The Smithsonian is preparing a new exhibition, titled The Art of Video Games, to run from March 16, 2012 to September 30, 2012.
The Art of Video Games is one of the first exhibitions to explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. The exhibition will feature some of the most influential artists and designers during five eras of game technology, from early developers such as David Crane and Warren Robinett to contemporary designers like Kellee Santiago and David Jaffe. It also will explore the many influences on game designers, and the pervasive presence video games have in the broader popular culture, with new relationships to video art, film and television, educational practices, and professional skill training. Chris Melissinos, founder of Past Pixels and collector of video games and gaming systems, is the curator of the exhibition.
Eighty games will be featured through stills and video footage, and five will be playable. In addition, there will be video interviews with developers and artists, large prints of screenshots, and historic game consoles.
As preparation for the exhibit, the Smithsonian is doing a little crowd-sourcing. You can help select which games get featured in the exhibit by voting online. There is a pool of 240 proposed games that have been categorized into five eras, four genres, and several platforms. Voting is open until April 7th, 2011.