Selfie destroys $200,000 worth of artwork

Before you make too many assumptions about the selfie-taker and the terrors of cell phone use in our modern era, let’s take a look at the facts. The gallery marketed this show as one perfect for selfies–the whole show was curated with this idea in mind so it’s not as though the selfie-taker was breaking any rules. As someone who has worked in galleries, that pedestal setup has me queasy just looking at it. There’s not enough space for people to comfortably pass through without bumping the pedestals or artwork. This is either the work of inexperienced gallerists or an intentional calamity as a sort of viewer initiated performance art. Read the article and watch the video below then comment what YOU think happened here!


From Taking selfies with art is an entire photographic subgenre unto itself. So, when an exhibition is touted as “series of wondrous, over-the-top sets for the perfect selfie,” why wouldn’t you pull out your camera and a snap a pic for the ‘gram? This is why.

The video below was taken at a group show at The 14th Factory in Los Angeles. Around the ten second mark, you can see a woman in the upper right stoop down for her ill-fated selfie and everything goes wrong.

As Hyperallergic points out, the Los Angeles Times ran a preview of the show back in May that was headlined “Oh, the selfies you’ll make at L.A.’s 14th Factory, where the art is so social. Our Instagram tour.” That headline turned out to be all too prophetic when the disastrous destruction of all that art occurred two weeks ago. Thankfully, footage of the incident was uploaded to YouTube today and started making the rounds.

Gloria Yu, one of the artists featured in the exhibition, tells Hyperallergic “Three sculptures were permanently damaged and others to varying degrees,” and “the approximate cost of damage is $200,000.” Keep in mind that art is generally worth what people will pay for it, but I guess that’s true with many things. The sticker price on this art was $200,000 and that’s final.

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