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Viewing Selections from the Whitney's Collection

5/9/24

Artists in Schools

Viewing Selections from the Whitney's Collection

CMA Resident Artist Maria D. Rapicavoli visited the Whitney Museum with her fourth and fifth graders from Hudson Guild.

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We are grateful to the Whitney Museum of American Art for welcoming our students from Hudson Guild not once, but twice this past week!



First, Whitney docent Gay Young guided our fourth and fifth graders through Harold Cohen's AARON exhibit, which traces the evolution of the earliest artificial intelligence program for artmaking. Even for these digital natives, the complexities of the computer generated images amazed them and they remarked that they could watch the garden images forever. Of course, there's nothing like soaking in the view from the Whitney's eighth floor.



Later in the week, students returned to view selections from the Whitney's collection, including Edward Hopper's famed Early Sunday Morning.



Students were drawn to Alexander Calder's Circus and Elizabeth Catlett's Head (again, that view!)



Next, they visited the Biennial where they sketched their own interpretations of ektor garcia's sculptures and remarked on the interconnectedness of the natural world and our memories.




The tour concluded with a visit to the terrace where students once again marvelled at Kiyan Williams' Ruins of Empire II or The Earth Swallows the Master's House. Although you are not allowed to touch the sculpture, students were amazed that you are allowed to walk on the dirt. They remarked on how the uneven terrain added to the sculpture's sense of uneasiness and malaise.



Three cheers to our wonderful Whitney docents who made these visits possible!

Maria's work at Hudson Guild is supported by the Emergency Arts Education Fund, which provides free arts education to NYC school communities whose art programs have been decimated by recent budget cuts.


Children’s Museum of the Arts’ three Residents Artists are currently implementing ambitious arts curriculum at each of our partner sites throughout New York City: Hudson Guild in Chelsea, Sid Miller Academy in Crown Heights, and Children’s Workshop School in the East Village. Come spring, our residents will showcase their students' work through exhibitions and installations across the city. Learn how you can support the work of our residents here.

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