An exhibition featuring garments selected from Columbia College Chicago’s Fashion Studies Collection, which focuses on clothing styles from the 1970s, along with materials from the archives of the Center for Black Music Research, which illustrate the legendary career of Mavis Staples, lead singer of the Staple Singers and solo artist.
Mavis Staples, the youngest member of the famed Staple Singers, was known for her small statute and big voice. She belted out songs first as the lead singer of her family group and later as a solo artist. A civil rights activist, she has shared the stage with a wide range of performers, from Janis Joplin to Bob Dylan. In recent years, she has expanded her audience with her collaborations with producer Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Mavis shows few signs of slowing down. Her 2018 album, If All I Was Was Black, is a commentary of the state of our nation. Themes include racism and police violence.
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