Phillips Collection

Murugi Njoroge

First through fourth grade art students visited The Phillips Collection to see The Warmth of Other Suns, an exhibition of works related to global displacement, immigration and migration. Teachers led self-guided tours for grades 1-3. The 1 hour long visit allowed students to take an in-depth look at 6 particular works: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series which displays panels depicting the story of African Americans migration out of the south to northern states. Beverly Buchanan's "Border Cantos"- sculptural work of objects found at the Mexico/US border by Guillermo Galindo shown with Griselda San Martin's photographs of "The Wall." Algerian artist Abdel Abdessemed's massive replica of "Queen Mary II, La Mère (The Mother)" made with recycled rusted metal surrounded by Ellis Island Photos, by social photographer, Lewis Hine.

The deeply meaningful works were made personal through engaging conversation, interpretation and interactive activities that museum educators cleverly planned for some of our 4th-grade students.

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