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MessagePosté le: Jeu 3 Avr - 08:47 (2014)    Sujet du message: David Bowie is @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Répondre en citant

Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973
Design: Brian Duffy and Celia Philo; make up: Pierre La Roche
Photo: Brian Duffy
Photo Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive

David Bowie Is
coming in 172 days

Exhibition open September 23, 2014–January 4, 2015

David Bowie Is presents the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. The exhibition brings together more than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades are brought together from the David Bowie Archive for the first time.

Bowie’s work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, theater, and contemporary culture, and the exhibition subsequently focuses on his creative processes, shifting style, and collaborative work with diverse designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theater, and film. Multimedia installations incorporating advanced sound technology produced by Sennheiser, original animations, continuous audio accompaniment, and video installations immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of Bowie’s artistic life. David Bowie Is was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and has embarked on an international tour with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as the only US venue.

Organized chronologically, David Bowie Is traces the artist’s evolution from his years as a teenager in the 1950s to the early 2000s when he retired from touring. Before the surprise release of the 2013 album The Next Day, Bowie had not released an album since Reality in 2003. On display are more than sixty stage costumes including the Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972), designed by Freddie Burretti; Kansai Yamamoto’s flamboyant creations for the Aladdin Sane tour (1973); and the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the Earthling album cover (1997). Bowie’s many personae are amply documented through photography, graphic designs, models of concert sets, visual excerpts from films, and live performances, including his starring role in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and his appearance on Saturday Night Live (1979), as well as music videos for songs such as “Boys Keep Swinging” (1979) and “Let’s Dance” (1983). Alongside such prominent examples are more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics, and some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores, and diary entries, which help reveal the evolution of his creative ideas. His chameleonic character transformations throughout the years are central to his contribution to contemporary culture and highly relevant to contemporary artists such as Cindy Sherman, Wu Tsang, Janelle Monae, and Lady Gaga.

The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue edited by Victoria and Albert Museum curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, which includes contributions from leading experts in musicology and cultural history and benefits from its reliance on and full access to the David Bowie Archive.

This exhibition is overseen in Chicago by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Ticket Information

Exhibition tickets will go on sale to the public on July 31, 2014. Individual tickets will be $25, which includes museum admission. Check back here for more information in July, or call the Bowie Hotline at 312.397.4068. You can also stay updated by providing your email address below.

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MessagePosté le: Ven 6 Juin - 08:18 (2014)    Sujet du message: Early bird Chicago tickets deal ends soon Répondre en citant

5 JUNE 2014

Early bird Chicago tickets deal ends soon

“Might stretch it till Tuesday...”

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago ( only has a few days left for its early ticket sales for David Bowie Is, an initiative it launched due to extremely high demand from north American fans.

All the details are in the official release below, including price and times of availability. Please note that as stated below, these early bird tickets carry a premium price for the ability to buy several months early.

Tickets are only available by calling the David Bowie hotline: (001) 312.397.4068

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is thrilled to be the only US venue scheduled to present the extraordinary exhibition, David Bowie Is, opening September 23, 2014, and organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Due to overwhelming demand from David Bowie's biggest fans around the country, for a limited time only the MCA is pleased to offer a limited number of tickets for purchase starting on May 20 at 10 am (CST).

Bowie Superfan tickets are $100 and will only be available for a limited time. This special ticket offer lets you be among the first to pick your date and time for the exhibit, which sold out in London. A Bowie Superfan ticket includes a single admission to the special exhibition David Bowie Is, an audio tour headset, and general admission to all other MCA Chicago exhibitions on the day of your visit.

General tickets for this spectacular exhibition are $25, but they do not go on sale until July 31 for the general public (and to MCA Members, not until July 15).

This is a limited time offer with limited availability. These tickets are only available by calling the David Bowie hotline: 312.397.4068, Monday through Friday between 10 am–4 pm (CST), May 20–June 10, 2014. Ticket sales will be limited to eight per person or while Bowie Superfan ticket supply lasts.

