The Rolling Stones have brought their raucous, curated party—the interactive, multi-media “Exhibitionism”—to NYC’s Industria Superstudio and Tommy helped them do it. Back in April we attended the London opening of this landmark exhibition and we’re exicited that it is now here in New York until March 12. It celebrates 55 years of the Stones as only the Stones could. Tommy and the band have been friends for decades and Mick lives next door to us in Mustique, so it seemed natural that Tommy would sign on as Exhibitionism’s apparel partner. (Hilfiger Denim created a capsule collection of jackets and Tshirts to mark the occasion.)
The rollicking road show has been aptly described as a “multi-sensory barrage of Stones’ stuff,” 500 personal artifacts to be specific, all of it pulled from the Stones archive and most of it never before seen. Exhibitionism was created as an audio-visual experience, and indeed it’s a sophisticated trek that lights up and belts out from hundreds of screens and speakers as you pass through masterfully-staged archivia: the band’s personal diaries and lyric books, costumes, guitars, posters, original album cover artwork, and such recreated settings as the band’s Chelsea apartment and the Olympic Studios.
Martin Scorsese narrates a montage of raw concert footage and excerpts from the band’s 20 feature films, including the Maysles Brothers’ Gimme Shelter. You’ll don 3D glasses and experience a “live” concert, you’ll see the band in the cultural context that they, themselves, helped create from the 1960s to current day; you’ll see original artwork from such collaborators as Andy Warhol, David Bailey, Jeff Koons, Gered Mankiewitz and Richard Hamilton, but more than anything, you’ll walk out of Exhibitionism wondering what took the Rolling Stones so long to invite us all in for the party.