“Here’s some simple advice: always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously. And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament.” – Kermit the Frog, It’s Not Easy Being Green
Many know Jim Henson from his famous Kermit the Frog or the obnoxiously silly Miss Piggy in The Muppets, or perhaps the comedy duo Bert and Ernie in Sesame Street. Henson’s puppetry has been executed in productions over the years, making his style immediately recognizable for fans out there who have been pretty much waiting for this permanent compilation gallery at the Museum of the Moving Image featuring 500 original objects from his career donated by the Hanson family.
The permanent exhibit will explore Henson’s extensive work through live appearances, film screenings, 25 original puppets (Muppets, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth), rare behind-the-scenes footage, and an additional traveling exhibit to launch next year.
Don’t get TOO excited, though. According to the Museum of the Moving Image there is no date in sight for the Henson opening, and construction has not even begun (I know, depressing). So expect a full-on Henson hard-on sometime later in the year (guessing sometime in the fall).
If you want to get your puppet fix in the meantime, there is an event on Sunday, April 19th at MoMI Jim Henson and the Music of Joe Raposo, where Raposo himself will attend and join the discussion of what it was like to collaborate with the mastermind Henson while viewing original clips.