04 May Newest Instagram Challenge that has you Enjoying Art from the Comfort of your Own Home
For those who have been keeping up with all the social media challenges that have been going on during this quarantine, we may have another one to add to your list. We have found that these challenges have become a fun way to test ourselves and take our mind into a creative space. During this time, those of us with non-essential jobs have probably been searching for ways to stay busy. Maybe it started with binge-watching Tiger King and questioning if Carol Baskin really killed her husband or botching every bread recipe you try to follow. After these failed attempts at becoming the next pro baker, I think I’ll just stick to buying my fresh bread at the grocery store.
However, Spring season to us usually means exploring the newest art exhibits that have arrived at our favorite museums. Even though we are stuck at home and unable to check them out, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our favorite art museums from the comfort of our home. Recently, a number of prominent museums, including the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Met in New York and the Louvre in Paris, have begun challenging their followers to recreate famous works of art, that the novel coronavirus is keeping us from enjoying in real life.
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles challenged people to post photos of themselves recreating their favorite works of art from the safety of their own homes. The rules are simple: Choose your favorite artwork. Then, find three things lying around your house, and recreate the artwork with those items.
In the weeks since the tweet was blasted out, over 24,000 responses have been uploaded to the Getty’s account alone. Thousands more have made submissions using the hashtag #MuseumChallenge, with artworks ranging from Old Master paintings dating back to the 1500s to renowned Dutch contemporary pieces like Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” being replicated by people around the world, from New York to the Netherlands, using only what can be found around the house.
These art lovers from all over the world have mentioned the sense of lightness that came from pretending to be someone else for a moment. There are so many people who miss the quietly social act of looking at art with others. But for now, they will have to make do with virtual gallery tours that their favorite museums are offering and the riffs on famous paintings posted to Instagram.
We have seen many people partake in this challenge, however one person stood out with during this challenge. Stacy Antoville, an art teacher for grades 6-12 in Manhattan, has assigned this project to her students to help them get through this confusing pandemic. The response was she received from her students was overwhelming and inspiring. In a recent interview with The New York Times, she mentioned that her students are “dealing with a lot of trauma right now.” Some are grieving losses; others are anxious about the future. They’re having trouble focusing on schoolwork and art, but they rose to the tableau vivant challenge in a way she didn’t expect at all. Her students gamely fashioned themselves as famous subjects like Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí. “I hope this can give them one good memory from this time,” she said.
Ami Herrick, 12, as Frida Kahlo’s “Self Portrait Dedicated to Dr. Eloesser.”
We hope to be able to enjoy the beauty and serenity that art museums provide soon. However, during this time it will just have to be at the comfort at our homes. If you’re a teacher trying to find creative ways to challenge your students or if you want to challenge your creative mind, we can’t wait to see you join the #MuseumChallenge. Who knows? Maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about art along the way.