traveling Jim Henson Exhibition coming to L.A.’s Skirball Center
The Jim Henson Exhibition has been a permanent part of Queens’ Museum of the Moving Image since 2017, featuring some of the best-known muppets, plus props, scripts, and other parts of Henson’s word. A version of the Exhibition, titled “The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited” has been on the road as well, most recently at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture. It’s next stop is Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center from June 1 – September 2. Here are details:
The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited explores the legacy of Jim Henson (1936-1990). Featuring more than 100 objects drawn from the beloved worlds of Sesame Street, The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and much more, the traveling exhibition, organized by the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in New York, highlights Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. Visitors will delight in the chance to see (and take selfies with) popular puppet favorites such as Kermit the Frog, Ernie and Bert, Scooter, and Jen and Kira from The Dark Crystal, as well as view Jareth’s and Sarah’s original ballroom costumes from Labyrinth, try their hand at puppeteering, and more.
There are some additional events in conjunction with “The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited” at Skirball, including an opening night party on June 1 featuring a DJ set by Timothy Nordwind of OK Go, roving puppeteers, cash bar and a variety of food trucks parked outside. That and the exhibition’s run are included with museum admission. There’s also a screening of 1979’s The Muppet Movie on June 29 and Labyrinth on July 13. Tickets are more info, here.
Meanwhile in NYC, the Museum of the Moving Image Jim Henson Exhibition is still open with even more Muppet-related stuff. It’s free with museum admission