A friendly game of observation & persuasion

Everyone’s a Critic prompts museum-goers to directly engage with the works on display around them. Each round, one player takes on the role of Critic and chooses a theme to explore. The rest of the group plays Artists. Each Artist selects a work they think fits the Critic’s chosen theme. The Artists then try to convince the Critic of the relevance of their choices. The Artist that the Critic thinks has the best explanation scores a point, and gets to be Critic for the next round.

The game was developed in collaboration with the Institute of Play and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The game was intended to spur discussion of art through fun, social play. Best of all the game can really be played anywhere. You just need a few artworks to argue about.

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  • An excellent review and lesson ideas by Sam Blanco BCBA, Teaching Through Games: Everyone’s A Critic