Category: Dean’s Picks

David Bowie is… Alive and Well in Brooklyn.

DAVID BOWIE IS …  alive and well.

The international touring exhibit that showcases Mr. Bowie’s transformation throughout the years, with hundreds of artifacts that he himself collected, is being seen at its final venue, the Brooklyn Museum. A fitting end to the 5 year tour that brings him back home.

Traveling the world since 2013, DAVID BOWIE IS … the first retrospective on the life and career of the music legend. It’s truly an iconic show – like the man. The idea for the project first took life when Bowie gave permission to Geoffrey Marsh and Victoria Broackes, curators from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, to explore his personal artifacts, stored in a secret location in New York City.

This exhibit features more than 400 pieces pulled from the artist’s personal archives, including handwritten lyrics, over 60 stage costumes, album artwork, diary entries, and photography. There’s also footage from select films, performances, and music videos, such as The Man Who Fell to Earth and Bowie’s 1979 Saturday Night Live appearance.

For this final Brooklyn stop, 80 new pieces have been added to the show, focusing on Bowie’s years in New York City, including the backdrop from the Broadway production of “The Elephant Man,” which starred Bowie in the ’80s, and large-scale film projections from his 1990 “Sound+Vision Tour.”

Most important, from my perspective, is the music. Visitors are provided custom headsets, to wander among the displays, listening to interviews, and Bowie’s music. I often found myself stopping in the middle of one room or another, closing my eyes, and enjoying the soundscape.

Room after room is packed to the gills with memorabilia. Everyone has their favorite David Bowie moment: The Thin White Duke. Ziggy Stardust. The Goblin King. The “Life on Mars” ice-blue suit. The Aladdin Sane knit jumpsuit with one shoulder. The Ashes to Ashes clown suit.  They are all represented in this exhibit.

Since Bowie’s career has such longevity, there is always more to discover. Because of the headsets, each visitor experiences their own individual journey, finding new versions of Bowie to love.

DAVID BOWIE IS … currently on view and running until July 15th. Tickets start at $25.

Brooklyn Museum is a long time friend and partner of PMD Media. While this exhibit is a special one, we would be remiss not to mention the other exhibits on view, including the upcoming Radical Women: Latin American Art exhibit, and the amazing Visible Storage in the Luce Center for American Art.

The RISE of NBC, With a Little Help From PMD Media

Do you remember high school? Do you remember that teacher who changed your life, who helped you become the person who you are today?

RISE, the newest prestige drama from NBC, is the story of this kind of teacher, and the students who take the journey with him to places they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Josh Radnor stars as Lou Mazzuchelli, a dedicated educator who has to look beyond his personal issues to transform a high school theater department. Mazzuchelli pushes students to explore self-expression and to unleash their creativity. Students discover talents and desires they didn’t know they had, and while not everyone is happy about this, RISE explores notions of individual and community identity through the lens of a small, blue collar town.

RISE is scheduled to premiere tonight (March 13), following the season finale of NBC’s blockbuster hit This Is Us. After the first airing, RISE will take over the time slot – so it has big shoes to fill.

Bold, brash, and unafraid to address social issues and hot topics of the day, RISE is exactly the type of show that we love being a part of.

How PMD Media is Helping Get RISE Be Seen

When PMD first approached NBC Entertainment about their advertising, we had a unique angle to help sell their prime time lineup. We were thrilled when the marketing executives at NBC’s Universal City pointed to the look and feel of our local, independent storefront billboard network with clients such asBAMSt Ann’s Warehouse, UCLA Center for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, American Repertory Theater, to name just a few. This was exactly what RISE was striving for.

For over 25 years, we’ve focused on local, outdoor advertising, and more recently, programmatic digital advertising, in major American metropolitan cities – and one of our specialties has always been the performing arts.

Using our experience in the world of television, performing arts, and Broadway, we developed a customized campaign for RISE, displaying our WindowPoster™ advertisements in every corner of Brooklyn & Manhattan, in more than 35 specific neighborhoods.

By placing our advertisements in independent cafes, storefronts, and other heavily-trafficked areas, we’ve been able to build interest in an organic and thought-provoking way.

How can we help you with your projects? Feel free to shoot me a note and start a conversation.

RISE premieres tonight at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. central) on NBC. Don’t miss out on the first season premiere – we know the entire team at PMD Media will be tuning in!

BE SEEN AT SXSW

Austin is known for a few things: some of the best Tex-Mex food in the United States, the bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge, and being the ‘Live Music Capitol of the World’, as the home of the South by Southwest Conference and Festival.

SEEN NOW: THE 2014 NBA PLAYOFFS

Baseball. Soccer. And now the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Professional Sports is the latest industry to join the growing PMD family. The Golden State Warriors, one of only three charter NBA members still around, have jumped into Windowposter™ Displays with both feet, hiring PMD to get All-Star Stephen Curry SEEN everywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SEEN NOW: HBO’S GIRLS… AND BOYS

Are you exhausted from the holidays? The dark days of January bringing you down? Tune in to HBO for their most acclaimed series Girls, & their latest premiere Looking, to bring you up and out of your Winter funk. PMD is making sure audiences all over Los Angeles, New York & San Francisco are seeing these Windowposters™.

MERRY HOLIDAYS FROM PMD!

2013 is almost over! But before we step into 2014, the PMD staff and I would like to take this moment to thank you. We have the most hard working personnel, the greatest friends, the most generous display venue partners, and of course, the most loyal clients anywhere. Thank you for making 2013 fantastic.

SEEN NOW: LEGER, REMBRANDT & VERMEER

This month, 17th and 20th Century art masterpieces converge, with simultaneous exhibits a mere 100 miles apart, in New York City and Philadelphia, some of which have not been seen in the United States in decades. PMD is excited to be working with two world-renowned fine art museums for these shows: The Frick Collection in New York City, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

SEEN NOW: BROADWAY FLEA MARKET 2013

On Sunday, September 22nd, Times Square will host one of the most exciting and anticipated annual events for live theater fans: The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. Situated right smack in the middle of The Great White Way – the 27th Annual “Broadway Flea”, as it’s affectionately known, will raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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