Imagine yourself spastically navigating a simply-drawn spherical creature through a maze of edible dots, all while desperately avoiding the grasp of an equally crudely-drawn ghost. Yes, you’re playing Pac-Man,
and no, you’re not at the arcade. You’re experiencing The Art of Video Games exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum. In the midst of a 10-city tour, the Smithsonian exhibit is a crowd-sourced venture – curator Chris Melissinos collected 3.7 million votes from 119,000 gamers to formulate a list of 80 game titles featured in the exhibit; of those, five are available in situ for visitors to play. In exploring the 40-year history of video games, the exhibit employs large-scale screen shots, video interviews with game developers and artists, vintage consoles and more. See it this month – the exhibit is GAME OVER come September 29. Visit phxart.org for details.
Downtown Phoenix Murals
The once-whitewashed walls of Phoenix are transforming into an open-air showcase for some of the Valley’s most dynamic artists. Forget graffiti – this is a mural revolution....
*Warning: This story contains harsh and profane language. The fearless founder of Phoenix-based pirate radio station KWFUCC goes global online while hijacking Valley airwaves. ...
Phoenix artist Shona Crawford celebrates the “mysterious” and “scary” in media from printmaking to tattoos. ...
Artist Neil Logan creates a Wallace and Ladmo bronze sculpture in public, for the public. ...
5th Annual Reader Photo Contest
Avert your eyes! For our fifth annual reader photo contest, titled “Illumination,” you submitted your most blindingly beautiful images of fireworks, starlit desert flora, radiant neon and – of course – that trustiest of Sonora...