The Fairfield Museum and History Center located on 370 Beach Street has opened a new exhibition that will be on display through May 1, Look at Me! Recording and Sharing Our Selves. This evocative exhibition takes a look at “selfie” trend that has taken the social media world by storm. Today’s “selfie” phenomenon offers the opportunity to reflect on the history of how people have shared images of themselves.
This thought provoking exhibition questions the function and use of a painted portrait, a photograph and daguerreotype, and examines how does it differs from a “selfie” taken on a cell phone. Through this display, by examining paintings, silhouettes, early photographs, and miniatures of individuals from the Fairfield region, this exhibition considers how we have pictured ourselves over time.
On February 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the museum will host an “after dark program”, “Expressions of Identity and the Selfie”. Participants will enjoy a mini portrait-sketching workshop with Suzanne Chamlin-Richer, Associate Professor of Visual & Performing Arts of Fairfield University. Event goers will also join other guests to discuss the history of art and photography, from 18th century portraiture to the saturation of selfie images on social media today. Guests are invited to share their thoughts on this talk about the push and pull between popular culture, narcissism and social change and how people express their views through self-representation. Museum Members: Free; Non-Members: $5.
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