Buffalo museum launches gaming app

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The newest work at the Albright- Knox Art Gallery is a gaming app meant to put modern and contemporary art in front of kids by way of their smart­phones.

ArtGames 2.0 is now avail­able for free from the Apple App and Google Play stores.

Developers at the museum’s new Innovation Lab worked with artists including Do Ho Suh and Jason Middlebrook to develop games built around their artistic concepts. All eight games are inspired by works in the Albright-Knox collection.

The "Equilibrian" game, based on Piet Mondrian’s "Composition No. 11," for example, assigns measures of weight to primary colors and challenges players to use the colors to fill in and level a floating geographic plane.

"It’s about balance and tension, and that was one of (Mondrian’s) major concerns when he was painting – using simple means, creating a har­mony and a vitality in a work of art," said Laura Watts Som­mer, director or visual and performing arts at Daemen College, whose animation lab collaborated on the project.

"That’s what the children are doing when they are play­ing this game. And when they stand in front of a Mondrian painting … they’re going to understand what that painting is about because they played this game."