These photographs show Keith Haring, Wynton Marsalis, and Paloma Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg working with students who were taking part in the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art (LTA) program. Founded in 1970, LTA cultivates student creativity by designing sustained, process-oriented art projects that support learning across the curriculum. Since 2009, LTA has placed teaching artists in school residencies for periods of eight to twenty-two weeks, allowing students to examine, discuss, and create works of art.
The program also introduced students to working artists. In 1989, students were welcomed to Keith Haring’s downtown studio loft as part of “Art Alive Artist Studio Visit.” Haring bonded with students by talking candidly about his work and showing paintings in progress. In 1991, students were treated to a surprise visit by Wynton Marsalis who embraced the “chance to show children that discipline and study is part of what makes great art.” Other guest teachers throughout the years have included Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Paloma Picasso, and Robert Rauschenberg.
Over the past 40 years, LTA has served over 100,000 students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds in all five boroughs of New York City. Works from this year’s students are currently on view in A Year with Children 2014 at the Guggenheim Museum through June 18, 2014.