|Becky Howland installs her iconic octopus — its tentacles wrapped around buildings and cash — to mark the entrance of the Real Estate Show. [Ann Messner, courtesy of Howland]|
|Artists install the Real Estate Show in a vacant building owned by the city of New York, December 30-31, 1979. [Ann Messner]|
The Real Estate Show was an early instance in the formation of a vexed discourse about race, economic disparity, and neighborhood change that resonates today.