Photograph from the album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Photo Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive
$20 for Adults, $12 for Seniors and Students ages 13 and up, $6 for Children ages 4–12 on weekdays; and $25 for Adults, $16 for Seniors and Students ages 13 and up, $10 for Children ages 4–12 on weekends.
You may have a favorite character among Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke or the Goblin King of Labyrinth, but music icon David Bowie (1947 – 2016) is most revered for his shapeshifting and experimentation.
His wide-ranging artistry and creative influences make up the blockbuster touring exhibition David Bowie is, which launched in 2013 at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. With new additions, it touches down for a final presentation in New York City, where the London native lived from 1992 until his death in 2016. The David Bowie Archive is the source for most of the objects on view — handwritten lyrics, a bespoke computer program to randomize phrases, set and prop designs, storyboards, album art work, paintings by Bowie and those oh so coveted costumes and platform shoes.
Innovation comes in the 3D audio headset experience. Beyond music synced with the many concert and music video displays, visitors hear excerpts from past Bowie interviews, recounting everything from his childhood to recording sessions. There are no numbers to press, just walk and the audio knows to follow.
The exhibition is arranged by creative theme and here and there are personal items: Bowie’s apartment keys from his Berlin Trilogy period; a framed picture of his idol Little Richard; a stand-up travel case filled with his favorite books.
Devotees should reserve time and perhaps stifle a sob in the room of huge screens that present concert montages of iconic performances, including “Heroes” from The Concert for New York City (2002) and footage from the Diamond Dogs tour in Philadelphia, on public display for the first time. Among the additions for the New York exhibition are drawings by Bowie for his last album Blackstar, items related to his performances on Saturday Night Live, and an installation of fan art going back to the early 1970s.
[This exhibit review was written by Thirteen Senior Multimedia Producer, Christina Knight]