The walls are dripping with molasses at the abandoned Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, and in a decaying corridor, a moat of the thick, dark, goopy stuff swallows at least a foot of stairs. This is the setting for artist Kara Walker’s profound and provocative new exhibit: A Subtlety: 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. Presented by Creative Time, the (free!) show runs through July 6 and allows voyeurs a peek at a storied waterfront space before it’s demolished in the name of development.
“When I was trying to understand the space, I fixated on the molasses as this waste product, a byproduct of the refining process that’s still edible and more nutritious but darker and undesirable, with allusions to plantation lore,” Walker told us during a preview. Her work explores race and history, and the focal point of the show is a massive sphinxlike figure with uncomfortably exaggerated “mammy” features.
Click through the slideshow: Inside Kara Walker's Art Exhibit at the Domino Sugar Factory