New York's Queens Museum of Art recently opened up the exhibit, Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art, which is a celebration of Ukele's 40 year tenure at the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY). The exhibit showcases the provocative way in which Ukele can present the otherwise "mundane" task of maintenance.
Prior to the media preview of her exhibit, Ukeles has a sanitation truck parked in front of the museum, outfitted with mirrors allowing the people ( and most importantly, the sanitation workers) to see their work which was the clean world around them. Work from the exhibit covers Ukeles career, stretching from 1962-2016, including her 40 years with the DSNY:
The main body of work, inspired by her four-page manifesto, can be found within the temporary exhibition spaces. In it, she writes about two basic systems of Western culture: Development (“pure individual creation”) and Maintenance (“keep the dust off the pure individual creation”).