David Bowie Is…at the Brooklyn Museum

Upon entering the David Bowie Is exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, one of the first plaques reads, “David Bowie showed us we could be who we wanted to be.” During his lifetime, David Bowie played an array of characters, held several alter-egos, and redefined self-invention – a theme that is strewn throughout the exhibit.

 

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The traveling exhibit, which premiered at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013 has made it’s final stop at the final home of David Bowie, and will be opened to visitors until July 15th, 2018.

 

Admission to David Bowie Is is $25 on weekends, $20 on weekdays, and does allow you to roam other areas of the museum upon completion of viewing the exhibit. The Brooklyn Museum often falls into the shadows of the large museums of Manhattan, but is outstanding and worth a full visit.

 

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Visitors are equipped with headsets and audio devices that automatically tune to the correct podcast depending on the visitors current location within the exhibit. While visitors can expect some of Bowie’s greatest hits, rare interview and audio clips make up a large part of the audio tour.

 

The intimate clips combined with some of Bowie’s personal sketches and notes, including costume designs and set lists, leave you feeling as if you’re receiving a personal tour from Bowie himself.

 

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Visitors will also get to see several of Bowie’s most popular stage costumes, each eccentric and unique to the phase of life or music he was currently in. But the exhibit also outlines some of Bowie’s darker times, such as his struggles with addiction and fame, portrayed through one of his personas the “Thin White Duke.”

 

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David Bowie once said, “I don’t see any boundaries between any of the art forms. I think they all inter-relate completely.” While many may enter this exhibit with the hopes of learning the inspiration behind Bowie, the musician, most will leave knowing a bit more of the creativity and influence behind David – the musician, painter, mime, and philosopher.

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David Bowie was and is many things, but I believe many would agree that he was extraordinary figure who could not be labeled. In essence, David Bowie is and always was, just David Bowie.

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An Open Letter to Us All on Earth Day

Over the last few years, we’ve heard of several grim discoveries due to climate change, like the ice of Greenland and Antarctica melting significantly faster than predicted; or the prediction that more than 90% of earth’s once vibrant coral reefs will be dead by the year 2050.

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We’ve witnessed things that will go down in history for the most dreadful reasons, like the death of Sudan, the last male White Northern Rhino who survived 45-years after being captured and placed in captivity, before finally being brought to a wildlife conservatory in Kenya. Similarly we’ve seen species that once ran rampant decline in numbers until they were barely in existence.

And unfortunately, we’ve also seen policies implemented and reversed, that threaten the futures of several species – and that reduce their existence to nothing more than a challenge to win, or a trophy to be hung on a wall or to hang from someone’s wrist.

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We’ve experienced and watched the virtually endless succession of natural disasters all across the world that have affected entire cities, entire regions, and entire families. We’ve witnessed the challenges that these communities face when trying to rebuild.

And unfortunately, we’ve also had the displeasure of listening to skeptics who refuse to acknowledge the negative actions that have played a role in these catastrophes.

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We’ve heard horror stories, such as that of a sperm whale washing up on the shores of Spain with a stomach filled with 64 pounds of plastic, and of towns plagued by toxic drinking water, where many are facing crippling health affects due to consumption.

At times it’s hard not to cradle your head in your hands and think, “Look what we’re doing. Look what we’ve done.”

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And yet, just when we feel we’ve gone too far and that all the damage caused is irreversible, we bare witness to how much of a difference a small group of people can make. And we see how strong mother earth is despite all of the strikes against her.

Though we’ve seen many species fall to the demise of extinction, there have also been discoveries of over six dozen new species of plants and animals in the past year.

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We’ve seen the Chesapeake Bay, at one point one of the most polluted estuaries in the United States, regrow a substantial amount of seagrass due to new farming and sewage methods, and the actions of volunteers.

We’ve seen children with vision clearer than those triple their age take action to better our planet, such as sisters Melati and Isabel Wisjen who’ve set a goal to make their home island of Bali plastic-free.

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And when we see how much has been done and how much can be done, we can say much more enthusiastically, “Look at what we’re doing! Look at what we’ve done.”

And so what it comes down to is which side you’d like to have the largest hand in; whether you’d like to be the hand that drops the bottle or the one that picks up the shovel and helps. Whether you’d like to be the one who takes a stand and takes a conscious look at your actions, or the one who turns a blind eye.

And so my challenge to everyone this Earth Day (or a few day’s late) is to take a step back and ask yourself, “What have I been doing?”

And then do better.

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