An exhibition titled “David Bowie is,” hosted by the Brooklyn Museum, enters its final week. Organized by Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the exhibition offers unparalleled access to the personal archive of the phenomenal English singer-songwriter and actor. The exhibition displays around 400 objects in an immersive, multimedia installation. The exhibit is drawn primarily from the David Bowie Archive and includes the artist’s original costumes, handwritten lyric sheets from famous songs, original album art, photographs, and videos. The exhibition also includes a continuous audio along with projected animation and video. The show tracks Bowie’s creative process, starting from his teenage years in England through his last 20 years in New York.
“The show 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,” the museum says.
The exhibition highlights a selection of 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” is a treat for the fans of Bowie. Also on view are 85 handwritten lyric sheets, including those from “Fame” and “Fashion.” Drawings, more than 40 pioneering music videos, television clips, and film roles, as well as a multimedia presentation of international tour footage, are other highlights of the show. A custom audio mix made up of snippets of Bowie’s songs, produced by Tony Visconti, is also featured in the exhibit.
The exhibition is on view through July 15, 2018, at The Brooklyn Museum, B200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052.
For details, visit https://www.brooklynmuseum.org
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
Founder: Louise Blouin