art + design

Hey, Mickey!

A preview of "Mickey: The True Original Exhibition" pops up at the hotel


OCTOBER 2018 – On view in our second floor lobby from September 27 – October 25 is a very special installation featuring one of artist Amanda Ross-Ho’s renowned large-scale T-Shirt works, in celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary. Presented with Disney, the work pays homage to one of the world’s most widely recognized apparel items: the iconic Mickey Mouse t-shirt and its long-standing status in pop culture. The display is complimentary and open to the public!

After the preview installation closes at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, you can find the artwork – and much more! – from November 2018–February 2019 in New York – Mickey: The True Original Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture. The immersive experience is inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in all its forms. Curated by artist Darren Romanelli, aka DRx, the exhibit will feature original works from top contemporary artists including Amanda Ross-Ho, Kenny Scharf and Shinique Smith.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Amanda Ross-Ho holds a BFA from the School of the Art institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Roski School of Art, University of Southern California. She has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, Hoet Bekaert, Belgium,The Pomona Museum of Art, Mitchell-Innes and Nash New York, The Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Vleeshal Center for Contemporary Art, Middelburg, Netherlands, the Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, The Approach, London, and Praz-Delavallade, Paris. Ross-Ho’s work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Art in America, Flash Art, Art + Auction, and Frieze among others. She is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of California, Irvine. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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