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A trippy Mickey Mouse-inspired art exhibition opens in Chelsea this fall

Will Gleason

Though his youthful countenance may belie his years, true American icon Mickey Mouse is turning a whopping 90 years old this year. (If you ask us, he doesn’t look a day over 85.)

To celebrate the major milestone, Disney has announced an immersive art exhibition opening in Chelsea this fall that will honor the cartoon mouse’s legacy with Mickey-inspired artwork. Notable contemporary artists including Kenny Scharf, Amanda Ross-Ho and Shinique Smith will display original pieces at the temporary pop-up inspired by famous Mickey Mouse moments ranging from Steamboat Willie to the present day.

There will also be historic artworks on display in the space that have drawn inspiration from the Disney figurehead over the last 90 years, as well as a giant plush toy sculpture, a fluorescent black light room inspired by the Mickey watch and more interactive experiences. 

“To me, Mickey is reminiscent of everything good from my childhood,” said the show’s curator, LA-based designer Darren Romanelli, “As I’ve come into my own as designer, I feel a true sense of passion for this project. Every inch of the experience, from the artists participating to the different mediums featured to the building layout, was thought through with a level of detail and creativity we could only achieve with Mickey Mouse as our muse.”

The 16,000-square–foot, jam-packed exhibition called “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition,” will run from November 8 until February 10 at 60 Tenth Avenue. Tickets are $38 and are available for purchase now on the exhibition's official site.

Can't wait until November? As a preview, you can take a 360-degree tour of one aspect of the show, Kenny Scharf’s extra trippy “Cosmic Cavern," inspired by the iconic Mickey Mouse watch, below.


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