Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art Works 1969–1980

The Institute of Modern Art presents Maintenance Art Works 1969–1980, a survey of Mierle Laderman Ukeles' early works.

Art Exhibition previously on at IMA - Institute of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 11 October 2014 to Saturday 29 November 2014

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Published by Institute of Modern Art on Wednesday 01 October 2014.
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Though Ukeles’ took a seminal position in early conceptual and feminist art and is represented in almost every anthology of 1960s and 1970s artists, her work has not yet been explored in its wider significance. The exhibition presents major works spanning a decade of production and is based on a show at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts gallery in New York 1998. This is the first solo exhibition of Ukeles’ practice in Australia.

The work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles (born 1939 in Denver, USA) concerns the everyday routines of life. In 1969, following the birth of her first child, Ukeles wrote her “Manifesto for Maintenance Art” as a challenge to the oppositions between art and life, nature and culture, and public and private. Her work looked toaimed to highlight otherwise overlooked aspects of social production and questions, still very relevant today, the hierarchies of different forms of work, especially of housework and low-wage labour. Ukeles was interested in how artists could use the concept of transference to empower people to act as agents of change and stimulate positive community involvement toward ecological sustainability. Since 1977, Ukeles has acted as artist in residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation and realised radical public art as public culture in a system which serves and is owned by the entire population.