Favorite David Bowie Moments from MCA Staff

As tickets for David Bowie Is go on sale, we asked MCA staff for their favorite David Bowie moment, whether in music, on film, or in pop culture.

David Bowie in Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Courtesy Rialto Pictures/StudioCanal

Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Associate Director of Digital Media

“I love that scene in The Man Who Fell to Earth where he’s just surrounded by TVs.” (Anna produces and directs the MCA’s video-based content.)


Kristen Kaniewski, Visitor Services Manager

“In one of the final scenes of the Labyrinth, Sarah is able to break Jareth the Goblin King’s spell through the realization that he has no power over her. David Bowie’s face after she does that is the picture of disappointment.”


Abraham Ritchie, Social Media Manager

“Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York was released soon after Kurt Cobain’s death and functioned in many ways like a shared memorial, receiving heavy airtime on radio stations. Though I was young when it was released, I won’t admit how much later it was when I discovered that ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ was, of course, by David Bowie. That discovery sent me into the Bowie universe.”


Shauna Skalitzky, Web Editor

“I grew up sans Bowie influence. My family road trips involved us singing along to the Beatles, the Who, and Moody Blues (all of my dad’s favorite music). When I think of David Bowie, I think of Zoolander; Bowie cooly ripping off his sunglasses, ‘Let’s Dance’ playing in the background. His ability to show up exactly where he is needed, at exactly the right time, is unparalleled.”