Because Whitney Houston’s life was so open to examination by the press (and in recent years, was a very photogenic mess), it’s easy to lose the importance of her career in the muck. A new exhibit at the Grammy Museum aims to celebrate the life of Whitney Houston the artist, rather than Whitney Houston the tabloid queen.
Curated in conjunction with Clive Davis and Houston’s family, the exhibit follows Whitney’s life and career, displaying her Bible, Grammy’s, high school diploma and yearbook, awards-accepting outfits (she had a ton, naturally) and choir gowns along with photographs and videos of Whitney’s life.
Whitney’s family attended the opening of the exhibit today, and Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law, made a quick speech: “I know that if Whitney were here she would say – ‘This is for me?’ This is all so overwhelming but we are overjoyed to represent and be a part of a beautiful and talented woman's legacy. We love you, Whitney."
The highlights of the exhibit are the interactive features—in one room, a sound booth is set up where you can sing and record a Whitney song with the help of video instruction from one of Houston’s producers, and another has a sound board where you can remix one of Whitney’s songs.
Bob Santelli, the executive director of the Grammy Museum, said: "The idea is to interpret her career musically, to have people realize why she's considered one of the best vocalists of the 20th century. She rose to greatness on the strength of a voice that rivals Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald."
You can visit the Whitney Exhibit at the Grammy Museum 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, through February 2013.