Mierle Laderman Ukeles Fiona Connor: Closed for installation, Fiona Connor, SculptureCenter, #4

The Brooklyn Rail Jul 09, 2019

Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s germinal Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969! (1969) comes to mind. Ukeles famously advanced a double linguistic shift from domestic work to maintenance, and from maintenance to art in the manifesto. Less recalled, however, is the second part of the text, which proposed an exhibition titled CARE that would invite sanitation workers and scientists into the museum to recycle waste. Ukeles’s proposition critically points to the potential power of the multitude to fill the holes of austerity.

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