David Bowie Is will be on view at the MCA from September 23, 2014–January 4, 2015. The museum is extending its hours to offer visitors maximum access to the exhibition. Doors open thirty minutes before first entry time for your tickets (e.g. 9:30 am for a 10 am ticket).

Tuesday 10 am–8 pm
Wednesday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday 10 am–8 pm
Friday 10 am–10 pm
Saturday 9 am–6 pm
Sunday 9 am–6 pm

Book now for your chance to see this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition exploring the career of innovator David Bowie!

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MessagePosté le: Jeu 12 Juin - 09:05 (2014)    Sujet du message: David Bowie is @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Répondre en citant

2:00 pm ET
Jun 11, 2014

For David Bowie Exhibit, Art Museum Charges ‘Superfan’ Premium


When the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announced in early April that tickets would go on sale July 31 for its exclusive American presentation of “David Bowie is” this fall, it thought everything was set.

But almost immediately, calls began coming in from fans of the celebrated rock icon who didn’t want to wait to see the internationally touring exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. They wanted their tickets now. So, what to do?

The resulting solution – advance tickets at a premium price – is new for the Chicago museum and unusual among museums in general.

“It doesn’t seem very satisfying to say, ‘We’re as thrilled as you are that Bowie is coming, but please call back in July for your ticket,’ said Erika Hanner, the MCA’s director of convergent programming.

The subject came up at the subsequent meeting of the museum’s Team Bowie – an inter-office group preparing for the Sept.23-Jan. 4 show, which surveys the musician’s influential career and encompasses more than 300 objects. The staffers set to work on the problem.

“They want these tickets, and we want to help them get their tickets, so let’s do it, let’s figure it out,” Hanner said. The group conceived a plan to sell, beginning May 20, what it called “Bowie Superfan” tickets for $100 — $75 more than the regular price. They allow eager Bowie followers to reserve a day and time to see the show without waiting.

As of Monday, the museum had sold 156 tickets to people in 20 states. Among the first to grab Superfan tickets was Lisa Orlando, 58, of New York City, who has been an avid Bowie devotee since she saw him in the 1983 horror film, “The Hunger.” “I had heard that it had sold out in London, and I figured that even though it (the Superfan sale) was way in advance, it wasn’t worth risking missing the event,” she said. Will Gonyea, 38, of Portland, Ore., couldn’t get to the show when it was in London or Toronto, but he vowed he wouldn’t miss it in Chicago. “I went on-line recently,” he said, “and found out about the special pre-sale tickets, and I jumped on the opportunity to get those.”

Team Bowie settled on the $100 ticket price, because it seemed to be what Hanner called the “sweet-spot number” that allowed the museum to cover the extra cost of the early sales yet was not exorbitant. “It seemed acceptable and within a price range that would be expected for a concert-like opportunity like this exhibition,” she said. Orlando admitted that she did pause at the $100 price but quickly decided the show was worth it. Gonyea wasn’t bothered, considering that he and friend each paid $1000 for VIP tickets to a Bowie concert in Seattle in 2004.

Hanner has never heard of another museum selling advance VIP exhibition tickets of this kind, and she is sure that none of the previous venues for the Bowie show did anything like it. So, this could be a first. But if the initiative proves successful, don’t be surprised if other museums try something similar.

Bowie Superfan ticket sales have been extended through June 20. They are available Mondays through Fridays at 312-397-4068. For information, visit:

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MessagePosté le: Sam 5 Juil - 16:37 (2014)    Sujet du message: David Bowie is @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Répondre en citant

Sat, Sep 20, 2014
6:30 pm

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago invites you to artEdge 2014, celebrating the opening of the exhibition David Bowie Is. This exclusive event offers a first access preview of the exhibition and an incredible dinner, followed by a special concert featuring acclaimed musician Bryan Ferry. Proceeds from artEdge will support MCA exhibitions, performances, and education programming.

