past exhibition

Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art

August 20, 2020 through Winter 2021


Screen capture of video animation showing a futuristic cityscape

Tabor Robak, 20XX, 2013, HD video, real-time 3D, duration 6 minutes, 43 seconds, 80-inch monitor. Courtesy of the artist and team (gallery inc.)

Open World: Video Games and Contemporary Art is a dynamic exhibition that explores how contemporary artists have been influenced by the culture of video games pervasive in popular culture since the 1970s. The exhibition will feature painting, sculpture, textiles, prints, drawings, animation, video games, video game modifications, and game-based performances and interventions.

The artworks in Open World reference a broad cross-section of games, ranging from early text adventure and arcade games to modern multi-player online roleplaying games and first-person shooters. Participating artists are influenced by some of the most popular video game franchises including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, The Sims, and Final Fantasy.

Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, The Tom and Marilyn Merryweather Fund, and National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue (hardcover, full-color, 96 pages) featuring contributions by video game historian Andrew Williams and feminist game scholar Samantha Blackmon.


The Currier Museum of Art’s presentation of Open World: Video Games and Contemporary Art is sponsored by Bellwether Community Credit Union.

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Artists working in all media participate in the AIR program, which has three main components: 1) an open call to support emerging artists making socially engaged art; 2) an invitational through which artists are selected to develop special projects, commissions, or exhibitions; and 3) artist-led, community-centered public art projects in the city of Nashua, NH.


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