Mierle Laderman Ukeles Billboard Series By Mierle Laderman Ukeles Thanks NYC Service Workers

Xoonews Sep 08, 2020

41 years ago, the artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles launched the radical art undertaking that would become her best-known project: for 11 months, Ukeles traveled throughout every borough in New York City in order to accomplish her goal of shaking hands with every single sanitation worker in the huge metropolis. For Touch Sanitation Performance (1979–80), in addition to shaking hands, Ukeles also thanked every worker she interacted with for “keeping the city alive.” Decades later, New Yorkers are in an entirely different spot, but sanitation workers are more essential than ever. For that reason, Ukeles has joined a new collaboration between MTA Arts & Design, Times Square Arts, and the Queens Museum in order to broadcast her vision to the city once again.

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