Selfie Generation book talk at Minneapolis Institute of Art on November 9 at 7PM

Hello! Very excited to announce the first big event for The Selfie Generation!  SPECIAL EVENT The Selfie Generation: How Our Self Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Property, Sex, Consent, and Culture Coming up: Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 pm Minneapolis Institute of Art 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 A conversation between author Alicia Eler, […]

This Monkey Selfie Court Case is Totally Bananas

The selfie shooter is the copyright holder of a selfie. But what if the selfie shooter is a monkey, not a human being? Nature photographer David Slater recently settled in the now infamous “monkey selfie” court case brought against him by PETA on behalf of Naruto, a crested macaque in Indonesia. Slater, who owns Wildlife […]

iPhone X’s New Face ID Makes Selfies Mandatory

Selfies will never be the same again. Huge news struck the selfieverse this week when Apple announced that the long-awaited iPhone X (pronounced “X,” not “ten”) could be unlocked using only the owner’s selfie through a complex facial recognition system called Face ID. With the rise of facial recognition technology, the fact that Apple chose […]

NEW BOOK: “The Selfie Generation” (Skyhorse) is out Nov 7, 2017

My first book The Selfie Generation (Skyhorse) is out November 7, 2017!  Pre-order Now >  Whether it’s Kim Kardashian uploading picture after picture to Instagram or your roommate posting a mid-vacation shot to Facebook, selfies receive mixed reactions. But are selfies more than, as many critics lament, a symptom of a self-absorbed generation? Digital native Alicia Eler’s […]

NEW JOB: Visual Art Critic / Reporter at the Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Hello! I’m excited to share that I recently started working as a visual art critic/reporter at the Star Tribune Minneapolis. Read my stories: http://www.startribune.com/alicia-eler/424327523/   Tweet

The Women Behind Netflix’s Girlboss Share How You Can Start Being the Boss of Your Own Life / GLAMOUR

When Charlize Theron read Sophia Amoruso’s memoir, #Girlboss, about the eBay entrepreneur’s unconventional approach to starting the Nasty Gal empire, it wasn’t the author’s history of dumpster diving or her rebellious attitude that drew Theron in. No, “every page was pure motivation,” says the actress and producer. “It wasn’t ‘Here are 10 ways you can […]

Skewering clichés in Ellen von Unwerth’s erotic Bavarian wonderland / CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) — Milk the cows. Churn the butter. Chop the wood. These farmland chores sound boring as all hell until they’re re-envisioned as a campy Bavarian fantasy in “Heimat,” a series by German photographer Ellen von Unwerth. The photos have been compiled in a 454-page art tome published by Taschen, which is accompanied by […]

The Queer Art that Helped Define Post-Blackness / Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — “Post-black” is a term that’s thrown around a lot, though its meaning is not totally fixed. In Derek Conrad Murray’s book Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity After Civil Rights, he argues that the intersectionality of sexual politics and queer identities has been essential in shaping and defining post-blackness. Murray, a professor […]

When Great Art Makes You LOL / Hyperallergic / collab with Alex Huntsberger

Greetings, Internet! Here’s a delightful essay that I’ve co-authored with my dear friend, Alex Huntsberger, who is a theater critic based in Chicago. Check it!     If you heard peals of laughter ringing out through the quiet, reverent halls of an art museum, what would your reaction be? Would you “tut-tut” in their general […]

Show Me the Money! Collective Fundraises for Pyramid to House 14,000 ‘Jerry Maguire’ Tapes / Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — In an alt-facts world that gets more bizarre with every passing day of this new administration, absurdist art that plays on America’s obsession with entertainment provides temporary comic relief. “The Jerry Maguire Video Store” at iam8bit gallery was one such project. For just over two weeks, the walls and shelves of the makeshift store were […]