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Instagram is killing the way we experience art in museums

Category: Technology

In this article, Anne Quito discusses the positive and negative ways in which the ubiquity of mobile phones and social media has fundamentally changed how visitors choose to experience art in museums.

“The answer isn’t to ditch your phone, or even check it in to the museum coatroom. Instead, try this: Put your smartphone in your pocket and stand before the work. Look at it, and allow yourself to get lost in it. Then, by all means whip out your phone, take a picture, and tell the world what you think.”

-Anne Quito

"Please take your photos as quickly as possible and you can look it up online. Everything is online." Those were the instructions of a museum guard to visitors at the US National Portrait Gallery last Thursday night. Since the unveiling of Barack and Michelle Obama's official Smithsonian portraits on Feb.

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