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They’ve picked the winner and you can check it out via the link above but these were my a couple of my favorite, there was such talent! Fraggle Rock brings such nostalgia, and 30 years later!!! Whew tearing up as I type…Jim Henson was and always will be a GENIUS.
While I am here on the East Coast (in Philadelphia for some shooting gigs etc.) I am getting totally geeked for this exhibit yes I am yes I am!!! My 80’s child is singing “dance magic dance…dance magic dance…do you believe in the power? The power of the babe?! LOL
Jim Henson’s Fantastic World celebrates the internationally known creative genius Jim Henson, whose work encompassed film, television, and puppetry. The exhibition features over 120 artifacts, including drawings, storyboards, and props, all of which illustrate Henson’s boundless creativity and innumerable accomplishments.
Fifteen iconic puppets, including Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, and Bert and Ernie, are on view, along with photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work and excerpts from his early projects and experimental films. The exhibition spans Henson’s entire career, with drawings, cartoons, and posters produced during his college years in the late 1950s and objects related to the inspired imaginary world of his popular 1982 fantasy film, The Dark Crystal. The exhibition features artifacts from Henson’s best-known projects, The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie and its sequels, Fraggle Rock, and Sesame Street, in addition to materials from Sam and Friends, an early show he created in the 1950s, and his pioneering television commercial work in the 1960s.
Every weekend, Moving Image will present public programs related to the exhibition for audiences of all ages, including screenings, hands-on workshops, and exclusive special events with personal appearances by Henson’s close collaborators and family members. Click here for detailed program information. ( Through - January 16, 2012)
36-01 35 Avenue Astoria, NY 11106 718 777 6888 Tue-Thu: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat-Sun: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon: Closed
So I came across this story via The New York Times (arts section) of their online blog. Can I just say this is a childhood dream come true! If you are a early 80’s kid you can totally feel me on this and since this exhibit will be pOpping off during the summer I am so there when I visit home in August! This is something I cannot miss… once in a lifetime you dig?!
It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights: a traveling exhibition on Jim Henson, the innovative puppeteer and creator of imaginative works from “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show” to “Fraggle Rock” and “The Dark Crystal,” will come to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, this summer.
The museum said on Thursday that the exhibition, “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” will open on July 16 and run through Jan. 16, 2012; it will feature more than 120 works, including drawings, props and, of course, puppets from a career that spanned some 35 years.
“It really shows that the Muppets didn’t just come out of nowhere,” Cheryl Henson, a daughter of Henson and president of the Jim Henson Foundation, said in a telephone interview. “Between 1954 and 1969 alone, there’s 15 years of experimentation there. It’s inspiring for people to see that you don’t become successful immediately. You have to try many, many things.”
The traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian and the Jim Henson Legacy features original puppets like Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and Bert and Ernie (as well as Mahna Mahna and the Snowths, for the hardcore Henson fans). And visitors can trace Henson’s career from his 1950s Washington television puppet series “Sam and Friends” to the making of films like “The Muppet Movie” and “Labyrinth.”
Beyond her father’s best-known work, Ms. Henson noted that the exhibition also included such oddities as his never-produced designs for a nightclub called Cyclia; elements from an experimental short film called “Time Piece”; and commercial artwork Henson created for posters and jazz album covers. (“As we like to say, my father was always an entrepreneur,” Ms. Henson said.)
The Museum of the Moving Image said it was planning special programming on Sept. 24, which would have been Henson’s 75th birthday, as well as other events including an anniversary screening of a restored 35 millimeter print of “Labyrinth.”
Oh you don’t realize how giddy this has got me…the child in me is screaming and doing cartwheels and moonwalking around in white tube socks and miss piggy underwear! lol I just can wait, wow!
Happy Birthday to Author ‘Mr. Men’ Roger Hargreaves…he would be 76 years old today! Catch the sweet tribute on Google now! =)
Charles Roger Hargreaves (9 May 1935 – 11 September 1988) was a British author and illustrator of children’s books, notably the Mr. Men and Little Miss series, intended for very young readers. The books’ simple and silly stories, with bright-coloured, boldly drawn illustrations, have been part of popular culture for over 25 years, with sales over 85 million worldwide in 20 languages.