Exclusive Photos of Mickey The True Original Exhibition
Welcome to New York, the city that never sleeps! Here, the party never stops, so of course Mickey picked the most energetic and exciting city to celebrate his big 90th birthday! Although I live in the concrete jungle and am VERY guilty of rolling my eyes at slow-walking tourists…I morphed into the biggest, least city-savvy tourist on November 8th.
I was one of the lucky locals who got to play ‘tourist for the day’ when the True Original Exhibition’s opening day, and suddenly this local gal went from jaded to joyous when I stepped through the doors of the exhibition! If you can’t make the trip to the City for the True Original Exhibition, this is your chance to tour the rooms, check out the set up, and discover the art featuring the true original himself, Mickey Mouse!
The Exhibition was built not only in honor of Mickey, but with Instagram and social media in mind. Each of the exhibits were interactive, and the meticulous attention to the lighting, the gorgeous color hues, and the posted hashtags (#) in the mostly-interactive rooms made it clear that photos were not only welcome, but encouraged!
It’s Black and White
The 3D art allows patrons to both look at and be part of the gallery. My favorite was climbing aboard Steamboat Willie’s ship and trying my hand at captaining the iconic boat!
Maybe it’s because he’s my favorite version of Mickey, but Sorcerer’s Way was by far my favorite room at the exhibition.
The dimly lit works of art severely contrasted with the other rooms’ atmospheres, and I loved how the color palette reflects the mischievous Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
Mickey Mouse Club
Did I say Sorcerer’s Way was my favorite room? Well, it was for the theme, but the surprise I received when I entered the room honoring the Mickey Mouse Club might be in contention for first place. Why? Well, Mickey Mouse is the only man I want to hear say these three little words…free ice cream!
Ample Hills Creamery was on hand with a specially created ice cream flavor that is exclusive to the exhibition in Manhattan! A twist on ‘birthday cake’ sticks beautifully with the exhibition’s theme, and the little Mickey-shaped confetti chocolate sure drove the point home!
In the spirit of an honest review though, here is my full and final disclosure: the double chocolate flavor would trump the birthday cake any day!
Walking through each of the rooms, my hopes of seeing an original work by Walt or archived pieces of Disney history began to fall by the wayside. I am generally NOT a fan of pop art and wanted to see more of what made Mickey ‘Mickey’.
I do wish there were more original Mickey pieces through the exhibit, but I got my fill of original pieces in the 1928 room!
One of the coolest parts of the exhibition was seeing this sketch. It wasn’t signed, there was no artist credit, but given its placement directly under a quote by Walt Disney, do you think he could have been the hand behind the sketches? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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