Magazine article Sculpture

Queens Museum

Magazine article Sculpture

Queens Museum

Article excerpt

Queens, New York

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Through February 19, 2017

In 1969, Ukeles's "Manifesto for Maintenance Art" challenged ingrained oppositions pitting art against life, nature against culture, public against private and proposed a new, socially based role for artists-the maintenance of everyday life ("sustain the change; protect progress"). Rather than consider art as a means of "development" akin to industrial innovation, she posited creation as an act of caretaking: artists could apply the concept of transference to inspire people to act as agents of change, creating community involvement and ecological transformation. Since then, she has put this idea to work, principally as artist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation, where she has produced a number of iconic interventions since 1977; in recent years, she has spearheaded efforts to transform the former Fresh Kills landfill into an ecological park/artwork almost three times the size of Central Park-a visionary collaborative project that progresses fitfully under the auspices of 45 city agencies. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.