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View of “Martha Rosler,” 2016. Photo: Christopher Burke.

Martha Rosler

Mitchell-Innes & Nash | Chelsea

View of “Martha Rosler,” 2016. Photo: Christopher Burke.

The inescapable feeling of weariness that permeated my visit to Martha Rosler’s packed exhibition was likely intensified by the summer’s political climate, in particular the improbable, disgusting rise of Donald Trump. With row upon row of protest posters, photographs, maps, videos, archival material, and artworks by more than forty-five contributors, “If You Can’t Afford to Live Here, Mo-o-ove!!” comprised an unwieldy exhibition and series of town-hall meetings organized by Rosler and the shadowy Temporary Office of Urban Disturbances. As a reprise of her monumental three-part exhibition “If You Lived Here . . . ,” presented at the Dia Art Foundation over a five-month period in 1989, Rosler’s current presentation was disheartening. Almost thirty years later, the Dia show’s themes—gentrification, homelessness, urban planning—remain just as urgent, perhaps even more so,

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