With a generous gift of hundreds of puppets and artifacts from the Henson family, Museum of the Moving Image in New York City opens a brand new, permanent exhibition dedicated to the work of legendary puppeteer and director Jim Henson. Over the course of a singular career, Henson created stories and characters for television and film that have delighted and inspired generations of fans around the world — from the glamorous Miss Piggy and the gentle Grover, to the mystical creatures of The Dark Crystal. The Jim Henson Exhibition shares the full story of Henson’s unique talent, and the deeply collaborative creative process behind his work. For all the Jim Henson fans, this project tugs at the heartstrings of our childhood. It is a show that will let you relive the wonder of seeing The Dark Crystal for the first time or discover old laughs anew with the Muppets. If you would like to see this career culminating show, check out the website of the Museum of the Moving Image for tour dates.
What does the exhibition include?
The exhibition will feature more than 40 original puppets — including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Fraggles, and a Skeksis from The Dark Crystal — as well as puppet prototypes, original character sketches, rare behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, and interactive puppetry design and performance experiences.
Sections of the exhibition will be devoted to:
Henson’s early work for television and film in the 1950s and 60s, in which his unbridled imagination, wit, and capacity for creative innovation were clearly established
Sesame Street, where his remarkably expressive puppets have delighted children for generations
The Muppet Show and Muppet feature films, which have had an indelible impact on popular culture
and the imaginary worlds of Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth
The Museum of the Moving Image performs shows with Henson's famous puppets all over the world. Tour dates and venues can be found on their website.
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