Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Went with my friend B to see Kara Walker's "A Subtlety" in the soon-to-be-razed Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg. Visitors (we waited in line 40 minutes) were encouraged to take photos and send them to a website assembling a 3-D version of the sugar sphinx, but visitors are also all over these pictures. They're all over most of what I've read online about it, too, usually disdain, disgust and disbelief at the inappropriate reactions. But what would be an appropriate reaction?
I found myself moving in the same direction of discrediting others. "What do they tell their kids they're seeing?" I wondered about the parents of young children there. But what would I say - to a child or an adult? This is what slavery looks like?

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