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Kara Walker’s “Controversial” Art to Take Over the Domino Sugar Factory


01.13.14 Marina Galperina

American artist Kara Walker will take over the historic deteriorated, 90,000-square-foot industrial dump that is Brooklyn’s former Domino Sugar Refining Plant. Walker is most know for her room-size tableaux installations of black cut-paper silhouettes, often violent and sexual as well as shocking, fitting her subject matter — American Antebellum, slavery, abuse of power and rebellion. The factory will soon be demolished and to make room for something large, shiny and condo.

This is Kara Walker’s first large-scale public project and this is her announcement:

At the behest of Creative Time Kara E. Walker has confected: 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.

Creative Time says it’s “a major departure from the artist” and will explore “a radical range of subject matter, including but not limited to the history of sugar and its many implications.” Sweet.

(Image: opticbluebear/Flickr + AmericanSuburbX)