Each year the Getty Center hosts a working artist for a residence that connects that artist and the museum with local arts groups, usually with students in area schools. Cleveland is excited to be part of the chosen populations for 2014-2015! Both the Humanities Magnet 11th grade and the Academy of Art and Technology 12th grade and Social Media class joined to host Chatsworth High’s Humanitas seniors for the kick off event which brought together over 500 students to meet and dialogue with artist Barbara Kruger. Kruger’s works range from major environmental installations in museum spaces to large wall art, all of which incorporate text that questions accepted values and perceptions. Her work was first acclaimed during the early feminist art movement of the 60’s and 70’s and continues to invite interpretation and activism.
Cleveland’s Magnet provided breakfast and lunch for the gathering, and organized ice-breaker games for the varied groups to get acquainted. The presentation by Getty staff and the talk by Kruger invited students to contribute their own ideas and reactions to the prompts that provide the starting point of the art making. Many questions and comments from students were graciously and generously responded to by Kruger, who is also an educator at UCLA and loves the creativity of young people.
Students and teachers alike are looking forward to this 2-semester project, which will culminate with the student-created artwork being installed in the Getty Center lobby in spring. Keep checking here for updates on progress!