Hello Kitty is celebrating her 40th anniversary in a big way in Los Angeles this year. 40 different artists came together to create new works to be used in the first large-scale museum retrospective in the United States of the iconic Sanrio character.
All together, the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, California holds more than 500 curated items and artwork, most of which are vintage and rare.
The colorful Hello Kitty exhibit looks at the life and cultural impact that Hello Kitty has had on people of all ages and backgrounds.
Walking through the exhibit is like taking a walk through time. You move through the 70’s and 80’s and end up in today.
Items such as toasters, back packs, pencil cases and more, including a dress covered in Hello Kitty toys that Lady Gaga has worn, will showcase her true reach in pop culture are shown throughout the exhibit. Each tour comes with experienced curators who were hired to inform everyone about the in-depth history of the adorably animated Sanrio character.
Although the exhibit will be on display until December, shows of the Hello Kitty exhibit have been selling out. Any fans who want to spend some time looking at the history of their adorable hero may want to hurry before tickets are gone!
Tickets for the Japanese American National Museum’s Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty exhibition are currently available at janm.org/hellokitty.