A new exhibition slated to open across the pond this October is “the first of its kind to examine the interplay between money, power and dissent over the last 250 years,” according to organizers.
The free exhibition, which will run through early January, explores “the role of the individual in protesting for rights and representation,” according to the Fitzwilliam Museum, the University of Cambridge’s principal museum, based in England.
“Money is the perfect medium to highlight issues of wealth distribution, including the chasm between those at the top and the bottom, and the effects on those living in poverty.”
Featuring work from artists spanning the 19th century through the present day, the exhibition will also “reveal the multiple roles money played during conflict, whether it be in occupation or resistance, as tokens of memory and remembrance, created during siege or emergency, made for or by prisoners of war, or made in support of sectarian or political ideologies.”
Among the more than 100 objects, a fake U.S. $20 bill features slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who guided enslaved Black Americans to Canada as part of the Underground Railroad. After half a decade of back and forth, the U.S. government announced last year it intends to place Tubman on the country’s $20 bill by 2030.