22 August 2017
The Jewish Museum of Australia invites you to step into the personal world of a pop legend with Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait.
In her all-too-brief career, Amy Winehouse (1983-2011) had a profound impact on popular music, channelling phenomenal natural talent into a signature sound that captured hearts around the world. Known for her 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. Sadly, Amy’s musical gift was eclipsed by a troubled personal life and an untimely death at the age of 27.
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait reintroduces us to the human being behind the headlines.
Direct from the Jewish Museum London, the Australian exclusive exhibition was co-curated by Amy’s brother Alex and her sister-in-law Riva. The Winehouse family has granted unprecedented access to Amy’s belongings, including her guitar, record collection and iconic outfits, to paint a picture of the girl who became a pop queen.
“This isn’t an attempt to tell people what my sister was like, or what kind of people my grandparents were, or to force my opinions on you,’ says Alex Winehouse. ‘This is a snapshot of a girl who was, to her deepest core, simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent who, more than anything, just wanted to be true to her heritage.’
The exhibition which focuses on Amy’s Jewish roots, family life, adolescence and her early career, with specially written captions by Alex. This text is juxtaposed with extracts from an essay Amy wrote at the age of 14 during her audition at the Sylvia Young Theatre School.
The Jewish Museum of Australia will present a substantial music program alongside the exhibition including dedicated performances celebrating the singer’s legacy at Melbourne Music Week, a tribute show at St Kilda Festival and a series of Thursday late-night events at the museum with performances by local artists covering Amy’s varied musical genres – jazz, soul, gospel, Motown and hip hop.
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait is at the Jewish Museum of Australia from 22 October until 25 March 2018. Tickets are on sale now.