Disney is celebrating Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday with this epic pop-up art exhibit
It might be hard to believe, but Mickey Mouse is turning 90 years old this year. That means Disney has been around for almost a century, which is definitely something worth celebrating. And to commemorate this momentous occasion, there will be a special pop-up art exhibit in New York City.
ABC News reports that “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition” will arrive in N.Y.C. on November 8th. The pop-up, which is named for “Mickey’s status as a ‘true original,’” will chronicle Mickey’s influence on pop culture from his first appearance in “Steamboat Willie” all the way to today. And at 16,000 square feet, the exhibit is sure to satisfy fans of the Disney mouse. This isn’t the first time Disney has celebrated the character’s birthday in style, of course; last year, when Mickey turned 89, the Disney Channel aired an exclusive short.
"As Walt said, 'I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse,'" Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products told The Disney Blog. "From 'The True Original Exhibition' to a year-long celebration in our parks around the world, we are honoring the deep connection that families and fans have made with Mickey and Minnie Mouse for nearly a century."
If you can’t make it to N.Y.C. and are bummed about missing the exhibit, don’t worry. Artists in three other cities will also honor Mickey Mouse with tributes this fall. Amanda Ross-Ho of Chicago will display a giant Mickey T-shirt at the Chicago Art Expo in September, and in October in Los Angeles, sculptor Shinique Smith will display an installation consisting of Mickey plush toys. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, fans can take a tour of Kenny Scharf’s blacklit Cosmic Cavern. All three of these artists will also be featured in the N.Y.C. pop-up.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse. Happy birthday to Mickey!