BREAD AND SOCCER: In the Arena of Art
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Last Tournament was Thursday, September 4th 7PM-10PMThursday, September 4th marks the FINAL of a series of 3 foosball tournaments that have been organized by artist Monika Wührer as part of "Bread and Soccer: In the Arena of Art;" an art exhibition featuring an international set of contemporary artists responding to the global theme of soccer.
Tournaments are FREE and open to the public, and finalists - the strong, the brave - will have the exciting opportunity to play against professional soccer players from the New York Red Bulls. Trophies crafted by the artist will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
This unique event also features the opportunity for participants to exchange items of their own clothing for an item of specially designed "fan-ware" screen-printed by the artist. Shirts and scarves are available for exchange, 100% wash and wear, limited stock.
EVENT INCLUDES free beer, a live DJ and fantastic announcers providing play-by-play of all the action. The exhibition will also be open for viewing.
Tournaments have been organized by soccer fan and artist Monika Wührer for the Austrian Cultural Forum, and are held as part of the art exhibition on the global phenomenon of "football" called Bread and Soccer: in the arena of art.
Final Tournament:v Thursday, September 4th
Thanks to Frank Scheiderbauer (Foosball Table), R-evolver (video), Miho Suzuki (photographs).
Throughout much of the world, soccer has long been more than just a sport. It is a cultural phenomenon, an arena in which local rivalries and national dramas have been played out long before satellite broadcasting made it possible for games to be beamed around the world and experienced simultaneously by hundreds of millions of viewers. Even as professional baseball, football, basketball and hockey attract bigger audiences in the United States, there is nothing that compares with soccer as a game that is truly played around the world.
In June 2008, Austria and Switzerland play host to the European championship soccer tournament UEFA Euro 2008, a sporting spectacle that to Europe and in many other parts of the world is more important than America's Superbowl. On this occasion, the Austrian Culture Forum has commissioned an exhibition Bread and Soccer: in the arena of art that explores not only the magical flowing rhythm of the game itself but the unique energy and identity that soccer fans have brought to the sport. Eleven artists (like the eleven players on a soccer team) present works that suggest ways in which the cult of spectatorship meets the culture of participation.
GUSTAVO ARTIGAS | RODERICK BUCHANAN | JULIUS DEUTSCHBAUER/TONSPURVIENNA |THOMAS FEUERSTEIN | PIA LINDMAN | MARTIN MAXIMILIAN MICHL & MARKUS ISER | KLAUS POBITZER | SERGE SPITZER | SPENCER TUNICK | NIVES WIDAUER | MONIKA WÜHRER
CURATORS | TREVOR SMITH AND JÜRGEN WEISHÄUPL
AT THE AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM NEW YORK
11 EAST 52ND STREET
NEW YORK, NY