Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait

A young Amy outside her Grandma’s flat in Southgate.
Photographer unknown © The Winehouse family.
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait. On view July 23–November 1, 2015.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

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Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait

San Francisco exhibition studies tempestuous career of a 21st century icon, in wake of touching documentary Amy...

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (the CJM) in San Francisco is currently exhibiting Amy Winehouse – A Family Portrait, an intimate profile of the late singer and songwriter who tragically joined the 27 club four years ago.

Coinciding with the release of the touching documentary Amy, by British filmmaker Asif Kapadia, the exhibition (in cooperation with the Jewish Museum London) takes a look at Winehouse’s younger years, early career, rise to fame and Jewish roots.

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Installation view from Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait, Jewish Museum London, July 3–September 15, 2013.
Photo: Ian Lillicrapp.
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait.
On view July 23–November 1, 2015.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

With unprecedented access to her belongings — granted by the Winehouse family — visitors will be able to delve into her passion for music; the London neighbourhoods of Southgate where she grew up and Camden, where she moved as her career took off; her audition letter to the Sylvia Young Theatre School, where she describes herself as “loud”; family photographs; a school performance; and stories shared by her brother Alex Winehouse.

Rising to peak stardom after the release of her second album, Back to Black, in 2006, Winehouse became as well known for her excessive lifestyle and distinctive sense of style (that beehive; those tattoos; the lashings of eyeliner). You know the rest of the turbulent tale.

The exhibition, which continues until 1 November, also includes the old Regal guitar that served as a starting point for many of her hits; the music collection that inspired her; and the Luella Bartley dress Winehouse wore for her 2008 Glastonbury set — where it appeared the singer had managed to turn her troubles around, despite then husband Blake Fielder-Civil’s incarceration.

Running simultaneously is an exhibition showing works of three contemporary artists invited by the CJM to display their paintings and drawings of the singer, in a show entitled You Know I’m No Good.

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Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Mark Okoh, Camera Press London.
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait. On view July 23–November 1, 2015.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Festival passes, various dates.
© The Jewish Museum/The Winehouse family.
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait.
On view July 23–November 1, 2015.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Amy’s guitar © The Jewish Museum.
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait.
On view July 23–November 1, 2015.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Rachel Harrison, Untitled, 2011.
Colored pencil on paper, 22 3/8 x 27 7/8 x 1 1/2 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York.
Photograph: John Berens. You Know I’m No Good.
On view July 23–November 1, 2015.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

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