2022–23 academic year, educators and teaching artists explored themes of identity and self-expression, storytelling, art at the intersection of science, and more. Students had the opportunity to engage an array of practices and techniques, drawing inspiration from artists recently exhibited at the Guggenheim like Nick Cave, Gego, and Alex Katz as well as influential figures like Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, and Faith Ringgold.
“The city of New York is fueled by creativity. At the Guggenheim we’re proud to share the works and ideas of young people from across the city with our visitors, as we have done for 52 years!”
—Cyra Levenson, Deputy Director of Education and Public Engagement
Learning Through Art and A Year with Children 2023 are generously supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Additional funding is provided by Wendy Fisher; The Keith Haring Foundation; Guggenheim Partners, LLC; The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation; Gail May Engelberg and The Engelberg Foundation; Libby and Daniel Goldring; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Anna Kovner and Seth Meisel; The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.; Con Edison; and The Sylvia W. and Randle M. Kauders Foundation.
The Leadership Committee for Learning Through Art and A Year with Children 2023 is gratefully acknowledged for its support.
LTA Leadership Committee
Libby Goldring; Anna Kovner; Elizabeth Wolfe
Gail May Engelberg; Wendy L-J. McNeil
Bobbi Coller; Wendy Fisher; Lauren Frank; Karen Frome; Ana Gilligan and Carter McCook Smith; Dan Goldring; Tony Kovner; Victor A. Kovner; Greer and Jeremy Kudon; Peter Lawson-Johnston; Alice Lutz; Emily and Scott McLellan; Linda and Arthur Meisel; Seth Meisel; Margaret and James Nederlander; Linda Pellegrini; Suzanne and William Plotch; Stacy and Jonathan Pollack; Pamela Fontaine Salvatore; Brooke and William Sinclair; Lisa and Jeffrey Thorp; Sandy Thoyer.
About Learning Through Art
A Program of the Gail May Engelberg Center for Arts Education.
Learning Through Art (LTA) is the Guggenheim’s hallmark artist-in-residency program. The program sends experienced teaching artists into New York City public schools where they collaborate with classroom teachers to develop, facilitate, and integrate art projects into the school curriculum. During the twenty-week, in-school residencies, students throughout the five boroughs examine, discuss, and create works of art. Visits to the Guggenheim support the residencies, offering new insights into art and challenging students to think critically about art and ideas. At the end of the residency, selected student works are presented in the annual A Year with Children exhibition held at the Guggenheim Museum.
LTA was founded in 1970 by Natalie K. Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs from New York City public schools. Over the past 52 years, LTA has served over 150,000 students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds in all five boroughs of New York City.
About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was established in 1937 and is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The international constellation of museums includes the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. An architectural icon and “temple of spirit” where radical art and architecture meet, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is now among a group of eight Frank Lloyd Wright structures in the United States recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. To learn more about the museum and the Guggenheim’s activities around the world, visit guggenheim.org.