Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Seven Work Ballets


Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Seven Work Ballets
Book launch, lecture and reading, Tuesday March 24 at 6.30pm

Please join us for a lecture by Mierle Laderman Ukeles and the launch of her very first publication, Seven Work Ballets which focuses on her ongoing series of work ballet performances, which activate socio-urban choreographies of workers, trucks, barges, and hundreds of tons of recyclables in cities across the globe.

Since 1977, Ukeles has been artist-in-residence of the New York Department of Sanitation and has realised projects which aimed to support the sanitation workers and create awareness for the ecology of New York City. Her research within the Sanitation Department has informed the development of several public art performances spanning 1983-2012 and presented internationally in France, Rotterdam and Japan which now are gathered in the publication Seven Work Ballets.

The lecture will be followed by an in-conversation between the book’s editor Kari Conte and curator Krist Gruijthuijsen.

Release prize on the publication all evening!
Admission 50SEK, RSVP to osa@marabouparken.se if you like to join the lecture.

The publication is co-published by Kunstverein Amsterdam, Grazer Kunstverein and Sternberg Press in collaboration with Arnolfini, Bristol, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and Marabouparken konsthall, Sundbyberg. The programme is held in collaboration with Konsthall C with support from The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm and Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts & Design, Stockholm.


Mierle Laderman Ukeles (born 1939 in Denver Colorado) studied at Barnard College and Pratt Institute in NewYork. Since the 1970s, she has exhibited and performed widely, among others in C7500, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford (1973), Issue: Social Strategies by Women Artists, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1980, both curated by Lucy Lippard), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York (1998), WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, PS1, New York (2007–2008) and the International Armory Art Fair, New York (2007), Maintenance Art Works 1969–1980, Grazer Kunstverein (2013), Maintenance Required, The Kitchen, New York (2013, organised by the Whitney Independent Study Program), and at the 13th Istanbul Biennial.