A new exhibit honoring the late Whitney Houston is now open in the singer’s hometown of Newark, New Jersey. The temporary exhibition entitled, “Whitney!” reportedly opened its doors at the Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center on Oct. 19.
The exhibit will consist of more than 60 artifacts that will tell the story of Houston’s very public career and personal life. There are reportedly stage costumes, photos, awards, scrapbooks and other valuables that belonged to Houston. The singer’s 1993 Grammy Award for her single “I Will Always Love You” will reportedly be on display, along with two Bibles from her childhood that were in her possession at the time of her death in 2012.
“In her prime, there was no bigger star than Whitney Houston,” said Bob Santelli, founding executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.”If Whitney Houston was an artist without any demons, yes we would still be talking about her. But it seems like demons chase some of the greatest stars. Michael Jackson, for instance. The tragedy adds to the legacy, in a sad way. But also hopefully teaches a lesson.”
The Grammy Museum Experience has been highlighting musicians from the Jersey area this Oct. 2018, including Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi. Santelli also noted that the “Whitney!” exhibit is a very important part of New Jersey history.
“Whitney Houston is basically a chapter in the ongoing story of how New Jersey in general, and Newark in particular, connect to the great American music story,” Santelli continued. “And what you have in Whitney Houston is maybe the biggest shining light. It’s important to know.”
The “Whitney!” exhibit runs in Newark until mid-spring of 2019.