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This Is Modern Art

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Refreshing

About the show

Blessed Unrest presents the New York premiere of this controversial drama about marginalized young artists of color who are willing to risk everything to make their voices heard and prove that another paradigm is possible.  More…

A team of artists who were never greeted inside the hallowed halls of the Art Institute of Chicago, decide to introduce themselves. They paint a fifty-foot graffiti piece on the towering wall of the New Modern Wing, asking us to reconsider what art is and where it belongs while bringing dire consequences on themselves.

Member Reviews (8)


Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Refreshing
Avg Score

Explosive staging, Great chemistry, Charismatic cast, Art-ed, Thrilling

See it if you are interested in graffiti art or high-octane urban creativity.

Don't see it if you have an aversion to performers performing fast & close.

Also “This Is Modern Art” is half thrill ride, half class in graffiti art. ... Read more Read less

Slow, Banal

See it if You are drawn to an undramatic retelling of real events, didactically promoting graffiti as an art form with a side order of love story.

Don't see it if You would be unhappy to see this inexplicably substituting puzzle solving for the actual art of graffiti writing, within a leaden story.

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You look for stories not usually told. You are interested in the history and politics of street art.

Don't see it if You prefer a slightly more polished production (though I recommend this anyway for the purposes of learning and exposure.)

Fluffy, Relevant, Confusing, Original topic, Educational

See it if you want to learn about history and purpose of graffiti , interested in theater that is based on true events

Don't see it if you're expecting a big, coherent production

Also It's refreshing to learn about modern history through stage production... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Refreshing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You like well-acted plays about real events, people and situations that you know next to nothing about.

Don't see it if You want an obvious ending/moral to a story or don't like small, intimate theaters with imaginative staging and sets.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you like well told stories acted beautifully; you have an interest in graffiti as art; you are interested in stories of urban youth

Don't see it if you can't be open minded about the place graffiti holds in the art world; you aren't interested in stories of urban youth.

Also If you care about diversity in theater this is a must see.

Entertaining, Energetic, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in art or just want to see a really good show

Don't see it if Graffiti pisses you off

During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You’re into plays that take a deep dive into the how and why of art and the drive of an artist on the outside looking in.

Don't see it if You’re into conventional narrative fare. You consider graffiti to be vandalism and not art.

June 5th, 2018
“Because of fumes or budget or expediency, we never actually see the art being made on the stage. Instead we have a didactic script, in which the characters turn directly to the audience to lecture on street-art history and vocabulary...The dialogue is awkward, and the occasional lame joke doesn’...
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June 11th, 2018
"Dramaturgically, the play seems conservative: It takes a thorny issue and sandblasts it smooth. There is some fun to be had...Blessed Unrest's production is full of movement and energy, and the actors, particularly Tolliver, treat every moment with trembling intensity. But although a furor erupt...
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June 10th, 2018
"Burr’s directorial style doesn’t land on any concrete choices, instead serving as a smorgasbord of ideas that leads to stilted performances...It’s hard to care about characters who don’t feel, sound, or move in a real way. In a play about breaking out, breaking through and breaking rules, Burr’s...
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June 21st, 2018
"Goodwin and Coval’s poetic and dynamic script offers a fast-paced, thrilling story; it is a crash course on street art; and it not only details the unfolding of the events as well as their aftermath, but also creates an ensemble of complex characters...There isn’t a dull moment in the production...
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