This is Not a Selfie


Deborah Irmas, guest curator of This is Not a Selfie, will join in conversation with Rory Padeken, on the topic of the exhibition currently on view at the San Jose Museum of Art.

This Is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and drawn from the most significant collection devoted to the subject, which was donated to LACMA by Audrey and Sydney Irmas beginning in 1992. The exhibition comprises 66 photographs ranging from early 19th-century experiments through contemporary digital techniques and includes works by Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman, Alfred Stieglitz, Lorna Simpson, and Andy Warhol, among others. SJMA is the first venue for This Is Not a Selfie, which will later travel to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.


“Today millions of selfies, from the funny and self-deprecating to the private and sexually explicit, are shared with friends and strangers around the world,” said Rory Padeken, associate curator at SJMA. “But is the selfie the same as the fine art genre of photographic self-portraiture? This exhibition examines why it is important to make the distinction.”