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Why You Shouldn't Miss the David Bowie Exhibit at Brooklyn Museum

By Lauren Epstein | March 8, 2018 | Culture

Renowned retrospective David Bowie is ends its five-year journey with an enchanting final showing at Brooklyn Museum.


Enter the immersive world of Ziggy Stardust—where space oddities abound, fashion is futuristic, music is revolutionary and creativity is endless. David Bowie is, on view at Brooklyn Museum March 2 to July 15, delves deep into the pop icon’s personal archives, unveiling the creative processes behind his progressive work from his teenage years to his untimely death in 2016.

Though he hailed from London, where the exhibition was originally curated and designed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013, Bowie had strong ties to New York, residing in our city through his last 20 years. “I wanted to emphasize his work and life here—the recording of ‘Young Americans’ in Philadelphia and New York, his performance in The Elephant Man on Broadway, the recording of ‘Let’s Dance’ and more—as well as to bring to light his performances on American television,” says Brooklyn Museum Exhibition Director Matthew Yokobosky. To that end, the final production features never-before-seen objects and works exclusive to the Brooklyn Museum, woven throughout a multimedia visual and audio experience that has dazzled over 1.8 million visitors at locations around the world.

A series of accompanying public programs will also run through late June, including a David Bowie costume and dance party, lm screenings and live performances by artists, musicians and dancers that pay tribute to Bowie’s legacy. “David opened so many conversations about identity, about what a career in music could be, about what music could sound and look like,” says Yokobosky. “And these conversations are still open, not conclusive. I hope that visitors come away with a condence to be more personally expressive.” 200 Eastern Pkwy., 718.638.5000,

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