This event is expected to sell out. Reserve your table today.

artEdge Cochairs:
Nancy Crown
Caryn Harris
Liz Lefkofsky
Cari Sacks


Tables for 10 guests are available for $30,000 and $60,000.

A limited number of individual tickets will be made available for $3,000 per ticket.

Please email or call 312.397.4062 to inquire further.

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MessagePosté le: Dim 13 Juil - 17:36 (2014)    Sujet du message: David Bowie is @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Répondre en citant

Chicago Artists To Cover Classic David Bowie Albums at MCA This Fall

Come September, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago will host "David Bowie Is", a traveling exhibit examining the art, work, and life of the thin white duke. (The museum is the U.S. host of the exhibit, which is of course a big deal.)

As part of the celebration, Chicago artists will cover select classic David Bowie albums and songs for a series called "Bowie Changes" which runs in conjunction with "David Bowie Is."

On Nov. 22, Chicago experimentalists Disappears will cover classic '70s album Low, which was Bowie's first collaboration with influential producer Brian Eno on a series of three avant-garde, German art-rock influenced albums eventually dubbed "The Berlin Trilogy."

One week earlier, on Nov. 15, Chicago underground glam mainstay Bobby Conn will take on Station to Station, Bowie's transitional 1976 album from the "plastic soul" of the previous year's Young Americans into the more adventurous fare of the aforementioned Berlin trilogy. For fans of Bowie's more conventional fare, the fact that duo Jon Langford and Sally Timms are tackling classic David Bowie love songs on Nov. 21 should pique their interest.

Check out more details, like concert times and ticket prices, at the MCA website.


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MessagePosté le: Ven 18 Juil - 22:03 (2014)    Sujet du message: David Bowie is @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Répondre en citant

Jul 18, 2014, 3:00pm CDT
Will rock icon David Bowie help boost Expo Chicago's fortunes?
Lewis Lazare

It's a tie-in that promises to add a bit of rock 'n' roll glitz and glamour to the third annual Expo Chicago, the city's international modern art show slated for Sept. 18-21, 2014, at Navy Pier.

For the first time since Expo Chicago's debut three years ago, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art is keying its big fall exhibition to the Navy Pier art show.

And it's not just any museum exhibition. But one with potentially wide-ranging appeal. Intriguingly titled "David Bowie Is," the MCA show is a multimedia retrospective of pretty much everything of interest related to the iconic rock singer David Bowie, his life and his career.

The gala opening for the Bowie exhibition will take place at the MCA the same weekend Expo Chicago runs at the Pier. The Bowie exhibition will remain at the MCA through Jan. 4, 2015.

The Bowie retrospective was initially organized by the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and has only been mounted in a couple of other cities around the world, including Toronto and Sao Paulo, Brazil. As of now, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art is the only American museum slated to host the Bowie exhibition.

The Museum of Contemporary Art's tie-in to Expo Chicago goes beyond the upcoming Bowie exhibition. The Museum also is the beneficiary of monies raised from Expo Chicago's opening night soiree known as Vernissage.

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MessagePosté le: Jeu 31 Juil - 14:17 (2014)    Sujet du message: David Bowie Is MCA tickets on general sale today Répondre en citant

31 JULY 2014

David Bowie Is MCA tickets on general sale today

“The ticket’s in my hand”

Tickets for David Bowie Is at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago go on general public sale today at 10 am CST.
Individual tickets are $25 for adults and teens, $10 youth age 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. Price includes admission to see the rest of the museum.
Because the exhibition is ticketed by time, people need to select a date and time for a ticket to be issued. Tickets are sold in half-hour slots ending two hours before the museum closes for the day.
Tickets can be purchased online here or by calling the MCA Bowie Hotline at 312.397.4068 during museum hours.
David Bowie is was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago from September 23, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
Keep reading for more special Bowie-related events during the exhibition’s run in Chicago.


MCA Talk: Bryan Ferry and Michael Bracewell
Wednesday, September 17, 6 pm, tickets $5
Renowned singer, musician, and songwriter Bryan Ferry joins writer and curator Michael Bracewell, author of Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Art, Ideas and Fashion, to discuss fame, music, and creative inspiration in anticipation of the exhibition David Bowie Is.

