Are you game for something a little different?
A just-opened exhibition at the Akron Art Museum, “Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art,” offers beautiful, thought-provoking imagery and something of a portal for your mind to make various connections: how games inform and reflect our culture, how they intersect with art and how art connects with a digital world that’s increasingly gamified, through the apps on our phones to the rise of esports on college campuses. (Appropriately enough, two schools in the museum’s backyard, the University of Akron and Kent State University, are big esports players.) The art itself tackles key issues of the day, including economic equality and the rise of consumerism in shaping identity.
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Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Written by Scott Suttell.
Originally published October 20, 2019.