On view February 10 to May 6, 2018

PLAY spurs productivity.

PLAY is a catalyst for creativity.

PLAY is an escape from conformity.

PLAY reinvents the rules.

PLAY empowers the players.

PLAY stimulates innovation.

PLAY enables exploration.

PLAY is a response to uncertainty.

PLAY rewards misbehavior.

PLAY negotiates conflict.

PLAY resists productivity.

PLAY is _________________.

PlayTime is the first major thematic exhibition celebrating the role of play in contemporary art and culture. Forty works by twenty leading contemporary artists -- including large-scale installations, sculpture, photographs, video and tactile interactives -- examine how play catalyzes creative expression, enchants the ordinary, and helps us understand ourselves in new ways.

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PlayTime is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum and made possible in part by the Nancy B. Tieken Memorial Fund and supporters of the Present Tense Initiative. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided valuable support.

PlayPower, Inc. is the lead sponsor of this exhibition.

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Let's play! PlayTime on pem.org will jumpstart the conversation: how is play changing our lives? On the digital platform and in the exhibition space, we'll explore the shifting role of play in art and culture with leading writers, thinkers, game designers, poets, artists—and you.