We're spending an evening contemplating relics and then shoring up our optimism for the future. We'll start at the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg taking in the great Kara Walker's site specific project, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby. We'll end by enjoying sustainable cuisine at Bliss Grand.
A Subtlety has arrived and she is anything but. Everything and everyone make consequence in today's world. From the historical production of sugar to it's contemporary uses, there is much to answer for. At the heart of this enterprise is life itself. There is the land upon which cane is cultivated and the lives of the workers who tend and harvest this crop. There are corporations who use this product to maximum profit by any means necessary. Then there is the consumer - the eater - who ingests sugar to consequence. What happens next? Monoculture food production. There is inflammation for those who ingest sugar which can potentially end in diabetes. Who wins when enjoying this sweet product of nature? Corporations. Pharmaceutical companies. The western Medical establishment. Sugar Baby brings this right home right here and right now. Don't forget the North Atlantic slave trade made it all possible.
We'll take in Ms Walker's lessons and observations and then make our way to Bliss Grand for some fine vegan eats.
The chief curator of Creative Time states: "Walker’s gigantic temporary sugar-sculpture speaks of power, race, bodies, women, sexuality, slavery, sugar refining, sugar consumption, wealth inequity, and industrial might that uses the human body to get what it needs no matter the cost to life and limb. Looming over a plant whose entire history was one of sweetening tastes and aggregating wealth, of refining sweetness from dark to white, she stands mute, a riddle so wrapped up in the history of power and its sensual appeal that one can only stare stupefied, unable to answer."
Roberta Smith of the New York Times sums up the exhibit succinctly.
Creative Time: http://creativetime.org/
Domino Sugar Factory: http://creativetime.org/projects/karawalker/domino-sugar-factory/
All things Bliss Grand (including their delicious menu) can be found here: http://www.blissgrandresterauntbk.com/
5:00pm Take in the exhibit
6:30pm Dine at Bliss Grand
The closest subways are the L at Bedford Avenue, the G at Metropolitan and the JMZ trains at Marcy Avenue. The Domino Sugar Factory is approximately a 15-20 minute walk from each stop heading west toward the East River. The East River Ferry drops passengers a stone's throw away from Domino at South Williamsburg.
Accessibility: The Marcy Avenue stop is wheelchair accessible. There is also the East River Ferry's South Williamsburg pier which is a few blocks away from Domino. Bliss Grand is wheelchair accessible, too.