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NYC Department of Sanitation Employees’ Talent to be Showcased in New Art Exhibit

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This photo was taken prior to COVID-19.

“Sanitation Celebration,” an exhibit featuring art by New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) employees, will open with a public reception on Nov. 14. Together, the Sanitation Foundation, the official nonprofit of DSNY, and Pace University Art Gallery are pleased to present this in-person art exhibit sponsored by Mack Trucks. Celebrating the talents of the DSNY workforce, who collect 12,000 tons of trash and recycling every day across New York City, the exhibition showcases diverse artworks in various media, including photography, video, sculpture, painting, and more. Pieces included in the show were selected by Maggie Lee, the Foundation’s director of Cultural and Education Programs, sTo Len, DSNY’s new public artist-in-residence, and Sarah Cunningham, assistant clinical professor and director of the Pace University Art Gallery. The show will also feature photographs, prints and video from Len and from Mierle Laderman Ukeles, the longtime DSNY artist-in-residence, along with a selection from the Treasures in the Trash collection curated by retired DSNY worker Nelson Molina.

During the opening reception, Mack Trucks will present a special sustainability award to the artist who best incorporates repurposed or upcycled materials into their piece.

WHERE: Pace University Gallery, 41 Park Row, 1st Floor, Spruce St. entrance; Manhattan

WHEN: Opening reception Sunday, Nov. 14, 1-3 p.m. The reception includes a one-day only presentation of Ukeles’s Social Mirror truck at 1 Pace Plaza; exhibition to run through Jan. 28.

VISUALS: Art created by NYC Department of Sanitation employees and Artists-in-Residence Mierle Laderman Ukeles and sTo Len, along with selections from Treasures in the Trash.

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