Seeing America – Periods: 1945-1980

Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Washing/Tracks/Maintenance: Outside (July 23, 1973), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art © Mierle Laderman Ukeles
The artist asks us if maintaining can be as important as creating.

Maintenance art

Old Penn Station
New York put growth ahead of all else, resulting in the loss of important historic buildings, like Penn Station.

A Landmark Decision

Ruth Asawa, Untitled, c. 1958, iron wire, 219.7 × 81.3 × 81.3 cm Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Asawa was interned in World War II, but we must be careful about interpreting her artworks as related to that trauma.

From wire to weightlessness