Those who missed the fact that yesterday was “Museum Selfie Day” have probably also suppressed the memory of the announcement by Oxford Dictionaries at the end of 2013 that it had chosen “selfie” as its word of the year. Museum professional Mar Dixon and the website Culture Themes declared yesterday to be a selfie-celebration and encouraged people to take to Twitter and post their favorite selfie photos from exhibitions past and present. Jay Z (pictured) was one of the first to post a photo from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; all the photos are still available here.
But those who missed yesterday’s festivities may simply be holding out for the January 28 opening of Mirrored and Obscured: Contemporary Texas Self-Portraits at Beaumont’s Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET), a group show of self-portraits (a perfectly fine word, even though it has that pesky extra syllable) by Texas artists. Links to the exhibition’s handsome catalogue are also floating around online (link not provided here), but since the show presents paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography by local artists who took the theme both literally and abstractly, the exhibition might merit more than a virtual tour.