Exhibit: “Cory Arcangel’s reworking of Nintendo games,” Smithsonian American Art Museum

Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image

3rd Floor, North

In this new permanent gallery dedicated to the media arts, the museum takes stock of the cutting-edge tools and materials used by video artists during the past 50 years. This installation features key artworks from the history of video art and works by a new generation of artists on the cutting edge of new media art practices. The works range from Nam June Paik’s early, innovative experiments with video to Cory Arcangel’s reworking of Nintendo games and obsolete computer systems.

The following nine artworks are on view:

  • Cory Arcangel, Video Painting (2008)
  • Jim Campbell, Grand Central Station #2 (2009) and Reconstruction #7 (2006)
  • Peter Campus, Three Transitions (1973)
  • Kota Ezawa, LYAM 3D (2008)
  • Svetlana and Igor Kopystiansky, Yellow Sound (2005)
  • Nam June Paik, 9/23/69: Experiments with David Atwood (1969)
  • Bill Viola, Surrender (2001)
  • Marina Zurkow, Elixir II (2009)

The majority of the featured artworks are recent acquisitions, with five entering the museum’s collection in 2010. Viola’s Surrender and Campbell’s Reconstruction #7 are on loan.”

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