In These 12 Pictures of Masked Museum Visitors, Photographers Are Trying Hard—Really Hard—to Capture the Current Moment
Is the highly symbolic photo of the masked art-museum visitor an emerging genre? Decide for yourself.
If you follow the art news—and we at Artnet News really hope you do!—you probably have been seeing a lot of photos of the genre we call “people in masks looking at art.”
As museums around the world cautiously reopen or contemplate reopening, just what kind of health-and-safety measures each one puts into place is an important story. But then there’s also the Big Story, the “How We Live Now” story—and nothing speaks to that feeling in the art world at the moment quite like “people in masks looking at art.”
Below, we’ve picked out a few of the news pics we’ve come across where it seems like the photographer is shooting for symbolism, complete with our title for the kind of story that it is just crying out to illustrate.
“These Are Surreal Times in the Museum World”
“Even Masks Will Not Stop People From Taking Selfies With Art”
“Hot New Artgoing Activity: Wondering What Other Visitors Look Like Under Their Masks”
“There Is a Certain Element of Fashion When It Comes to Masks in the Museum”
“Art Is Facing a Real Onslaught”
“Culture Is Lost in the Maze of Safety Measures”
“Museums Are in a Pinch”
“Museums Feel Pretty Weird Right Now”
“Museums Will Look Different in the Future”
“Art Is Taking a Long Hard Look in the Mirror”
“Society Still Believes in Museums”
“Museums: Still Kooky”
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