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See You in the Streets

Art, Action, and Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Ruth Sergel (author)

ISBN: 9781609384173

Publication Date: Jun 2016

Format: Paperback

In 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City took the lives of 146 workers. Their deaths galvanized a movement for social and economic justice. How can we bring the lessons of the Triangle fire back into practice today? For Ruth Sergel, the answer was to fuse art, activism, and collective memory to create a large-scale public commemoration. This title showcases her work.
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In 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City took the lives of 146 workers, most of them young immigrant women and girls. Their deaths galvanized a movement for social and economic justice then, but today's laborers continue to battle dire working conditions. How can we bring the lessons of the Triangle fire back into practice today? For artist Ruth Sergel, the answer was to fuse art, activism, and collective memory to create a large-scale public commemoration that invites broad participation and incites civic engagement. See You in the Streets showcases her work.

It all began modestly in 2004 with Chalk, an invitation to allNew Yorkers to remember the 146 victims of the fire by inscribing their names and ages in chalk in front of their former homes. This project inspired Sergel to found the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, a broad alliance of artists and activists, universities and unions–more than 250 partners nationwide–to mark the 2011 centennial of the infamous blaze. Putting the coalition together and figuring what to do and how to do it were not easy. This book provides a lively account of the unexpected partnerships, false steps, joyous collective actions, and sustainability of such large public works. Much more than an object lesson from the past, See You in the Streets offers an exuberant perspective on building a social art practice and doing public history through argument and agitation, creativity and celebration with an engaged public.
Illustrations 15 black & white photographs, 8 colour plates
Pages 194
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jun 2016
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Subject/s Theory of art   History of the Americas   Political activism  
Ruth Sergel is an artist whose projects bridge art and technology, memory and public history to create compassionate works that invite active civic engagement. She lives in Berlin, Germany.

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