Birthing Tikkun Olam: Your Idea to Repair the World
A performance exchange with artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Peace Table, serves as the site for convenings on peace, from the personal to citywide to the global. 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.

As part of Birthing Tikkun Olam, a participatory work which invites the public to commit to a way they can “repair the world,” Birthing Tikkun Olam: Your Idea to Repair the World is a performative interchange with the artist, who will exchange your written and signed individual covenant for a double-sided mirror from the installation (supplies are limited on a first come, first served basis). The work is inspired by the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam, which means to heal or to transform. 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).

Come prepared with one idea to improve the world and leave endowed with the inspiration to achieve it, and a permanent reminder of your commitment.

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, Inc.; 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; and SITU Fabrication. The accompanying publication is supported, in part, by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

Image: Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Birthing Tikkun Olam, 2016