Are Video Games Art?

• The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), just recently

announced that they will be opening a permanent video game art exhibit. This exhibit will be interactive, and allow visitors to actually play the games. • The big question is, “are video games actually art?” • One may not think so, however many museums have been adding video game exhibits throughout the years. • During the late 1800's and early 1900's photography was not seen as art. Today, however, photographs are found in all kinds of art museums.

The History of Video Games
• Thomas Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann filed a

US patent in 1947. They called these games "cathode ray tube amusement device." • Video games became much more popular in the 1970s and 1980s. This was when arcades, game consoles, and computer games became the norm. • The Nintendo Entertainment System was released in 1985 and was the best selling system at the time. Many people view this as one of the first and best at-home video game consoles.

About the Video Game Exhibit
• The Museum of Modern Art is not the

only one with a exhibit like this. • The Smithsonian Art Museum in Washington D.C. currently has an “evolution of video games exhibit.” • According to 20th century and contemporary art curator Marisa Pascucci, the point of these types of exhibits are, “To push the envelope and to broaden visitor’s minds about what is art and what can be art.”

About the MoMA
• The Museum of Modern Art is one of the biggest

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and most popular museums in New York City. The idea to create the Museum of Modern art was developed in 1929 by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, who was married to John Rockefeller Jr. Currently Marie-Josee Kravis, wife of private equity legend Henry Kravis, is the President of the MoMA. Over 70,000 artists are displayed in the MoMA. The MoMA has all different kinds of artwork, including architecture, drawings, design, sculptures, illustrated books, films, paintings, and more.

• The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

• The Nintendo Entertainment System
• Why Video Games Leaving the Living Room for Art •

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Museums The Smithsonian Art Museum in Washington D.C. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Henry Kravis Marisa Pascucci

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