Yesterday I attended the press preview for Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait, the new exhibition at the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum. The timing couldn't be better, as the Amy Wineouse documentary is currently screening everywhere, an it seems like there's a wave of recognition an renewed grief for the beehived bad girl who died way too young.
Although I was never a huge Amy fan, the small an intimate exhibition manage to move me. It came all the way from London, were her brother helped curate and provided witty commentary for every artifact, and has an impressive amount of personal items, family photos, memorabilia and more. Winehouse first comes across as spunky little girl, then a pudgy, highly ambitious teenager, an only then as the skinny smokey- eyed songstress tabloid loved to follow around. The Jewish angle is delicately present, with family Bar Mitzva images and a very Jewish immigrant family tree.
My favorites were Amy's fridge magnets collection, her colorful, decidedly cheap wardrobe, and the next door exhibition, You Know I'm No Good, which features work by local artists inspired by the singer. It's even smaller than the family portrait, but very poignant and funny.
The exhibition is on display on 23rd of July, an I highly recommend checking it out, even if you never hummed Rehab in your entire life (highly unlikely). An while you're there, ave yourself a matzo ball soup at the Wise Sons deli- I think Amy would approve.