Thu, Jun 27 at 7 p.m. | 90 minutes
Does it seem like our current culture is the most self-obsessed to date? People have been saying that for 500 years. Join art historian Theodore Barrow in the Strand's rare book room for a deep dive into the selfie and the modern self through the lens of art history.
Let's explore these conundrums and more in this Olio which reframes modern selfie-culture against the backdrop of Western Art History, beginning in the Italian Renaissance. What issues were at stake when an artist painted themselves in the 17th century, versus how we represent our selves today? Join art historian Theodore Barrow for a dynamic deep dive into the aesthetics of self-fashioning in western painting.
Ted Barrow teaches in Barnard College's Pre-College Program over the summer, focusing on the relationship between art and film in New York City, and has taught art history courses at Baruch, City College, the College of Staten Island, and Brooklyn College. Barrow currently teaches at Cooper Union, and runs a popular satirical Instagram account about skateboarding (@feedback_ts).