A new exhibition, “Legends Of Motown: Celebrating The Supremes,” has opened at the Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center in Newark, and will be there through April 26. Included in it are stage gowns, photographs, concert posters, tour books and fan memorabilia from the personal collection of group member Mary Wilson.
“The Mary Wilson ‘Supreme’ gown collection is a dream come true for me,” said Wilson, in a press release. “This collection is a gift that I give to all of those who have ever loved music and glamour. As you look at all of these wonderful treasures, please be reminded that three little black girls dared to dream, and made their dreams come true.”
Wilson — who competed in the current season of “Dancing With the Stars,” and who has written a new coffee table book titled “Supreme Glamour” — will participate in a conversation at the museum, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. It’s titled “An Evening With Mary Wilson.”
Known for hits such as “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Someday We’ll Be Together,” “Baby Love,” “I Hear a Symphony” and “Love Child,” The Supremes were constantly in the Top 40 throughout their heyday (roughly 1963 to 1972). Originally known as The Primettes and later known as Diana Ross & the Supremes, the group had eight different lineups from 1959 to 1977. Wilson was the only member in all of them.
The museum will also offer “An Evening With the Smithereens,” with special guest Marshall Crenshaw, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. (this event will feature a performance as well as the conversation); and “Abbey Roadshow,” a multimedia show about The Beatles’ Abbey Road album with Beatles experts Kenneth Womack and Scott Freiman, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
For information, visit grammymuseumexp.org.
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