POINTS OF VIEW: Mary Wilson on Motown, Cleveland, and Creating Identity

September 13, 2018 / 7:00pm

FREE for MOCA Members
$15 General

“I teach class, and class can turn the heads of kings and queens,” often said Maxine Powell, Motown’s longtime director of artistic development and etiquette master. What was Powell’s role in shaping the identity of Motown’s greatest stars like the Supremes? Mary Wilson of the Supremes discusses her experience with Powell in this special program. Leah Branstetter, Digital Education Manager at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will join Wilson to reflect on Motown’s influence in shaping Cleveland’s and Clevelanders’ identities in the 1960s and 70s. In 1966, the Supremes performed at Leo’s Casino, Cleveland’s foremost Motown performance venue of the era, during the Hough Riots, a series of protests and widespread civil unrest occurring in the nearby neighborhood.

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Generous support for MOCA Cleveland’s presentation of Martine Syms: An Evening with Queen White and correlating programs is provided by The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts & Education Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. Additional support provided by Sadie Coles HQ, and the Anselm Talalay Photography Endowment.

Sherwin-Williams is the official paint of MOCA Cleveland.

All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller. 

All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.