LMU students interns at the Getty | LIFE + ARTS


After completing an internship at the world-renowned Getty Center this summer, four LMU students shared their experience working as panelists in the most recent KaleidoLA lecture series.

The students have all worked in different areas of the Getty and have contributed to the preservation and empowerment of historically marginalized artists.

Gabi Jones, major in art history, worked at the Getty Research Institute as part of the African American Art History Initiative (AAAHI), which broadens the cultural representation of the Getty.

“The Getty’s collection has been primarily a very hegemonic collection, so it’s very rare that you find large libraries of color artists. AAAHI is working to change that and to collect the work of living artists so that there is a record that goes beyond what is already written, ”Jones said.

Most of her time was spent helping with the new exhibition “Blondell Cummings: Dance As Moving Pictures”. Cummings was a prominent black choreographer in the 1970s and 1980s, empowering black women through her dance style.

“Her work was really focused on experiencing black femininity and everyday life and glorifying what was ordinary, and historically her work has been discussed with other people. The exhibit seeks to center its own genius in the canon of dance history, ”Jones said.

Gabrielle Riter, an art history major, was briefed on the internship by her academic advisor and then began the lengthy application process, which included three in-person interviews.

Once accepted, she worked specifically at the Getty Conservation Institute Information Center in a small department called Art and Architecture Technical Abstracts (AATA) Online. She helped the department update its research database to preserve cultural heritage.

“Because I want to become a librarian, gain cataloging experience, create bibliographic records and practice my research skills has been extremely beneficial. I have also met and bonded with many other interns with similar interests, as well as on-site visits to the Getty Center and Villa, the Huntington Library and Gardens and the El Pueblo cultural site, ”said Riter. “I came out of the internship certain to be in the right area for me. “

Likewise, Jordan White, intern and senior in art history and political science, also benefited from site visits.

“The highlight of my experience was visiting a house that I researched,” White said. “I had researched the area because my great-grandfather frequented the area. He’s 93 years old and this project has helped me connect with him. I am grateful that my supervisors listened to his comments and chose a place that had both architectural and personal significance.

After researching a house in the same neighborhood that his great-grandfather often visited, White had the opportunity to tour the house with his supervisors.

White worked at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) on the Los Angeles African-American Historic Places Initiative, which worked with Los Angeles City Planning and the Bureau of Historic Resources.

“During my 10-week internship, I conducted interviews, field research and online analysis. I created conservation toolkits, conducted research on historic districts, met with project partners, and created case studies to analyze previous national conservation efforts, ”White added.

The fourth intern, Senior Major in Studio Arts, José Miguel Camacho, had a different role than his peers, working specifically with the Getty Center’s adolescent programs. Throughout the summer, Camacho taught a group of 15 high school students how to facilitate virtual art experiences for Kindergarten to Grade 12 classes.

“Every time I applied for the program and saw this description, I thought to myself that I don’t even know if there are 15 high school kids interested in art in Los Angeles,” Camacho said. . “And then, to see that these high school kids were so interested in the topics that we cover and the things that we were talking about, it made it all the more interesting and inspiring for me.”

Camacho’s position was to act as “another voice in the room”, facilitating conversations with the 15 students on how to create a safe space to discuss various works of art.

While each intern has a radically different job, they all had the unique opportunity to work alongside top Getty professionals, advancing the diversity, equity and inclusion of the Getty’s collections.


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