From the people who brought you an art exhibit dedicated to Icelandic songstress Björk comes the most 2016 art acquisition we can imagine. The Museum of Modern Art has acquired the original emoji.
According to the New York Times, 176 little icons that now look primitive in the era of SMS-friendly tacos and unicorns will join the @ symbol and "a range of video games" in the New York City musuem's collection of digital objects. From the Times:
"These glyphs, designed for pagers made by the Japanese mobile provider NTT DoCoMo and released in 1999, were the first pictographs to make their way into mobile communication. It would take another decade for emoji to explode into an American phenomenon, when Apple integrated its first emoji set for the iPhone in 2011. There are now nearly 2,000 standardized emoji."
MoMA will start to display the emoji in its lobby in December. Read more about the history of pictographic-meets-telephonic communication at the Times. MoMA also seems very excited (one might say smiley) about the acquisition in their official Medium post.
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