Little over 50 years ago, the Velvet Underground gathered in a confined loft on Ludlow Street with no bathroom or electricity to rehearse songs that would later become the core of their debut album, “The Velvet Underground & Nico.” Today, nine blocks north in New York City, a multimedia exhibition dedicated to the band’s legacy, will be held October 10th through December 30th. First held in Paris, two years ago, “The Velvet Underground Experience” is a multimedia exhibit about the influence and history of the band that features rare photographs, portraits, films, videos, live concerts and musical workshops. The show will take place at 218 Broadway, Manhattan and will analyse post-World War II America and the rise of the Beat Generation, the serendipitous meeting of Lou Reed and John Cale, the New York art scene of the Sixties, the Velvet Underground’s years in Andy Warhol’s Factory and the band’s continued evolution following the release of their seminal debut. Main curator, Christian Fevret, stated that he had always planned on taking the show to New York, especially given that it focuses on the city’s hybridized culture in the ’60s where artists of all fields collaborated freely. The New York version of the exhibition will differ slightly from the Parisian iteration as there will be a section focussing on the band’s influence on modern American artists, including Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nan Goldin and Gus Van Sant. It is obvious that the work by the band’s early patron Andy Warhol will be included. Tickets go on sale Friday. More information is available at velvetundergroundexperience.com.