About: Avantika Kumar

I was a teen intern at the Getty Villa in 2010 and have been a facilitator for ArtQuest! in summer 2012. My experience has shown me the variety of talents and ideas that it takes to operate a museum—and the amazing challenge of interpreting the historical, cultural, and religious story behind each work of art to a diverse audience. Being a part of the Villa’s family programs has opened my eyes in a million different ways to how much, within a museum, there really is to see. I would love to continue exploring and sharing art by working at a museum, especially in education.

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Mummy Magic at the Getty Villa

Visitors to the Getty Villa at a tour focusing on the mummy of Herakleides

“Take a look at Herakleides. What do you see?” My tour group gathers around Herakleides, the Romano-Egyptian mummy in the Getty Museum’s collection, taking their first good peek at the 2,000-year-old body beneath the glass case. The motifs of ancient… More»

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      What unexpected thing have you learned by working at a museum?

      The more time you take with the art, the better. 

      The first time I saw a work by James Turrell, my eyes totally deceived me. I walked into the room (Acton, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art) and saw a gray rectangle “painting,” but I was baffled and could not figure it out—I got closer and closer until my face was pressed against the wall next to it, trying to figure out what it was. When my friend stuck her arm into the painting and revealed the illusion (a square cut into the wall and lit to look flat), my mind was blown! You got me so good, James.

      Also, always offer to take a family photo for the tourists!

      What do you wish you could tell all people about yourself, museums, or life? 

      Everyone is creative.

      Emily, Education Technologist at the Getty, July 24, 2014

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