The Grammy Museum announced Tuesday it will be opening a new display next month honoring Grammy-winning comedian Joan Rivers.
The exhibit is called Joan Rivers: Can We Talk? and will open June 8 on the Los Angeles museum’s third floor. It will include various stage costumes worn by the Rivers, including several Bob Mackie originals, one of her vintage Louis Vuitton travel trunks, several of Rivers’ awards, family photographs, Rivers’ hardcover book collection and more.
“Earlier this year, The Recording Academy awarded my mother her very first Grammy, which was truly an honor. On this occasion, which celebrates her 82nd birthday, it’s also an honor to have her incredible legacy included in the Grammy Museum’s ongoing tribute to the greatest comedic icons of all time,” said Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers in a statement. “To her, comedy was music. There was a rhythm, but instead of notes, there were words. And just like any of her fellow Grammy Award winners who have been on exhibition in the museum, you know she loved to play.”
“Joan Rivers’ unapologetic one-liners and brave, biting commentary on her personal life opened doors for other female comedians,” said Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum. “With this latest display in our comedy series, we continue to spotlight some of the greatest comedic performers, many of whom have been recognized by the Grammy Awards.”
Earlier this year, Rivers was left out of the Grammy Awards show’s “In Memoriam” tribute. This omission came even after Rivers won her first Grammy Award that night for best spoken word album for Diary of a Mad Diva.