The newly opened museum celebrates the art of self-portraits with fun and quirky exhibits dedicated to helping you create your best shots.
According to a newly opened Museum of Selfies in Los Angeles, the selfie isn’t just a silly by-product of the social media age, but a cultural phenomenon with roots dating back 40,000 years.
Co-founders Tommy Honton and Tair Mamedov said: “Selfies have a surprisingly rich history, and go back as far as people have been making art.”
Honton explains further, “Rembrandt did hundreds of self-portraits, Albrecht Dürer five, Van Gogh dozens … What’s the difference?
“Yes, artistic technique and scale is one thing, but in reality, if cell phones and cameras had existed, everyone would have taken them.”
Love it or hate it, there’s now a whole museum dedicated to the art of self-portraits — and it’s full of photo-worthy exhibits that are bound to have a place on your Instagram feed.
Fun facts about the selfie trend are just the tip of the iceberg. For instance, did you know that in New York, 61.6 percent of selfies are taken by women? The divide in Moscow is even more extreme, at 82 percent.
Thought-provoking exhibits are aplenty, including a copy of the Russian government’s recommendations for taking a selfie safely, which was created after several accidents and 12 selfie-related deaths in the country; as well as David Slater’s controversial monkey selfie — it ended up in a legal battle over copyrights as the monkey took the photo with the man’s camera.
Guests will find themselves posing with Colette Miller’s “Angel Wings” and whipping out their cameras for Artist Darel Carey’s multi-dimensional room, which is created with plastic tape. The latter was so popular that the museum described it as a “selfie magnet.”
Also featured is an exhibit mimicking the rooftop of Los Angeles’ tallest building, Wilshire Grand Centre. In reality, it’s a realistic photo of the ground below, printed on a platform — all the better to capture that death-defying selfie.
And before you leave, be sure to take a seat in a Game of Thrones-esque throne made out of selfie sticks — what else?
The museum will stay open in Glendale for two months initially, with yet-to-be-announced plans of extending its run.
More information here.