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access_time August 9, 2012 at 6:33 PM in Culture by Sean Garmer

“Art of Video Games” Exhibit Goes to Florida in October

The Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida will be the first museum in the nation to host the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibition “The Art of Video Games,” following its enormously successful presentation in Washington, D.C.

The exhibition will run from October 24, 2012 through January 13, 2013. The exhibition showcases the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, focusing on striking graphics, creative storytelling, and player interactivity. The Boca Raton Museum of Art will offer a variety of associated programs and educational opportunities for visitors of all ages and interests.

The exhibit will be going around to different states for at least a few years. So, if you do not live in Florida don´t worry.

Here is some extra information on the exhibit:

The Art of Video Games is a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the legacy of video games as a medium for artistic expression. The exhibition will give viewers an opportunity to explore the evolution of video games since they were first introduced 40 years ago.

The exhibit highlights some of the best games for 20 gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. It will feature 80 video games presented through still images and video footage. In addition, the galleries include video interviews with developers and artists, historic game consoles, and large prints of in-game screen shots. Five featured games, one from each era, will be available in the exhibition galleries for visitors to play for a few minutes to gain some feel for interactivity. The playable games – Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower – will demonstrate how players interact with the virtual worlds, highlighting innovative new techniques that set the standard for many subsequent games.

A companion book, The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect,
written by curator Chris Melissinos, with more than 100 composite images of featured games by Patrick O’Rourke, will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. The book, published by Welcome Books in cooperation with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, examines each of the 80 featured games, providing a behind-the-scenes look at their development and innovation, and commentary on the relevance of each in the history of video games.


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