FEB 13, 2015. - MAY 10, 2015
If the Rubber Duck and the art of the black leather jacket didn't prove that we're shaking up the traditional museum approach to exhibitions, we present The Art of Video Games, a look at 40 years of digital entertainment that has moved from a niche audience to mainstream culture.
Better yet, the exhibition includes a working arcade. You can show your kids working versions of the games of your youth.
The show, originally organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is organized by five eras of progress, each with four categories of games. A story arc that starts with Space Invaders on an Atari progresses to The Legend of Zelda on a Nintendo, and goes to the graphically rich epics now available on PlayStation and other platforms.
You don't have to remember Mutant Camels, Earthworm Jim or Sonic Hedgehog to appreciate this exhibition, and if you're brand new to the field, you'll have a chance to play Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower as part of the exhibition.
The show's curator, Chris Melissinos of Past Pixels, asked for public input while selecting games to be included in the show. He presented 240 possible games, and reached the final number after 3.7 million votes from 119,000 people from 175 countries.
The show will run Feb. 13 - May 10, 2015, and admission is free. Click here for more information.