The curators have decided to honor Winehouse because of her Jewish heritage. With the help of Winehouse’s brother Alex, the exhibit includes Winehouse’s clothes, letters from her younger days in school, and old mix tapes she made which featured covers of Ella Fitzgerald songs to even the likes of grunge band Pearl Jam.
The exhibit which is called “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” also goes on to detail her Jewish heritage, which goes back all the way to the 1800s. During that time her great grandfather traveled to England from Belarus.
In addition, the exhibition also has Amy Winehouse’s application letter to Sylvia Young Theatre School. In the letter Winehouse wrote: “I want to be remembered for being an actress, a singer…I want to sing in lessons without being told to shut up.” If we’re to base the contents of the letter it seems as though Winehouse got at least a bit of her wish, as no one told Winehouse to shut up once she took the music scene by storm.
According to one of the museum’s curators, Elizabeth Selby, “The more we talked the more we realized the exhibition wasn’t going to be about her dresses and her clothes. It’s about her roots and her family life.”
It’s hard to believe that July 23 marks two years since the singer passed. At the time she was 27 years old. Although it is believed that Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning, a recent report said that her brother Alex denies this, and instead blames her death on an eating disorder. Since Amy’s death The Amy Winehouse Foundation has donated money to the bulimia charity Beat in honor of the singer’s life.