Selfie Column Featured in Psychology Today magazine

Peregrine Honig, Silver Selfie (2013)

My selfie column is in Psychology Today, along with this excellent #artselfie by artist and reality TV star Peregrine Honig! Check it out: Tweet

“Obama Pens Apology to an Art Historian” for Hyperallergic Featured on The Rachel Maddow TV Show


The news I broke for Hyperallergic ended up on the Rachel Maddow show.  Here’s the TV clip: Read the original story that I wrote for Hyperallergic here:   Tweet

“Art at Arm’s Length: A History of the Selfie” by Jerry Saltz — New York Magazine


I am honored to be a part of Jerry Saltz’s take on the selfie in his column for this week’s New York Magazine. Check out the quote here: Selfies are usually casual, improvised, fast; their primary purpose is to be seen here, now, by other people, most of them unknown, in social networks. They are never […]

‘Selfie’-reliance: The word of the year is the story of our individualism – Washington Post

Mal Fairclough/AP -  In a photo from Sept. 21, 2012 , Kim Kardashian, left, is surrounded by her fans who are attempting to have their photographs taken with her as she leaves a radio station in Melbourne, Australia. (Image via Washington Post)

The Washington Post quotes me in a story about selfie culture: Selfies are a form of vernacular photography, like amateur daguerreotype or Polaroid, says Alicia Eler, who writes routinely about selfies on the arts Web site Hyperallergic, and the prevalence of the artistic tool (the smartphone) doesn’t diminish the value of the work. “I think the […]

Selfie Stories Featured on Gigaom & the Blog


It’s been quite a week for the selfie. My posts on selfie culture were recently featured on two influential websites. 7 stories to read this weekend on Gigaom lists two of my selfie posts: *    *    * Blog post on selfies links to my funeral selfies post: Tweet

Selfie Lecture at Upfor Gallery in Portland, Oregon in Visual Art Resource


CLOSING TALK WITH ALICIA ELER  Self(ie) Portraits Upfor Gallery, Portland March 1, 2014 at 11:30am pst Alicia Eler will discuss the emerging grey area between consumer selfies and artist self-portraits in a lecture and talk-back. Mimosas and light refreshments will be served; seating is limited. Eler is an art critic, curator and writer whose projects […]

ARTINFO Holiday Guide: Art Critics Edition

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This holiday season, ARTINFO Canada asked me to be a part of the art critics edition of their holiday guide. What assists me in my writing practice? Here’s what I told them: Chicago writer Alicia Eler wants nothing more than to smell sweet things as she sets pen to the page. – See more at: […]

President Obama Pens Personal Apology to an Art Historian / Hyperallergic + NYTimes

Art historian Ann Collins Johns of the University of Texas at Austin (image used with permission)

Professor Ann Collins Johns at the University of Texas at Austin was just as peeved as many people were about President Barack Obama’s knock on art history majors. So she did what any self-assured art historian would do and wrote a letter to Obama on January 31, shortly after the President’s remarks, and sent it using the White […]

The Feminist Politics of #Selfies featured on Colorlines


CHICAGO — The selfie is an aesthetic with radical potential for bringing visibility to people and bodies that are othered. This week we present to you a few instances of empowerment that we caught via the #feministselfie hashtag on Twitter, which began in response to a post on Jezebel that suggests all selfies are a cry for help. These feminist […]

Coffeeshop Writer at Coffee Studio Chicago on ABC-7′s 190 North [TV]

alicia eler coffeeshop

I was caught on camera at the Coffee Studio, my favorite coffeeshop in the entire Chicagoland area! Here’s the link just in case: Tweet