LISA VINEBAUM
New Demands?
2013
Performance, New York City
Photo: Amber Lee
At Cooper Union Auditorium at 41 Cooper Square, where Local 25 of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) met in 1909 to vote for a general strike by workers in the women's shirt waist industry. Shirt waist blouses were modeled after men's shirts and came to symbolize the model blouse for the independent, working woman around the turn of the 20th century.

This iteration of New Demands? performed in New York, commemorates the New York Shirt Waist Strike of 1909-1910 and the Triangle Factory Fire of 1911. I walked a route that connects sites of historical importance to these events and by extension, the history of workers' rights in the garment industry and the American labor movement more generally.

Performed in collaboration with Grace Exhibition and Performance Space.
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