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Gotham Professional Arts Academy High School

In A Snapshot

Teachers investigating Andrea Bowers’s Memorial to One of the Largest Urban Farms in America (South Central Community Garden, at 41st and Alameda Streets, Los Angeles, 1994-2006), 2008. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
A student-led tour of Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT, 2009. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Students exploring the exhibition, Dan Graham: Beyond, 2009. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Teachers having a dance party in Dan Graham’s Public Space / Two Audiences  (1976), 2009. Photograph by Liz Gillroy
Teacher reciting a poem inspired by one of the soft sculptures in Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen: The Music Room, 2009. Photograph by Liz Gillroy
Student working on a photography project in the classroom after visiting the exhibition, Roni Horn aka Roni Horn, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Biennial artist Theaster Gates discussing materials used for his installation, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Students working on sculpture project in the classroom during the pre-visit of a three-part program, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Biennial artist Nina Berman, teachers and students discussing war images, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Students creating Whitney+Gotham bulletin board along the school corridor, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Two teachers wondering what to make of Aki Sasamoto’s Strange Attractors, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Students presenting their Art Criticism PBATs in Collecting Biennials, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

About the Partnership

This partnership between the Whitney and Gotham began in spring 2008 during the school’s first year of operation. The school’s curricula is centered on rigorous inquiry, similar to the pedagogy practiced by School Programs at the Whitney. We are excited to work together to explore ways of introducing and integrating works of art from the Whitney’s collection and exhibitions into Gotham’s curricula.

Through this partnership, we also seek to connect talented and underserved students to an educational and career path in the arts. Using the Whitney as a starting point, we support students, staff, and the school community in developing ownership of their city’s cultural resources.

About Gotham
Students exploring Dan Graham: Beyond with a Museum educator, 2009. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

Students visit the Whitney at least once while studying at Gotham.

Parents and teachers on a student-led tour of 2010, the Whitney Biennial, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

As we work in collaboration to develop cultural literacy among students, we also seek to provide similar opportunities for the school community.

Teachers brainstorming ideas for classroom curriculum in 2010, the Whitney Biennial, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

A forum to experiment with ideas and explore connections between works of art on view at the Whitney and classroom curricula.