John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ to open art exhibit at Detroit broadcast museum

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is opening and donating money to a handful of art exhibits in museums across the country in December, including one in Detroit.

The William V. Banks Broadcast Museum & Media Center in Detroit is one of only five museums across the country selected to receive $ 10,000 in COVID relief from the show.

The museum will also display a three-part art collection selected by John Oliver. Another $ 10,000 from Oliver will go to the Gleaners Community Food Bank.

The traveling art collection is titled “Last Week Tonight’s Masterpiece Gallery,” according to a press release and features three unique paintings, including an unusual portrait of television talk show host Wendy Williams. The museum will also display a greeting card for Wendy for visitors to sign. Due to the mature character of one of the other artworks with two cuddle rats, children should be accompanied by an adult.


The art exhibit will be on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 4:30 pm at the museum at 3146 East Jefferson Avenue, December 3-18.

Admission to Last Week Tonight’s Masterpiece Gallery is free. However, visitors are encouraged to bring canned fruits and vegetables for the Gleaners Community Food Bank to further support the nonprofit’s efforts to provide nutritious food to families starving this holiday season.

“It is a great honor to be selected as one of the museums to host this exhibition and to receive this much-needed funding,” said Joe Spencer, president of the WGPR Historical Society, which founded the William V. Banks Broadcast Museum & Media Center. “John Oliver recognizes that many museums have struggled during the pandemic and he has been committed to offering aid. We are very grateful that our application was accepted and look forward to welcoming visitors to our museum to see Oliver’s humorous selection of paintings. You will also have the chance to see our interactive exhibits and displays that celebrate the historic accomplishments of the country’s first African American television station, WGPR-TV62. “


About the WGPR Historical Society

The non-profit WGPR Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Detroit’s WGPR-TV62, the nation’s first African American television station. The WGPR Historical Society founded the William V. Banks Broadcast Museum & Media Center in 2017. The ultra-modern, interactive museum is named after the founder of the WGPR, Dr. William V. Banks, the founder of the International Free and Accepted Modern. named Masons, Inc. and Order of Eastern Star. It is located inside the listed building that houses the original television and radio studios. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places earlier this year and is also a designated Michigan Historic Landmark. WGPR-TV62 officially began broadcasting on September 29, 1975 and remained on the air for 20 years until it was sold to CBS in 1995. WGPR’s sister radio station, 107.5 FM, remains on the air.

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