Mickey The True Original Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture. Just opened, this innovative and immersive experience is inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in all its forms. Guests will have the chance to explore the 16,000 square-foot exhibition featuring both historic and contemporary work from renowned artists.
This exhibit is interactive as well, so get ready to have fun!
I previewed the exhibit earlier this week and I was blown away. As a huge fan of all things Disney, I was thrilled to have been invited, and this exhibit does not disappoint.
Steamboat Willie or daddy Mitch? The interactive nature of this exhibit was great fun:
And as we moved through the exhibit we saw some incredible works of Mickey art:
Exhibition details include:
-Hello Mickey!- Introduces the many facets of Mickey including his playful personality. Featured artists: Katherine Bernhardt, Ariana Papademetropoulos, and Michael Bosanko.
-Iconic Design- Shows Mickey, an instantly recognizable character and form, in a whole new way. Featured artist: Daniel Arsham
-It’s Black & White- An entirely black-and-white world bringing Mickey’s comic strips and cartoon shorts to life. Featured artist: Brian Roettinger
-Ink & Paint- Pays homage to the team of artists and painters in Disney’s legendary Ink & Paint department including photos from the book “Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation”
-Burst into Color- A vivid, vibrant color room in honor of Mickey’s acclaimed technicolor debut, The Band Concert. Featured artists: London Kaye, Michael John Kelly, Amanda Ross-Ho and Disney artists Stacey Aoyama and John Quinn
-Sorcerer’s Way- Transports guests to the magical world of Walt Disney’s masterpiece and Mickey’s first feature film: Fantasia. Featured artist: Oliver Clegg
-Mickey Mouse Club- Celebrates the 60+ year legacy of the Mickey Mouse Club television series. Featured artist: Brian Bress
-Original Muse- Showcases how Mickey has inspired artists around the world to create, reinterpret, and reimagine. Featured artists: Keith Haring, Tseng Kwong Chi, James Jean, Keiichi Tanaami, Tanya Aguiniga, PEACEMINUSONE, Javier Sanchez Medina, Tetsuya Nomura, and Oliver Payne.
-The Collection- Illustrates how tactile, functional works of art brings Mickey into fans’ everyday lives. Featured artists: Darren Romanelli aka DRx and Shinique Smith.
-Kenny Scharf’s Mickey Mouse-inspired cosmic cavern will also be on display and open to the public in Mickey’s Maker Shop. Exhibition tickets are not required for entry.
I had goosebumps as I walked through the exhibit. It is current, and also nostalgic. It is the place to be for all Disney fans, this is worth flying into NYC! I only included a taste of the above Steamboat Willie Redux: it is so amazing that as soon as they move this short to the movie theaters, it will easily win all awards. It is simply amazing, just like the exhibit!
And don’t forget to Share Your Ears to help support Disney’s effort to raise 2 million dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation!