3-2-1 BLAST OFF!
This exhibit at The American Art Museum on video games as both historical technology lesson and art medium has nerdfest and bong hits written all over it. And that means you are gonna need to prepare yourself for this show starting today.
Today (Tuesday, March 13th)
Reawaken your video game memories by watching movie versions of Tron, Super Mario Brothers, PacMan, Mortal Kombat, Modern Warfare trailers or the ultimate video game documentary: King of Kong!
Also, start hydrating.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 14th)
Nothing goes together better than video games and junk food. And photos of video game exhibits getting constructed. Go to 7-11 and sweep the snack aisle. Combos, Slim Jims, Cheetos—nothing is off limits. Get your salt on. Do some jumping jacks.
The Day After (Thursday, March 15th)
Because I know you’re trying to keep it critical, over-intellectualize the meaning of this show by reading:
Critical Theory, Political Economy and Game Studies: A Review of “Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games.”
Roger Ebert’s relationship with video games as art
Gamasutra’s (yeah, I said it) Art and Video Games: Intersections
Double your water intake and buy Gatorade for later.
The Night Before (Friday, March 16th)
The show opens today, but you best prep for one more day and hit the museum early Saturday morning. Your final step? PLAY SOME VIDEO GAMES!
At Home: PS3, PSP, XBOX, Wii, Nintendo, Plug-n-Play, Atari, whatever.
On the Town: The dreaded Dave & Busters, Pharmacy Bar and ???
Jackpot! (Saturday, March 17th)
Drink the Gatorade you bought earlier this week, shower, get dressed and get thee to the museum. Game on.
Just learned about “Luce Unplugged”, an acoustic concert series sponsored by the Luce Foundation Center for the Arts that invites local area musicians to play after artist-led talks at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum.
Today, Sunday, December 18th at 1:30pm the artist talk will be on Claude Buck’s The Angel Israfel and followed by a performance from John Davis of Title Tracks. See you there!
Located at 8th and F St., NW (nearest metro is Gallery Place). Art talk meets in F Street Lobby at 1:30 p.m.; performance begins in Luce Foundation Center (third floor) at 2 p.m.
Kara Walker is EVERYWHERE lately. Her cut-paper silhouettes are included in 30 Americans at The Corcoran Gallery of Art (an exhibit featuring 31 African-American artists); a portrait of her is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s The Black List (a collection of 50 photographs of influential African-Americans); and now, one of her prints is at The American Art Museum as part of Multiplicity (featuring the work of over 80 printmaking artists).
I really enjoy her work, but If there’s a fourth exhibit that happens in the next few weeks, I’ll have to figure out what exactly to call it!