Category Archives: Performance Art

The Breathtaking Brilliance of David Bowie is at the Brooklyn Museum

David Bowie is at the Brooklyn Museum is the most exciting, dynamic, and fascinating show you’ll see this year.

Here are some of the things you can see or hear at the exhibition:

“Highlights of the exhibition include more than 60 custom-made performance costumes…85 handwritten lyric sheets, including those from “Fame” and “Fashion”… drawings, including a sketch for the Young Americans album cover; and oil paintings, including two of musician Iggy Pop, all by Bowie…more than 40 pioneering music videos, television clips, and filmed roles as well as a multimedia presentation of international tour footage…custom audio mix made up of snippets of Bowie’s songs…”

—from the exhibition’s web page

 

The show originated at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, in 2013. Since then, it has been on a tour that took it to 10 cities on five continents. David Bowie is has been seen by more people than any other show in the V&A’s 166-year history.

These reviews, from Vogue (“Go. Just go.”) and Rolling Stone (“Stunning”), describe parts of the show, and explain why it’s the Must See exhibition of 2018.

It runs through 15 July 2018. This is the last stop of the tour, so once it’s gone, it’s gone.


Souvenirs

Even if you can’t get to the exhibition itself, you can buy the David Bowie cotton tote bag ($10) or the lavishly illustrated David Bowie is exhibition catalogue ($45 softcover, $55 hardcover). All available at the Brooklyn Museum’s shop.


(Photography wasn’t allowed, so all these pictures are from the museum’s website.)

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Apple Makes the Most Gorgeous Commercials. For the Most Expensive Products.

Go fullscreen for this one!

The actress/dancer is British singer-songwriter FKA twigs (née Tahliah Debrett Barnett) and the director is the great Spike Jonze.

The product is the HomePod, which, according to Apple, “is a powerful speaker that sounds amazing and adapts to wherever it’s playing. It’s the ultimate music authority, bringing together Apple Music and Siri to learn your taste in music. It’s also an intelligent home assistant, capable of handling everyday tasks — and controlling your smart home. HomePod takes the listening experience to a whole new level. And that’s just the beginning.”

It sells for $349, magical apartment transformation powers and the ability to move like FKA twigs not included.

David Bowie is…in Brooklyn

Big News

I’ve been waiting for this for five years.

“David Bowie is”, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s magnificent exhibition chronicling the life of Ziggy Stardust, has returned to North America. It opened at the Brooklyn Museum last Friday, and will run through 15 July 2018.

I’ve already got my ticket.

I saw “David Bowie is” in 2013, in Toronto, the first stop of what was to be a five-year, five-continent, 10-city tour. It ran at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and it was possibly the most brilliantly staged museum exhibition I’d ever seen.

It was worthy of Bowie.

Here’s what I wrote at the time.

Thunderstorm over Africa

For the first minute or so, you’re gonna think your speakers are dead. Do not adjust your set—thunderstorms start slowly, but build fast.

The group is the Angel City Chorale,  a “multicultural ensemble of 160 men and women that truly reflects the spirit of Los Angeles, building community one song at a time.” You can find many more of their performances on their YouTube channel.

Here’s the original 1982 video for Toto’s “Africa”. It was the band’s biggest hit, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1983.

“Merry Xmas Everybody” from Oxford University’s Out of the Blue

This will make you smile.

Out of the Blue, Oxford University’s premier all-male a cappella group, is ranked as the top a cappella group in the UK. They’ve “…performed on the West End and on Broadway, reached the semifinals of Britain’s Got Talent, and toured around the world to places including Switzerland, Canada, India, Hong Kong, and Japan.” You’ll find lots of videos, music downloads, and CD offers at their site.

“Merry Xmas Everybody” is their Charity Single for 2017.

For the last eight years, Out of the Blue has donated its profits to Helen & Douglas House, the world’s first children’s hospice. It provides end-of-life and bereavement care to children and young adults, and to their families.