Motown Black & White will be a temporary exhibit featuring photographs, promotional items and other memorabilia related to the label’s most well-known and influential musicians.
The exhibit is curated from the collection of Al Abrams, who was the public relations executive for Motown at its founding. Abrams also worked for a time during the 1960s at Motown’s counterpart – Stax Records.
Both Motown and Stax worked to break through racial barriers through music. These influential musicians include The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. Their legacy lives on through the historical pieces of Abrams’ collection.
The exhibit will run from Aug. 19 through Nov. 8, 2016.
In addition to the exhibit, the Stax Museum is partnering with Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts to bring back its Soul Cinema film series. The museum will show several films featuring soundtracks by Motown artists.
Admission for all films is open to the public and admission is pay what you can. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the films will start at 7pm.
- Aug. 29 – “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” (2002) – documentary
- Sept. 19 – “Trouble Man” (1972) – music by Marvin Gaye
- Oct. 24 – “The Mack” (1973) – music by Willie Hutch
- Nov. 21 – 1972 Stevie Wonder concert from the PBS program “SOUL!”
On Thursday, Oct. 27, the Stax Museum will welcome special guest Jack Hamilton, assistant professor of American studies and media studies at the University of Virginia. Hamilton will give a lecture and sign copies of his book, “Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination,” which examines race and rock music during the 1950s and 60s. This event will start at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.