Hofstra University’s FORM student gallery in Calkins Hall, South Campus, presents Mona Lisa Selfie by Lauren Webb, through October 18, 2014. Webb, a senior from Truckee, CA, is majoring in Rhetoric studies and minoring in Fine Arts.
“I wanted to document what it means to appreciate and observe art in our current age of digital devices and social media, using the most famous and recognizable piece of art in the world, Mona Lisa,” Webb says of her photography. This summer, Webb visited the Louvre, the home Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. She was intrigued by the behaviors she witnessed. Visitors, so absorbed with taking a “selfie” with the Mona Lisa, did not appear to fully appreciate being in the same space as some of the most incredible works of art in the world.
Web says that having to capture important moments with “selfies” seems to have “transcended into every aspect of our lives. I am, at the very least, hypercritical of the idea that one must prove that he or she has viewed or visited a thing or a place by taking a selfie,” she says.
Webb promises to shed some light on what it means to be an observer of art today with her show, Mona Lisa Selfie.
The FORM Gallery is located on the first floor of Calkins Hall, South Campus. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History at 516-463-5474.
Hofstra student Cassidy Lang ’17 contributed to this story