This weekend, we celebrated my cousin Carly’s college graduation. When she was a baby, I’d carry her around my grandparents’ house in a laundry basket, just for fun. As a school girl, we’d find her jumping up and down, screaming at the top of her lungs, “I love homework!” And, now, she’s interviewing for teaching jobs. I’m so excited for her next step.
The women in our family are decidedly Type A. There’s Carly, with her passion for homework and to-do lists, and her mom/my aunt who’s an immigration lawyer in Washington D.C. Plus, my mom, who exhibits great style and endless perfectionism when it comes to her job, home design and the curation of our holiday dinner menus.
And me: what I lacked in basic math skills, athleticism derived from my DNA and a high school sweetheart, I’ve more than made up for in after-hours tutoring, torturous high school track practice and many JDates over the years. The flip side of this, something that we all share, is a fierce loyalty that you just can’t find in other family and friends. I believe that loving others well is an art form.
And, speaking of art, I also experienced Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety” at Domino in Williamsburg, in partnership with Creative Time.
We were inspired by the height of the sugar factory’s ceilings and the way that its walls of concrete and steel are caked with sugar and peeling from the heat.
And, the sculpture itself: 75 1/2′ tall by 35 1/2′ wide, constructed from blocks of polyester foam and 40 tons of sugar, exploring “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.” Read the curatorial statement here.
This exhibition, which runs through July 6, is a bittersweet must-see.
What’s inspiring you?