Theater challenges audiences by blending the real and the imaginary, much like a neighbor who accuses you of giving her goiters with your brain. Enhance reality with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $45 for Wine, Art, and Play for one ($95 value)
- $90 for Wine, Art, and Play for two ($190 value)
The event, which offers bottomless wine, lasts 75 minutes. In the first 15 minutes, participants are divided into groups that represent different parts of a play: characters, theme, plot, etc. Then, they spend the next 30 minutes painting on canvas. At the end of this period, Purple's actors study the finished canvases. Suitably informed and inspired by the art, they perform an impromptu 15-minute play.
Modernism: The Art of Turmoil
When you’re choosing what to paint, your palette of possibilities may include works inspired by modernism. Explore the history of this rule-breaking movement with Groupon’s guide to modernism.
Picasso’s angular, impudent ladies of Avignon; Duchamp’s time-lapse portrait of a naked trip downstairs; Mondrian’s serene grids; Pollock’s tangled paint splatters. These works have little in common visually, but the electric current running through each is the modernist tradition. At the turn of the 20th century, the world was in upheaval. Advances in communication, travel, and industrial technologies, economic unrest and inequality, and the increasing mechanization of global warfare contributed to a crisis of faith in the traditions that had seemed to bind much of Europe. In this climate, critical thinkers began to tug on the threads that held familiar artistic forms together to see what happened as they unraveled. Drawing upon roots set down by the art nouveau and impressionist movements, artists across Europe rejected the search for meaning through realism, instead relying on an “art for art’s sake” approach to their work, which was often abstract, shocking, and even deliberately grotesque.
Soon, modernism would cross the Atlantic, hitting New York City at the Armory Show of 1913. Paintings by notable Americans such as Edward Hopper and Mary Cassatt mingled with works by Europeans—including Picasso, Duchamp, and Wassily Kandinsky—ready to make their American debuts and try hot dogs for the first time. Faced with the stark abstraction of paintings such as Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, no. 2, many attendees were left confused and even outraged by the willful disregard for classical tradition. “I would call it a sort of labor-saving sculpture, representing the simplicity of artistic indolence,” opined one writer in the Literary Digest; others chalked up the new sense of abstraction to shoddy thinking, or even disease. But the American avant garde had noisily arrived and would continue to evolve into such forms as abstract expressionism and pop art through the middle of the 20th century, when everyone suddenly decided to start working in play-doh instead.
Live Purple Art
Live Purple Art's evening entertainment is a literal interpretation of life imitating art. A spin on the traditional BYOB painting class, Live Purple Art's teachers-cum-directors start each evening by assigning each member of the audience an aspect of a play. But the rules are pretty loose; rather than give everyone a character, they have some participants paint characters, some paint the the plot, others the theme, and so forth. Then the groups work and sip on wine for thirty minutes before unveiling their canvases to a group of actors and actresses. The players get a mere fifteen minutes to interpret the paintings before bringing their contents to life in a 15-minute improvised performance. Since everyone's interests may vary, it's not required for every participant to paint. Instead, they can simply enjoy the free-flowing wine, the freely given laughs, and the free-as-always oxygen.