Well, the time has come...

it is time for a little bit of shameless self promotion. 

As many of you remember I was in the thick of it at work a couple weeks ago. We decided to open an exhibition I had been contributing to about three weeks early. No biggie, right? Oi. Biggie. It was fun, but we definitely felt the time crunch.

#HashtaggingHistory was a labor of love for myself and (my work bestie) Emily Feazel. It is the first in-house exhibition that the museum has ever done, but it has been a great learning experience...but most of all just fun! 

Here is our newsletter article on the exhibition: 

As the Norton begins its fiftieth year, we’ve longed to celebrate the wealth of its collection by featuring pieces that have not been put on permanent display. In honoring our past and looking toward our future, the Norton is choosing to open 2016 with an exhibition from our own collection, rather than visiting from another source. Opening January 9th , #HashtaggingHistory is a new way to view some of the archival pieces in the permanent collection. Each of the artworks in this exhibition will be “tagged” with a hashtag that best represents the subject or the thematic idea of the work. Using six prominent hashtags from social media being featured in the exhibition - Outfit of the Day, Selfie, Throwback Thursday, Adventure, LiveTweet, and Woman Crush Wednesday - we hope to offer a new vantage point on art for onlookers. These hashtags also work as searchable markers for microblogging platforms like Twitter and Instagram, and through this exhibition, visitors will be able to witness some of these historic subjects thoughout their (hypothetical) social media posts. 

For instance, we are exhibiting a painting depicting Marie Antoinette in our #OutfitoftheDay section exploring her taste for couture clothing as well as gaining some insight into her personal designer, Rose Bertin. Charlie Russell’s self-portrait will also be moved into the exhibition under the theme #selfie, along with a few others. And in our #livetweet section, we will explore the idea that the Founding Fathers worked on the Declaration of Independence while tweeting drafts and information back and forth to one another. 

The exhibition also explores the development of social media vs. the mass media of the past. Many prominent news stories of the last few years have been broken to the public using Twitter and the “everyday man” as the reporter. Consequently, we will have a section of the gallery dedicated to exploring classic breaking news quotes (The Assassination of JFK, The Stock Market Crash of 1929, September 2001, etc.) placed next to some of the most noted tweets for breaking news (Death of Osama bin Ladin, the Beijing Earthquake, The Miracle on the Hudson, etc.) These media posts will be used in discussing media influence with our students and writing projects, but the exhibition is aimed at all generations. 

Whether you’re an avid social media user, or someone whose idea of “social media” begins and ends with the telephone, you’ll find something that speaks to you in our first exhibition of the year. Please join us for #HashtaggingHistory which will be at the Norton from January 9 to May 15, 2016. 

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If you are local to the Shreveport/Bossier area please come by and check out the exhibition. It is free, and honestly, pretty funny...if I'm aloud to say that? I hope you guys have an excellent Monday and an even better week! Come back on Wednesday for a Cosplay Blog! Until then, and as always, stay exceptionally chic & exquisitely geek! 

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  1. I'm so proud of you! This looks so exciting...I wish we were in town for this!

    1. This exhibition runs until the middle of May so you will have plenty of time to check it out!!!