Video: Your first look at Off-Center's 'This is Modern Art,' opening photos

by John Moore | Apr 03, 2018
Video: Your first look at This is Modern Art

Video above: Your first look at Off-Center's This is Modern Art, written by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval. This proudly controversial play recounts the true story of one of the biggest graffiti bombs in Chicago history. In less than 20 minutes in a 2010 snowstorm, a stealthy crew spray-painted a 50-foot graffiti piece along the exterior wall of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The photo gallery below shows photos from the opening-night performance and celebration on March 23, from backstage before the show through the cast party afterward at the Hard Rock Cafe Denver. In attendance was Lisa Portes, who directed the original production of This is Modern Art for Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in 2015. She is in Denver to direct the comedy Native Gardens, opening April 13 in the next-door Ricketson Theatre. 

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runs through April 15 in the Jones Theatre. The cast includes Robert Lee Hardy, John Jurchek, Chloe McLeod, Jake Mendes, Marco Robinson and Brynn Tucker.

The Scenic Designer is Nicholas Renaud, working with Graffiti Artist Robin Munro, Projection Designer Topher Blair, Lighting Designer Katie Gruenhagen, Costume Designer Meghan Anderson Doyle, Sound Designer Elisheba Ittoop. The Stage Manager is Rick Mireles.

To read more about the show and its background, click here.

Video by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk. Photos by Senior Arts Journalist John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

Photo gallery: Opening Night photos and more

Making of 'This is Modern Art'
To see more photos, click on the image above to be taken to our full Flickr gallery.

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: Ticket information

  • Presented by Off-Center
  • Performances through April 15
  • Jones Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
  • Written by Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin
  • Directed by Idris Goodwin
  • Featuring Robert Lee Hardy, John Jurcheck, Brynn Tucker, Jake Mendes, Chloe McLeod and Marco Robinson
  • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
Selected previous NewsCenter coverage of This is Modern Art:
This is Modern Art will make you look
Idris Goodwin is going places: From Curious' Detroit '67 to Denver Center
Graffiti: Modern art or 'urban terrorism'?
Meet the cast: Jake Mendes
Vast and visceral: Off-Center season will include This is Modern Art

More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

This is Modern Art. The set of 'This is Modern Art,' by Scenic Designer Nicholas Renaud and Graffiti Artist Robin Munro. Photo by John Moore.

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John Moore
John Moore
Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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