Make your next Instagram post or Facebook profile picture one to remember. ARTmazing Selfie Gallery, a new immersive pop art exhibition and events space in New Orleans, guarantees the perfect photoshoot with 17 uniquely themed installations and rooms.
Founded by artist Giselle Monteiro in late October, the French Quarter gallery is designed to ignite imaginations and inspire creativity. "I wanted people to engage with the exhibitions on a personal level and create their own personalized experience where they are part of the set and complete the art," Monteiro told Adore. "It’s art in the age of Instagram — a modern pop-art museum, made for taking the perfect selfie."
The first of the installations were created by Monteiro and the gallery will evolve with the seasons, changing every 3-4 months. Guests can currently twirl around fake dollar bills in the Millionaire's Room and create their own pieces of art while experiencing the Rainbow installation (up until December). The art will be auctioned off close to Christmas with proceeds going to local charity BYOBikes. Monteiro plans to have additional installations with the same intent of giving back to New Orleans through different nonprofits.
The museum took about 10 months from concept to opening, with many changes along the way due to the pandemic. Masks are required throughout the exhibit and guests are asked to respect each other's boundaries to ensure adequate social distancing.
"We came up with the ideas, bought everything for the installations, and basically had to change everything to adapt to a new reality of less touch and interaction, but in a way that is still fun and interesting. It was definitely a hurdle that continues to challenge us, but we’re confident in our direction and are so amazed at what we’ve been able to accomplish against this year’s many obstacles."
The gallery is preparing for the holidays with a themed installation called "Christmas Morning" and a Sunday Brunch in December (more details to come!). New Orleans artists are also encouraged to reach out to Monteiro if they are interested in using the space for afternoon workshops. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Artmazing Gallery is located at 309 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.