MCA Talk: Curating Bowie
Sunday, September 21, 1 pm, tickets $10
David Bowie Is curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London preview the exhibition, which opens September 23, and discuss Bowie’s life and work.

MCA Talk: Todd Haynes and Sandy Powell on Glam Rock
Sunday, October 5, 3 pm, tickets $10
Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell and Oscar-nominated director Todd Haynes discuss movie-making, glam rock, and David Bowie. Haynes and Powell collaborated on the film Velvet Goldmine (1998) starring Christian Bale and Ewan McGregor in a tribute to the 1970s glam rock era, drawing on the histories and mythologies of David Bowie, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop.

MCA Talk: Simon Critchley Panel Discussion
Friday, November 7, 2 pm, tickets $5
Bowie, a new book by Simon Critchley, Chair of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York, combines personal narratives of Bowie’s life with meditations on identity while exploring Bowie’s songs. Critchley and panelists from a variety of disciplines discuss the singer’s life and music.

MCA Talk: Kevin Barnes on David Bowie
Thursday, November 20, 6 pm, tickets $10
Kevin Barnes is the singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist for the indie rock band of Montreal. Barnes performs a selection of David Bowie covers and discusses the impact Bowie has on his work.

MCA LIVE | Bowie

MCA Live: Covering Bowie
Select Tuesdays, 6-8pm, free for Illinois residents or with museum admission
Throughout the exhibition run of David Bowie Is, local Chicago musicians cover Bowie songs and albums.

September 23: White Mystery Covers Bowie
October 7: Tim Kinsella Covers Hunky Dory
November 4: ONO Covers Bowie


MCA Family Day: Dare
Saturday, October 11, 11 am – 3 pm, free for families with children ages 12 and under
Inspired by David Bowie, families explore risk and chance with bold and daring art activities.

MCA Family Day: Changes
Saturday, November 8, 11 am – 3 pm, free for families with children ages 12 and under
Inspired by David Bowie, families explore transformation, change, and different points-of-view.


David Bowie Variety Hour
September 26–27, tickets $20; students $10
MCA Stage presents an eclectic combination of Chicago performers celebrating David Bowie. Curated by Jyldo and accompanied by Nick Davio’s house band, the program features Chicago club and stage stars, including BAATHHAUS, Chicago Tap Theatre, BOOM CRACK! Dance Company, dance tribute queen Kasey Foster, and LADY/WATCH.

Michael Clark Company: come, been and gone
October 25–27, 2014, tickets $28; students $10
In his first Chicago appearance, British choreographer Michael Clark presents this critically acclaimed production performed primarily to the music of David Bowie. One of the most influential dance artists of his time, Clark creates work that combines classical ingenuity with an experimental sensibility, exploring contrasting themes of virtue and vice, abandon and control, grace and embarrassment. Clark collaborated with pioneer dance filmmaker and video artist Charles Atlas on the production’s lighting design.

Bowie Changes
Tickets $20; students $10 (each performance is ticketed separately)
Chicago musicians re-create three of David Bowie’s classic albums in this performance series.

November 15: Bobby Conn - Wearing glitter and high heels, Bobby Conn plays Station to Station, channelling Bowie’s Thin White Duke persona.
November 21: Jon Langford and Sally Timms - Jon Langford and Sally Timms, former collaborators in the post-punk band The Mekons, reunite to perform Bowie love songs, including Modern Love.
November 22: Disappears - The indie rock band Disappears re-creates the studio album Low, bringing to light Bowie’s first collaboration with Brian Eno.


David Bowie Tribute Concert at Daley Plaza
Tuesday, September 23, noon - 1 pm
Celebrating the opening day of the David Bowie Is exhibition at the MCA, WXRT, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the MCA present a concert on Daley Plaza featuring the Sons of the Silent Age, the leading David Bowie cover band. Sons of the Silent Age, led by Chris Connelly (Ministry and the Revolting Cocks) and Matt Walker (Morrissey and Smashing Pumpkins), honors the music and aesthetic of David Bowie in their impressive selection of songs taken from the eclectic and extensive canon of David Bowie.

