‘Selfie’ exhibit at Fairfield Museum frames history of personal portraits
The exhibit features paintings, silhouettes, early photographs and miniatures of individuals from the Fairfield region. As a counterpoint to today’s digital selfies, the presentation is designed to give visitors “an opportunity to reflect on the history of how people have shared images of themselves. What was the function and use of a painted portrait, a photograph or daguerreotype, and how does it differ from a selfie taken on a cell phone? By examining a wide range of self-portraits, this exhibition considers how we have pictured ourselves over time,” according to museum publicity for the exhibit.
On Feb. 15, the museum will host a free Family Focus day program, “Paint a Portrait.” From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., children can create a painting based on a selfie or school picture. Bring a photo or a smartphone for the subject. Visitors will also get to explore portrait paintings from presidents to historic Fairfielders.
Another event planned in conjunction with the exhibit, “Museum After Dark: Expressions of Identity and the Selfie,” will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 25. The program, including a wine and cheese reception, will feature a portrait-sketching workshop with Suzanne Chamlin-Richer, associate professor of visual and performing arts at Fairfield University. The event is free for members; $5 for non-members.
During February and March, the Fairfield Museum and Histort Center is encouraging people to to submit selfies from around town on its Facebook page and through Twitter using the hashtag #LookAtMe. Entries will be put in a drawing for prizes that include items from the museum shop and free admission passes. For more information, visit the museum’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FairfieldMuseum.
“Look at Me! Recording and Sharing Our Selves,” runs through May 1 at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road. For more information, visit www.fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.