Since 1977, Mierle Laderman Ukeles has been the official, unsalaried artist-in-residence of the City of New York Department of Sanitation. Her artwork crashes boundaries between labor and performance, system and spirit, unveils connections between feminism, work and workers, the city, and the environment.
Ukeles’s works are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum; Guggenheim Museum; the Art Institute of Chicago (promised gift); Migros Museum, Zurich; Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum, Hartford; Smith College Museum, Northampton; and the Jewish Museum, New York City. She is represented by Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York. Ukeles believes art creates freedom and asks whether we can design modes of survival—for a thriving planet, not an entropic one—that don’t crush our personal and civic freedom and silence the individual’s voice.
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