"The New World", by Rudy Lemcke, October 2017 Artist-in-Residence

Rudy Lemcke, “Player” from The New World, 2016. Digital still from video game, dimensions variable.
October 4, 2017October 29, 2017

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, extended hours on Friday, October 13, 1–8:30 pm
Artist Reception: Friday, October 13, 6–8:30 pm

Rudy Lemcke creates an installation that uses the museum as the site of a multilevel video game, using visual elements inspired by artworks from the permanent collection. The New World is a chance to explore through game-play new ways of thinking about the nature of the museum as a microcosm of our world and how we encounter different cultures, races, and identities. It allows viewers to consider different ways of seeing and exploring histories and identities that often go unnoticed or are hidden in plain sight. The installation gives an in-depth look at the multimedia techniques and process of creating a video game, from initial sketches through character development, level design, and final production. Lemcke works with visitors to create ideas for new game characters and interactions based on their experiences with the museum’s collection.

Rudy Lemcke is a new-media artist who lives and works in San Francisco. His work was included in the nationally touring exhibition Art AIDS America organized by Jonathan D. Katz. He has exhibited in museums and galleries including the San Francisco Art Institute, SF Camerawork, New Langton Arts, Modernism Inc., and Berkeley Art Museum in the Bay Area, as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art and Gray Art Gallery in New York, Stony Brook University, Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.