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Let’s Make a Deal: Get Ready for Some Hard Bargaining at Martha Rosler’s Meta-Monumental Garage Sale at MoMA

Garage Sale. Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Great Britain, 2005 (Courtesy Jens Hoffmann)

On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, a group of young volunteers set up a white tent in front of the entrance to the Museum of Modern Art and began taking donations. “No food, no toxic waste,” said one of them, a woman. “And no weapons.”

Stuffed into cardboard boxes, the day’s haul included a bubble-wrapped acoustic guitar; various pieces of stereo equipment; books, including a guide to making paper airplanes; and a My Little Pony Ponyville Teapot Palace—not bad, considering this was only the third of six public drop-offs (over three weekends) for artist Martha Rosler’s “Meta-Monumental Garage Sale,” an artwork-cum-actual garage sale that will take place in the museum’s atrium for two weeks in November. In the meantime, Ms. Rosler and Sabine Breitwieser, MoMA’s chief curator of media and performance, have been taking donations from museum staff and trustees. “We got a porcelain artichoke,” said Ms. Breitwieser. Read More