The Art Of Video Games – the wildly popular art exhibit which did a six month tour at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC – is taking it on the road with a massive exhibit tour, kicking off at the Boca Raton Museum of Art on October 24, where it will remain on display through January 20, 2013. From there, it’s off to the rest of the country where several major cities will be hit for extended engagements.
The exhibition covers and explores the 40 year history of video games and their evolution as an artistic medium and pulled thousands of visitors into the Smithsonian, becoming one of the most viewed exhibits in the museum’s history. It ran at the Smithsonian until last month, when it was sent off with GameFest 2.0, an event which got the attendees to take part in live gameplay and a number of family activities.
GameFest also invited attendees to enjoy a number of other public events, such as a showing of the Video Games Live concert, a show in which the scores from popular video games are played live by a symphony (I’ve seen their stuff…it’s hot) and a number of panels which were led by artists and designers from the gaming industry and covered the confluence of art, technology and games.
The road show will run through 2016 and will bring the exhibit to major cities near enough to just about everyone in the United States that any gamer out there should be able to pop in and have a look. Here’s a look at their calendar:
Following its presentation in Florida, the exhibition will continue its tour at the following museums, through 2016:
- EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington (February 16, 2013–May 13, 2013)
- Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona (June 16, 2013–September 29, 2013)
- Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York (October 25, 2013–January 19, 2014)
- Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York (February 15, 2014–May 18, 2014)
- Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio (June 19, 2014–September 28, 2014)
- Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Michigan (October 25, 2014–January 18, 2015)
- Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia (February 13, 2015–May 10, 2015)
- Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee (June 6, 2015–September 13, 2015)
- The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami, Florida (October 9, 2015–January 25, 2016)
There you have it, you have no excuse to not pop in and see this one so get your asses out to a museum and get some culture. No, seriously, wipe the crust out of your eyes, put down the hot pocket and get out there. Now.