Meeting Kermit and Miss Piggy

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The man himself without whom there would be no Miss Piggy. ©2013 The Jim Henson Company. All rights reserved

Last Saturday, the Museum of the Moving Image in New York opened The Jim Henson Exhibition, a permanent exhibition to the man who created The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. It also includes material from Henson’s lesser known and experimental film projects.

The impact that Henson has had on generations of children (and adults) can only be guessed at and we can only guess what he might have achieved but for his untimely death. The exhibition housed in a wing of the museum has nearly 300 objects on view including 47 puppets including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Waldorf, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, a Skeksis, and other popular favourites.

And when you’ve seen the puppets you can watch television clips and behind-the-scenes footage are presented on more than 27 monitors and projections throughout the wing.

Many of the artifacts in the exhibition are from the 2013 donation by Jim Henson’s family to the Museum’s collection, which includes puppets, costumes, production design material, and licensed merchandise. The exhibition also includes sketches, storyboards, scripts, and other material on loan from The Jim Henson Company Archives. Archival video and photographic material was provided by The Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, and The Muppets Studio.

The Museum of the Moving Image isn’t in Manhatten but in the borough of Queens. It was here that film making in the early part of the twentieth century began. The museum is in one of the old buildings that made up the Astoria Studio complex. It was here that the first two Marx Brothers films were made; James Cagney, Maurice Chevalier, Ginger Rogers and George Burns had early starts to their film careers here.

If you are holidaying in New York, this is one place you should visit. To get there on public transport, the nearest subway stop is Steinway Street on the R  and M lines.

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