LIVEBLOG: Kara Walker’s Art Exhibit

We decided to see Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety” or “The Marvelous Sugar Baby” art installation in Brooklyn at the Domino Sugar Factory, which is set for demolition tomorrow (7/7). As the last day of the exhibition we figured it would be crowded… 

  • 11:04am – arrive at Bagelsmith off of Bedford for sustenance. Have photos snapped of us by Asian tourist group.

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  • 11:48am – walk to Domino Sugar factory on S 1st street.
  • 12:08pm – finally arrive to the back of the line on S 10th street. It’s sweltering hot.
  • 12:10 – Dani takes her top off
  • 12:15 – we realize we’re living that episode of Portlandia where there’s a huge line for a new brunch place.
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  • 12:22 – the people behind us are some bougie ass bitches with Celine bags complaining about the gentrification of Brooklyn and how it’s just SO SAD.
  • 12:25 – buy icees from the Mexican pushcarts going up and down the bikelane near the line. Instant gratification though short lived.
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  • 12:39 – bougies talking about their first pair of seven jeans.
  • 12:40 – we’ve moved 5 blocks.
  • 12:45 – it’s so hot I wish I was wearing a mumu. That would be ideal. Hipster behind us talking about loyalty

    via @ejjohnson_'s  instagram... because he's fierce, and I've been obsessed with him lately.
    via @ejjohnson_’s instagram… because he’s fierce, and I’ve been obsessed with him lately.
  • 12:57 – guy behind us complaining about never supporting urban outfitters because they steal artists designs. White shirt casualty – mango slush on my top. Also just realized my white top is see thru. And I am bra less….
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  • 1:01 – WE MADE IT UNDER THE WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE! Were half way there? I think? Holy hell I’m melting.
  • 1:07 – There is art outside of the art installation. It says something like “BELIEVE” but really I think its subtle reassurance that you will eventually get to the beginning of the line. THERE IS HOPE.

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    cc: Dani Labat
  • 1:10 – our reading materials are out. Mindy Kaling for Dani, Nora Ephronfor me, and Email for Lindsey.

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    We’re delirious. Ignore Dani’s face, she doesn’t know what she’s doing.
  • 1:18 – a 2 INCH BEETLE FOUND MY HAIR TO BURROW IN. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. people took pictures while I writhed. I’m the talk of the line now. “I can’t believe that bug landed in your hair” “that was such a beautiful bug!”

    LIKE WHAT THE FUCK THIS WAS IN MY HAIR!? WHY ME WHY DID IT PICK ME TO BURROW IN?! DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW TERRIFYING THIS WAS????
    LIKE WHAT THE FUCK THIS WAS IN MY HAIR!? WHY ME WHY DID IT PICK ME TO BURROW IN?! DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW TERRIFYING THIS WAS????
  • 1:21 – sweating even more now having undergone that ordeal.
  • 1:22 – Lindsey sprung for mister softee
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  • 1:24 – we finally made it to the waiver part! It basically says, Domino Sugar Factory is old so it might break down on you but thats your problem not ours.
  • 1:30 – we are at S 2nd! So close. Dani proclaims she is proud of me for sticking it out this long. I have to say, I’m proud too. In other news this douche behind us is talking about how fab his trip to France was and how he’s on the 10 year plan. I want to punch him square in the pie hole.
  • 1:33 – line manager tells Dani to put her shirt back on. She obliges. THIS IS GETTING REAL.
  • 1:37 – WE MADE IT
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  • 1:41 – My nostrils have been assaulted by what I imagine a sad carnie to smell like – sweat, rotten cotton candy and lost dreams… its probably all the sugar the exhibit is made of…
  • 1:43 – First sugar baby spotting … they’re everywhere… and they’re slowly melting (as this is the last day this exhibit is open). It’s somewhat sad but somewhat amazing. It smells.

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  • 1:50 – I finally see the MARVELOUS SUGAR MAMA. She is amazing.
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  • 1:55 – I finally see the MARVELOUS SUGAR MAMA’s behind. Labia and all. It takes me that long to walk to the end because its so massive.

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  • 2:15 – After the exhausting and enlightening ordeal I can walk away with an Instagram etc to prove I WAS THERE. We treat ourselves to brunch.
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