The GRAMMY Museum® To Honor Berry Gordy And Smokey Robinson With First-Ever Architects Of Sound Awards On Nov. 11

Motown-Themed Gala, Hosted by Randy Jackson, Will Take Place at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE and Will Help Celebrate the Museum’s Five-Year Anniversary

Boyz II Men and Kelly Rowland Are the First Artists Announced to Perform at Gala Tribute Concert, with Proceeds Benefitting Museum Programs

Motown founder Berry Gordy and GRAMMY® winner Smokey Robinson will be honored with The GRAMMY Museum®’s first-ever Architects of Sound Award, it was announced by Bob Santelli, executive director of the Museum. Proceeds from the inaugural GRAMMY Museum benefit gala dinner and concert — to be held on Monday, Nov. 11 , 2013, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles — will provide essential support for the Museum, an educational and interactive museum dedicated to engaging both children and adults in the power of music through dynamic exhibits, educational programs, live performances and more. The event will be hosted by music industry veteran and television personality Randy Jackson.

In recognition of their unparalleled contributions to the Motown genre, Gordy will receive the Architect of Sound: Vision Award and Robinson will receive the Architect of Sound: Artist Award. Selected by the Museum and its Board of

The Recording Academy Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/The Recording Academy)

The Recording Academy Logo. (PRNewsFoto/The Recording Academy)

Directors, the Architect of Sound Awards are dedicated to honoring those who are catalysts in changing the musical legacy of America, and who helped shape the sound of a specific genre.

The GRAMMY Museum (www.grammymuseum.org) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created as a partnership  between The Recording Academy and AEG. Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, the one-of-a-kind, 21st century Museum features interactive, permanent and traveling exhibits — with four floors of dynamic and engaging multimedia presentations — and is located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district.

We are honored to celebrate both Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson as the first-ever recipients of the Architects of Sound Awards,” said Santelli. “Their contributions to Motown have truly changed the landscape of American music. We are grateful to these extraordinary industry leaders who will be helping us celebrate not only our first gala, but also our upcoming five-year anniversary of The GRAMMY Museum.”

The 2013 GRAMMY Museum Architects of Sound Gala will begin with a reception and touring of the GRAMMY Museum, followed by a dinner and awards presentation, hosted by Jackson. The celebration will culminate with a concert, produced by Ken Ehrlich Productions, featuring four-time GRAMMY-winning group Boyz II Men and four-time GRAMMY winner Kelly Rowland. In addition to serving as a GRAMMY Museum Board member, Ehrlich has produced the GRAMMY Awards® telecast since 1980 and is responsible for the creation and presentation of the show’s most iconic GRAMMY moments during that time. Continue reading

African-American Exhibits, Shows & Performances Highlight Philadelphia’s Fall Arts Calendar

BIG NAMES ON THE CALENDAR: BARBARA CHASE-RIBOUD, PHILADANCO, BERRY GORDY AND THE TIBERINO FAMILY

As the fall arts season swings into high gear, culture vultures visiting Philadelphia will find plenty of African-American exhibitions, shows and performances to pack their travel to-do lists. Autumn brings the sculptural works of internationally renowned artist and Philly native Barbara Chase-Riboud to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the multi-medium talents of two generations of the Philadelphia-based Tiberino family to the African American Museum in Philadelphia.  The season’s jam-packed arts calendar rounds out with performances by the city’s internationally renowned dance troupe (Philadanco) and the 15th anniversary of an award ceremony that this year honors Berry Gordy (Marian Anderson Award). Here’s a look at the upcoming season:

EXCITING EXHIBITIONS:

Barbara Chase- Riboud, 74, with her work 'Malcolm X #3,' 1969

Barbara Chase- Riboud, 74, with her work ‘Malcolm X #3,’ 1969

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Styles presents a comprehensive survey of more than 40 works by the author, sculptor and native Philadelphian. Her first solo museum show in more than 10 years, the exhibit focuses on her Malcolm X styles, which were inspired by her experiences during the Civil Rights movement. Through January 20, 2014. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, www.philamuseum.org

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster

The Penn Museum takes a fascinating look at war propaganda in Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster. Curated by PBS History Detectives host Tukufu Zuberi, the provocative exhibit presents 33 wartime posters, mostly targeting Africans and African-Americans, from the Civil War, World Wars I and II and African independence movements. Through March 2, 2014. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, www.penn.museum.org

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Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River launches the Independence Seaport Museum’s “River of Freedom” series with an exploration of the concept of freedom through the lens of the African experience along the Delaware. PBS storyteller Tukufu Zuberi narrates the journey through recently uncovered artifacts from the museum’s collection, gripping first-person accounts and interactive elements, including an ongoing social media discussion encouraged at various points of the exhibition. Through 2015. Penn’s Landing, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-8655, www.phillyseaport.org Continue reading

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM IN PHILADELPHIA (AAMP) PRESENTS “COME SEE ABOUT ME: THE MARY WILSON SUPREMES COLLECTION”

EXHIBIT PRESENTED IN COOPERATION WITH BLAIR-MURRAH EXHIBITIONS AND MADE POSSIBLE BY FUNDS RECEIVED FROM THE PNC FOUNDATION THROUGH PNC ARTS ALIVE

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 which will feature over thirty of the Supremes’ most glamorous gowns.

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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 Continue reading