Headlines: Van Gogh, Video Games and Viruses
Rent a Replica of Van Gogh’s Bedroom on AirBnb
If you wanted to be inside a Van Gogh painting, now’s your chance! The Art Institute of Chicago has created a life-sized replica of the room depicted in Van Gogh’s 1889 painting The Bedroom, and is letting visitors rent out the space for a very reasonable $10 per night. The AirBnB property is in an apartment building a short walk away from the AIC, where visitors can view the original painting as well as others that inspired it.
Massachussetts Museum Holds Solo Show for Game Designer
Do you believe that video games can be art? The Davis Museum in Wellesley, Massachussets seems to think so. In an exhibition that runs through June 26th, 2016, the museum is showcasing the works of game designer Jason Rohrer. The show will be the first ever solo exhibition by a video game designer, and will focus on Rohrer’s game, Passage. Passage, an intensely philosophical game released in 2007, introduces players to an open world where they have the power to make important choices within the game, but also must suffer the consequences. Passage is already part of the permanent collection at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
Rosalyn Drexler Discusses her Retrospective
Rosalyn Drexler, an important yet perhaps still underappreciated participants in the American pop-art movement, has a retrospective opening at the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachussetts. The artist recently sat down with Artforum to discuss her work and her life, both of which sound packed with exuberance and intensity. In the art world, Drexler is known for her political pop artworks that use silhouetted or cut-out figures from posters, magazines and photographs, placing them in high-contrast backgrounds. The retrospective runs through June 5th, 2016.
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Dada!
February 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the first use of the term “Dada” to describe the anarchistic art movement that emerged in early 20th century Europe. This bizarre, avant-garde artwork emerged when artists, reacting to the horrors of WWI, began channeling that sense of absurdity and powerlessness into their artworks. The word “Dada” was first heard at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. The article on AV Club discusses the works of Dada darling Marcel Duchamp, as well as the ongoing influence of the movement in popular media.
Malware Museum Collects Ancient Computer Viruses
The Malware Museum is an art project that celebrates and examines early computer viruses. Assembled by Mikko Hermanni Hypponen, chief resource officer at F-secure, a Finland-based security firm, the Museum compiles numerous emulated versions of viruses that affected MS-DOS-operated computers in the 80’s and early 90’s. As this article in The Verge notes, the viruses that emerged in this early period of computer technology seem quaint and, frankly, cute by today’s standards. Where modern computer viruses are often malicious and threatening, these pixelated graphics seem less threatening and more like the spirited hijinks of mischievous Hollywood hackers.