Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Selected Press
(interviews, major articles, reviews)
See biography for complete list.


Dumont, Fabienne. À l'Ouest toute!, Travailleuses de Bretagne et
d'aillerus.Dijon: Les presses du reel, 2017. P 104 – 121.

Uszerowicz, Monica. "Women Artists Rewrite Myths About Periods." Hyperallgeric. May 16 2017.

Tepper, Allie. "Keeping Care Alive" Open Set. May 7 2017

Tavecchia, Elena. "Mierle Laderman Ukeles "Maintenance Art" at Queens Museum, New York." Mousse Magazine, no date, 2017.

Degraff, Adam. "Mierle Laderman Ukeles' "Maintenance Art." The Fanzine, February 13, 2017.

Steinhauer, Jillian. "How Mierle Laderman Ukeles Turned Maintenance Work into Art." Hyperallergic, February 10, 2017.

Voien, Guelda. "Garbage Artist: This Show is a Welcome Blast From Conceptual Art's Past." Observer, February 8, 2017.

Batkin, Liza. "Art That Won't Stop Talking." The New York Review of Books, January 4, 2017.


Fateman, Johanna. "Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Queens Museum, New York." Artforum .(December 2016): 251.

Staff. "Best of 2016: Our Top 20 NYC Art Shows." Hyperallergic, December 27, 2016.

Dunne, Susan. "ArtSpace Exhibit Takes On Subject Of How Labor Defines Us." Hartford Courant, December 19, 2016.

Russeth, Andrew. "Around New York." ArtNews (Winter 2016):124-126.

Bliss, Laura. "The Artist Who Made Sanitation Workers Worthy of a Museum." CityLab, November 29, 2016.

D'Souza, Aruna. "The Art of Citizenship: Mierle Laderman Ukeles at the Queens Museum." ArtPractical, November 10 2016.

Cavalier, Jane. "Who picks up the garbage after the revolution? On maintenance as art." The Art Newspaper, October 27, 2016.

Krasinski, Jennifer. "Mierle Laderman Ukeles' Maintenance Art Immersion." The Village Voice, October 26, 2016.

Szczepanski, Mallory. "Snapshots of Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art." Waste 360, October 18 2016.

Exit, Merle. "Sanitation Dept.'s Queen of Trash." Times Ledger, October 13, 2016.

Fressola, Michael J. "How did one woman discover fine art in the Fresh Kills Landfill?" silive.com, October 13 2016.

Ferro, Shaunacy. "Meet the Artist Who Works in New York's Sanitation Department." Mental Floss, September 26, 2016.

Lagnado, Caroline. "Repairing (and Cleaning) The World." The New York Jewish Week, September 6, 2016.

Molesworth, Helen. "Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art." Artforum, September, 2016.

Herriman, Kat. "Mierle Laderman Ukeles, the "Maintenance Art" Pioneer Who Made Art out of New York's Sanitation System." Artsy, September 7, 2016.

Schmidt, Samantha. "New York Today: Artists-in-Residence." New York Times, September 29, 2016.

Staff. "25 Most Collectible Conceptual Artists: Mierle Laderman Ukeles."" BlouinArtInfo.com, September 26, 2016.

Tosone, Austen. "The Art of Maintenance." Nylon, September 2016.

Herriman, Kat. "Mierle Laderman Ukeles, the "Maintenance Art" Pioneer
Who Made Art out of New York's Sanitation System." Artsy, September 7, 2016.

Honan, Katie. "Sanitation Department's 'Patron Saint' Puts Art on Display at Queens
Museum." DNAInfo, September 13, 2016.

Cotter, Holland. "An Artist Redefines Power. With
Sanitation Equipment." New York Times, September 15, 2016.

Kennedy, Randy. "An Artist Who Calls the Sanitation
Department Home." New York Times, September 21, 2016.

Krasinski, Jennifer, Pobric, Pac. "Changing Colors: New Art Exhibits in NYC This Fall."The Village Voice, September 21, 2016.

