SOUTH BEND — The University of Notre Dame’s department of film, television and theater presents “This Is Modern Art” from Nov. 10 to 14 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Written by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval and based on real events, the play follows a crew of Chicago graffiti artists as they display their work at one of the city’s most venerable cultural institutions — the Art Institute of Chicago. The play asks questions such as, “When is a piece of graffiti a work of art, and when is it a crime?” and “Who gets to decide which is which?”
The production is directed by Chicago-based actor and director and 2014 Notre Dame alumna Zuri Eshun. New York actor Eric Ways, a 2018 Notre Dame alumnus, joins the student cast in the role of Seven.
In conjunction with the production, student artists from Notre Dame’s department of art, art history & design will create graffiti-inspired pieces to transform the south lobby into a gallery-like space through which audience members travel on their way into the theater.
At 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Nicole Woods, assistant professor of art, art history & design and concurrent faculty member with film, television and theater, will offer a brief introduction to the history of graffiti art in DeBartolo’s Philbin Studio Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Admission is free, and tickets are not required.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-13 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14.
Tickets are $15-$7.
Masks that cover the nose, mouth and chin are required inside DeBartolo.
For more information, call 574-631-2800 or visit performingarts.nd.edu.