The 6 Pieces of Art You Need to Selfie With
As the saying goes, life imitates art. While Oscar Wilde was probably not referring to mimicking statues in a museum, we think that the adage still applies. So in honor of Museum Hack’s expert and off-kilter tours in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, here are the pieces of art that are perfect for a selfie at the various institutions you can explore.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Calling all lovers of Stephen Sondheim! The inspiration for the famed composer’s “Sunday in the Park With George” resides in this Windy City museum. Strike a pose in front of George Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of the Grand Jatte.” Pick a character from the musical (or painting), or maybe pretend to be Seurat himself with a little color and light.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
There are countless masterpieces in this iconic New York institution that it’s impossible to choose just one. However, we think a group photo would be most fun, and there are plenty of people to pose like (or with) in “Death of Socrates” by Jacques Louis David. Statues more your speed? Get friendly with your group and entangle like “Ugolino and His Sons” by JeanBaptiste Carpeaux.
The American Museum of Natural History
There are countless dioramas, animals, and dinosaur bones to admire at New York City’s Museum of Natural history, but the pièce de résistance is the blue whale. She is 94-feet long and 21,000 pounds, and there are no wires attaching her to the ceiling. It’s an engineering (and marine) masterpiece!
The De Young Fine Arts Museum
The African art collection can’t be missed here, and one of our favorite pieces is “Standing Figure” from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Put your hands in the air like you just don’t care! (Or like you do, because this statue is really cool.)
The Getty Center
While we’re partial to Vincent Van Gogh’s “Irises,” you must take the opportunity to enjoy the art (and the panoramic views) outside by the Getty’s Center. One of our favorites is Marino Marini’s “Angel of the Citadel.” Just spread your arms and power pose like this rider.
The National Gallery of Art
Sure there are plenty of monuments and historical landmarks in DC to explore, but you’ll find an impressive and storied collection of art at the National Gallery. Make sure you stop to blue steel like Van Gogh with one of the artist’s acclaimed self-portraits.