Kennedy, Randy. "An Artist Who Calls the Sanitation
Department Home." New York Times, September 21, 2016.

Battaglia, Andy. "'Maintenance Art' Puts Trash in Full View."The Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2016.


Wiseman, Emma. "Getting the Dirt: New Perspectives on Trash in New York City." HYPERALLERGIC, August 24, 2015.


Hill, Wes. “Brisbane: Mierle Laderman Ukeles.” artforum.com, November 1, 2014.

Horwitz, Simi. “Jewish Enviro-Artists Have the Whole World in Their Hands.” The Jewish Daily Forward, September 21, 2014.


Cotter, Holland.  “Maintenance Required.”  The New York Times online, June 20, 2013.

Frock, Christian L. Yo Mama: On Art and Working Motherhood.” KQED. May 12, 2013.

Miller, Michael H.  “Trash Talk: The Department of Sanitation’s Art in Residence is a Real Survivor.”  Gallerist NY, January 15, 2013. 

Regatao, Gisele. “One NY Artist: Sanitation Department Artist in Residence Mierle Laderman Ukeles.” WNYC, June 29, 2013.

Sharp, Chris.  “Critics Picks: Graz.”  Artforum.com, April 9, 2013.  artforum.com, April 9, 2013. 


Imai, Yoshiaki.” Mierle Laderman Ukeles – preparing for upcoming performance.” Echigo-Tsumari: Art Field, July 27, 2012. http://www.echigo-tsumari.jp/eng/news/2012/07/news_20120727_012

Maseng, Jonathan. “At MOCA, Land Art Speaks Soflty, Carries a Big Stick.” The Jewish Journal 27, no. 17 (June 29-July 5, 2012): 24.

Staff.  “The Artists’ Artist.”  Artforum 51, no. 4 (December 2012): 107.

Swenson, Kirsten. “Land Art for the Media Age.” Art in America,no. 9 (October 2012): 146-57.     


Levin, Kim. “Talking Trash.” ARTnews 110, no. 6 (June 2011): 90-96.

Miller, Alison L. “Is Work Art?” The Junk Revival,September 8, 2011. http://thejunkrevival.blogspot.com/2011/09/is-work-art.html

Rabinowitz, Sima. "Mierle Laderman Ukeles - The Art of Repairing the World." The Yeshiva University Museum Newsletter (Winter 2010): 8-9.


Horn, Jordana.  “Creative Creation: Exhibition Contemplates Genesis.”  The Jewish Daily Forward, February 19, 2010.


Ryan, Bartholomew. “Manifesto for Maintenance: A Conversation with Mierle Laderman Ukeles.” artinamerica.com, March 30, 2009, http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-opinion/conversations/2009-03-20/draft-mierle-interview/

Liss, Andrea. Feminist Art and the Maternal. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2009, pp. 43-67.


Katchadourian, Nina. "Meeting of Minds.” Modern Painters (September 2008): 128.

Kenning, Dean. “Eco Art.” Art Monthly, no. 313 (February 2008): 1-4.

Schifrin, Dan. “Changing the World, One Mirror at a Time.” Voices from the Contemporary Jewish Museum, August 6, 2008, http://www.cmjvoices.blogspot.com/

Stanchfield, Natalie. "Interview with Mierle Laderman Ukeles.” http://www.artslant.com, June.


Andrews, Max. “The Whole Truth.” frieze 108 (June-August 2007): 214-19.

Cash, Stephanie. “The Armory Show.” Art in America95, no. 4 (April 2007): 33-35.

Cembalest, Robin. “Famous in 2112?” ARTnews 106, no. 10 (November 2007): 200-09

Cotter, Holland. “That Sanitation Truck Parked on the Pier? It’s Part of the Show.” The New York Times, February, 23, 2007, pp. E29, E40.

Leslie, Richard. “Art Fairs in New York City.” Art Nexus 6, no. 65, 2007, pp. 112-13.

