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MoMA's 'Meta-Monumental Garage Sale' Will Take All Of New York City's Junk (PHOTOS)

Posted: Updated: 05/22/2012 9:01 am

Mega Monumental Garage Sale
Like this, but way, way bigger.

Attention New York City hoarders, packrats and anyone doing a little spring cleaning: there's a place where they'll turn your extra junk into art, your trash into treasure, your detritus into dreams!

Bring your "good art and bad art. Clothing, jewelry, records, plastic fruit, containers, and costumes. Literature high, low, and in-between. Propaganda, posters, and obsolete science textbooks. Bring jewelry and glossy magazines, sports equipment and appliances." It's the Meta-Monumental Garage Sale at MoMA!

Since the weekend of May 12th, the MoMA has been accepting the city's bric-a-brac on behalf of Brooklyn artist Martha Rosler. Rosler will turn the assorted knickknacks into an exhibition at the Donald B. and Catherine Marron Atrium between Nov. 17 and Nov. 30, when she'll actually sell the items.

It’s a way to involve the audience and show them how art is generated,” said Sabine Breitwieser, chief curator of media and performance art at MoMA. Rosler's held garage sales across the world since the 1970s (see photos below).

And it will be interesting to see just what the New York audience will dig out of their closets. According to The New York Post, one woman brought in a set of steel drums, while others have donated clothing, lots of books and a porcelain artichoke.

(Perhaps the city should drop off some pay phones? Abandoned bikes? )

Have something strange you'd like to share with the world? Check out the drop-off dates, times, and locations below.

MoMA PS1 May 12–13 and June 3, 2012 Drop-off time: 1:00-4:00 p.m. MoMA PS1 is located at the intersection of Jackson Ave and 46th Street, Long Island City, Queens. Directions to MoMA PS1

MoMA, 54th Street entrance
May 19–20 and June 2, 2012
Drop-off time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
MoMA's 54th Street entrance is located between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Manhattan. The drop-off point is between the main entrance and MoMA's Sculpture Garden wall. Directions to MoMA

Here's a look back at Monumental Garage Sales of yore:

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  • Garage Sale. Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria, 1999 Courtesy of MoMA

  • Garage Sale. Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, Holland, 2000 Courtesy of MoMA

  • Garage Sale. New Museum, New York, USA, 2000 Courtesy of MoMA

  • Garage Sale. Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Great Britain, 2005 Courtesy of MoMA

  • Travelling Garage Sale. La Mamelle Gallery, San Francisco, USA, 1977 Courtesy of MoMA

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Filed by Christopher Mathias  |