Parrish Art Museum Requests Photos from the Selfie Important

To celebrate their new exhibition Face Time: Portraits from the Collection, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is inviting visitors to contribute self portraits in the form of cell phone “selfies” through the show’s conclusion on April 14.

The museum has asked art fans to photograph themselves in the museum and upload the pictures to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #ParrishSelfie. From there, the photos could end up reproduced in the Parrish Art Museum’s website or summer 2014 newsletter. Even cooler, all participants will be eligible to win a museum membership, two tickets to a program of choice (subject to availability, benefit events excluded) or “other Parrish goodies.”

Photos can be as simple as a selfie shot standing in front of the Parrish’s iconic building, but the museum is encouraging people to get creative and use to their advantage the many works of art and wonders inside. “Don’t be selfie-conscious!” the Parrish writes, “Get theatrical and use costumes or strike a pose from a painting; incorporate an artwork, reflections, words, the building’s architecture, or unusual angles.”

It sounds like everything is fair game—outside of climbing on the sculptures or touching the many precious treasures on display.

This is an art museum, after all.

Face Time: Portraits from the Collection (February 2–April 14, 2014) explores  the art of the portrait through a wide array of works from the Parrish Permanent Collection. Pieces created in various media are on display by a selection of important artists, including Tina Barney, Dawoud Bey, Elie Nadelman, John Sloan, Elizabeth Peyton, James Montgomery Flagg, Adam Bartos, Leon Kroll, Marisol, Thornton Dial, Richard Lindner, Red Grooms, Billy Sullivan and Lucy Winton.

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Call 631-283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.

Leon Kroll, Child Reading Parrish Art Museum

Leon Kroll (American, 1884–1974) Child Reading, 1943 Oil on paper 19 1/8 x 27 1/8 inches Parrish Art Museum Clark Collection, 1959.6.31, Parrish Art Museum

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