It's entirely appropriate that the new exhibit opening this Wednesday at the Art Gallery of Ontario has the open-ended title "David Bowie is," because the English pop star and fashion icon is, and has been, so many different things. Over the course of the 1970s alone, he reinvented himself as a psychedelic folkie, a glam-rock messenger from outer space, a blue-eyed soul man, an impeccably tailored cabaret singer with a bad coke habit and a world-weary observer of life washed up in Berlin.
The exhibit, which broke attendance records when it first opened at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, is made up of over 300 items from the singer's private archives, including stage costumes, instruments, set designs, photograhs and diary entries (one of them containing the original lyrics to "Ziggy Stardust"). The AGO presentation of "David Bowie is" launches the show's international tour, and is the only stop in Canada. It runs from September 25 to November 27. Check out our sneak peek at 10 of the artifacts that will be on display »