Black History Month celebration at Resorts World will feature Wigglesworth art exhibit including life-sized sculpture entitled "It is Not Enough to See…One must See Through to Find Truth"
Reception to be held on Monday, February 13 at Resorts World Casino New York City to Showcase the art
(Queens, NY) – In celebration of Black History Month, Resorts World Casino New York City (RWCNYC) will honor muralist, painter, sculptor, fabric designer and poet Emmett Wigglesworth and display his art at the casino in collaboration with the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in a special exhibit entitled “It Takes a Village.”
An active participant in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, Wigglesworth has used art throughout his career to comment on African-American culture and history and pay tribute to blacks rising from oppression.
Resorts World will host a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017 to mark the opening of the exhibit. Immediately following the reception, The Eric Lemon Trio will give a special performance at Bar 360 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The show will feature a recent piece entitled "It is Not Enough to See…One must See Through to Find Truth," a sculpture composed of 16 life-sized painted foam core sculptures installed on the entrance platform giving a viewer experience like no other. There will also be 8 paintings on display on both levels of the Red Wall Art Gallery.
During the Civil Rights movement in the 1950’s and 60’s, Wigglesworth taught art at the CORE Freedom School in Selma, Alabama. A Jamaica, Queens resident for more than 20 years, Wigglesworth has designed and illustrated several books and magazines for various publishing companies including McGraw Hill, Macmillan Press and Sesame Street magazine. He has written poetry which he combines with his printmaking and also taught art at the Children's Art Carnival, the Harlem Parents Association and a number of programs for the Board of Education. Wigglesworth also designed the interior and exterior of the Bedford Stuyvesant Theater in Brooklyn as well as the costumes and stage sets for the Black Spectrum Theater in Queens, NY.
Wigglesworth has exhibited in Ghana, and throughout the U.S. His mural commissions include the NY Cultural Council, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Kings County Hospital and the Brooklyn New York Children's Center.
Resorts World will host the art through March 8.
WHO: Emmett Wigglesworth
WHAT: Opening Reception for Sculpture and Painting Exhibit in Honor of Black History Month
WHERE: Resorts World Casino New York City
110-00 Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica, New York 11420
WHEN: Monday, February 13, 2017
4 to 6 p.m. – Reception at Red Wall Art Gallery, Fifth Ave Level in the Fifth Ave Club
6 to 9 p.m. - The Eric Lemon Trio Performs at Bar 360
About Resorts World Casino New York City
Resorts World Casino New York City (RWCNYC) is the only casino in New York City, offering over 10 million guests annually an unparalleled gaming and entertainment experience while generating over $1.7 billion for the State’s education system since opening in 2011. RWNYC is operated by the Genting Group, a global company founded in 1965, operating destination resorts in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, the Bahamas, the United States and all four oceans through its Star Cruises and Crystal Cruises brands. Genting has more than 50 years of experience in the travel and leisure industry and collectively employs approximately 60,000 people while offering an unparalleled resort experience to over 50 million visitors a year worldwide.