The Muppets Remain in Queens

Mahalet Dejene and Ceylan Yeginsu |
Updated: January 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection. The Lovers, the Dreamers, and me.

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.

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Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Denise Schwartz, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Janet Prindle Seidler, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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