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MessagePosté le: Mer 20 Aoû - 12:33 (2014)    Sujet du message: David Bowie is @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Répondre en citant

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David Bowie Is

Dave Plier talks to Michael Darling, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago at 3:20am to discuss ‘David Bowie Is‘, the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time.

What’s your favorite David Bowie song or album?

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MessagePosté le: Ven 22 Aoû - 11:24 (2014)    Sujet du message: David Bowie is @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Répondre en citant

Aug 12

'David Bowie Is' Makes its U.S. Debut in September at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art

Sennheiser Technology Enables Visitors to Experience a Unique, Multi-Faceted Journey of the Artist's Sound and Style

It was announced yesterday that on September 23rd, the 'David Bowie Is' exhibition makes its U.S. debut at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). The exhibition, meticulously curated by the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, explores the incredibly diverse work of one of the greatest artists of our time. For each of the exhibits, including the MCA exhibit coming to Chicago in September, V&A has partnered with audio specialist Sennheiser to ensure the best possible audio experience for visitors.

'David Bowie Is', which has already been experienced by more than half a million visitors around the world during its recent visits to London, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Toronto, is an artistic and technical marvel that covers the entire expanse of Bowie's luminous career: from Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane and beyond. By leveraging Sennheiser's audio expertise, including its guidePORT technology and 3D immersive sound simulation equipment, visitors are left with an unforgettable sound and style experience that explores the very essence of David Bowie. Sennheiser’s guidePORT expert Robert Genereux is on site to install and configure the system at MCA.

Teaser video for the 'David Bowie Is' exhibition at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

David Bowie's career is marked by continual re-invention, intellectual depth, musical inno-vation, striking visual presentation and unwavering artistic integrity. The exhibition takes visitors on a sonic and visual journey, retracing his creativity and influences from all areas of his art using a wealth of material — including videos, stage costumes, album covers, stage sets, photographs and of course his music. To develop the exhibit, curators Victoria Broackes (V&A) and Geoffrey Marsh were given unprecedented access to the David Bow-ie Archive, consisting of more than 70,000 pieces.

Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour, 1973
Design by Kansai Yamamoto
Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita
Sukita / The David Bowie Archive 2012

An Unprecedented Marriage of Art and TechnologyIn preparation for their sonic and visual journey, each museum visitor is given a pair of Sennheiser headphones and a guidePORT receiver — enabling them to walk freely into 25 different ‘display zones.’. Inside a control room behind the scenes, Sennheiser is constantly broadcasting 25 live audio streams through transmitters that are perfectly mapped to the floor plan of the exhibit. Each time a visitor walks towards a different display, the relevant audio stream activates, broadcasting high quality audio through corresponding antennas located nearby. Small trigger units called ‘identifiers’ located throughout the exhibit are able to recognize the geo-location of each visitor and pick up the appropriate audio stream.

In addition to the pristine streaming audio occuring throughout the exhibit, visitors are also invited to experience an extraordinary 3D audio spectacle, consisting of Bowie concerts from over the years and an exclusive ‘mash up’ of his songs, created by Tony Visconti, Bowie’s long-time producer. The immersive audio experience is made possible by a spe-cial 3D upmix algorithm created by Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser’s International Recording Applications Manager, and the experience is delivered through an array of hidden loud-speakers from Neumann — a Sennheiser subsidiary.

'David Bowie Is' is groundbreaking not only as an interactive exhibition of one of the great-est artists of our time, but also in how it integrates Sennheiser technology throughout the overall experience. This is another example of how Sennheiser has been a driving force in the innovation of sound since 1945 and routinely supports innovators and artists all around the world.

Using Sennheiser's guidePORT receivers,
visitors of the 'David Bowie Is' exhibit are able to experience
pristine streaming audio throughout the exhibit.

