Instagram has changed the art world. Now Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art examines this recent force with Instagael, a student Instagram exhibition. Instagael displays the best photographs the student community has to offer, but also provokes fundamental discussions about the identity of art.
Instagram boasts 60 million photos shared each day from a community of 300 million members. These photos, and this forum, represent the art world of the future. Indeed, since 2013, “Instagram” is searched more often in the search engine Google than “art” itself. Instagram is a uniquely democratizing force in the art world. Now, anyone can post their photographs and receive near immediate feedback. Likewise, anyone with an internet connection now has a gallery of billions of photographs at their fingertips.