Opening: “David Bowie Is” @ Brooklyn Museum (3/2/2018)

You might have heard that this was coming to Brooklyn over the last few months as its been widely reported and now my friends the day is here as the “David Bowie Is” exhibit is open to the public at the amazing Brooklyn Museum. I’ve culled the exhibits description from their own site and will return at the close with some thoughts.

About The Show:
Organized with unprecedented access to David Bowie’s personal archive, this exhibition explores the creative process of an artist whose sustained reinventions, innovative collaborations, and bold characterizations revolutionized the way we see music, inspiring people to shape their own identities while challenging social traditions. David Bowie is has been touring globally for the past five years and is taking its final bow at the Brooklyn Museum, providing an opportunity to view this one-of-a-kind material.

David Bowie is presents approximately 400 objects drawn primarily from the David Bowie Archive, including the artist’s original costumes, handwritten lyric sheets from famous songs, original album art, photographs, and videos, all tracing Bowie’s creative process from his teenage years in England through his last twenty years, when he resided in New York City. The archive is presented within an immersive, multimedia installation that includes continuous audio along with projected animation and video.

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David Bowie LES Mural by KP (2016)

Highlights of the exhibition include more than 60 custom-made performance costumes, including six designed by Freddie Burretti for Ziggy Stardust / 1980 Floor Show and seven designed by Kansai Yamamoto for Aladdin Sane. There are 85 handwritten lyric sheets, including those from “Fame” and “Fashion”; drawings, including a sketch for the Young Americans album cover; and oil paintings, including two of musician Iggy Pop, all by Bowie. There are also more than 40 pioneering music videos, television clips, and filmed roles as well as a multimedia presentation of international tour footage with rare scenes from the legendary Diamond Dogs tour, filmed in Philadelphia. A custom audio mix made up of snippets of Bowie’s songs—produced by longtime collaborator Tony Visconti—is also featured.

David Bowie is is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Important: No photos nor video are permitted at the exhibit so know before you go with that in mind.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I appreciated the music of David Bowie very early in my life thanks to my Mom but sadly wasn’t ever able to catch him live in concert. All I had were the records, sometimes the cassettes and the videos that aired on the MTV. Those were the days. His genius as a performer and innovations make this a very interesting exhibit to me so you can be rest assured that I will in attendance at some time during its run. As you’ve noticed above there is NO photography or video permitted at the exhibit so any reporting that I do here will be text only (oh the humanity). They will probably provide stock images for media purposes but I will not know that until I get around to going. If you were ever a fan of any kind of the legendary musician, you know that you have to be here for this exhibit since this is the final stop that its making on its own tour. Closing up I wonder how interested in this you are so please chime in down below in the comments section. As Frasier Crane always used to say…”I’m Listening”. The mural photo up above was taken by me shortly after David had passed away. It’s no longer there and only remains in our memories.

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