If you’re one of the many who grew up enjoying the many great works of the legendary puppet master Jim Henson, there’s a unique new Kickstarter campaign underway you may be interested in.
For this Kickstarter Spotlight, we look at a campaign to raise some funds in support of a permanent Jim Henson exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image. The exhibition will feature lots of familiar Henson puppets, some prototypes, sketches, and more.
You can find full details on the crowdfunding campaign and watch the video pitch for it featuring Neil Patrick Harris below.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
With a generous gift of hundreds of puppets and artifacts from the Henson family, Museum of the Moving Image in New York City plans to open 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 will share the full story of Henson’s unique talent, and the deeply collaborative creative process behind his work.
WHAT WILL 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
PRESERVING THE PUPPETS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
The Jim Henson Collection at Museum of the Moving Image includes approximately 175 historic puppets, such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Elmo, the Fraggles, Jen and Kira from The Dark Crystal, and many, many more. The restoration of this important collection is an ongoing collaboration between the Museum and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, with input from fine art conservators. The Museum is honored to be working with the designers and builders at the legendary Creature Shop to restore and preserve the puppets for future generations.
ABOUT THE TRAVELING EXHIBITION
The Museum is excited to launch a traveling version of the exhibition, The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, which will tour around the country and the world! The tour kicks off at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture on May 20, 2017. We are thrilled that the flagship and traveling versions of the exhibition will reach such a large, diverse audience.
ABOUT THE SCREENINGS AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS
The Museum is already a busy hub of Henson-related activity and programming: we host monthly screenings of Henson’s work that draw a large, enthusiastic audience, and we have piloted an engaging slate of education and family programs related to the exhibition, which will serve school groups and families all year long.
The lasting, universal appeal of Henson’s work is unprecedented. People of all ages continue to be delighted and inspired by Jim Henson’s stories and characters. We’re excited to use Kickstarter to connect with Henson fans around the world, and bring this global community together to support a permanent exhibition honoring his creative legacy.
WHAT WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS SUPPORT?
The City of New York awarded the Museum a generous grant that has enabled us to build the gallery in which this important and inspiring exhibition will be housed. Construction of the gallery space is complete and plans for the exhibition have been finalized.
But we need your support to bring the rest of this incredible exhibition to life, in time for the 2017 school year. Your pledges will help us complete the important work of restoring the puppets in the Museum’s Henson Collection and fabricating and installing the display cases for the puppets and other artifacts.
Your contributions will ensure that hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world will be inspired by the creative process behind Jim Henson’s work, and be able to get up close and personal with such beloved puppet characters as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo, Big Bird, the Fraggles, and many more.
The goal for The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image campaign is set at $40,000. So far, over half of that goal has already been pledged, with 29 days still left.
Be sure to head on over to the official Kickstarter page for more information on the campaign, including what rewards are available.
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