Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait
at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
Jul 23, 2015 - Nov 1, 2015
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait is a personal and intimate exhibition about Amy Winehouse (1983-2011), curated by the Jewish Museum London with help from her brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva. The Winehouse family gave the Jewish Museum unprecedented access to Amy’s belongings, including her guitar, record collection, and iconic outfits.
The exhibition celebrates her passion for music and fashion, and her love for London and her family. A Family Portrait tells the story of a second-generation Jewish immigrant experience. Winehouse’s family came to London from Belarus in the late nineteenth century, and she grew up in a secular and assimilated Jewish environment. Many unseen photographs of Amy’s family life will be on display, revealing her strong Jewish roots and heritage as well as her close family relationships.
A British singer-songwriter, Amy Winehouse rose to international success, however briefly and tragically; she was called “the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation,” by the BBC. Known for her voice and eclectic mix of jazz, pop, soul, and R&B, she won five Grammy Awards and had numerous hit songs including “Rehab,” “Back to Black,” and “Valerie.” Winehouse died tragically at the age of 27. Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait honors her memory and accomplishments, as well as provides a personal portrait of her family life and Jewish heritage not always visible in her public life.