Just to let you know that I shared the Dropbox folder with all of you after Monday’s class, so if you didn’t get a notice via email, let me know ASAP and I’ll connect you.
Also, I just wanted to alert you to events with Mierle Laderman Ukeles at Queens Museum this next two weekends. The exhibit closes in mid-February so your chance is soon.
Birthing Tikkun Olam: Your Idea to Repair the World: A performance exchange with artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Feb 5 2017
Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Peace Table, serves as the site for convenings on peace, from the personal to citywide to the global. Ukeles and the Museum have conceived a series of public programs meant to engage and contemporize some of Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art’s important themes.
As part of Birthing Tikkun Olam, a participatory work which invites the public to commit to a way they can “repair the world,” Birthing Tikkun Olam: Your Idea to Repair the World is a performative interchange with the artist, who will exchange your written and signed individual covenant for a double-sided mirror from the installation (supplies are limited on a first come, first served basis). The work is inspired by the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam, which means to heal or to transform. Ukeles will also be introducing her Fresh Kills-related proposal for one million people to participate in a public artwork (Fresh Kills: Public Offerings Made By All, Redeemed by All).
Come prepared with one idea to improve the world and leave endowed with the inspiration to achieve it, and a permanent reminder of your commitment.
Care as Culture: Artists, Activists and Scientists Build Coalitions to Resist Climate Change
A Convening Around the Peace Table
Feb 12 2017
Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Peace Table, serves as the site for convenings on peace, from the personal to citywide to global. Ukeles and the Museum have conceived a series of public programs meant to engage and contemporize some of Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art’s important themes.
Care as Culture is the final convening that brings the perspectives of eco-artists, activists, and experts on climate change together to interrogate and enrich culture’s place in the movements for environmental justice. Reflecting on a hallmark of Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ practice, one goal of the roundtable is to brainstorm methods for coalition building across these disciplines, effectively multiplying the power to confront an environmental, political, and spiritual crisis in our increasingly antagonistic time. How can we create a broad cultural movement to combat the campaign promises of the United States’ incoming administration to dismantle many of the policies addressing the effects of climate change?
To demonstrate the benefits and challenges of coalition building, artists and their interdisciplinary collaborators will present case studies from their own work and brainstorm what future possibilities might exist for this strategic model to continue. These will be followed by a larger discussion with a group of invited eco-artists, activists, and scientists about how successful coalitions can be introduced, and the urgent ways artists can begin the process of coalition building. What prevents us from working together and how can we advocate for change?
Case study speakers include Newton Harrison, The Natural History Museum, Natalie Jeremijenko, and Mary Mattingly. Respondents include Carol Becker, Francesco Fiondella, Allan Frei, Hope Ginsburg, Alicia Grullon, Amy Lipton, Lisa Marshall, Jennifer McGregor, Aviva Rahmani, Jason Smerdon, Stephanie Wakefield, and Marina Zurkow.