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The Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés, and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. The cafés, open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. This month’s topic is “How Important is Authenticity in Art?”

What changes when we discover that a beloved Vermeer is actually a skillfully painted Van Meegeren? Does the restoration of a sculpture change the work? When Rauschenberg, as an emerging artist, erased a drawing by de Kooning, an established artist, did he destroy a work or create a new one?

Moderator Jon Hartley Folz has worked as an art therapist, art teacher, and artist. He is currently the program coordinator of Vancouver’s Byng Arts Mini-School.

How Important is Authenticity in Art?
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 to 9 pm
Venue: Byng Arts Mini-School, 3939 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver [map]
Tickets: Free event, open to the public
Enter on Crown Street; free parking in rear of building

This particular Café is co-sponsored by Byng Arts Mini-School and Artists in our Midst. Visit the Philosophers’ Café website for more information.

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