Indoor Summer Fun: The Art Of Video Games At The Brooks

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 25th 2015 1395 1

Today I discovered something fun to do this summer when it’s way too hot to be outside: head to the air-conditioned Brooks Museum to see their latest exhibit, The Art of Video Games. 

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The Art of Video Games is all about the history of video games, with a focus on the most popular and influential games and consoles, from the Atari to the Wii and everything in between. It’s funny to see something that was released when I was a kid – the N64 for example, displayed behind glass in a museum. 

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Did you know that the 1983 game “Attack of the Mutant Camels” was inspired by Star Wars AT-AT walkers?  Nerd alert!

You can watch video clips and learn about dozens of games, and yes, play some of them. Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower are all set up for you to try out. 

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The Art of Video Games is a must for gaming fans, and I think that kids or folks with only a general interest in video games will still find the exhibit engaging and enjoy giving the playable games a try. In my opinion, it’s worth going just to see the Birdcap + Nosey mural collaboration at the end of the exhibit. These two artists have really outdone themselves this time.

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The mural covers all four walls of a big room and featured tricked-out, wacky, fantasy versions of well-known game characters. Everything from Pikachu to MegaMan to Angry Birds is included, and I’m sure I didn’t recognize everything. It’s delightful. 

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You’ll want to check out some of the events that going along with The Art of Video Games, like the guided tour this Saturday (June 27) at 2 p.m., a field trip to the Rec Room on July 9, and a Video Game Block Party on July 18. See more events here.

The Brooks is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. on Sundays. On Thursdays, the galleries stay open until 8 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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In the interactive “game room” can draw your favorite video game character to display, or make your own, like this person did.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students with ID or for kids age 7-17. Kids under 6 get in free. Wednesdays are pay-what-you-can, and the website also has a $1 off coupon you can print here.

The Art of Video Games exhibit will be on display until September 13, 2015. 

Go there:

The Art of Video Games
Open through September 13

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

(901) 544-6200
brooksmuseum.org

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Looks like the Memphis Knit Mafia has been to the Brooks.

 


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. […] ok… a fer maletes i agafar avions. Doncs res, aneu a Memphis al Brooks Museum of Art, on fan una exposició de videojocs: The Art of VideoGames. Exposició […]

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