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser em-ploys more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Bel-gium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Rus-sia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mex-ico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the Internet at

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Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973
Design by Brian Duffy and Celia Philo, make up by Pierre La Roche
Photograph by Brian Duffy - Duffy Archive

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Sennheiser-Driven David Bowie Exhibit Coming To Chicago

Matt Brodnick — August 26, 2014

It’s difficult to imagine pop rock music today, without the iconic contributions from David Bowie over the past decades. From his early Ziggy days to his musical and aesthetic experimentation onward, Bowie influenced the continual reinvention of the art form, challenging the essence of pop culture.

‘David Bowie Is’, the first international retrospective exhibit of its kind, has already been viewed by more than half a million visitors around the world in London, Berlin, São Paulo and Toronto over the past year. Curated by London’s Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum, this experience is now heading to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

More than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie’s own instruments will be showcased for all to see. A documentary about this world tour will also debut in select theaters across the nation on the same day.

To give visitors the best immersion possible, V&A partnered with Sennheiser for their guidePORT technology, a personal listening system that automatically switches between multiple broadcast streams based on location. As fans approach different areas of ‘Is’, the guidePORT locates an identifier signals and tunes to the appropriate high-quality audio stream.

Along with these personal devices, Sennheiser also places Neumann loudspeakers around the exhibit to drive a special 3D mix algorithm, consisting of Bowie concerts from over the years.

BSN* is invited to an exclusive preview of ‘David Bowie Is’ the weekend before opening, to the general public on September 23rd. Stay tuned for more photos, videos, and special access to the tech that will drive this unprecedented experience.

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SCOOP : Bobby Conn, qui va rendre hommage musical à Bowie à Chicago en novembre est en fait Mick Jagger et d'Iggy Pop cachés en un seul homme  Rolling Eyes

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Aug 28, 2014
Fall Forward 2014: The Guide to the New Season

David Bowie’s going to be everywhere this fall in Chicago, and we have no idea if that means the man himself will grace our town with his presence. Most notably, the Museum of Contemporary Art is mounting a blockbuster-style show of a blockbuster-style artist, albeit one we’d heretofore thought of mostly as a musician, as singular in style as he is. Either way, his influence will be crossing genre after genre this fall, with notable performances in dance, film screenings and, yes, underground music events. If he shows up passing the baton with Maestro Muti at the CSO, though, we’ll be suitably impressed. Either way, we’ve got a deep sample of fall events across eight disciplines on the pages that follow. So if your plan is to ignore all that Bowie fuss, we’ve got you covered as well. (Brian Hieggelke)


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David Bowie Is: Star Power – An Interview with Michael Darling
by Thea Liberty Nichols

David Bowie Is, coming to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in just a few weeks, is unprecedented to the extent that it is the first massive solo show the MCA has ever given to a musician. But as James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling discusses below, he was drawn to the exhibition because Bowie emulates the blending of media, the crossing over of disciplines he finds so relevant to contemporary artists’ practices.

Darling was kind enough to sit down with me this month and explain how the globe–trotting blockbuster will be articulated by the MCA. In addition, he outlines an MCA permanent collection exhibition they are putting together to coincide with the show, entitled Body Doubles, which both directly and indirectly fleshes out some of the more complex themes that emerge in Bowie, citing gender fluidity in particular.

Perhaps the centrality of outer space to many of Bowie’s works and personae will find a warm welcome in Chicago, given the Afro-Futurist bedrock that under-appreciated artists like Sun Ra have cultivated and Cauleen Smith have mined. Just as Bowie is a crossover artist, there is the hope that the Bowie show will have crossover appeal by bringing non-art, and potentially even non–museum going, audiences through the MCA’s doors. In many ways, David Bowie Is is momentous for that reason as well—it marks a sea change at the MCA, and represents the first of several soon-to-be-announced exhibitions that Darling has in the works, highlighting unexpected makers in boundary blurring shows.

