After three previous visits to "New York City", Rich and I really have only explored Manhattan, so on this trip our plan was to check out Queens and Brooklyn. The Queens itinerary fell by the wayside on our last day when torrential rains induced us to hunker down instead and rest for the trip home. We did manage to go on day trips to Brooklyn and got a good taste of this borough, although by no means did we see it all. Along with our friends Yim and Murray, we booked a 3 hour walking tour covering the neighbourhoods of Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights, and in particular, the fascinating story behind the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Our tour started on the Manhattan side at the City Hall Park where we got a brief introduction on the history of Brooklyn and a glimpse of the bridge, before actually walking across it while we learned about how it was built. Taking 14 years to build and completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is the oldest cable-stayed suspension bridge in the United States and the first one constructed using steel wires.
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Green Pink Caviar”, Minter films close-up images of a model’s mouth, lips and tongue, which lap up a variety of slimy and bubbly substances including vodka-infused and liquefied candy and cake decorations. She used vodka as a binding agent for the metallic powdered food colouring to give it the desired thick, sticky, and semi-fluid consistency. The filming viewpoint capturing sucking and licking motions are clearly influenced by techniques used in porn films. Madonna cleverly used excerpts from this video as the backdrop for her opening song in her Sweet and Sticky tour. Minter also created some of these images as large-scaled paintings, applying enamel paint and silver liquid on metal sheets, producing photographic-like effects.
Smash” was created as part of a fashion exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum featuring high-heeled shoes. Minter’s video depicts a woman with painted toenails strutting around in a pair of bejeweled open-toed stilettos which she uses to kick through plates of glass. The video is set to erotic music and lighting and is once again shot as a close-up featuring only the woman’s feet. While all of Minter’s work at least flirts with or hints at the concepts of pornography, in 1989 she created a series of works that she called “Porn Grid”, based on hard-core images of pornographic acts which she embellished with suggestive paint splashes and drips. These pieces caused great controversy and debate over whether or not they were exploitive and misogynistic when appropriated by a female artist. In 2014, Playboy Magazine commissioned Minter to create a collage of photographs depicting close-ups of women shaving or touching their pubic areas. While she created some fairly explicit shots, only the tamer ones were published. Minter published the unedited versions in a book called “Plush” and some of those photos (again probably the tamer ones) were on display in this exhibition. I had to break the news to our friend Murray who had returned to Toronto that he missed seeing the “Porn Art” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.