The Rolling Stones‘ Exhibitionism exhibit opens in Chicago on Saturday at the Windy City’s Navy Pier. The expansive attraction, which previously was on display in London and New York City, gives visitors an immersive look at the various aspects of the legendary British band’s career.
“They’ve had such an impact on popular culture, so we really thought it was important to show the breadth and depth,” exhibit curator Ilene Gallagher tells ABC’s Chicago TV affiliate WLS. “Film and video, and art and design, and photography and fashion, and music!”
The exhibition, which was created with the full cooperation of The Stones, features various themed areas incorporating more than 500 artifacts, including guitars, costumes, photos, posters and more.
The exhibit also features replicas of the seedy London apartment some of the band members shared in 1962, a recording studio and a backstage area at one of the group’s concerts. Exhibitionism also includes unheard audio tracks, rare video clips and film presentations.
Gallagher points out that the new exhibit also features some memorabilia specifically focusing on The Rolling Stones’ history in Chicago.
“We have photographs from 1964 to the present, kind of tracing the different concerts that they performed, and recording at Chess Records in 1964, which was the first time they came to Chicago,” she explains.
As for how The Stones’ members feel about Exhibitionism, Gallagher says, “I think it kind of exceeded their expectations and also it was very nostalgic for them too…to see all of this body of work kind of laid before them. I think they were pretty overwhelmed.”
Exhibitionism will remain on display in Chicago until July 30. For more information about the attraction, or to buy tickets, visit StonesExhibitionism.com.
After its Chicago run, the exhibit is slated to open in Sydney, Australia, in November 2018.
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