A new exhibit will be calling Chicago home for the next few months. “Exhibitionism” is an exhibit that focused on the Rolling Stones. The exhibit doesn’t just focus on music but the on band’s impact on pop culture, fashion and media. The exhibit was previously in London and New York.
The curator of the exhibit had a budget of almost $6 million to work with. Ileen Gallagher worked on the project for 18 months to create a Rolling Stones dream world. The exhibit takes over almost 18,000 square feet of room at Navy Pier. It features poster art, contracts, photos, instruments and more. The official website gives some more detail about what to expect. Visitors will be able to view over 500 personal items of the Rolling Stones. Included in those items are lyric books, stage designs and personal letters. Visitors are also promised an interactive experience. The exhibit features interactive displays, a screening cinema and sound-mixing desks. The finale of the exhibit is said to be a highly-immersive backstage visual culminating in a 3D concert.
Chicago is one of the four North American stops for the exhibit and there is reasoning behind the choice. Speaking to the Daily Herald, co-founder of Chicago-based independent concert promoter Jam Productions Jerry Mickelson said, “It goes all the way back to when (the Stones) first started touring in the ‘60s. Chicago has embraced them, and it’s definitely a real logical stop for them.”
Mickelson will also be a local producer for the exhibit. Mickelson has a relationship with the band that goes back to 1978 when he and his company helped the band with their show at Soldier Field. Blues was a big influence on the band in the early days and records by Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters are featured in the exhibit.
“There’s a video with contemporary interviews with Buddy Guy, and Keith and Mick, as well as some vintage footage of Muddy Waters,” Gallagher said. “They talk about the early days at Chess, and what it meant to them, and performing at the Checkerboard Lounge.”
Gallagher has called her work on “Exhibitionism” a career highlight. She has previously worked with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Library of Congress.
“It was just such a unique opportunity,” she told The Daily Herald. “We had kind of a dream design team. We had people from all different types of disciplines come together … and I got to work with The Rolling Stones! It was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The exhibit opens April 15th and runs until July 30th. Tickets for adults range from $32-$35. Student will receive a discount and kids under the age of 6 will receive free entry.
By Michael Obrecki