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This Is Not a Selfie

Anh-Minh Le | September 25, 2017 | Story Now In


The concept of selfies existed long before the advent of Instagram. A newly opened exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art explores the photographic form as a fine art genre and a long-standing means of expression. 

This Is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits From the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection consists of 66 images, from early-19th century works to those that rely on digital techniques. The show, which runs through Jan. 14, marks the debut of the collection, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“Presenting these works in the heart of Silicon Valley comments on the age of the selfie and makes a bold statement,” says SJMA Oshman Executive Director Sayre Batton. “This Is Not a Selfie will address issues of self-revelation, representation and otherness that resonate as strongly today as at the first moment when the lens of the artist turned inward.”

Among the artists featured are Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol. An opening reception is scheduled for Sept. 27. 110 S. Market St., San Jose

Originally published in the September/October issue of Silicon Valley

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