Images from the Art of Video Games exhibit
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – You may not consider a trip to the museum fun per se, but the latest exhibit at the Everson Museum may change your mind.
The Art of Video Games opens this weekend at the Everson and it will run through mid January.
The exhibit was organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and when the traveling show was available, the Everson jumped at the opportunity to host it.
They say that while the exhibit is non-traditional, it still brings traditional values – content, education, entertainment, and the elevation of spirit.
The staff at the Everson says what really excites them is the opportunity to reach an audience that may not be receptive to other exhibits – like young people.
"When they come into this they may be tempted to see an exhibition that might not be on their radar in the same way, so what we're doing is we're building trust – ‘Oh I don't know what that is at the Everson, but if it’s at the Everson it’s got to be good,’ and, conversely people who come to see Turner to Cezanne or 500 Years of Italian Painting – ‘Huh, let's go check out Video Games,’” said Everson Museum Executive Director Steven Kern.
The new exhibit includes interactive features that take displays to a new level.
Pac Man, Super Mario Brothers, and consoles featuring other classic games are included in the exhibit, alongside more contemporary games.
"This is a true art form. It’s not that we're trying to push a round peg into a square hole. This actually is the confluence of visual arts, technology, performing arts, music, everything comes together,” Kern said.
Kern believes the exhibit can open people’s eyes to what a museum can do for a community.
The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday at 10 a.m.
It will run through Jan. 19, 2014.
More information on the exhibit and the Everson can be found on the museum’s website