Together with the museum’s admission — $25 for adults — the prices might seem a little steep, but, well, it’s New York. And Ms. Rosler, who priced most of the things herself, said it was also a practical matter: she was afraid that if prices were too low, things would sell too quickly, and she’d be left with a garage sale not worth stopping for.
“I don’t want people to be disappointed,” she said. “I’m serious.” (The proceeds go to charity.)
Her fascination with garage sales — as portraits, through possessions, of the people who hold them; as economic end runs engineered mostly by women; as suburban sacrament and social gathering — goes back to seeing them for the first time after moving to California in the 1970s.
“I grew up in Crown Heights, and nobody would have ever thought of putting their things in front of their houses to sell,” said Ms. Rosler, 69. “Your neighbors would have thought you were crazy. It would have been deeply embarrassing.” Stoop sales, now common in New York, are what she calls a “back-formation.”— Martha Rosler’s ‘Meta-Monumental Garage Sale,’ at MoMA - NYTimes.com