P.S. 64 Field Trip to the Guggenheim Museum
On March 8, Project Muse of The New York Junior League chaperoned the third-grade students from P.S. 64 on a field trip to the Guggenheim Museum. The tour included an art project focusing on architecture, viewing highlights from the museum’s permanent collection and a look at the special exhibition, Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better.
P.S. 64 is a Title 1 school dedicated to the arts that has little funding. Project Muse provides art education to the school’s third-grade students with the purpose of contributing to their creative and cognitive development. The students build their artistic skills while learning about different artists and genres and attending field trips to museums around the city.
For most of the students, this field trip was their first visit to the Guggenheim Museum. They were awed by the space’s design and by the Fischli and Weiss exhibition. Upon entering the room featuring Fragenprojektion (Questions, 1981–2003), which featured a series of questions projected in light on the darkened walls of the room ranging from mundane to silly to theoretical, they expressed many thoughts on why the artists had created this work. One student noted: “this reminds me of a cave with ancient artifacts.”
Another installation of particular fascination featured dozens of realistic everyday objects rendered with great attention to detail, all made out of a unique type of rubber material. Again there were many answers to “Why?” – but they all agreed that it made the viewer notice the details of these objects that we see on a daily basis more interesting. Following this exhibit, the next class for the students will be to create their own everyday object sculptures in clay, giving them the details that can make even a paper bag or an old paint can worthy of being called fine art.