You can barely fit the Rolling Stones into a 60,000-seat arena, but a new show is packing 50 years of the band’s history into the West Village.
Opening Nov. 12, the appropriately titled Exhibitionism at Industria takes a deep dive into all things Stones, from a re-creation of the first apartment they lived and recorded in to their most spectacular outfits and outlandish performances.
Spending more than 50 years together generates a lot of swag, and Exhibitionism features more than 500 pieces of it, much of it from the guys’ own closets — clothes worn onstage and off, handwritten diaries and lyrics, rare photos and more — as well as an interactive recording studio and a backstage-to-onstage 3D experience.
Curating the show fell to Ileen Gallagher, who has a unique qualification for the job. “I was a child of the ’60s and growing up. It was always the Beatles vs. the Stones, and I was always a Stones girl,” she says.
To that end, she knows the Stones are the best people to tell their own story. “I tried to make it as first-person as possible, so the band is really taking you through the exhibit,” Gallagher says, with about 90 percent of the words and videos in the exhibit coming straight from them. Rather than a chronology of the group — who formed in 1962 and are still touring — “we wanted it to be a celebration of their career and their music.”