MCA Exhibit Review: David Bowie Is

Claire Bentley, Arts & Trends Editor

The exhibit “David Bowie Is” is the first ever retrospective of legendary musician and artist David Bowie, which has been open since Sept. 24, 2014 and will close Jan. 4, 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Tickets for the David Bowie exhibit are at $25 for adult non-members and $15 for students with ID on Tues. to Fri from 10am-4pm.
The exhibition is a magnificent accumulation of the various forms of visual art by Bowie that both inspires and excites its audience. It is showcased chronologically, beginning from his teenage years in the 1950s to the 2000s, displaying hundreds of items, such as Bowie’s notable outfits, handwritten lyrics, and personal art.
The show is also equipped with a headset system that automatically plays audio depending on where you are in the exhibit – which might be a screen playing music videos, live shows, interviews, or snippets of the movies Bowie starred in.
Also seen in the exhibit are notable points of Bowie’s life and the relationships he had with other people; his collaborations with artists like Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat, and musicians like Queen and Brian Eno.
The cumulative room has the large walls covered with video screens playing footage of Bowie’s concerts and his key outfits displayed on mannequins – various hues of pinks and blue envelope the room. It’s almost like being at one of his concerts in real life.
“David Bowie Is” is well worth seeing, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.