Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Seven Work Ballets

Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Seven Work Ballets
Library Shelf Location 18.LADE
Publication Date 2013


  • Includes: "Mierle Laderman Ukeles in conversation with Tom Finkelpearl and Shannon Jackson."


  • Mierle Laderman Ukeles's 1969 "Manifesto for Maintenance Art" was a major intervention in feminist performance practices and public art. The proposition argued for the intimate relationship between creative production in the public sphere and domestic labor; a relationship whose intricacies Ukeles has been unraveling, ever since. Starting in 1977, she became an unsalaried artist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation, a position that enabled her to introduce radical public art as mainstream culture into an urban system serving and owned by the municipal population. Through archival research, this monographic publication focuses on Ukeles' work ballets; a series of large-scale collaborative performances involving workers, trucks, barges, and hundreds of tons of recyclables which took place between 1983 and 2012 in New York City, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Givors, France and Tokamachi, Japan.


ISBN 9783943365931
Quantity 1
Pages 230 pages : color illustrations, facsimiles ; 28 cm
Author Kari Conte
Format Softcover
Publisher Sternberg Press, Berlin
Related Artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Live Art/Performance
Language English

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