Keeping care alive

Allie Tepper

“Maintenance is a drag; it takes all the fucking time,” says Mierle Laderman Ukeles in her Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969!, presented prominently in the first room of the artist’s recent retrospective at the Queens Museum in New York. 

Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Touch Sanitation Performance,1979-80. Photograph of the artist performing “Handshake Ritual” with workers of New York City Department of Sanitation. Courtesy of artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

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