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‘David Bowie is’ on view at the Brooklyn Museum

March 2, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A quilted two piece suit worn for "Starman" performance designed by Freddie Burretti is on display during the media preview of the "David Bowie is" exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
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The Brooklyn Museum will be the final stop on the world tour of the critically acclaimed exhibition “David Bowie is,” organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The exhibition is the first retrospective of the extraordinary five- decade career of David Bowie — one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times. Curated by Victoria Broackes  and  Geoffrey  Marsh from the Department of Theatre and Performance at the V&A, David Bowie is explores the creative process of an artist whose sustained reinventions, innovative collaborations and bold characterizations revolutionized the way we see music, inspired people to shape their own identities while also challenging social traditions.

“With mainstream appeal and yet an avant-garde heart, David Bowie was one of the most original artists of our times. He challenged the status quo and continually took us on new musical explorations with his forward- thinking and groundbreaking presentations. David Bowie continues to be the apex for many artists in wide- ranging disciplines,” said Matthew Yokobosky, Brooklyn Museum director of exhibition design.

The exhibition explores the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theater, art and film. On display are more than 60 stage costumes including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits designed by Freddie Burretti, Kansai Yamamoto’s flamboyant creations for the “Aladdin Sane” tour, and the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the “EART HL I NG” album cover.

Also on show is photography by Brian Duffy, Terry O’Neill and Masayoshi Sukita; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; cover proofs by Barnbrook for the album “The Next Day;” visual excerpts from films and live performances including “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and “Saturday Night Live;” music videos such as “Boys Keep Swinging” and “Let’s Dance;” and set designs created for the “Diamond Dogs” tour.

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Alongside these are more personal items such as never-before-shown storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.

“David Bowie is” opened on March 2 and will run until July 15, 2018.

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