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"The Art of Video Games" Exhibit Opening Weekend!

by Katerina PerichMarch 19, 2012

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of “The Art of Video Games” exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C.  Showcasing 80 games and spanning over 40 years, “The Art of Video Games” exhibit is an environment in which fans and gamers can see and learn how video games have evolved, and how they’ve become a true art form, rather than just a hobby.

“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.”

How were the games selected to be in the exhibit?  Well originally, there were 240 games nominated, but with the help of the public and an advisory board made up of game developers, industry pioneers, designers and journalists, the (80) winning games were chosen based on certain criteria, such as visual effects and the creative use of new technologies.

“Voting took place between February 14 and April 17, 2011. More than 3.7 million votes were cast by 119,000 people in 175 countries!”

You can check out the full list of games included in the exhibit here, and see if some of your favorites made it!

The exhibit was small but simple.  Each console was displayed in a glass case, with images of the four chosen/winning games in the following categories: Action, Target, Adventure, and Tactics.  The games were presented through screenshots and video footage including interviews and some background information on how the game was created.  In a separate room, there were also five games you could play, including Super Mario Brothers, Pac-Man, Myst, Flower, and The Secret of Monkey Island.  Click here to check out the displays and full photoset on our Flickr page!

Along with the exhibit, gamers could attend a mini convention-esque event called “GameFest” where they had the opportunity to attend panels, meet designers and artists, play some games, and simply mingle in a social gaming environment.

“The Art of Video Games” exhibit will be at the Smithsonian American Art Museum until September 30th 2012, and the best part about it is that it’s free!  If you’re in the area and you enjoy video games, I highly recommend you check it out; and make sure you check the schedule to see if something cool is happening when you plan on attending!  For all information on the exhibit, click here for the official website.

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  • Sora.kh2.wairor

    This game is garbage, its always been, the devs suck.

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    Holocaust Museum
    National Archives
    Jefferson Memorial
    Lincoln Memorial
    Iwo Jima Memorial
    Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Korean Wat Veteran Memorial
    World War II Memorial
    National Museum of American History
    Smithsonian Nationwide Museum of All-natural Background
    Arlington Nationwide Cemetery
    Newseum
    National Potrait Gallery
    Hirshhorn Museum
    Smithsonian American Artwork Museum
    Smithsonian Nationwide Zoo

  • Cecilia Osburn

    San Francisco artist Carmen Lomas Garza was born in Kingsville, Texas in 1948, the 2nd of 5 siblings.
    The first roots of her artwork lay in her family, to who she is close to, and in the Chicano Motion of the 1960s and 1970s
    She knowledgeable tons of racism increasing up and she was not authorized to talk Spanish in school. Mexican-American young children faced racial discrimination on a everyday basis. For talking Spanish, they were bodily punished by the lecturers and verbally abused by their classmates
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    At the age of thirteen, Garza produced a lifelong dedication to become an artist, teaching herself to draw when art classes ended up not presented in school.
    The manifeste schooling method in this rural South Texas town had other shortcomings
    Garza was attending Texas Arts & Business College (now Texas A & M) and involved with the Mexican American Youth Organization, when she commenced to formulate the philosophy of her art. Affirmation, rather than resistance, grew to become her agent for change. Since then, her creative emphasis has been to celebrate and get satisfaction in Mexican-American communities, families, history, and culture, drawing strength as nicely from the feminist movement.
    Following graduating with a B.S. in 1972, Garza earned her M.Ed. from Juarez-
    Lincoln/Antioch Graduate College in Austin, Texas in 1973. In the mid-1970s, she moved to San Francisco to perform at Galeria de la Raza, and in 1981 attained an M.A. from San Francisco State University.
    Garza results in paintings about the each day events in the lives of Mexican Americans based mostly on her memories and encounters in South Texas.
    She has had solo exhibitions at San Francisco’s Mexican Museum; the Laguna Gloria Artwork Museum in Austin, Texas; the Hirshhorn Museum, and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her function is commonly collected.
    Carmen Lomas Garza at present lives in San Francisco.

  • Molly Griego

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  • Opal Morrill

    I Am heading to a range of areas in D.C. this summer time but I don’t know which order to go to since I don’t know which kinds are closer to which.
    So please support me consult very best as you can.

    And also, if you can, notify me which types are near to which as I can pay a visit to them in 1 day.

