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December 12, 2012

Coming Attraction: The African American Museum Presents Come See About Me, An Exhibition Celebrating The Supremes, Opening January 25

From January 25 through June 30, the African American Museum in Philadelphia celebrates the glory and talent of one of Motown’s most pioneering and influential musical acts with the Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection exhibition.

Featuring more than 30 gowns worn by the iconic musical trio — maintained in a personal collection by Ms. Wilson — the exhibit explores Mary Wilson’s journey as part of an internationally renowned female group whose music broke racial barriers during a tumultuous time in U.S. history.

Some gowns, beaded with pearls and rhinestones, weigh around 30 pounds apiece! Also on view: gold records, rarely seen video footage, album covers and other historic artifacts.

The exhibition will cover The Supremes’ impact on not only the music industry, but not only on music, but also women’s empowerment and history, African American history and culture, American pop culture of 60s and 70s, and of course, fashion.

It’s going to be pretty great. And it’s already garnered attention from The New York Times, whose “On The Runway” blog wrote up an announcement about the exhibition, and the Huffington Post.

We, too, are supremely excited. Check out a cool photo, below.

Come See About Me at the African American Museum of Philadelphia
When: January 25-June 30
Where: 701 Arch Street
Cost: Museum admission is $8 for kids 4-12 and seniors, $10 for adults
More info: www.aampmuseum.org

Mary Wilson herself made an appearance at the preview of the exhibition. Pretty cool. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)

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