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Free Play

April 25, 2015 - April 25, 2015

Get ready to play!

Free Play is an entirely hands-on exhibition that explores the work of artists who borrow from play and games to reveal contemporary social, philosophical, and cultural issues through aesthetic experience.

As the title suggests this exhibition is an invitation to play. There is a strong connection between the process of art making and the act of play and games. This exhibition highlights a selection of works by an international array of artists whose works are modeled on games and play. “All of the works on view are functioning games, which you are free to play.”

“Whether their works derive from the playground, the video arcade, the casino, or the rec room,” states exhibition curator Melissa Feldman, “in reinventing games, the artists in Free Play aim to create experiences that reflect on social, political and cultural realities.

Collectively the works in Free Play explore interactivity, an expansive topic in both current art and exhibition-making with the migration of participatory and live art forms into the heretofore foreign territory of the gallery or museum. Every work in this exhibition is intended to be handled and played.”

Free Play is an exhibition curated by Melissa E. Feldman and organized and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. Free Play was made possible, in part, by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and Board of Trustees.


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