Last Stop: David Bowie Is

The life of the late musician is told through 400 objects at David Bowie is, which opened March 2nd at Brooklyn Museum. It is a story of the musician who is all at once space oddity, androgyny icon, and founder of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men. Ephemera and artifacts include Ziggy Stardust performance costumes, handwritten lyric sheets, photographs and videos from Bowie’s private collection. Because this is the last showing of the traveling exhibit that launched from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London five years ago, this is your chance to say goodbye. The exhibit ends July 15.

Ground control to major Tom, your circuits dead, there’s something wrong. Can you hear me, major Tom?

David Bowie, 1966. Photograph by Dough McKenzie. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive

Cut up lyrics for “Blackout” from Heroes, 1977. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum

David Bowie with William Burroughs, February 1974. Photograph by Terry O'Neill with color by David Bowie. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum

Print after a self-portrait by David Bowie, 1978. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum

 

Original lyrics for “Ziggy Stardust,” by David Bowie, 1972. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum

David Bowie, 1992. Photograph by Peter Gabriel. Private Collection, Vienna, Austria. Courtesy of the photographer. © Peter Gabriel

Print after a self-portrait by David Bowie, 1978. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum

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Quilted two-piece suit, 1972. Designed by Freddie Burretti for the Ziggy Stardust tour. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum

Photos Courtesy Brooklyn Museum