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This is Modern Art (based on true events)

Back in 2010 a group of graffiti artists, also known as graffers, looked at the prestigious and famous Art Institute of Chicago and thought something was missing. Even though the newly opened Modern Wing promised to be a world-class destination for modern art, this group thought the museum needed to display the visual work that was alive and present throughout so many parts of the city. And, while even museum workers agreed there was beauty in the graffiti bomb this group did on the facade of the building, it sparked a debate asking if this was art or vandalism. Steppenwolf Theatre has brought that story-and the public discourse it sparked-to the stage for This is Modern Art (based on true events). Co-writer Kevin Coval and Steppenwolf for Young Adults Artistic and Educational Director Hallie Gordon detail the story of the graffiti bomb, and explain what questions the event elicits.(Flickr/duncan)

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