The Art of Video Games at Smithsonian through Sept. 30

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is hosting an exhibit showcasing the art of the video game now through Sept. 30.

The Smithsonian Web site describes the exhibit:

Video games are a prevalent and increasingly expressive medium within modern society. In the forty years since the introduction of the first home video game, the field has attracted exceptional artistic talent. An amalgam of traditional art forms—painting, writing, sculpture, music, storytelling, cinematography—video games offer artists a previously unprecedented method of communicating with and engaging audiences.

The Art of Video Games is one of the first exhibitions to explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. It features some of the most influential artists and designers during five eras of game technology, from early pioneers to contemporary designers. The exhibition focuses on the interplay of graphics, technology and storytelling through some of the best games for twenty gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3. Eighty games, selected with the help of the public, demonstrate the evolution of the medium. The games are presented through still images and video footage. In addition, the galleries will include video interviews with twenty developers and artists, large prints of in-game screen shots, and historic game consoles. Chris Melissinos, founder of Past Pixels and collector of video games and gaming systems, is the curator of the exhibition.

The list of games at the exhibit can be found here. The games selected were decided by popular vote and a few games represent different gaming consoles. There are 60 games on display for educational purposes and a few that are playable.

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2 thoughts on “The Art of Video Games at Smithsonian through Sept. 30

  1. How fortuitous, I’m actually going to be there at that time. Thanks, TSMDJ, for bringing this historic event to my attention. I hope Pac is still on the steps to greet me.

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