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In just a few days, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago will unveil a David Bowie inspired exhibit, titled David Bowie Is. It seems Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has signed off on the Bowie retrospective, declaring September 23rd “David Bowie Day” in Chicago. The proclamation describes Bowie as an “undisputed global icon, rebel and innovator” citing his achievements inside the studio, “a catalogue of 26 critically acclaimed studio albums,” and his “indelible influence” in the “art, design, music, and theatre realms.” Read the original proclamation below.
The David Bowie Is… exhibit has previously debuted in London, San Paulo, Berlin, and Toronto. It will display over 400 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, rare performance material, album artwork, photography, and set designs from the past five decades. Organized chronologically, the exhibit details his evolutions from his teenage years in 1950s London to the early 2000s, when he retired from touring. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago claims Bowie’s “chameleonic character transformations” over the years formed vital contributions to contemporary culture and he remains “highly relevant to contemporary artists such as Cindy Sherman, Wu Tang, Janelle Monae, and Lady Gaga.” English singer-songwriter Bryan Ferry (September 17th), director Todd Haynes (October 5th), and Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes (November 20th) will host talks and lectures at the museum. Barnes plans to cover Bowie songs during his talk.
Aside from basking in the glow of in his own fame, Bowie plans to release new music this year as part of a greatest hits collection,spanning the best 50 years of his career. The new album, titled Nothing Has Changed, will drop on November 17th, about 2 months after the Bowie exhibit opens in Chicago. The album will contain one new song- “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)“, which was recorded earlier this year and produced by Tony Viscotti. It seems there’s a new milestone for the Starman every other day. Last week marked the 30 year anniversary of his “China Girl” collaboration with Iggy Pop, and this week he has a day named in his honor. The exhibit will run from September 23rd to January 4th. Tickets are now on sale at the Museum of Contemporary Art.