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Teresa Thomas

For immediate release:
September 26, 2003

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PITTSBURGH—Controversial "Money Artist" J.S.G. Boggs will deliver a lecture titled "Money Images: The Cultural Iconography of Currency" at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, in McConomy Auditorium in Carnegie Mellon's University Center. The lecture, which takes place during the university's International Festival, is part of Carnegie Mellon's University Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Boggs, a former Carnegie Mellon faculty member, is an artist who draws money. In his talk, Boggs will discuss the messages and mythology of the images on paper money. He will also highlight some of the interesting and provocative pictures different countries use to represent their cultural values.

Boggs received a great deal of international attention and notoriety because of the striking resemblance his work bears to real money. His story began in 1984 when he was absentmindedly doodling on a napkin in a Chicago café. Although he didn't intend to draw a dollar bill, the waitress was so impressed with Boggs' sketch that she took it as payment, going so far as to make change for the bill. As a result of the incident Boggs became captivated with the concept of the depiction of value.

The uncanny resemblance of Boggs bills to real money also led to allegations of counterfeiting and legal trouble. Boggs was first arrested for counterfeiting in England in 1986. Although he was acquitted in 1987, he was arrested again in Australia in 1989. Though the case was dismissed from court in Australia, the U.S. Secret Service raided his various residences on several occasions.

Boggs has spent the past two years working on a 9x20 foot digital painting of a 20-pound English banknote for Massachusetts' Babson College.

The Carnegie Mellon University Lecture Series is a partnership between Office of the Provost, Office of the Associate Provost, The Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Division of Student Affairs.

For more information about the lecture or the series, contact the Carnegie Mellon Office of the Assistant Dean at 412-268-9510.


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