This exhibition features over fifty works of contemporary art that intersect with the world’s most popular sport: fútbol, or soccer. Coinciding with the arrival in spring 2019 of El Paso’s first professional second-division soccer team, the exhibition introduces fans of the Mesoamerican-rooted sport to contemporary art while bringing art-lovers to “the beautiful game,” as it is known by many. Originally presented at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, this exhibition features a range of contemporary art—from video to photography, from painting to sculpture—by more than thirty of the best-known artists of recent decades, including Taryn Simon, Melanie Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, Andy Warhol, and Kehinde Wiley, who was commissioned by Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery for Former President Barack Obama’s portrait. Together the contemporary artworks in The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art suggest that soccer is timeless and universal, and able to build bridges across borders.
The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami and is curated by Director Franklin Sirmans with Assistant Curator Jennifer Inacio.
The presentation at El Paso Museum of Art is coordinated by Senior Curator Kate Green, Ph.D.
Support for this exhibition provided by the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.What's Happening