Pasternak, Anne. Creative Time: The Book, Princeton Architectural Press, New York, NY, 2007, pp. 7, 94, 95, 129.

Ukeles, Mierle. “Garbage and Mirrors: A Self Reflection.” Sh’ma (June 2007): 12.

"Unveiling the Armory Show’s Unusual Centerpiece.” The New York Sun, February 14, 2007, p. 1.

Zimmer, Amy. “One city’s trash truck…” Metro NY, February 14, 2007, p.5.


Cornwall, Regina. "Reinventing Maintenance with Artist Mierle Ukeles.” The Women's Media Center, December 14, 2006, http://www.womensmediacenter.com/ex/121406.html

Salazar, Erin. “Mierle Laderman Ukeles; Interview.” TGC (Spring/Summer 2006): 14-21.


Daly, Michael. "Tribute tells whole truth in Bronx.” Daily News, Sunday, August 22, 2004, p. 6.


Carr, C. &#x20Waste. Not! Fresh Kills Becomes an Urban Artwork.” Village Voice, May 28, 2002, p. 43.

Gablik, Suzi. &#x20rt as Activism.” IONS Noetic Sciences Review, no. 62 (December 2002-February 2003): 28-31.

Kastner, Jeffrey. "The Department of Sanitation’s Artist in Residence.” The New York Times, May 19, 2002, pp. AR37, AR39.

Ukeles, Mierle. " Leftovers/It’s About Time For Fresh Kills.” Cabinet, no. 6 (Spring 2002): 17-20.


Belasco, Daniel. "Learning From Landfill.” The Jewish Week, October 26, 2001, pp.35-36.

O’Connell, Kim A. "The Art in Decomposition.” Landscape Architecture 91, no. 8 (August 2001): 4, 84-85, 95.


Finkelpearl,Tom. Dialogues in Public Art. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000, pp. 295-322.


Schwendener, Martha. "Eleanor Antin, ‘Portraits of 8 New York Women, 1970’ & Mierle Laderman Ukeles, 'Maintenance Art Works, 1969-1979'." Time Out New York (June 4-11, 1998).


Ashford, Doug. "Democracy is Empty." Documents, no. 10 (Fall 1997): 23-30.

Kwon, Miwon. "In Appreciation of Invisible Work: Mierle Laderman Ukeles and the Maintenance of the 'White Cube'." Documents, no. 10 (Fall 1997): 15-18.

Molesworth, Helen. "Work Stoppages: Mierle Laderman Ukeles' Theory of Labor Value." Documents, no. 10 (Fall 1997): 19-22.

Ukeles, Mierle Laderman. "Maintenance Art Activity (1973)." Documents, no. 10 (Fall 1997): 5-14.


Oakes, Baile, ed. Sculpting with the Environment. New York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995, pp.184-93.

"The Art of Maintaining Public Life: An Interview with Mierle Laderman Ukeles." On The Ground 1, no. 4 (1995): 1-4.


Cembalest, Robin. "Talking Trash with Mierle Laderman Ukeles.” Forward, November 25, 1994, pp. 9-10.


Barron, James. "Art Work Is (Yes Really) Garbage." The New York Times, June 10, 1993, pp. B1, B5.


Storr, Rob. "Mierle Ukeles at Feldman.” Art in America (February 1985).


Banes, Sally. "Disposing of a Cliché.” The Village Voice, September 25, 1984

Brooke, James. "Sanitation Art Showings Brighten Workers’ Image.” The New York Times, September 10, 1984.

Colford, Paul D. "Cleaning Up Images.” Newsday, September 7, 1984.

Hogrefe, Jeffrey. "Homage To Garbage.” The Washington Post, September 10, 1984.

Levin. Kim. "Clean for a Day.” The Village Voice, September 25, 1984.

Moorman, Margaret. &#x20The ‘Vasari Diary’ Sanitation Transformation.” ARTnews (November 1984).

“The Talk of the Town.” The New Yorker (September 24, 1984).



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