It was just the therapy I needed this morning as well. Lots of things have changed and are changing in 2012. 2013 looks challenging, but I'm sooo going to just allow it to happen. Very zen about things this morning....
Speaking of wigs and things that stand the test of time....
How excited am I for this exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia?!
COME SEE ABOUT ME
PHILADELPHIA – (August 8, 2012) Nearly a half-century after American female singing group, the Supremes, conquered the airwaves and rose to international stardom, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP), in cooperation with Blair-Murrah Exhibitions, will celebrate the group’s historic imprint on American culture, women’s history, music, and fashion through a ground-breaking new exhibit. "Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection" will feature over thirty of the Supremes’ most glamorous gowns.
“Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection" is a showcase conceived by Mary Wilson, an original member of the Supremes. In addition to the group’s stunning gowns, “Come See About Me” will feature rarely seen video footage, gold records and album covers, historic photographs, and contemporary magazine and news articles. Wilson’s determined journey towards self-actualization—a story of universal relevance for women of all ages and backgrounds—will be a key theme of the presentation as well.
AAMP President and CEO Romona Riscoe Benson states, “The Supremes' legacy changed the face of music and we are thrilled to host Mary Wilson’s exhibit, including the many costumes she has preserved over the years. The Supremes and their music are a significant part of American history and we are proud to partner with PNC to present it to Philadelphia’s residents and visitors. We look forward to offering a wide variety of special events, educational programs and fun-filled activities relating to the exhibit that everyone will enjoy.”
Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, noted expert in popular culture including music, and professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University, has been engaged as the guest curator for the exhibit. Dr. Neal, author of five books, is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio and contributes to a number of online media outlets, among them Huffington Post Black Voices, Ebony.com and SeeingBlack.com.
“The gowns tell the story of an important era: the Supremes and the society that the Supremes helped to transform. The Supremes embodied style, class and integrity at a time when those were some of the only things that African-Americans could legitimately claim in American society. The grace and confidence that the Supremes personified would inspire a nation and continue to serve as a shining example of modern Black womanhood—American womanhood,” says Dr. Neal.
"Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Legacy Collection" was made possible by a PNC Arts Alive grant. This is a very prestigious grant award. In 2012, only twenty-five arts organizations in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region were selected for bold thinking around increasing arts access and engagement and AAMP was one.
“The PNC Foundation has a long history of providing grants to non-profit organizations that strengthen and enrich the lives of our neighbors,” said Bill Mills, regional president of PNC for Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. “We understand the valuable return that investing in the arts can deliver. Today more than ever, the businesses we attract, the jobs we create and the visitors who extend their stay are drawn by what the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region has to offer.”
The exhibit will be supported by extensive programming including concerts, celebrity appearances, fashion shows, and various other specialized activities. AAMP and PNC will make an official media announcement on October 10, 2012. For more information about the “Come See About Me” exhibit, please visit http://aampmuseum.org/.