BAC Gallery, in conjunction with Black Brooklyn Renaissance, Black Arts + Culture, 1960 - 2010, presents Otto Neals & Emmett Wigglesworth: Kindred Spirits Forging Forward, curated by Wendy Jones. This exhibition features selected works on paper and canvas, and sculpture spanning the 50 year careers of two iconic Brooklyn artists, whose works are highly influenced by personal history and life experience.
Black Brooklyn Renaissance is a holistic look at Black culture and arts in Brooklyn over the past five decades. The project explores the ways in which Black artists retain ties to mid-century social and political movements, and preserve traditions across generations. Joining together local cultural institutions and organizations across Brooklyn, Brooklyn Arts Council's goal is to educate a new generation of artists and audiences about Brooklyn’s Black artistic legacies by encouraging attendance at a wide array of BAC curated and sponsored programs.
As the early 1960’s inspired solidarity among artists of African descent in the United States, a new visual vocabulary of symbols rooted in the African experience emerged. This new vocabulary is depicted figuratively in Neals’ early woodcuts and in prose found in Wigglesworth’s sketches from the 1970’s. As artists living through a 50 year period wrought by significant change, including the upheaval of traditional values and the growth of the global community, Neals and Wigglesworth understand humanity’s great potential and have long sought to demonstrate this through their art.