1978. I remember standing in line with my mother at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, for three hours, waiting to see the “King Tut” exhibit. (It was only the year before, 1977, that I’d stood in line with my brother for four hours waiting to see Star Wars at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood). The spectacle of this exhibit of a World’s treasure identified something greater to me than any textbook at that time had ever expressed to me. I was only 9 years old, but even then I felt that it was disrespectful to reduce King Tutankhamun’s (1341-1323 BC) to a nickname.
Sadly, I returned to LACMA in 2005 for Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Exhibition. As the museum itself was in transition, I felt it was one of the poorest exhibitions I’d ever witnessed. There is still so much more to this young King. We should still be talking about him.