Mierle Laderman Ukeles

February 6, 2013 7PM

Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Mierle Laderman Ukeles, born in 1939 in Denver, Colorado, is “madly in love” with the public domain and public culture and, as a result, nearly all of her work takes place in the public sphere. In 1969, she wrote the Manifesto for Maintenance Art, 1969! that is still exhibited and taught today. Since 1977, when she became the official, unsalaried artist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation—a position she still holds—Ukeles has created art that deals with the endless maintenance and service work that “keeps the city alive,” urban waste flows, recycling, ecology, urban sustainability and our power to transform degraded land and water intohealthy public places. Since the late 1980s, much of Ukeles’ work has been created through “I-I-I: Infrastructure Interface Inc,” her conceptual organization, focused on transforming closed landfills into urban parks, with her Percent for Art commission for Fresh Kills in Staten Island, New York since 1989, once the largest municipal landfill in the world, at Danehy Park in Cambridge since 1990, and in Evapotranspiration for Hiriya,an installation at the Tel Aviv Museum proposed for Israel’s largest landfill.