ArtGames 2.0 strives to harness young people’s enthusiasm for video games and interactive experiences in order to engage them with modern and contemporary art. By bridging the gap between the virtual worlds of youth-focused video and Internet games and the real world of art objects in museums, we aspire to create new models for learning about art and developing visual literacy through gaming.
The Albright-Knox partnered with the International Center for Excellence in Animation at Daemen College, Empire Visuals, and All Things Media to develop a series of seven video games based on seven works and artists in its collection. ArtGames 2.0 is a reinvention of the original ArtGames, which was conceived and designed by Albright-Knox educators in collaboration with computer animators, and launched in 2001.
ArtGames 2.0 launched in conjunction with the major special exhibition Screen Play: Life in an Animated World (June 20–September 13, 2015). An interactive launch party, Game On!, took place on Saturday, June 27, 2015.