Once upon a time, you'd get scolded for taking photographs of artwork in museums and galleries. That was, of course, before social media became what it's become and art houses had the revelation that snap-happy visitors were actually helping get the word out about their exhibits and collections. These days it's not uncommon to see signage alongside an artwork that urges the viewer to snag a selfie or directs them to use a specific hashtag when sharing the pic. Now there's a thing called Museum Selfie Day (which seems to have manifested in 2014), a worldwide event during which culture enthusiasts are encouraged to take and share selfies while playfully interacting with the art and objects.
Museum Selfie Day this year falls on Wednesday, January 17. George Eastman Museum is getting in on the fun with a special after-hours tour of its History of Photography installation, with an emphasis on self-portraits, a presentation on the history of the selfie, and a chance to recreate some of the self-portraits found in the gallery. "From Self-Portrait to Selfie: A History of Photography" takes place Wednesday, January 17, at 6 p.m. $8-$10, advance tickets required: eastman.org.
Join CITY's Museum Selfie Day challenge by snapping a selfie at a Rochester museum or gallery, and posting it to Instagram or Twitter and tagging @roccitynews throughout the day. We'll repost the best ones.