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Twenty Dollars from Honest Money
  • Ganzeer
    born 1982
    born: Giza, Egypt
    Booklyn, Inc., publisher
    founded 1999
    Wasp Print, printer
    founded 2011
  • Twenty Dollars from Honest Money, 2015
  • Ganzeer's Trouble Trunk
  • Where object was made: New York, New York, United States
  • color letterpress
  • Object Height/Width: 170 x 65 mm
    Object Height/Width: 6 11/16 x 2 9/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Shirley Cundiff Haines and Jordan L. Haines Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0025.21
Description

The recto depicts a bear, a cougar, and a parakeet. Text at the top reads: “20 Twenty Dollars, Federal Reserve [sic] note of the United States of America. This note is part of an art project titled “Honest Money” by visual artist “Ganzeer”. This note is not intended as a legal tender for all debts, public or private, although its value exceeds the current value of twenty U.S. dollars. Series 2015. California golden bear, eastern cougar, and Carolina parakeet, animals native to North America, extinct after the arrival of European settlers.” In the bottom left corner is partially obscured text, reading: “In endangering we trust.”
The verso depicts a circle of silhouettes of American animals, including a bear, a deer, a mountain goat, and a wolf. All but two of the animals are printed in black ink; the two printed in red ink represent the 10% of North American animals gone extinct since the arrival of European settlers. Text to the right of the graphic is a list of extinct animals: Steller’s sea crow (1768), sea mink (1860), eastern elk (1887), Gull Island vole (1897), Antillean giant rice rat (1902), southern California kit fox (1903), Merriam’s elk (1906), Newfoundland wolf (1911), Banks Island wolf (1920), California golden bear (1922), Anthony’s woodrat (1932), Cascade Mountains wolf (1940), Goff’s pocket gopher (1955), pallid beach mouse (1959), and Barbados raccoon (1964).