This Is Modern Art

Date & Time:
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 8 p.m.
LeFevre Theatre, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Running Time 1hr 30min, no intermission

Contains some strong language.

In this acclaimed and controversial play, a team of young artists of color decide to make a statement by painting a fifty-foot graffiti piece on the towering wall of the Art Institute of Chicago. They are willing to risk everything to make their voices heard. The play asks: what is art, where is it found, and to whom does it belong? Based on real events.  

Originally commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre for its YA audiences, THIS IS MODERN ART invites us into the world of young artists of color, and challenges us to recognize the value of their creative processes, histories, principles, and dreams. Says director Amissa Miller, “The play asks us to truly listen to young people as the experts on their own experience; we have much to learn from them when we do." The young artists at the center of the story are determined to take up space and raise their voices as they speak back to the powers that shape their environment. Says Miller, "Our production will leave audiences with rich material for critical dialogue and reflection on the ways that voice, space, and power play out in their own lives and communities."

Please see promo video at bottom of page.

Purchase tickets by clicking on the red dates at the bottom of the page: 

$8 SMC Students; $12 SMC Faculty/Staff; $12 non-SMC students; $15 General

THIS IS HIP-HOP Friday Nov. 8th, 5:30-7:30 pm | In and Around the SMC Museum of Art (demonstrations)

A pre-show/post-show event
Join us before (or after) the Friday, Nov. 8th, performances to explore the "five elements of Hip-Hop." Demonstrations by community artists and students will fill the Museum's spaces.

5:30-6:00 | Museum of Art Rapping by Michael Singletary ('21) and John Huez; DJ Letz in the museum courtyard 

6:00-6:45 | Art 105 Playwright Kevin Coval engages in conversation with Davey D, a Bay Area DJ and hip-hop journalist/scholar. Davey D is featured in Netflix's "Hip-Hop Evolution, Episode: Out the Trunk East Bay."  A Q &A will follow.

6:45-7:15pm | Art 105 Hip-hop dancing with Traci Bartlow and guests; DJ Letz and graffiti tagging demo with DJ Agana in the courtyard   

These events are free, and the public is warmly invited.


Parking is enforced until 6pm in the Visitors' Lots.  So, for the 4pm performance, pick up your visitor parking pass at the JARC Rec Center parking lot ticket machine and drive up to the Soda Center parking lot. Passes are $5 per day or 50 cents per hour. LeFevre Theatre is across from the book store.

See map at top of page for a view of the campus buildings. 

TICKETS ARE NOT SOLD OUT, BUT ONLINE TICKET SALES END THE DAY BEFORE EACH PERFORMANCE.  You may purchase tickets at the window up to 5 minutes before the performance.

Thursday Nov. 7th at 8pm
Friday Nov. 8th at 4pm

Friday Nov. 8th at 8pm
Saturday Nov. 9th at 8pm
Sunday Nov. 10th at 2pm


Tara Sundy

Performing Arts Coordinator & Events Manager

(925) 631-4670;

Additional Dates & Times: 
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 8 p.m.
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 4 p.m.
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 2 p.m.