Kara Walker’s new installation, A Subtlety, located in Brooklyn’s abandoned Domino Sugar factory, is drawing large crowds and provoking some pretty interesting discussions. Its longer title, A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant, certainly points to a number of conversation starting points, both subtle and not so subtle.
After standing in the long lines of predominately white viewers, Jamilah King was moved to write a thought-provoking article in Colorlines last week entitled “The Overwhelming Whiteness of Black Art.” If her challenging questions about content and viewership sound too serious, don’t fret. Artnet has now posted a collection of some of the juvenile selfies-with-sculpture beginning to appear on Instagram with the hashtag #KaraWalkerDomino. Before we get too far into a heavy conversation, we apparently need to get the naked-body-parts giggles out of our system.