Notre Dame presents cinema, television and theater C’EST DE L’ART MODERNE


The Notre Dame Film, Television and Theater Department announces THIS IS MODERN ART by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval at the Patricia George Decio Theater at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, November 10-14.

Based on real events, THIS IS MODERN ART follows a team of Chicago graffiti artists as they exhibit their work at one of the city’s most venerable cultural institutions – the Art Institute of Chicago. When is graffiti a work of art and when is it a crime? Who decides who is what?

“As a department, we are committed to bringing a wide range of stories to our stage,” said Kevin Dreyer, FTT Theater Director. “We were drawn to this piece because it brings an often-silenced voice into the conversation about what ‘matters’ like art.”

Commissioned and first produced in 2015 by the Tony Award-winning Steppenwolf Theater Company, THIS IS MODERN ART is directed by Chicago-based actor / director Zuri Eshun (FTT ’14). New York actor Eric Ways (FTT ’18) joins the student cast as Seven.

In collaboration with the production, student artists from the art, history of art and design department of Notre Dame will create pieces inspired by graffiti in response to the question “What is modern art?” ? The south hall will be transformed into a gallery-like space through which spectators will move to enter the theater. These works will be exhibited for the duration of the show.

On November 10, Nicole Woods, Assistant Professor of Art, Art History and Design and Concurrent FTT Faculty Member, will provide a brief introduction to the history of graffiti art before the performance of the opening night. The talk, titled “From Abstraction to Aerosol: The Origins of Graffiti in American Art”, will take place at the Philbin Studio Theater at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at 6.30pm. Free and open to the public; no tickets required for the conference.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 574-631-2800, or in person at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center box office. The opening hours of the ticket office are Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please note that everyone must wear masks covering the mouth / nose / chin inside the center.

Free parking is available after 5:00 p.m. daily at the Stayer Center parking lot, just north of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Customers can now benefit from free parking for the event at the Eddy Street Commons parking garage by bringing your event tickets and parking ticket to the DPAC box office to receive a prepaid parking voucher.

Handicapped accessible land is available right next to the center; a valid hang tag or license plate is required. There is a ten minute parking zone on the north aisle of the center for ticket collection; in inclement weather, you are welcome to drop guests in this area and park.


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