Awkward Family Photos brings humor to Fort Collins Art Museum

Ashley Potts

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  • Funny Fourth of July photos are featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • Funny pet photos are featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • A photo of girls with matching crazy hair is featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • A photo of a child posing with a vacuum cleaner is featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • Funny vacation photos are featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • Funny Christmas photos are featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • A strange family portrait is featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • Funny sibling photos are featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • “Punks in Space,” a funny family portrait is featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • A family sports portrait is featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • A living room setup adds to the mood of the photos featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • A photo of a matching mother and child is featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • A photo of a father changing his child’s diaper under a display of rifles is featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

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Everyone loves their family, but to some extent everyone is also incredibly embarrassed by their family. Awkward Family Photos has been capitalizing on that hilarious embarrassment on awkwardfamilyphotos.com since 2009, where users can share and view each others’ embarrassing family photos.

If that wasn’t enough, the photos also travel as an exhibition. The most recent stop is the Fort Collins Museum of Art. 

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The website is pretty popular and includes sections for awkward family videos, articles reminiscing on the past decades that created many of said awkwardness and a Hall of Fame page. There is also a section to submit a photo and a shop that features card games, calendars, postcards and books.

Awkward family photos hang on a gallery wall.
“Punks in Space,” a funny family portrait is featured in the Awkward Family Photos exhibition at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on display until July 15. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

The exhibition transforms the website into a gallery space that feels like a kitschy living room where an average American family would gather. The walls are donned with all the gloriously awkward photos, complete with averagely awful looking frames. There are walls for every awkward situation: Fourth of July, family vacation, Halloween, Christmas, Easter and, of course, the typical family portrait. There is a wall for pets, a wall for grandparents, a wall for siblings and a wall for mom and dad.

Some of the standout images that had museum visitors laughing out loud included a child happily posing with a large red vacuum, a family hanging from what seems to be a stripper pole with their Christmas tree lit up behind them, a dad changing a diaper below a display of rifles and a punk rock sibling portrait with a galaxy background. 

Not a single photo could be easily forgotten, and every shot felt painfully relatable. They are the type of photos you dread your mom will pull out when a friend or significant other comes over.

Whether you’re into art or just into humor, the exhibition will have some entertainment factor.

The exhibition will be on display through July 15. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 p.m.