If you have the opportunity to visit Chicago before Jan. 4,
consider checking out the DAVID BOWIE IS exhibit
at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
(above and below:
My friends and I couldn’t resist goofy posing with
these huge photos of Bowie.)
Bowie song titles welcome you into the museum
Near the museum’s entrance is the Art Plaza where
Yinka Shonibare’s installation includes three
Nearly 20 feet high, each sculpture captures the movement
of a billowing bolt of fabric and was inspired
by the sails of ships whose patterns derived
from Dutch wax fabrics.
I knew David Bowie was a chameleon and a busy artist,
but I was blown away by the breadth of his creativity.
Photography is not allowed inside the exhibit so I surfed
for some of my favorite highlights…my absolute favorite
photo of Bowie is this mug shot…just so dapper, and
that profile killlllllls me.
The Alexander McQueen designed stagewear is insane.
More than 400 objects, most from the David Bowie Archive—including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades—are brought together for the first time.
Can you imagine feeling fierce in this knit onesie?
I loved this piece by Bowie.
He painted it in 1979 in Berlin.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago is the only
place to see DAVID BOWIE IS in the USA,
but another source for your artful Bowie fix
is this book: Bowie: Five Sessions
featuring the work of legendary photographer
Brian Duffy I recommend:
Duffy Bowie: Five Sessions
(ACC Editions, 2014)
Duffy’s most famous photograph dates from the 1970’s and is the iconic and revolutionary cover of David Bowie’s album Aladdin Sane, a shot that has been referred to as the Mona Lisa of pop. The photographer and the rock star collaborated on four other projects: Ziggy Stardust, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) and Lodger. They worked together during the pivotal years of Bowie’s career; when the king of glam was assuming and discarding extraordinary personas, Duffy was capturing them all.
Not telling what I whispered to Ziggy.
Peace to you right where you are.