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Not many people can tolerate dirt and grime long enough to appreciate its artistic potential, but those in New York City will be given a rare chance to do just that thanks to the 'Swept Away: Dust, Ashes and Dirt' in Contemporary Art and Design exhibition. Curated by the Museum of Arts and Design, this unique art show features the unkempt work of 25 artists.

From elaborate sculptures to paintings, the Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design exhibition "resurrect[s] and rearrange[s] the neglected and castoff materials of our daily lives, and in doing so force us to reconsider their underlying associations," according to curator David McFadden, and "heighten[s] our awareness of time, place, memory, and emotion." The show will run until August, 2012.