Museums Tell Visitors to Stick to Stickless Selfies
By admin on Feb 15, 2015 | In Visual Arts
Art museums don't seem to mind when people take self photos--"selfies"--in front of the works on display. A selfie on someone's Facebook page or Twitter post is free publicity for the museum.
However, it may be a whole different story when the visitors bring on the camera positioning extender known as a "selfie stick." The wand-like apparatus, designed to get the photo-taking device far enough away to include a little extra background in the framing, has museum officials concerned that people wielding these sticks might accidentally clunk another visitor or even damage the art with an unfortunate swipe through the air.
According to a New York Times article, the museums don't want to have to put all their art under glass, and so, instead, some are simply banning the sticks. According to the Times, Washington's Hirshhorn Museum already has the ban in place, and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is about to require its patrons go stickless.
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