Touch Sanitation

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Sep 06 – Oct 05, 1984

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

TOUCH SANITATION PERFORMANCE: Fresh Kills Landfill, 1979-80

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TOUCH SANITATION SHOW is a two part environmental art exhibition by artist, Mierle Laderman Ukeles. This immense multi-media installation celebrates daily urban survival by revealing New York sanitation as our primary maintenance system. Ukeles focuses on sanitation workers who she feels are stigmatized because we – the public – are generally unwilling to recognize that the individuals who take the garbage don’t make the garbage. Five years in preparation, this exhibition has resulted in a new kind of public art. This is the first time a public service agency has collaborated with such intensity in a serious cultural project. Virtually every unit of the Department of Sanitation has participated with the artist in the creation of these environmental art works.

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-80

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-80

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1984

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-80

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-80

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-80

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-80

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Wiping of the Bad Names Performance, 1984

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Wiping of the Bad Names Performance, 1984

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