David Bowie Is Breaks All-Time Attendance Record at MCA

David Bowie Is Breaks All-Time Attendance Record at MCA

David Bowie Is has broken the all-time attendance record for an exhibition in the 47-year history of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

More than 193,000 people visited the Bowie exhibition during its 15-week run at the MCA from September 23, 2014 through January 4, 2015 with many days sold-out.

Although some questioned if the MCA was the right venue for such an exhibition, the overwhelming response from the public and the media seems to have put an end to the controversy and may point the way to a new future for the museum.

David Bowie Is also drew a number of notable figures to the museum including: Sophia Bush, Margaret Cho, Billy Corgan, Gillian Flynn, Adrian Grenier, Daryl Hannah, George Lucas, William H. Macy, Bob Mould, Rita Ora, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Earl Slick, Usher, Peter Wolf, Neil Young, and others.

MCA Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn says, “We brought this exhibition to the MCA because it was an ideal bridge to connect with new audiences who are interested in the multidisciplinary arts that have always been a hallmark of the museum. We are thrilled that so many people from around the country visited us for the first time, and we are especially proud of the enthusiasm and support we had in Chicago, where members of the community had a chance to rediscover the MCA. We will continue to build on the success of Bowie by engaging these new audiences with another exciting year of programs in 2015.”

The MCA was the only US venue for what has been hailed as a groundbreaking exhibition, that was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London where it was first shown.

If you missed the Chicago exhibition or want to see more, you’ll have to head to Paris, stop one on its international tour where the exhibition will open this March at the Philharmonie de Paris, Cité de la Musique (through May 2015). From there it moves to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne (July–Nov 2015), and the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands (December 2015–March 2016).

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