MoMA's new videogame collection

NewImageNew York's Museum of Modern Art has acquired 14 videogames that will be playable in a gallery there beginning in March 2013. According to Paola Antonelli, the MoMA's senior curator of architecture and design, these titles are "the seedbed for an initial wish list of about 40 to be acquired in the near future, as well as for a new category of artworks." I'm delighted that my favorite game, Pac-Man (1980), was part of the initial acquisition. The others include: Tetris (1984), Another World (1991), Myst (1993), SimCity 2000 (1994), vib-ribbon (1999), The Sims (2000), Katamari Damacy (2004), EVE Online (2003), Dwarf Fortress (2006), Portal (2007), flOw (2006), Passage (2008), and Canabalt (2009). "Video Games: 14 in the Collection, for Starters"


  1. Interesting selection. I don’t know all the game, but most of those I know are some kind of milestone in videogames. Yes, even Canabalt.

  2. Paola Antonelli is hardcore balla’.  There is no current curator I respect or admire more.  I heard her talk three years ago about the working 747 that MOMA owns, because they see a plane in a museum as useless compared to one that the audience can actually experience and use.

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