Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Touch Sanitation

Touch Sanitation

Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Touch Sanitation, 1977–1980.

Description:
“I’m not here to watch you, to study you, to analyze you, to judge you. I’m here to be with you: all the shifts, all the seasons, to walk out the whole City with you.” I face each worker, shake hands, and say: “Thank you for keeping NYC alive.” / Performance Duration: 11 months, at least 1 to 2 8-hour/per day work shifts. With 8,500 sanitation workers. / Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

Medium:
Performance

Tags:
hands, sanitation, performance, public, institutional critique

Images
Touch SanitationThe Social MirrorRE-SPECT (October 28, 1993, Givors, France)Ceremonial Arch Honoring Service Workers IIIUnburning Freedom HallTurn Around Surround: Galaxy Dancefloortford Wash:  Washing/Tracks/Maintenance

Location
Bronx, New York
USA

Contact
info@feldmangallery.com

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