Musical icon David Bowie is many things — singer, songwriter, actor, and painter. Additionally he is associated with various alter egos: Arnold Corns, Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, and Thin White Duke. To better understand the enigma that is David Bowie, be sure to check out the traveling exhibition “David Bowie Is.”

 

The exhibition beautifully presents over 300 of Bowie’s objects that span his five-decade career: journal entries, drawings, plans, costumes, and even a cocaine spoon. It’s the first time that so many objects — many from the David Bowie Archives — have been brought together for the public.

 

"David Bowie Is" begins to help understand the complexity of Bowie's artistic talent and influence. (nocookie.net)

“David Bowie Is” begins to help understand the complexity of Bowie’s artistic talent and influence. (nocookie.net)

As the Victoria and Albert Museum writes,

“The exhibition demonstrates how Bowie’s work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, theatre and contemporary culture and focuses on his creative processes, shifting style and collaborative work with diverse designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre and film.”

 

“David Bowie Is” captures the musician’s wide reach of influence and inspiration and is testament to a prolific career that has left behind an enormous footprint on the music industry.

 

The exhibit will be at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art until early January. If you’re in the area, you’ll definitely want to check it out. It’s almost impossible to leave the exhibit without finding inspiration in Bowie’s legacy.

 

If you have you been to “David Bowie Is,” what did you think? Let me know below or on Twitter @ryanlawlessness