The Muppets Remain in Queens

| July 11, 2011 6:00 AM | Updated: Jan. 6, 2012 12:00PM video
Jim Henson’s characters provided an outlet for the various sides of his sense of humor and personality. The Jim Henson Company/John E. Barrett
Jim Henson's Fantastic World
Where: Museum of the Moving Image
Opening: July 16, 2011
Closing: Mar. 4, 2012
Price: $10 adults, $7.50 senior citizens, $5 children
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection. The Lovers, the Dreamers, and me.
—Kermit the Frog

During the summer of 2011, those colorful, lovable, wide-mouthed, big-eyed puppets left Manhattan for Queens, and they’ve decided to extend their stay well into 2012.

The Museum of the Moving Image’sJim Henson’s Fantastic World,” an interactive exhibition devoted to the works of the mastermind behind “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show,” will remain open through March.

The exhibit explores Henson’s entire career, with over a hundred sketches, storyboards, animations and videos of his early works on display.

Jim Henson's ink-and-marker-on-paper sketches of the Frackles for a 1970 television special. Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Company.

Headlining the main exhibition are 14 of Henson’s original puppets including Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Bert and Ernie and photographs of Henson and his close collaborators.

The Museum collaborated with the New York-based organizations The Jim Henson Legacy and The Jim Henson Company to present screenings, educational programs, and special events to commemorate Henson’s 75th birthday on Sept.24, 2011.


The creative genius of Jim Henson crossed into the worlds of film, television and puppetry. In this profile, SundayArts speaks to some of Jim Henson’s former colleagues as well as the curators of “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World.”

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