SNEAK PEEK: Behind-the-scenes at ‘David Bowie Is’ at Chicago’s MCA

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A rainy day in Chicago is a very Londonlike backdrop for the MCA’s “David Bowie Is” wrap of the museum’s loading dock. | PHOTO BY PETER HOLDERNESS/SUN-TIMES

‘David Bowie Is’…. almost here.

The HUGELY anticipated exhibit of all things David Bowie is slated to open officially on Sept. 23 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago.

But we got a sneak peek today behind the scenes as the exhibit was being uncrated, costumes displayed, audio programmed, video projections set up — it was like watching Bowie literally moving into his new home for the next three months.

So while curators from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London were busy overseeing the uncrating, and carpenters, electricians, sound and video specialists, MCA curators and staff were very hard at work, I and Sun-Times videographer Peter Holderness captured some of the whirlwind activity as it began to take shape.

Kansai Yamamoto’s striped asymmetric catsuit (1973) from David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane Tour. | PHOTO BY MIRIAM DI NUNZIO/SUN-TIMES

Kansai Yamamoto’s striped asymmetric catsuit (1973) from David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane Tour. | PHOTO BY MIRIAM DI NUNZIO/SUN-TIMES

PHOTO BY PETER HOLDERNESS/SUN-TIMES

PHOTO BY PETER HOLDERNESS/SUN-TIMES

Kansai Yamamoto’s costume for David Bowie (1973) from the Aladdin Sane Tour. | PHOTO BY MIRIAM DI NUNZIO/SUN-TIMES

Kansai Yamamoto’s costume for David Bowie (1973) from the Aladdin Sane Tour. | PHOTO BY MIRIAM DI NUNZIO/SUN-TIMES

Tickets to “David Bowie Is” are $25 and include admission to see the rest of the museum. Tickets for kids ages 7 to 12 are $10; children 6 and under are free. Purchase online at www.mcachicago.org/bowie

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