Introducing Rakewell, Apollo’s wandering eye on the art world. Look out for regular posts taking a rakish perspective on art and museum stories.
Last week, professional famous person and aspiring artist Paris Hilton took to Twitter to claim that she and Britney Spears had ‘invented’ the selfie…
11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie! pic.twitter.com/1byOU5Gp8J
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) November 19, 2017
As regular readers will know, Hilton – who describes her as yet un-exhibited artistic efforts as ‘Warhol-esque of now’ – is something of a cultural pioneer. So it is that her flash of inspiration, all those years ago, is about to be institutionalised – with a pop-up ‘Museum of Selfies’ opening in Glendale, California.
According to its Twitter account, the ‘museum’ will feature ‘hands-on installations that examine the 40,000 year history, science, art and culture of self representation’. And, says a report in TimeOut, visitors will be treated to exhibits including ‘an Iron Throne made of selfie sticks’ and a display dedicated to the ‘food selfie’. Ahem. Or, as one Twitter user had it:
we’re doomed https://t.co/ADzz061Kct
— Katya Kotlyar (@katologic) November 29, 2017