‘David Bowie Is’ Exhibition Gets Documentary, U.S. Debut
By Courtney E. Smith
Crowds have been flocking to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum since August of 2013 to view the David Bowie is exhibition. Curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh were given unprecedented access to David Bowie’s archives to create the exhibit, which features over 300 items.
And now David Bowie is happens to be going on tour.
A documentary film of the exhibition will be screened in 100 theaters across America starting on Sept. 23. The exhibit itself will travel to Chicago and open in the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) that day. It will stay there until Jan. 4, 2015.
The documentary was filmed closing night of the V&A exhibition in London and directed by Done & Dusted’s Hamish Hamilton, the man behind the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It features interviews with Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and the exhibit’s curators, among others.
“This documentary brings to life how David Bowie embraced creativity from a variety of fields including performance art, music, dance, theater, and the visual arts, and fostered collaborations with artists of all kinds throughout his life,” said Michael Darling, chief curator of the MCA. “We are fortunate to have this film’s debut coinciding with the MCA’s opening of this extraordinary exhibition.”
The blockbuster exhibit has already traveled to Toronto, Sao Paulo and Berlin. Among the many things included in the exhibit are never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, album cover artwork, set designs and diary entries.