The National Liberty Museum is excited to announce our major winter exhibition Deconstructing Bowie: Freedom in Eccentricity, opening Friday, January 7, 2022, as part of the Fifth Annual Philly Loves Bowie Week, and continuing through March 2022. Through this call-to-artist, we are asking artists to go beyond the surface of David Bowie as a symbol or icon by submitting artwork that exemplifies Bowie’s rebellious persona and the ways that he was able to push boundaries in the creative world, advancing our society, and making us freer as a whole.
Throughout his long career, David Bowie found personal freedom in his unique forms of expression, deconstructing cultural expectations and breaking down barriers for future artists. Music and art allowed Bowie to disrupt social norms by rebelling against them and introducing new and more equitable ways of thinking. Our aim for this exhibition is to show how David Bowie inspired true creative freedom for artists that came after him, showcasing how artists who were inspired by him are continuing to push boundaries and inspiring others to do the same. We want to celebrate the timeless power of music and art and their ability to challenge expectations and drive both individual and societal change. We are not just looking for simple depictions of Bowie, but rather for works that contextually explore the themes of identity (sexuality, gender, race), rebellion, fashion, and performance.
For this exhibition, we are looking for a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, 2D, 3D, fashion, A/V, and musical and dance performance.
As part of your application in response to our call, we are asking for an artist statement, specifically addressing items in the paragraph above, explaining your artwork and how it continues to be influenced by Bowie. Participating artwork will be selected by an in-house jury at the National Liberty Museum. The artwork on display in Deconstructing Bowie will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), in partnership with Philly Loves Bowie Week. Consignment details are outlined in the application.
If you have any questions regarding your application, the exhibition, or deadlines, please email Kelley Stone at email@example.com.
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