Thea Liberty Nichols: Can you contextualize the exhibition for us? I know it originated at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) in London, an art and design museum in Great Britain—can you talk about how the MCA got it, since it is the only US stop, and how it situates within the program of the museum? What does it mean for American audiences?

Michael Darling: We heard about the show early, let them know of our interest, and committed to it—we were talking to them from the beginning about it as an exclusive presentation. Because of the content and nature of the show, we really think this could be something that draws visitors from the West coast and from the East coast, as well as our local community. This circumstance is something that is fairly unique for our exhibitions, except for the hard-core art people that will come for certain shows. We’re definitely seeing that anecdotally already from reservations that are coming in from all over the world.

Over the years, we have regularly gone outside of the visual arts in our programming here, and like to pepper the program with things like architecture or design, or most recently we did the Daniel Clowes show. So it is already a regular part of our diet to break up our hard core visual art stuff with these things that are a little bit extra curricular, that stretch the notions of contemporary art and culture in a way, so this definitely feels to us like one of those type of shows. However, it is also new in the sense that we have never done anything with a musical artist in this way. Of course the fact that we already have this vibrant performance program also makes this feel less foreign to us, and the fact that Bowie’s career is exactly the same kind of career that I look for in the artists that I track and want to exhibit—Isa Genzken is a great example. I mean, I just love how she is constantly reinventing herself and never getting stuck in a rut and always looking for the next thing. It is something I always tell young artists when I am visiting with them. That is sort of what I think defines a great career, and Bowie is the epitome of that in the musical world in terms of all these different personas he has created over the years, always changing with the wind and having a really good nose for the zeitgeist.

One of the things I think is really fascinating is if you start looking at the tour for this show—the exhibition is travelling to every different type of museum out there. I mean, the V&A is more of a culture and design museum, so it makes sense there; here it is a contemporary art museum and we have made it our way; Toronto is maybe a more general fine art museum; and in São Paolo it was in a museum of sound and image. In Paris, it is going also to a music museum, and in Berlin, at the Martin Gropius Bau, more of a general-purpose kind of exhibition hall. So it is funny that people in these different countries are finding different hooks for the show, which is an amazing testament to Bowie in that he can cross over all these different disciplines. I also think it is fascinating that the show is not at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It has some elements of those kind of rock and roll shows—in that the hard core Bowie fans will really geek out on these hand drawn lyric sheets that have never been seen before—but it feels like it is a broader cultural commentary on the period he lived through and helped to define in so many different ways. I think that is why it’s interesting to us, because it works both ways: for people that are really knowledgeable (about Bowie) and people that are more interested in the ideas of his career.

TLN: What can audiences expect to see and hear? What is the David Bowie Archive and how much of that is going to be on view?

MD: The David Bowie Archive exists because somehow, miraculously, over the years Bowie’s saved all this stuff, going back to the earliest days of his career. It has become a bit more professionalized now, with staff that look after it, all based in New York. They were contacted by the V&A with this idea of doing a show and they said yes, so the archives were really kind of opened up for the V&A curators to go and rummage through and select pieces to start building a story. I do not know all the statistics, but I think this is still just a fragment of what they have there, so this is a carefully curated and selected group of objects even though there are 400 things in the show. To me, I really see the costumes as these markers of different points in Bowie’s career. They anchor the materials on view, they are very sculptural and incredibly visual, but then surrounding them are hand written lyric sheets, contact sheets from photo sessions, finished photographs that kind of concretize these different periods as they were represented to the public—video footage, stage bills, you name it. Everybody that walks through the show is wearing headphones that register these sensors in the floor so that if you are looking at a Ziggy Stardust costume you are listening to Ziggy-era music. The exhibition is very immersive in that way. Viewers are always hearing primarily David Bowie music, but sometimes there’s also voice over commentary contextualizing things, from Bowie himself or other experts and music historians.

TLN: Bowie strikes me as really self-aware in terms of how he has manufactured these really distinct personas and mythologies surrounding himself. He has moved through many periods and genres of music throughout his career, but I think he’s best known for one particular thing: his break out moment or his star moment, even though he is still working. Is this exhibition taking a purview of Bowie’s entire career and trying to make sense of it as an aggregate? What is the big picture statement you see it making about the cultural relevance of David Bowie?

