The Story of the Supremes from The Mary Wilson Gown Collection

Upcoming Exhibition

25 January  - 30 June 2013

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

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"Supreme Gala" at the Wichita Art Museum

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Misericordia University Art Gallery is hosting the ‘Mary Wilson Supremes’ Collection’, July 22nd, 2011
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Exhibit Opening in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 4th, 2011
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"I did it my way...", Folio - August 2009
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Supremes Makeover
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"Where Did Our Gloves Go?", Venue Magazine
Chronicle Chronicle
"The Story of the Supremes", Bath Magazine
"Dreamgirls", Bath Life
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"Display of dresses is simply Supreme", Chronicle

"The exhibition has been safely packed up and sent on to Gateshead for its next stop and we are delighted with the result. We had 21,690 visitors in the five week period. We would have expected 15,000 visitors in a normal summer. I had not expected to have so many, because 20,000 was my best estimate.

Your presence made all of the difference and launched the exhibition in the best way possible!"

Curator at the Assembly Room, Bath

Podcast: Up Close & Personal with Mary Wilson at the Wichita Art Museum


Exhibit Opening in Dallas, PA at Misericordia University
Reflections on the Supremes costume exhibit at Experience Music Project, June 14th, 2010

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"Motown singer backs NICU appeal", The Bath Chronicle - August 13th, 2009
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"With a lollypop in my hand, I sang Baby Love to my mum", The Bath Chronicle - August 13th, 2009
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"Supremes singing legend opens exhibition of group's dresses", The Bath Chronicle - July 30th, 2009
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"Dreamgirls are sure to be a hit in Bath", The Bath Chronicle - July 16th, 2009
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"Bath set to welcome Supremes star Mary", The Bath Chronicle - June 9th, 2009
The Bath Chronicle - June 9th, 2009
"Supremes singer Mary is star guest at costume show", The Bath Chronicle - May 7th, 2009
The Bath Chronicle - May 7th, 2009
"Show devoted to fashions of The Supremes", Western Daily Press - May 6th, 2009
Western Daily Press - May 6, 2009
"The magic of Mary", Journallive






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Set against the backdrop of the meteoric rise of Motown records and the American civil rights movement, the exhibition explores the inspirational role The Supremes played in changing racial perceptions, and their influence on today's performers.

Featuring over fifty outfits that chart the changing image of the group, from their dresses in the early days as The Primettes, to the glamorous Hollywood designs worn at the height of their fame, the exhibition examines how the group was carefully styled by Berry Gordy and his Motown associates to appeal to the widest possible audience.

Based on the collection of Mary Wilson, the display includes the groups's music, album covers and archive performance footage as well as new video interviews with Wilson and Maxine Powell, Motown's in-house Artist Development Director.

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Previous Exhibition

Nov 13 - Jan 12, 2012 The Wichita Art Museum
July 23 - Oct 17, 2011 The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery: Misericordia University, Dallas, PA
February 4 - 14, 2011 Ukrainsky Dim, Kyiv, Ukraine
Jun 10 - Sep 6, 2010 Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA  
Oct 24, 2009 - Jan 24, 2010 The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, UK  
Jul 25 - Aug 31, 2009 The Assembly Rooms, Bath, UK  
Feb 21 - Jun 7, 2009 Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery (Waterhall Gallery), Birmingham, UK
Nov 8 - Jan 31, 2008 Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK  
May 13 - Oct 19, 2008 Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

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