Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-1980

Biography


Since 1977, when Mierle Laderman Ukeles became the official, unsalaried Artist-in-Residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation—a position she still holds—she has created art that deals with the endless maintenance and service work that “keeps the city alive,” urban waste flows, recycling, ecology, urban sustainability and our power to transform degraded land and water into healthy inhabitable public places.


Ukeles asks whether we can design modes of survival -- for a thriving planet, not an entropic one – that don’t crush our personal and civic freedom and silence the individual’s voice.




Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mierle Laderman Ukeles's MANIFESTO FOR MAINTENANCE ART, 1969! Proposal for an exhibition: “CARE”, 1969. To view manifesto click here.


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Nov 30, 2016

ArtForum Mierle Laderman Ukeles Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Queens Museum, New York

Feb 09, 2017

Hyperallergic Mierle Laderman Ukeles How Mierle Laderman Ukeles Turned Maintenance Work into Art

Sep 14, 2016

The New York Times Mierle Laderman Ukeles An Artist Redefines Power. With Sanitation Equipment.

Nov 06, 2016

The New Yorker Mierle Laderman Ukeles Mierle Laderman Ukeles and the Art of Work

Exhibitions

May 08 – Jun 19, 2020 Group Show Prescient: A Five-by-Five Virtual Exhibition

May 08 – Jun 19, 2020 Group Show Prescient: A Five-by-Five Virtual Exhibition

Jun 11 – Aug 23, 2018 Group Show Reprise: Summer Show 2018

Jun 21 – Jul 25, 2014 Group Show Labor Intensive

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Snow Workers Ballet, 2012

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Snow Workers Ballet, 2012

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Snow Workers Ballet, 2012

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Snow Workers Ballet, 2012

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Romeo and Juliet Sequence, 2003

from Snow Workers' Ballet

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Romeo and Juliet Sequence, 2003

from Snow Workers' Ballet

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

The Social Mirror, 1983

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-1980

"Handshake Ritual" with works of NYC Department of Sanitation

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-1980

City-wide performance with 8,500 NYC Department of Sanitation workers

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-1980

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-1980

"Handshake Ritual" with workers of NYC Department of Sanitation

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

I Make Maintenance Art One Hour Every Day, 1976

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

The Trees are Having Their Period, 1974

Performed at Vassar College

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MIerle Laderman Ukeles

Washing, June 13, 1974

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Washing, Tracks, Maintenance (Outside), 1973

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Washing, Tracks, Maintenance (Outside), 1973

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Hartford Wash: Washing, Tracks, Maintenance (Outside), 1973

Part of Maintenance Art Performance Series, 1973-1974 at Wadsworth Atheneum, Hardford, CT.

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

MANIFESTO FOR MAINTENANCE ART, 1969! Proposal for an exhibition: “CARE”, 1969,

Ceremonial Arch

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Ceremonial Arch

installation at Queen's Museum, 2016

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Unburning Freedom Hall, 1997

installation view

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Social Mirror At The Unisphere: Queens Museum

The Queens Museum 2016-2017

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Opening performance for the Touch Sanitation Show

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts: Sept 1984: Cleansing The Bad Names

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Opening performance for the Touch Sanitation Show

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts: Sept 1984: Cleansing The Bad Names

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Maintenance City

Installation view

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Sanman's Place, 1984

installation view

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Sanman's Place, 1984

Sanman's Place

installation view

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One Year's Work Time II

The Queens Museum 2016-17

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Peacetable

The Queens Museum 2016-2017

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Care As Culture Peacetalk

Public Program at the Queens Museum, 2017

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Ceremonial Arch

installation at Queen's Museum, 2016

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Unburning Freedom Hall, 1997

installation view

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Social Mirror At The Unisphere: Queens Museum

The Queens Museum 2016-2017

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Opening performance for the Touch Sanitation Show

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts: Sept 1984: Cleansing The Bad Names

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Opening performance for the Touch Sanitation Show

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts: Sept 1984: Cleansing The Bad Names

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Maintenance City

Installation view

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Sanman's Place, 1984

installation view

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Sanman's Place, 1984

Sanman's Place

installation view

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One Year's Work Time II

The Queens Museum 2016-17

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Peacetable

The Queens Museum 2016-2017

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Care As Culture Peacetalk

Public Program at the Queens Museum, 2017