Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Crystal Bridges hoax

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 2:24 PM

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Max Brantley has, again, beat me to the punch on the latest art world news: The fake website that mimics Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's own but posts a letter purportedly from Alice Walton announcing that the museum would close on Black Friday out of respect for all Walmart workers who are planning to stage walkouts and other protests.

The website has taken in at least two arts writers; Lee Rosenbaum sent out an apology for her Culturgrrl blog post on the fake announcement, as did theartblog. It might have been three had Brantley not beat me to the page and pointed out the hoax. We first thought the Crystal Bridges website had been hacked, but then noticed that the url was www.crystalbridgesfoundation.org. Its links are the same as the CBMAA's website; crafty bit of dirty tricking.

My favorite part of the hoax:

"Truth Crushed to Earth Will Rise Again,"
New Temporary Exhibition Honoring Labor

In honor of the 1.3 million workers of Walmart and especially all those who earn the minimum wage, the Museum also announces a special temporary exhibition on labor in American art. Drawn from the collection, the exhibition centers on Winslow Homer's The Return of the Gleaner (1867). Gleaners were the poor, most often women, who were permitted to pick through a farmer's field after it had been harvested, in search of leftover grain. Homer's painting ennobles this stooped, back-breaking labor and his stirring tribute to the survival of the American spirit is echoed in other works by George Wesley Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Ralston Crawford, Francis Criss, Eastman Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, and Everett Shin. The exhibition, titled "Truth Crushed to Earth Will Rise Again," will be on view November 24, 2012 - January 28, 2013.

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