This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco…this is Culture Wars

The stage at Culture Wars, March 24, 2010. Photo by Katherine Payne.

Art21 hosted the second installment of Culture Wars: A Night of Trivia with Art21 this past Wednesday, March 24. We were shocked to see over 120 participants gathered at the 92YTribeca in New York City. It was so packed that we had to bring in more chairs for the twenty-six teams who battled through four rounds of trivia.

Competition was tight, with multiple ties and tie-breakers. Teams included representatives from The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Armory Show, the Jewish Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Queens Museum of Art, WNYC Culture, The Brooklyn Historical Society, La Fundación Cisneros, RxArt, NYC Arts, CUNY Grad Center, prize sponsors 20×200, and some of New York City’s most passionate art lovers.

As you might be able to tell by the graphic above, the theme of the night was focused on cinema, film, and video. The rounds included Ripped from the Headlines (inspired by art, film, music, and culture current events), Last Night a VJ Saved My Life (presenting music video clips that featured either a collaboration with an artist or an artist inspired the visuals), My Andy Warhol (popular culture tribute to an icon), and Fast-Forward through the Boring Parts (the last round playing with more connections between art and film). The questions were described by Cultural Capital as “plenty obscure, as you might expect from a contemporary art trivia night.” It was also noted that that we, the hosts, coordinate our outfits. What?!! Ok, maybe. But Jonathan‘s and my outfit have nothing on RxArt — boasting pride, their team showed up to the event wearing these.

In the end, the team from the Like the Spice Gallery in Williamsburg emerged victorious, taking home prizes provided by 20×200; the Distributed Art Publishers team finished in second place, receiving prizes provided by the Phaidon Store in SoHo (ironic, right?); and BOMB Magazine edged out the MoMA team in a tie-breaker battle for third place, nabbing prizes from Art21 and the 92YTribeca.

Thanks to all who joined us that night! Big thanks to our prize sponsors at 20×200 and the Phaidon Store in SoHo, and, of course, to our lovely collaborators at the 92YTribeca.

Mark your calendars and brush up on your trivia: the next Culture Wars takes place on Wednesday, April 28.

Keep reading to see the full standings for the evening.

Team Standings after Culture Wars #2

1st Place Spicet Crew (Like the Spice Gallery)
$20 gift certificates and prints provided by 20×200

2nd Place – The AcuMen (D.A.P.)
$25 gift certificates provided by the Phaidon Store

3rd PlaceThe Bomb Squad (Bomb Magazine)
Art:21 Season 5 DVD and free tickets to a 92YTribeca event

4th Place Captain No! (MoMA)

5th Place (six-team tie)

Four Elements?
Kristy’s Team
Momates (Former MoMA Interns)
RxSmart (RxArt)
Glenn Lowry’s Apartment
Team Spass (Guggenheim and the Armory Show)

11th Place (tie)

NYC Arts (Alliance for the Arts)
Art Muffins

13th Place (three-team tie)

The Asscrack Exhibitionists (CUNY Graduate Center)
The Working Titles (Studio Museum)

16th Place Michelle’s Team (CUNY Graduate Center)

17th Place (three-team tie)

Hazelnuts (La Fundación Cisneros)
Under Developed (20×200)
Maneschewitzinis (the Jewish Museum)

20th Place (tie)

The Found Objects (Brooklyn Historical Society)
We Hope You Like Getting Kicked in the Face (Met Museum)

22nd Place (tie)

The Grand Flaneurs
Arty Bunker and the Meatheads

24th Place JBJK

25th Place Cali Culture

26th Place Booyah!