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Kara Walker and the Giant Sugar Vagina

Everyone is talking about it- Kara Walker’s sugar Sphinx is here, and she is fantastically anatomically correct. Creative Time has taken over the ginormous Domino Sugar Factory once again, for Walker’s 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. The building itself has been an East River icon since 1882, anchoring New York City’s participation in the longstanding torrid affair with the sugar business, which has deep deep roots in slavery to fuel the need for confection. Walker’s giant Sphinx is joined by cast sugar sculptures of her signature caricatures of slaves, which will likely melt over the duration of the show which goes into the first week of July.

Its massive stature alone is worth the wait (which, come on, in the long awaited sun isn’t such a big deal), but its link to the incredibly controversial history of sugar leaves a lot to think about the next time you bite into that piece of chocolate, which didn’t in fact derive from a chocolate river mixed by waterfalls and spooned to dry by oompaloompas. It is definitely a site to experience, which is compounded by the fact that the Domino Sugar Factory will soon be no more.

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  1. In the voice of Homer Simpson, “Mmmm, sweet sugar vagina….”

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