San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents ArtGameLab

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents ArtGameLab, an exhibition on view through August 12, 2012 in the museum’s Koret Visitor Education Center that presents a selection of prototype crowdsourced games designed by SFMOMA’s community, for SFMOMA’s community.

Last summer SFMOMA issued an open call for simple games devised to be played inside the museum for audiences of all ages. Visitors can now view the results and pick up instructions for playing five of the 50 game proposals that artists and game designers submitted, along with a series of digital games designed by the museum’s education department. The exhibition is organized by Erica Gangsei, manager of interpretive media at SFMOMA.

In addition to playing these games, visitors are also encouraged to submit their own ideas for engaging activities in the museum by visiting the exhibition’s game-design station. SFMOMA’s social media channels will also post game-related activities, inviting the public to share their experiences, photos, and ideas online.

Reflecting the Bay Area’s renown for pioneering new technologies and ways of thinking, SFMOMA is widely acknowledged as a leader among museums worldwide for using innovative means to engage audiences of all ages, both on site and online. From its original website—one of the first launched by a U.S. art museum—and prizewinning interpretive CD-ROMS of the 1990s to its innovative podcasts and multimedia gallery tours of the 2000s, SFMOMA has consistently forged new models for museum education by developing in-house expertise in a diverse range of tools that enhance public understanding of modern and contemporary art. –

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