Fake 3 Plato’s Nightmare: The Real, the Fake, and the World of Art

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Screening of F for Fake (dir. Orson Welles, 1974), and pre-show gallery of original

artwork by such artists as Cézanne.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Lectures and performances


The standard reading of Plato is that a physical tree is a shadow, a poor imitation of the more real Tree—the perfect abstract Form.  A painting of a tree is thus twice removed from perfection: a shadow of a shadow. For this reason, artists were to be banned from Plato’s Republic as their work brings us further from the truth.  Does art lie?  Even without committing to Plato’s metaphysic, might his worry have some merit? The actor pretends to be Hamlet, and a drawing of an apple a day cannot keep the doctor away. We begin the evening with a look at forgeries, including a screening of Orson Welles’ masterpiece swan-song postmodern documentary on fakeness and art, followed by a lecture on Welles’ film by Catherine Benamou (UC Irvine). DHC Fellow Patty Gerstenblith next investigates the legality of fake records concerning fake art and artifacts.  And DePaul Theatre School alumnus, Glenn Davis, makes a case for an emotion portrayed on stage or screen being just as real as an emotion in everyday life.  Join us at the DHC as we artistically peel the layers of fakeness away and collectively wake from Plato’s nightmare!.

Monday, March 5 at 5:30pm to 9:00pm

DePaul Student Center, 120 2250 N Sheffield Ave

Event Type

Speaker/Presenters, Performances


Centers and Institutes, DePaul Humanities Center, School for New Learning, Studio CHI





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