Rejoice! Kara Walker, she of the breathtaking and controversial silhouettes, will launch a massive show in the Domino Sugar Refinery on May 10th. Entitled A Subtly…Or The Marvelous Sugar Baby, the show will be a major departure from her well-known cutouts and feature “an homage to the unpaid and overworked artisans who have refined our sweet tastes…on the occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant.”
The installation will fill the 90,000 square feet of space in the refinery, which for years has been at the center of a battle to preserve parts of Williamsburg’s riverfront from residential encroachments.
Walker is a celebrated artist whose depictions of race relations, sexuality, violence and identity earned her a MacArthur Genius Grant in 1997 at the age of 28. She currently has a solo exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre in the UK and A Subtly… will be her first U.S. exhibition since 2013’s Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! at Art Institute Chicago.
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