    White House
    Holocaust Museum
    National Archives
    Jefferson Memorial
    Lincoln Memorial
    Iwo Jima Memorial
    Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Korean Wat Veteran Memorial
    World War II Memorial
    National Museum of American History
    Smithsonian National Museum of Organic History
    Arlington Nationwide Cemetery
    Newseum
    National Potrait Gallery
    Hirshhorn Museum
    Smithsonian American Art Museum
    Smithsonian Nationwide Zoo

  • xLittle21Yaox

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  • Brendan O

    im visiting washington dc from san francisco with my school. the cost is 2000 dollars. do u think that is about right for the places that we are visiting? all travel costs are included, and food and hotel rooms are also included. do u think that this trip should be costing around 2000 dollars?
    capitol visitor center
    supreme court
    library of congress
    changing of guard at arlington national cemetary, tomb of unknown soldier, kennedy gravesites, space shuttle challenge memorial,
    9/11 memorial at the pentagon
    white house picture stop
    washington monument picture stop
    george washingtons home
    ford theatre
    petersen house
    national archives
    vietnam veterans memorial
    lincoln memorial
    korean memorial
    jefferson memorial
    frd memorial
    iwo jima memorial
    wwii memorial
    smithsonian: national air and space museum, history museum, gallery of art, museum of american history
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    national constitution center
    liberty bell
    betsy ross house
    franklin institute
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    franklin court
    christ church

  • Mc L

    I am going to have an art exhibit this year! but not sure how to go about it!
    I check google and i received a few great articals but maybe i need someone else to help me.
    Should i have a cover charge? should other artist pay me to be in the exhibit? any other nice new ways with out putting holes in the wall to hang these works. . any ideas for a theme… Should i let the artist sell their work at this exhibit or just have a table for them to set up other options? Anything along these lines or any other help ful tips you can provide please share!
    Thanks!

  • Jerosh Nagulachandran

    This guy I like is a bit older but I think he’s into me. We were in a art class together and I was thinking about going to an exhibit. I like spanish art styles like Diego Rivera. I just want something interesting that you can discuss but nothing too…sexual if you know what I mean (we aren’t there yet). I wanted art because he’s new to this country and still prefers spanish so we can talk no problem. I would like it much better if You have actually been to this exhibit.
    Thank You :)

  • Samuro

    I’m going to a number of places in D.C. this summer but I don’t know which order to go to because I don’t know which ones are closer to which.
    So please help me ask best as you can.

    And also, if you can, tell me which ones are close to which as I can visit them in one day.

    White House
    Holocaust Museum
    National Archives
    Jefferson Memorial
    Lincoln Memorial
    Iwo Jima Memorial
    Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Korean Wat Veteran Memorial
    World War II Memorial
    National Museum of American History
    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
    Arlington National Cemetery
    Newseum
    National Potrait Gallery
    Hirshhorn Museum
    Smithsonian American Art Museum
    Smithsonian National Zoo

  • Bryant B

    Can I get an Estimate time amount for how much time I should spend in each of these locations? Please go for the nearest hour.

    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
    Smithsonian Natural History Museum
    Smithsonian American Art Museum
    Smithsonian National Zoo
    White House Tours
    Public Tours of the Capitol
    U. S. Supreme Court
    Arlington National Cemetery
    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
    Jefferson Memorial
    Lincoln Memorial
    Washington Monument
    Mount Vernon Estate
    Marian Koshland Science Museum
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    Yes, it is a big trip. I’m helping my dadinlaw orginize a trip for my son and him for DC.

    Please be helpful and do most of the list… Thanks!

  • baldy eire

    I want to have a guestbook out at my first solo exhibition at the end of this month. I can’t find any that I like… there are too many wedding themed onea and not mcuh of anything else. Please help! I would prefer if it had a space for comments as well. Thanks!

  • Ev dog

    I need to create an imaginary art exhibit and it is for inner city youth and at risk children. What artist would you include and artwork. Thank you.

  • nick s

    I have a friend that is quite talented and believe she would easily draw a crowd with her vast and differing photographic prints. I am currently residing in Canada and not sure how I can help her as she is new to the art scene and I am of little help 1000 miles away. Does she contact the KC Art Institue? Bring her work into a gallery or participating restaurant that exhibits on Fridays? How can she get her work seen!?!?

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

  • Flash Funk

    I need to ask three students questions about an art exhibit.

  • zaclo

    I’ll have a one-month exhibit this fall, and I’ve never had one. The organizers referred to my sending out invitations and said there would be a reception.
    Are invitations expected? What’s the least expensive way to do that? What should I expect at the reception? It’s at a Unitarian church near a lot of art venues… any good resources I should refer to about being a new professional artist in these circumstances?