sanitation artist in residence


sanitationartist.jpg  I had heard that the Department of Sanitation had a volunteer artist in residence, but I didn’t realize that Mierle Laderman Ukeles, the woman who has held the job for the past thirty years, had also written a series of radical manifesti (scroll down for Maintenance Art Manifesto 1969).  Curious what the city’s public artist has to say after all these years on the job?  As luck would have it, Ms. Ukeles spoke about reclaiming the land at the New School in May and that conversation is available for download.   The talk was part of a cycle on “Forgiveness” at the New School.  I’m not sure what that means, but it sure sounds cool.


6 Responses to “sanitation artist in residence”

  1. olympiadumpsterdiver Says:

    “Forgiveness” is probably the theme because of the season: it is Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah was Sept 23 and Yom Kippor is Oct 2), and coincedentally, Rammadan is here, too, so that is what it means…(Ms Ukeles happens to also be a Jewish artist). WISH I could attend, thanks for keeping me posted.

  2. everydaytrash Says:

    The event was in May, so we both missed it! I linked to an audio recording above if you want to hear what she had to say.

    Thanks so much for bringing up the holidays. I’ve been trying to think of poverty reduction and waste reduction connections this month since the theme of Ramadan is to think about those less fortunate and because this is the time of year when Muslims calculate how much of thier income to give to charity. I will have to add Rosh Hashanah and atonement to this intellectual exercise!

  3. kimberly Says:

    i cannot resist saying that my first dumpster diving experience was IN Olympia and went like this: late night driving around, new boyfriend decides to check out his fave diving location, behind a small shop near safeway on 4th Ave. at first i’m still in the car, but after he takes a peek over the edge of the dumpster, i hear exclamations and demands for a flashlight. I hop out and flood the dumpster with light. He promptly pulls up the severed head of a deer…..

    thankfully, future dives were less gruesome and far more productive.

  4. everydaytrash Says:

    Yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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