A Viral Pop-Culture Blog Gets Its Due Art Treatment – WWD

A Tumblr-famous blog has — finally — come to a museum somewhat near you.

Pop-culture maniacs who worship at the shrine of Us Weekly are aware of a Tumblr called “Pop Culture Died in 2009.” For those less aware of the nostalgia-driven blog, the Tumblr, created by a high school student from Long Island, pokes fun at the ridiculousness of celebrity culture and coverage from the years 2000 to 2009. This past weekend, the blog stepped outside of its digital borders and opened an exhibition featuring the Aughts’ most infamous moments on canvas paintings. Until Sept. 10, the collection will be on display at the THNK1994 Museum in Brooklyn, the same museum that hosted an exhibit called “The Olsen Twins Hiding from the Paparazzi” last year.

Pop Culture Died in 2009’s creator and THNK1994 Museum curators Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen partnered to throw a party — themed “Nicole Richie’s 2007 Memorial Day BBQ” — to kick off the opening of the exhibition on Friday night.

“My fellow Americans, it’s that time of year to celebrate icons by drinking massive amounts of…honestly water,” reads the online invite, written in a similar fashion to the controversial one Nicole Richie sent to her friends in 2007 to invite them to her Memorial Day barbecue. “Right now, someone somewhere is looking at an exhibit featuring photos of rock stars [sic] in their heyday. Good for them! We feel it’s time to celebrate the icons of the aughts [sic] we all know and love as the rock stars they are.”

Pop Culture Died in 2009’s creator sat down with WWD ahead of the exhibition opening. Though he usually remains anonymous, he agreed to be called Matt for this interview.

WWD: Who’s your all-time favorite celebrity?
I would definitely say Anna Nicole Smith, since she was the one that got me into it. I was around four years old in my living room and “The Anna Nicole Show” was on TV. I had no clue who she was or her story, but here was…

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