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The GRAMMY Museum’s Exhibition Travels to the Oregon Historical Society

Motown: The Sound of Young America showcasing in Portland

9/21/2022, 9:21 a.m.
The GRAMMY Museum’s exhibition travels to the Oregon Historical Society
Full set of Jackson 5 outfits. Photo by Rebecca Sapp, courtesy of the GRAMMY Museum
The Sound of Young America will be on view at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland from September 23, 2022, through March 26, 2023; this exhibit shares the story of the famed record company and the artists who collectively changed the musical direction of the nation.
 
Berry Gordy, Jr., was the visionary behind both the music and the Black-owned record company he named Motown. A former prizefighter and songwriter, he believed that talent could be found on nearly every Detroit street corner. This blend of gospel, blues, and pop quickly became “The Sound of Young America,” crashing the American pop charts and challenging the British Invasion. From Motown came the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Gaye, the Jackson 5, and others.
Motown: The Sound of Young America features stage outfits from many of the label’s top performers, interviews with Motown legends, and opportunities for visitors to get deep inside the creative process perfected at Motown. Visitors will also experience interactive displays, including an opportunity to perform the Supremes’ “Stop! In The Name of Love” on stage and learn the Temptations’ signature dance moves.


“One of my favorite parts of the exhibition is a jukebox where visitors can play their favorite Motown hits in the gallery,” said OHS Boyle Family Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “While this exhibition provides important context on a pivotal period in American pop culture history, it also engages visitors in fun interactive experiences that will provide a sense of nostalgia for many.”


Some of the iconic pieces on display in the exhibition include the iconic “Butterfly” gowns worn by the Supremes, a harmonica and keyboard played by Stevie Wonder and many more. The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open seven days a week, Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday 12pm–5pm. Admission is $10, with discounts for students, seniors, teachers, and youth. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents. Learn more and plan your visit at ohs.org/motown.