March 16, 2012 – September 30, 2012
One major question the art world grapples with today asks: Are video games art? The Smithsonian American Art Museum has answered this question in the positive with its latest exhibition: The Art of Video Games. This exhibit is designed to recognize the creativity, storytelling, technology and elements of art and design that are all part of a video game. Featuring games chosen by popular vote such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Halo 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, artistic elements are examined in videos and prints of stills selected from the games. The exhibition also takes a look at the history of video games and their systems from the Atari to the PS3. The Art of Video Games opens this weekend with GameFest!, which will hold panel discussions with video game pioneers, designers, artists, and of course will feature live gaming. If you can’t make it out to Washington D.C., this groundbreaking exhibition is scheduled to travel, so check out the listings for the dates and location nearest you.