Collection Close-Up: Claes Oldenburg and the Geometric Mouse presents drawings, sculptures, and prints related to American artist Claes Oldenburg’s development of the geometric mouse during the 1960s and 1970s.

Oldenburg incorporated the image of the mouse into his art in 1963, a time when artists were increasingly drawing inspiration from advertising and media. Intrigued by the ubiquity of Mickey Mouse in popular culture, over the following decade, Oldenburg adapted the iconic mouse head into oversized street banners, proposals for museum façades, and even an architectural plan for a mouse-shaped museum.

The geometric mouse is embedded within his larger practice of engaging the urban landscape of New York City, with its daily inundation of sounds, images, and textures.