Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art
Public Programs

Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Peace Table, serves as the site for convenings on peace, from the personal to citywide. Ukeles and the Museum have conceived a series of public programs meant to engage and contemporize some of Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art’s important themes. The series includes three round-table conversations at the Peace Table with activists, artists, city workers, and other experts;  a day of readings on peace in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., and a tour of Freshkills Park led by Ukeles including the future site of her major public artwork Landing.

September 25, 2016, Artists in/of the City An exploration of embedded artist residencies in city agencies, anchored by Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and featuring artists and city representatives from around the country.

November 13, 2016Garbage: The Future Anchored by Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, New York City Department of Sanitation, and featuring innovators in recycling, reduction and reuse.

November 20, 2016Freshkills: From Landfill to Park A tour with the artist and city officials about the transformation of the former 3,000 acre landfill, the process behind remediation and its relationship to Ukeles’ Percent for Art commission Landing, the first permanent work of art to be built in the future Freshkills Park.

January 15, 2017A Day of Readings on Peace On the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Texts on the topic of peace will be gathered from many sources, cultures, and languages. Volunteers will read them aloud throughout the day creating as Ukeles says “a momentum of energy toward the possibility of peace that will fill up the soaring skylit space.”

February 5, 2017: Human Agency: A Day of Transfer and Exchange In a performance with the artist. Visitors are invited to commit to “repair the world.” Ukeles will also be introducing her Fresh Kills-related proposal for one million people to participate in a public artwork (Fresh Kills: Public Offerings Made By All, Redeemed by All).

February 12, 2017: Care As Culture This convening brings service work, ecofeminist art, and experts on climate change together.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art is made possible with leading support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; Lily Auchincloss Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. Contributions were also generously made by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Mark and Katie Coleman; Rivka Saker; the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; EMU Health; Gabriel Catone; Andrew Ruth; Helen and Peter Warwick; Manon Slome; and Elizabeth Smith.

The Queens Museum is grateful for significant in-kind support from the New York City Department of Sanitation. Additional in-kind gifts were provided by Shine Electronics, Inc.; Delta Air Lines; W X Y Architects; Lower East Side Print Shop; SITU Fabrication; and The Schloss Family. The accompanying publication is supported, in part, by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

Major programming support for the Queens Museum is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Image: Artists in/of the City, photo by Kuo-Heng Huang

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