If you grew up with “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” roaring through your parents’ record player or that iconic red tongue emblazoned across various old band tees, you’re in luck. Exhibitionism—The Rolling Stones has hopped the pond showing now until March 12, in New York City. I’m talking about the original bad boys from Britain who ditched matching blazers for leather, glitter, bright color, and costume early on in their career, revolutionizing the music, fashion, and art industries. Walking through their exhibit is like stepping into Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger's shoes through recreations of places like their first flat in London and a typical recording studio. The rock legends, with new album Blue & Lonesomedropping December 2, dug deep into the vaults for their personal stashes of paraphernalia to furnish the collections on display.
After perusing the more than 500 Stones items on display, watching a documentary film compilation narrated by Martin Scorsese, experiencing a 3D concert from Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois, and adding the Tommy Hilfiger limited-edition Stones capsule collection to our wish lists, we’ve selected the top five things you won’t want to miss from the exhibit if you’re near New York this season.
More than 190 famous original artworks are on display from the likes of Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and John Pasche (who designed their iconic tongue logo). Posters, signs, and album cover art from Voodoo Lounge to Bridges to Babylon and beyond are also featured along a hallway of their greatest successes.
A recreation of their recording studio features original instruments from the late Bobby Keys’s sax (heard in solos on “Brown Sugar,” “Emotional Rescue,” and more) to the late Ian Stewart’s piano (heard on “Honkey Tonk Woman," “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll [But I Like It],” etc.) included among prized guitars and drum sets from Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Charlie.
Britain’s best-known bad boys influenced many rockers in the industry, but they also influenced various sectors of street style and even high fashion. Alexander McQueen, Prada, Gucci, Dior and more all created on-stage looks for the group. The original costumes are fitted onto specialized mannequins in a section focused on style for the exhibition. Tommy Hilfiger, a longtime Stones fan and the official apparel sponsor for Exhibitionism, also has a limited-edition capule collection for sale in a gift shop across the street, at his flagship store, and online.
Credit: Philip Townsend/Courtesy The Rolling Stones
Photos, including the one above from Edith Grove that became the first iconic photograph ever taken of The Rolling Stones in 1962, are on display with captions and quotes from the band explaining their style evolution and other important moments in band history. A special collage film of various documentary pieces is also playing, narrated by Martin Scorsese.