David Bowie's Music, Art, and Legend Get Celebrated at This Intense Museum Exhibit

Photos of David Bowie line an exhibit dedicated to the late musician and icon.
Photos of David Bowie line an exhibit dedicated to the late musician and icon.
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A traveling art exhibit celebrating the late David Bowie has made its final stop, giving all the Diamond Dogs, Earthlings, and Space Oddities one more chance to celebrate the artistic legacy of the Chameleon of Rock. For those who can’t make the trek out to Brooklyn, New York, io9 has a look inside the exhibit.

The David Bowie Is museum exhibit first started touring the world in 2013, years before the iconic artist died in 2016. Now, the exhibit is making its final stop at the Brooklyn Museum. Many of the set pieces involve a multitude of screens showing Bowie’s performances, early recordings, and more. But, it should be no surprise that it’s meant to be experienced aurally—each visitor receives headphones playing Bowie’s music, which changes as you approach each part of the exhibit.

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Bowie was as much an art icon as a musical icon, and there are hundreds of archival photos, promotional photos, and album cover art, spanning from his youth as David Jones to his final album, Blackstar. There’s even a sizable collection of fan art devoted to him. Then, of course, there’s the fashion. There are more than 60 of Bowie’s inimitable outfits on display, spanning his nearly 60-year career in concerts, on albums, in TV appearances—sometimes even just day to day.

Honestly, this is just the tiniest look at David Bowie Is—not just in terms of the exhibit, which is massive, but also the man himself. Bowie was so many things, and his legacy will last even after the curtain closes on this touching tribute. If you happen to be in the Brooklyn area, check it out before it closes July 15.

Rob Bricken was the Editor of io9 from 2016-18, the creator of the poorly named but fan-favorite news site Topless Robot, and now writes nerd stuff for many places, because it's all he's good at.

Video Editor and Staff Writer at io9. My doppelganger is that rebelling greeting card from Futurama.

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I still feel weirded out that in this period of time people are still revering David Bowie. This is a man who purportedly made a habit of having sex with teenage girls as young as 13 years old.

He used his name and money to prey on some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Yet because he died before the #MeToo movement he gets a pass? I view him much like Woody Allen.