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SEE YOU IN THE STREETS: ART, ACTION AND REMEMBERING THE TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY FIRE. Ruth Sergel. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 2016. Humanities and Public Life. 238 pp. with 39 ills. (16 col.). 23 x 16 cm. LC 2015-35317 ISBN 9781609384173 In English.
Publisher's description: 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 all New 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.
Indexing: Western — United States — Several Periods — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170089
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