About: Cynthia Querio

I'm a program assistant at the Getty Foundation. Five years ago I moved from London to Los Angeles to be a graduate intern in the Getty Villa's Education Department. Before returning to the Getty last year, I worked in education departments at museums across Los Angeles, including LACMA, the Skirball, and MOCA. At the Foundation I assist with the MOSAIKON and Panel Paintings initiatives and manage the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program. I hold a master’s from the Courtauld Institute of Art as well as a bachelor’s from Stanford University. On weekends you can find me checking out the newest exhibitions around the city or hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Getting “CAM-my” with Alumni of the Getty Internship Program

Alumni of the Getty Foundation's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program
Big smiles, big progress: Alumni of the Getty Foundation's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program at the annual conference of the California Association of Museums (CAM)

An alumna of the Foundation’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program reflects on making and sustaining connections. More»

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      It’s been 125 years since Van Gogh’s death, today we celebrate his life’s work.


      5 Ways to See Van Gogh’s Irises

      Through observations, visitor conversations, and some sneaky eavesdropping, we’ve compiled the top 5 ways people enjoy this painting.

      1. In a Crowd
        One of the most obvious ways that people see the painting is in a crowd. The gallery is almost always filled, and you might have to wait before you can get up close. The anticipation builds as you start in the back row, and slowly move until you are close enough to see the brushstrokes of Van Gogh’s thick paint.

      2. Online
        David from Colorado said that this was his first visit, but he had already seen the painting online. In addition to being available through the Getty’s Open Content program, the painting is often seen on social media. Just search #irises on Instagram for a taste of the painting’s popularity. 

      3. Alone
        If you arrive right at 10 a.m. when the museum opens, the quiet gallery provides a perfect backdrop to really examine the painting. Solitude and seclusion gives the gallery a sense of intimacy. 

      4. Multiple Times
        Repeat visits can give rise to multiple interpretations. Is it a melancholy or joyous painting? Expressive or depressive? 

      5. Internationally
        Visitors from all across the world viewed this famous Van Gogh. In just one hour you can hear multiple languages—French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, German, and more. Irises seems to rise above cultural boundaries—a Dutch painting inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e prints—to strike an emotional resonance amongst all viewers. 

      What is your favorite lens to view Van Gogh’s work through? 

      07/29/15

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