Holy Crap! MoMA & Thurston Moore Presents Bowie Music Vid Program

On December 1st, 2008 Guess where I’ll be? I’ll give you a hint:
Bowie in Dublin, 2003
No, don’t be silly. Not at a Bowie show. (I wish. The man’s been virtually hidden for 5 years!) But instead at New York’s Museum of Modern Art for the Thurston Moore-hosted program of Bowie videos as part of MoMA’s Looking At Music exhibition. While I am excited to check out the exhibition and the other artists involved (Devo, The Beatles and John Cage among them) it’s really Bowie that has me chuffed. The videos were co-organized by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media, MoMA.
The complete list of the program after the jump, along with some videos I’d have programmed, if I were the curator….


“John I’m Only Dancing” (1972). Directed by Mick Rock. 2:49 min.
“Jean Genie” (1972). Directed by Mick Rock. 4:02 min.
“Life on Mars” (1973). Directed by Mick Rock. 3:55 min.
“Heroes” (1977). Directed by Stanley Dorfman. 3:27 min.
“DJ” (1979). Directed by David Mallet. 3:58 min.
“Ashes to Ashes” (1980). Directed by David Mallet & David Bowie. 3:33 min.
“China Girl” (1983). Directed by David Mallet & David Bowie. 4:03 min.
“Blue Jean” (1984). Directed by Julien Temple. 3:17 min.
“As the World Falls Down” (1986). Directed by Steve Barron. 3:41 min.
“Fame 90″ (1990). Directed by Gus Van Sant. Edited by Edouard Lock. 3:33 min.
“Jump They Say” (1993). Directed by Mark Romanek. 4:00 min.
“The Hearts Filthy Lesson” (1995). Directed by Sam Bayer. 4:58 min.
“Dead Man Walking” (1997). Directed by Floria Sigismondi. 3:49 min.
“I’m Afraid of Americans” (1997). Directed by Dom & Nic. 4:25 min.
“Survive” (1999). Directed and produced by Walter Stern. 3:29 min.
While I am about as excited as can be for this evening, I am confused by some glaring omissions. Why the short version of “Blue Jean” and not the fantastic long form video? I understand the need to limit the program in length and number of videos, but me? I’d have “Let’s Dance” in there instead of “China Girl,” “Thursday’s Child” instead of “As the World Falls Down,” “Little Wonder” over “Fame 90″ (Ugh) and how could you leave out the groundbreaking “Boys Keep Swinging” or “Loving the Alien?” Not to mention “Absolute Beginners” and “Peace on Earth”/”Little Drummer Boy.”
Why not judge for yourselves?
Loving the Alien:

Absolute Beginners:

Jazzin’ For Blue Jean:

Let’s Dance:

Little Wonder:

Boys Keep Swinging:

Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy (I know, it’s not technically a music video, but…):

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