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.

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Dec 01, 2016

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

Feb 10, 2017

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

Sep 15, 2016

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

Nov 07, 2016

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

Exhibitions

Jun 06 – Jul 31, 2009 Group Show Black & White Works

Nov 22 – Dec 23, 2008 Group Show Drawing Review: 37 Years of Works on Paper

Feb 23 – Feb 26, 2007 Mierle Laderman Ukeles The Armory Show: Mierle Laderman Ukeles

May 08 – Jun 13, 1998 Mierle Laderman Ukeles Maintenance Art Works

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Snow Workers Ballet, 2012

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Snow Workers Ballet, 2012

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Snow Workers Ballet, 2012

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Snow Workers Ballet, 2012

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Romeo and Juliet Sequence, 2003

from Snow Workers' Ballet

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Romeo and Juliet Sequence, 2003

from Snow Workers' Ballet

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

The Social Mirror, 1983

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-1980

"Handshake Ritual" with works of NYC Department of Sanitation

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-1980

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

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-1980

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-1980

"Handshake Ritual" with workers of NYC Department of Sanitation

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

I Make Maintenance Art One Hour Every Day, 1976

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

The Trees are Having Their Period, 1974

Performed at Vassar College

MIerle Laderman Ukeles

Washing, June 13, 1974

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Washing, Tracks, Maintenance (Outside), 1973

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Washing, Tracks, Maintenance (Outside), 1973

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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Ceremonial Arch

Ceremonial Arch

installation at Queen's Museum, 2016

Unburning Freedom Hall, 1997

installation view

Social Mirror At The Unisphere: Queens Museum

The Queens Museum 2016-2017

Opening performance for the Touch Sanitation Show

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

Opening performance for the Touch Sanitation Show

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

Maintenance City

Installation view

Sanman's Place, 1984

installation view

Sanman's Place, 1984

Sanman's Place

installation view

One Year's Work Time II

The Queens Museum 2016-17

Peacetable

The Queens Museum 2016-2017

Care As Culture Peacetalk

Public Program at the Queens Museum, 2017

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Ceremonial Arch

installation at Queen's Museum, 2016

Unburning Freedom Hall, 1997

installation view

Social Mirror At The Unisphere: Queens Museum

The Queens Museum 2016-2017

Opening performance for the Touch Sanitation Show

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

Opening performance for the Touch Sanitation Show

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

Maintenance City

Installation view

Sanman's Place, 1984

installation view

Sanman's Place, 1984

Sanman's Place

installation view

One Year's Work Time II

The Queens Museum 2016-17

Peacetable

The Queens Museum 2016-2017

Care As Culture Peacetalk

Public Program at the Queens Museum, 2017

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