Thursday, January 9, 2014

Instagram Announces "Selfie" Exhibit Will Replace Famous Rembrandt Collection At Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rembrandt's Self-portrait in a cap from 1630 is believed to be the first known "duck face."
In a controversial announcement made Wednesday evening, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has confirmed that it has reached a deal with Instagram to curate an exhibit exploring the social media movement of "selfies."

The exhibit, which will aim to portray the complexity of narcissistic vanity in a fast-paced, technological age, will be replacing the long-celebrated collection of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, a seventeenth century Dutch painter known for creating over one hundred self-portraits, considered by some to be a depressingly laborious, pre-photographic study of aging.

"We're thrilled that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to host our collection of artwork," Instagram said via press release.  "The 'Selfies' exhibit celebrates an autobiographical artistic expression that pushes the boundaries of what famous portraitists like Rembrandt were able to achieve, while also placing the chance to partake in a prominent art form within reach of pretty much anybody with thumbs."

The collection, which debuts this weekend with a "#selfiesunday" gala honoring influential portraitists contributing to the movement, will feature live photographic exhibitions from Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian, neither of whom have explicitly agreed to remain clothed during their performances.

Notable works to be featured in the exhibit include Girl in the Bathroom Mirror by xoTammy93, Cute Hair, Don't Care by UrBoyfriendsGF, and the controversial selfie Mo'fuckin Swole by ShitSonMahAbzGotAbz, which features a young man flexing topless in a gym locker room while an elderly, naked man in the background grabs his love handles in a dejection that captures the shattering of a fragile and shapeless self-esteem.  Experts have described the juxtaposition of these two men as something ranging from "a nuanced, articulate expression of the human image" to "just another dickhead eye-fucking his own torso."

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013: A Year in Review

At the commencement of each calendar year, our focus shifts from remembering what caused the last twelve months to be memorable, to making ambitious promises to ourselves and our families which will inevitably fade into obscurity after a few weeks good-ish faith efforts.  The past year brought personal challenges--and hopefully some personal victories--to most, and provided culturally pertinent events to those with access to media, literacy, and an attention span.  Now, with promises of finally trying hot yoga and short distance jogging on the horizon, we look back at a retrospect of what made 2013 so sadly, triumphantly, and frustratingly memorable.

Chelyabinsk Meteor
On February 15, 2013, a meteor believed to be approximately 20 meters (or ~10.94 fathoms) in diameter exploded in the Earth's atmosphere above Russia.  While many around the world watched countless videos captured by the dashboard cameras of Russian vehicles and grappled with the idea that we are all pointlessly arrogant specks of carbon who will inevitably one day fall victim to the sociopathic entropy of the universe, many more wondered why the hell there are so many dashboard cameras in Russia.  The answer?  Because the #4 pastime in Russian following vodka, gymnastics, and topless horseback riding is insurance fraud.

Boston Marathon Bombings
When two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a city and a country experienced both the highs and lows of which humanity is capable.  Photos and stories surfaced of people running towards the explosions to help, spectators tending to victims, and marathon participants running and additional 1.5 miles to Massachusetts General Hospital to donate blood.  When the dust cleared, the manhunt ended, catchphrases were hijacked by local sports fans, and generalized Muslim insensitivities began to recede back to normal, but likely still inappropriate levels, Boston began to grieve, and already sedentary Americans were left with yet another reason not to get off the couch.