Dresses worn by the female group The Supremes in the beginning of their career.
THE CLOSING reception for “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment” – an exhibition focusing on the Apollo Theater in New York City and all its glorious history – was held Thursday evening, August 26, at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
THE EXHIBITION is the first to explore the rich history and cultural significance of Harlem’s Apollo Theater. It features photographs and artifacts that trace the story of the theater from its origins in 1913 as a white-only burlesque hall to its starring role at the epicenter of African American entertainment.
Dress owned by Celia Cruz, “The Queen of Salsa.”
AMONG THE artifacts that are on display are Ella Fitzgerald’s dress when she made her Amateur Night debut at the age of 17, and a dress owned by Celia Cruz. Ms. Cruz – known as the Queen of Salsa — was a leading symbol of African-Cuban music.
THE EXHIBITION WILL travel to Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Oct. 1 – Jan 2, 2011), and the Museum of the City of New York (Jan. 20, 2011 – May 1, 2011).