A pop-up art exhibit celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse will open in Manhattan next week.
Described as “an immersive, pop-up art experience inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his global impact on art and popular culture,” “Mickey: The True Original” is curated by creative director and designer Darren Romanelli, aka DRx. The exhibit will feature original work from both renowned and emerging contemporary artists including Kenny Scharf, Amanda Ross-Ho, and Shinique Smith.
Other artists participating in the show were recently acknowledged in Instagram posts:
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Coming this November, over a dozen artists will come together to create immersive artwork and installations inspired by the 90-year legacy and impact of @MickeyMouse. Today, we're unveiling some of the true originals across varied mediums who are helping to bring Mickey magic to NYC. Keep following along for more to be announced soon!
The 16,000 square-foot exhibition will feature other surprises as well, including the debut of Steamboat Willie Redux, a remake of the iconic 1928 Mickey Mouse short created by dozens of different artists in their personal styles. Crowdsourced fan remakes are a common thing online nowadays, but Disney Consumer Products actually finished the Steamboat Willie Redux short back in 2013 and hasn’t publicly screened it outside of its D23 Expo.
Here’s a few scenes from the Redux version animated by Joel Trussell, Patrick Moss, and Samantha Youssef:
If you don’t want to pay the even-by-New-York-standards exorbitant $38 admission fee to see the Mickey exhibit exhibit — the Met, MoMA, and Whitney, each with thousands of pieces of amazing artwork, are only $25 apiece to enter — here’s a 360-video tour Kenny Scharf’s Mickey Mouse-themed Cosmic Cavern installation:
“Mickey: The True Original” will run from November 8, 2018 through February 10, 2019 at 60 10th Avenue in Manhattan. For tickets, visit the Disney website.