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I blocked out 2 hours in the middle of the day to see David Bowie Is at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. That wasn’t enough. I could have easily spent another 2 hours looking at and reading everything. I caught myself with my mouth hanging wide open on numerous occasions and I can’t even count the number of times I uttered “Holy shit!”

I’m currently reading Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists ans Songs that Defined the 1980s. I’m only a third of the way through it but every single artist has mentioned David Bowie as an influence. It’s not surprising. It’s amazing when you think about how some of his songs are over 40 years old and don’t sound dated.

Bowie’s music has always been a part of my life. My older siblings were fans and passed that appreciation down to me. Nelly was big on Ziggy Stardust. Carlos was a fan of “Under Pressure” and I would sneak listens to his 45 while he was at football practice. I remember being so excited to see the video with Mick Jagger at Live Aid, and I remember the jealousy I felt when Elsa got to see The Glass Spider Tour. I finally got my chance see David Bowie when he was on the bill with Moby on the Area 2 tour in 2002. Bowie should have headlined, sorry Moby.

While this exhibit brought many smiles to my face, it also made me sad. I was sad that in 1980 I wasn’t old enough to see him in The Elephant Man when it was in Chicago. I got a little teary eyed thinking about how he’s 67 now, and well, probably mortal. 

I’m already making plans to see this again before it leaves Chicago. I need more time to read all the handwritten lyrics, and to absorb everything. I’m also thinking about Paris in 2015. That’s the next stop for this exhibit and maybe me. 

David Bowie is…visionary, and now.

I’m going to see this exhibit in a couple weeks and I CANNOT WAIT.


David Bowie as Aladdin Sane Drawing.
One of my most fav songs EVER & he’s God.
Made with a ball point pen, digitally colored.



Artist/ Acrylic Painting/ Copyright: Kat Starchild