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The exhibit doesn’t judge Landis but is using his story to show how forgeries occur and demonstrate that institutions and the public “shouldn’t take things at face value,” exhibit co-curator Aaron Cowan.

The exhibit won’t increase the value of Landis‘ works _ considered worthless except as educational tools on forgery _ and the curators have heard no objections to spotlighting his works.

Landis won’t profit from the show but says it is “nice of them to do this.” And though Leininger says he doesn’t think Landis can stop, the forger acknowledges that it’s harder to fool people now “than the ‘80s and ‘90s, when you could just walk in and donate.”

“Now they want all types of documentation.”