Big news for all the adolescents out there who, for years, have insisted it’s good for them to camp out in front of a screen playing video games. Apparently the art of video games is a hot medium among nouveau art aficionados.
At least for those who live in Toledo, Ohio.
More than 52,800 people, many of whom were under 30 and male, attended The Art of Video Games at Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), an exhibit curated by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
To say video games are a salve for the soul may be a stretch, but here’s the case for reaching out to a new audience through an accessible exhibit: only 1 in 10 attendees ended up being museum members. And it was one of the largest exhibits at TMA this year, drawing a distinctly different crowd.
But the innovation at the museum doesn’t stop at games exhibits. Read an excerpt from The Blade:
In January, the museum (2014-15 budget is $14.3 million) put its visual literacy philosophy, including teaching plans, online at VisLit.org.
A passion of museum director Brian Kennedy, visual literacy promotes careful and slower scrutiny of images in order to glean more information and think more critically. The entire staff and volunteers have received 12 hours of training on the topic. Moreover, the museum offers tours for the ultimate visual learners—babies—and is studying whether gazing at images improves vocabulary for toddlers and preschoolers.
And then there are the purchases, which don’t always follow the standard art acquisition fare:
It’s always fun to see what the museum buys and in 2014 the biggest, both physically and in terms of price, is a 350-year-old painting that’s nearly 6-by-10 feet and hangs in the Great Gallery. It’s ‘The Liberation of St. Peter,’ a dramatic depiction of an angel knocking the stuffing out of beefy soldiers, thereby liberating Peter from prison, by Luca Giordano.
If you want to read more about angels “knocking the stuffing out of beefy soldiers,” read the full article at the toledoblade.com.
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