Art in Jim Henson’s World

The Museum of Moving Image will host a traveling exhibition on Jim Henson. “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” will open on July 16th and run through January 16, 2012. According to the New York Times, “it will feature more than 120 works, including drawings, props and, of course, puppets from a career that spanned some 35 years.”

The Museum of the Moving Image is interesting in that it seeks to advance “the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media.”

However, this won’t be the first exhibition dedicated to the work of Jim Henson. “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” has also been exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago last year.

A sketch of Kermit, 1966

The University of Maryland also houses “The Jim Henson Works at the University of Maryland.” In January 2005, The Jane Henson Foundation and The Jim Henson Legacy donated videos and funding to help create the collection. The collection includes 70 digital videos spanning 35 years of Henson’s career in television and film. Henson attended the University of Maryland as a major in studio art in 1954.

“Jim Henson began working with puppets as a college student, creating the show Sam and Friends in 1955 for a local Washington, D.C. television station. In 1969, Henson was invited to participate in a ground-breaking educational show for television, Sesame Street. In 1976, Henson created his signature project — The Muppet Show, a weekly prime-time variety show filled with songs, sketches and talented guest stars. In the 1980s, Henson created new worlds…Fraggle Rock, …Muppet Babies, and …The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth” — Muppet Wiki

Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog

The Muppet Babies mourn the death of Jim Henson

The Museum of Moving Image is also planning special programming on Sept. 24, in honor of Henson’s 75th birthday. The Museum will also be holding an anniversary screening of a restored 35-millimeter print of “Labyrinth.”

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