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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Jan 01, 2017 Art in America Mierle Laderman Ukeles Labor Relations

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

May 08, 1998 Mierle Laderman Ukeles Maintenance Art Works

Sep 06, 1984 Mierle Laderman Ukeles Touch Sanitation

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Romeo and Juliet Sequence, 2003

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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