Getting the Dirt: New Perspectives on Trash in New York City

Mierle Laderman Ukeles “realized that in the eyes of society she had lost her “artist” status and had become one of the maintenance class — housewives being in the same category as janitors, security guards, and sanitation workers — and recognized something deeper: that it is the very people performing the most essential tasks of our world to whom society accords the least money, attention, and respect.” Emma Wiseman, in her article “Getting the Dirt”, looks at how we might engage art and anthropology in thinking about garbage, waste management, sanitation….

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