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One Hundred Dollars from Honest Money
  • Ganzeer
    born 1982
    born: Giza, Egypt
    Booklyn, Inc., publisher
    founded 1999
    Wasp Print, printer
    founded 2011
  • One Hundred Dollars from Honest Money, 2015
  • Ganzeer's Trouble Trunk
  • Where object was made: New York, New York, United States
  • color letterpress
  • Object Height/Width: 181 x 64 mm
    Object Height/Width: 7 1/8 x 2 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: Shirley Cundiff Haines and Jordan L. Haines Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0025.23

The recto depicts what appears to be a gazelle, a Chinese sculpture of a person, and a Greek vase. Text at the top reads: “100 One Hundred 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 one hundred U.S. dollars. Series 2015. Ancient African, Chinese, and Greek artifacts housed in U.S. museums.” In the bottom left corner is partially obscured text which appears to read: “In looting we trust.”
The verso has a horizontal bar graph depicting the percentages of artifacts from countries and regions with ancient histories. Text above the bars reads: “Out of 403,418 artifacts housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Alone; 39.5% artifacts from Egypt, India, Greece, Roman Empire, Peru, Syria, Turkey, Korea, Africa, Asia; 11% artifacts from 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1.” Text to the right of this graph reads: “One Hundred Dollars. The Met makes an annual revenue of approximately 68 to 70 million U.S. dollars. 0% of that money goes to Egypt, India, Greece, Italy, Peru, Syria, Turkey, Korea, Asia, or Africa. Meanwhile, the Disney Consumer Products Company made $39.3 billion in the year 2013 off of licensing the usage of Disney characters on consumer goods abroad.”