"Art Forms: 75 Years of Arts Education" Exhibition

Children's Museum of the Arts

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On July 11th, 1938, an eight-year old boy by the name of Alfred Cohen celebrated a major accomplishment: 40 of his paintings were put on display in what became the first one-man exhibition of children’s art created in free art classes run by the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project. Describing his prized apprentice, Leon Bibel, an art teacher at the Bronx House, said, “He turns out three paintings a day, unless discouraged, and never is at a loss for a subject.”

74 years later, the Children’s Museum of the Arts is pleased to give Alfred another opportunity to exhibit his artworks; this time a set of ten lithograph prints, also created at the Bronx House and also under the tutelage of art teacher, Leon Bibel.

The artworks are part of a larger exhibition titled Art Forms, which explores historical and contemporary modes of art education, as well as the ways in which students and teachers inspire each other.

Art Forms examines the relationship of the art educator and the young artist by showcasing three intertwined elements that reveal the lifeblood of CMA’s mission and philosophy: current children’s artwork created in CMA’s 2011-2012 public school partnerships, artwork by the Teaching Artists who educated the students, and antique children’s artwork from CMA’s Permanent Collection dating back to the 1930s.



from June 21, 2012 to September 30, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-06-21 from 16:00 to 18:00


Alfred Cohen et al.

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