October 14, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              


Exhibition: Game Show NYC: The Art of Learning through Games
Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University
May 16 – June 3, 2011


Gallery Reception Friday May 27, 2011, 5-8pm

Macy Gallery, 444 Macy Building, Teachers College, Columbia University

525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027


An interactive exhibit devoted to the art of games and the game of art comes to New York City at Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University.

On May 16, 2011, Macy Gallery will host Game Show NYC, an interactive exhibit devoted to the art of games and the game of art. Game Show NYC is designed to galvanize art and science, theory and practice, playfulness and seriousness, learning and teaching, the local and global, as well as a wide variety of academic specializations. This exhibition of artful games from an open call for entries celebrates the joy of learning.

Not to be confused with a TV Game Show, Game Show NYC (GSNYC) expands the concept of an Art Show by making the enjoyment of art an active and educative experience. GSNYC will serve as a forum to bring together artists, educators, and game designers, with the purpose of engaging and educating the public. Game Show NYC builds on Game Show Detroit, which was held at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) in 2006. For details on the original exhibition please see: www.gameshowdetroit.com. Original organizers Fred Goodman, Andy Malone, and Nick Sousanis are joined by Suzanne Choo in jurying and putting on this exhibition and educational experience.

The exhibition is open to artists submitting new games, familiar games that have been artistically and educationally re-imagined, and interactive artworks fusing the idea of games, art, education, and play. This may also include performance-based works and pieces that take people out of the gallery itself – and set players exploring New York. The organizers encourage entries that so blend the attractive attributes of games, art and education that no one bothers to determine which of those elements is dominant. An open call for entries has been released and can be found on the exhibition website. The deadline for submissions is December 6, 2010. A complete list of accepted artists participating will be announced in late January, 2011.

In addition to the exhibition, the organizers will host a public symposium stressing the essential linkage between Games, Art, and Education, tentatively titled, “Art as Experience: Games as an Artistic/Aesthetic Learning Experience,” collectively exploring what John Dewey saw as the “necessary connection of education and experience.” Details of this series of discussions, workshops, along with other accompanying special events and performances will be announced closer to the date of the exhibition. All information will be posted and updated on the exhibition website as it becomes available.