Most of us try our best to block spam; Beirut-born artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige have been collecting it since 1999, compiling 4,000 email scams to map geopolitical conflicts and chart intimate exchanges between con artists, victims and scam baiters. On view through April 17 at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige: I Must First Apologize… features their films, sculptures, photos and installations exploring digital detritus, like The Rumor of the World, in which amateur actors’ recitations of email scams stream through dozens of screens and speakers.
Pixels may be 2-D, but they can have plenty of depth. Just ask Jason Rohrer, whose Passage—a 5-minute existential exercise in which your character ages and dies no matter how many treasure chests you acquire—was among the first video games included in MoMA’s permanent collection. Now he’s the subject of The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer, the first museum retrospective dedicated to a video game designer. It’s on view through June 26 at Wellesley’s Davis Museum, but mark your calendar for an April 21 party where you can meet (and play) the artist himself.
Cultured couch potatoes should pause the prestige TV for Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, a look at the medium’s first golden age coming to Andover’s Addison Gallery of American Art from April 9 through July 31. Gathering more than 260 clips, artifacts and works by the likes of Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, the exhibit explores the surprisingly avant-garde influences on midcentury TV, which saw Salvador Dali popping up on What’s My Line, Andy Warhol creating campaigns for CBS and Georgia O’Keeffe’s cow skulls dotting sets for The Dinah Shore Show.