Before video arcades went the way of the dodo, Chicago was a hub for pinball machine production—and it remains the industry’s artistic center today. That’s the focus of Skillshot, the Collaborative Art of Pinball, an exhibit opening September 6 at Columbia College’s Glass Curtain Gallery that examines the history of the popular machines. “They’re thought of as machines designed to generate revenue, but their production is very artistic,” says the show’s curator, Mark Porter. Here, he helps annotate his own 1985 Chicago-built game, Sorcerer, which appears in Skillshot alongside eight newer machines by Chicago’s Stern Pinball Inc.
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