The current exhibition at the Getty Research Institute, Obsidian Mirror-Travels: Refracting Ancient Mexican Art and Archaeology, challenges our ideas of how we understand the past. More than 70 objects from the Colonial era to the present, including maps, books, photographs,… More»
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