MD: Yes—I mean, this phenomenon starts when he was sixteen and was already kind of managing his image, the look of the photo shoot and wardrobe, and then goes right up to 2003 when his last concert tour happened. It is not exhaustive because I am sure there are some things that are left out in that chronology, but it does show how actively he was participating in the creation of each of these different characters, making story boards for videos or stage sets or costume designs, and letters back and forth between him and different designers or his tailor. It reminds me of someone like Andy Warhol, kind of cultivating his image in a very self-conscious way, which just seems very modern and not narcissistic. It is more a professional way of being—that this is a business and in making my art I need to control all these elements of it, steering people down the path that I want them to follow.

TLN: Do you think Bowie knew about Warhol’s time capsules?

MD: I know he spent time in the Warhol factory, and we have got some great footage of him in there, but it seems like from the documentation that he and Warhol did not really connect. And of course Bowie wrote the song “Andy Warhol” that Warhol did not really like so much, but I do not know if anybody else knew about the time capsules until Warhol’s death. I think Bowie really identified with Warhol in some ways—they met and Bowie did a screen test with him—but they just did not click.

TLN: But then he does a really interesting job playing Warhol in the Basquiat film!

MD: Yeah, I think so too.

The show is kind of about the fact that this is the first time anybody has done anything like this. You almost have to ask: why didn’t anyone do this before? Here is this man sitting in plain sight and he had done all these things over the years—once you see it all laid out in front of you you’re like, of course!

I come away from it recognizing how relevant he has been to culture at so many different touch points. To me, it is not dissimilar from a visual artist who has had all these kind of amazing chapters in their life that get pulled together in a retrospective exhibition. It serves that same purpose in that way. It is funny because people might think of Ziggy Stardust immediately, but then I think you start to realize when you hear a song, oh yeah, he was also big in the '70s and in the '80s and in the '90s. We are still hearing Cadillac commercials with David Bowie in them. His presence is really kind of everywhere; his music kind of seemed to break through to this big audience in all these different decades. It is pretty incredible.

TLN: With Lady Gaga or Kanye West or these artists who do a little bit of everything, outside of their field, I think the ground breaking nature of Bowie doing that at the time that he did it might get a little lost. Can you talk more about the different disciplines he crossed over into throughout his career?]

MD: That is definitely something that comes out in the show—how connected he was to other fields. You see him, for example, in Warhol’s factory and collaborating with William S. Burroughs, and all these different fashion and costume designers that end up being very influential in their own fields—not to mention other musicians, like Iggy Pop. But there is also a whole section of the exhibition that deals with his theater appearances and films—that kind of multi-disciplinary quality really comes out and you realize again: Bowie is not just staying still, and he is not just a pop star, he is really trying to borrow and have dialogue with all these different fields. We are seeing this as a contemporary phenomenon. It feels right to us that an artist would venture out and not stay in their field.

To complement this, we are curating a show at the same time as the Bowie exhibition called Body Doubles, mostly from our collection, that similarly deals with ideas of fluid gender and identity. We will feature a brand new Lorna Simpson video installation and a new Wu Tsang video installation that the museum just acquired, but also work by Cindy Sherman, Bruce Nauman, Paul McCarthy, and Hans Bellmer—these works begin to show a contemporary art variant of the things you see in the Bowie show. The exhibition anchors the Bowie show in the MCA’s own identity and collection. While it is not explicit, I think the coincidence of the concurrent exhibits will be evident. Of course, we do not want to lock it down, but we would like to point out work with very similar concerns.

TLN: There’s a nice coincidence of timing with EXPO CHICAGO, and the whole fall crush as well.

MD: Yeah, once that all started lining up it was definitely like, “ok, this is looking pretty amazing.” The alignment is a little gift for the EXPO folks, as well.

Thea Liberty Nichols


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