Mickey: The True Original Exhibition will open in New York City from November 8 to February 10, with Mickey Mouse-inspired projects from a variety of contemporary artists. The 16,000-square-foot exhibition will include interactive multi-sensory experiences and photo ops to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary.

Los Angeles-based designer and creative director Darren Romanelli brought together a team of contemporary artists to showcase Mickey Mouse in different mediums and formats.

Some of the participants include:

  • Tanya Aguiñiga: Wall weaving created from plush ears, blankets, and textiles.
  • Daniel Arsham: “Hiding Mickey” protruding wall sculpture based on his work in surreal sculptures.
  • Katherine Bernhardt: Large wall mural featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Mickey’s favorite food.
  • Brian Bress: Video installation featuring the artist in a custom graphic Mickey costume drawing colorful figures.
  • Oliver Clegg: Oil painting on a recycled wood canvas inspired by The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Disney’s Fantasia.
  • James Jean: Framed photograph prints and hand-drawn illustrations of his Mickey and Minnie Mouse figurine collaboration.
  • London Kaye: Floor-to-ceiling crochet installation inspired by Disney’s classic short, The Band Concert.
  • Oliver Payne: Wall prints of vintage photographs of the Disneyland Resort with Mickey Mouse sticker overlays.
  • Ariana Papademetropoulos: Watercolor painting inspired by an old photo of a Mickey Mouse figurine on her grandmother’s bedside table.
  • PEACEMINUSONE: Colorful Mickey Mouse print that will be emerging from behind a layer of dry wall.
  • Brian Roettinger: Comic-inspired ink graphic wall inspired by Mickey Mouse comic strips.
  • Keiichi Tanaami: Pop-art print framed using wood and crushed glass.
  • Darren Romanelli, aka DRx: 3000 percent Be@rbrick wrapped in reconstructed vintage Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse tees and sweatshirts.
  • Amanda Ross-Ho: Oversized classic Mickey ringer T-shirt.
  • Kenny Scharf: Mickey Mouse classic wristwatch-inspired, neon-infused “Cosmic Cavern.”
  • Shinique Smith: Bale sculpture made from classic Mickey plush and textile.

Tickets are available for $38 per person at disney.com/mickeytrueoriginal.

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Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.