Today I finally checked out Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, NY. It was a wonderful exhibit showcasing work spanning Mr. Henson’s career and if you are a fan of anything he created, I highly recommend checking it out.
The exhibit has been extended to March 7th (it was originally planned to end in mid-January) and features costumes, sketches, storyboards, a short film, interviews, commercials and of course, the puppets he created. We arrived around noon and the admissions clerk asked me if I wanted a ticket to check out the 1PM screening of two episodes of “The Muppet Show” being shown in the museum’s theater. Of course I took him up on the offer and we were able to see “The Muppet Show” episodes starring Rita Moreno and Carol Burnett. After being released at 2PM, the museum was visibly more crowded and we were grateful that we arrived early and saw the exhibit when there were far less people.
The above pictures are of some of the puppets featured in the exhibit that I shared via Instagram. Photography was not allowed for this exhibition but since Jim Henson was a huge part of my life growing up thanks to “Sesame Street,” The Muppets and “Fraggle Rock,” I took the risk of snapping images to share here.
Oh, if you are a Jim Henson/Sesame Street fan that hasn’t read Street Gang by Michael Davis yet, you really should.