This Video of People Taking Selfies With Kara Walker's Sugar Sphinx Will Make You Want to Ban Smartphones in Art Galleries

Watch as people make silly faces and crude gestures for #artselfies when they didn't realize that they were being filmed.


During an interview with Carolina Miranda of the Los Angeles Times, Kara Walker revealed that she had secretly recorded people on the last day of her A Subtlety installation in the Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn. In a talk with Ana Duvernay, Walker said that she witnessed some disrespectful behavior within the factory, including people taking gross selfies with the centerpiece of the installation, the massive 75-foot-long Sugar Sphinx.

According to Vulture, the footage that she recorded has been made into a 28-minute long video titled An Audience, which will be shown at the Sikkema Jenkins & Co. gallery from Nov. 21 through Jan. 17. In the teaser video above, people are shown rubbing the statue, making silly faces for selfies, dipping their hands in the melted syrup, and doing flips at the Sphinx's feet. Walker is quoted as saying, "People respond to giant 10-foot vaginas in the way that they do. It's not unexpected," but given the themes of the installation and what the sculptures represent, some people probably won't like seeing themselves and their actions on video.

[via Vulture]

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