8:51 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Arts This Week: Intent To Deceive, 'Hello Again' And Cesar Chavez

“In prison, they called me Picasso.” —John Myatt
“In prison, they called me Picasso.” —John Myatt
Credit Courtesy of Washington Green Fine Art

How can you be sure the art you view on museum walls is genuine? After visiting an extensive exhibit in Springfield, where forgeries and originals are juxtaposed, it becomes clear that you really can't distinguish. Hear more about this audacious exhibit below and see more about it Friday night on Open Studio.

Intent to Deceive, On view at The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts through April 27, 2014.

Unsuccessful with their own art, Han van Meegeren, Elmyr de Hory, Eric Hebborn, John Myatt, and Mark Landis found fakery to be their most accessible avenue to recognition and commercial success. Learn how their infamous legacies beguiled the art world. Among the more than 55 works on display, Intent to Deceive features original works by major artists, including Charles Courtney Curran, Honoré Daumier, Philip de László, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Paul Signac and Maurice de Vlaminck, among others, interspersed with the fakes and forgeries, painted in the styles of these masters. The exhibition presents some of the most infamous scandals in the art world and allows museum goers to test their perceptions of authenticity.

This Sunday, March 30th, join author B.A. Shapiro at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts for a discussion about her best-seller, The Art Forger .

Hello Again, Presented by Bridge Repertory Theater at the Calderwood Pavilion through Saturday, March 29th.

Follow ten different characters as they weave through intimate encounters, each one set in a different decade of the 20th century. From an abandoned Hudson River Pier at the turn of the century, to a 70’s disco, to an affluent 50’s suburb, meet The Whore, The Soldier, The Nurse, The College Boy, The Young Wife, The Husband, The Young Thing, The Writer, The Actress, and The Senator as they starve and strive for human connection in a sensual and intimate, cabaret-style setting.

Cesar Chavez In theaters Friday.

Torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to bringing dignity and justice to others, famed civil rights leader and labor organizer Cesar Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle for the rights of farm workers. The film strives to tell the story of the remarkable power of one individual's ability to change the system, however the narrative is somewhat flawed.

Coming up on Open Studio

Get an in-depth look at my visit to the Springfield Museums for their ground-breaking exhibit, Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World, and I talk with playwright Melinda Lopez about her stirring new drama Becoming Cuba, opening this Friday, March 28th, at the Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion.

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