Super-talented, super-opinionated, super-engaged, and (when necessary) super-confrontational, Whoopie Goldberg will make an in-person appearance THIS THURSDAY to unveil and dedicate a 100 square foot painting – of herself.
The formal presentation of the 10X10 foot photo-realistic painting will take place at Harrah’s Waterfront Center, Atlantic City. The gala affair will benefit the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey (AAHMSNJ). Tickets are $100, can be reserved here, but are going fast.
Goldberg (born Caryn Elaine Johnson) recently visited the museum and was highly impressed by the collection. Its permanent exhibitions preserve the history of Black Atlantic City, while rotating exhibitions address other aspects of African and Afro-American culture. After a shout out on her ABC/7 talk show, “The View,” Whoopie has extended herself to financially support the growth of this important institution. You should join her in this effort.
One of only a dozen performers to achieve EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award winners) status, Whoopie has excelled in every aspect of the entertainment business. She recently made news when she tossed Trump-apologist Judge Jeanine Pirro off of her show. While the program regularly features guests from across the political spectrum, Pirro’s racist insults of Latin-American immigrants was too much for Whoopie to take. Pirro immediately ran to the FOX/Sean Hannity show to complain about her treatment.
The mural sized painting is the work of Yigal Ozeri, an Isreal-born, New York-based painter who specializes in the photo-realistic art. This approach to painting is a reaction or rejection of the abstract expressionist school. Ozeri concentrates in the depiction of female subjects although the Goldberg work is showing much less skin than his typical canvasses. It has been valued at more than $200,000.
Within easy walking distance from Atlantic City’s old Convention Center (where New Yorker Nia Franklin won the Miss America 2019 competition recently,) AAHMSNJ should be the premier tourist attraction for Black visitors. The casinos, the sea shore, the shows, and the Boardwalk are wonderful. But the museum, while small in size, tells the unknown history of Black Atlantic City’s golden age, when their artistic, political, and economic achievements could provide a blueprint for current day Harlem, BedStuy etc.