Coming in 2014 - The Museum of the Moving Image To Create A Permanent Gallery Devoted To The Works of Jim Henson
The “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie on display at an exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times has some exciting news about more than 400 Muppets that will be on display at the Museum of the Moving Image in late 2014.
Here is more info:
The Muppets will always have the Muppet Theater and the “Sesame Street” gang will always have, well, Sesame Street, but these and other beloved Jim Henson characters are getting a new place to hang out. The Museum of the Moving Image said on Tuesday that it would create a gallery devoted to the work of Henson, the puppeteer and artist who died in 1990, following the donation of nearly 400 puppets, costumes and other props and objects from Henson’s family.
The Museum of the Moving Image, in Astoria, Queens, which previously featured the exhibition “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” said in a release that its 2,200-square-foot gallery for Henson’s work was expected to open in winter 2014-2015. The museum said that the project had a $5 million fund-raising goal, of which $2.75 million would be provided by New York City.
Among the works donated to the museum by the Henson family are artifacts from film and TV projects like “The Muppet Show,” “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock” and “The Dark Crystal,” and about 200 puppets including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo, Ernie, Bert, Count von Count, Gobo Fraggle, the Swedish Chef and Statler and Waldorf.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York said in a statement: “It’s only fitting that this extraordinary collection of puppets, costumes, props, and more should find a home in New York, where imagination and free expression are part of the fabric of our city, and where anyone who’s watched an episode of ‘Sesame Street’ sees the inspiration provided by the vibrant neighborhoods and characters that make our city so extraordinary.”
The announcement was officially made on Tuesday at a presentation attended by Mr. Bloomberg and Jimmy Van Bramer, a member of the New York City Council, as well as Miss Piggy, Gobo Fraggle and Oscar the Grouch.