David Bowie Is
Superfly 1.20.2015

David Bowie Is

Superfly 11.10.2014

I consider myself a David Bowie fan. I own seven Bowie CDs and two LPs and yet this still barely scratches the surface of his career. The exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art (which runs through January 4th) was overwhelming, all-inclusive, and brilliantly thought out. On the surface, it’s easy to be skeptical. “Why does a contemporary art museum need to host a show about some rock star?” But that would be too oversimplify the reach of Bowie and how his influence has altered the contemporary musical and artistic landscape. You can hear his influence everywhere, beyond just the music, but in his style. When I go on Facebook, someone always seems to be posting a video of a live performance, a rare recording, or trivia about Bowie. The MCA exhibit title ends with an ellipses, suggesting Bowie is everything and everywhere. Is there any other pop musician, living or dead, who deserves this much scrutiny, who actually has a large enough body of work to spend an entire afternoon staring at original artworks, music videos, drug paraphernalia, live performance blueprints, movie clips, wardrobe, etc? Even for those that haven’t listened to much Bowie, I can’t image walking away from the exhibit without feeling the importance of this artist, who seems just as relevant in 2014 as when he debuted in 1967.

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