Produced for: PRI/WNYC’s Studio 360
Airdate: October 4, 2003
In 1969, artist and struggling young mother, Mierle Laderman Ukeles decided that the repetitive tasks of taking care of children and a household were art.
Her “Manifesto for Maintenance Art” asked presciently, “when the revolution is over, who’s going to pick up the garbage? Ukeles has spent her career trying to answer that question, beginning in the late 70’s when she set out to shake the hand of every single New York City Sanitation worker — all 8500 of them.