A touring exhibit of the creations of Jim Henson is making its way through many museums throughout the country. Henson created some of our favorite Muppets, including many of those seen on Sesame Street. Although he has may be gone, his creative and imaginative characters live on.
Without “fences” to limit where his imagination could roam, Jim Henson (1936-1990)—artist, puppeteer, film director and producer—created elaborate imaginary worlds filled with unique characters, objects, environments and even languages and cultures. His work is enjoyed in dozens of languages in more than 100 countries. Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, a new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and The Jim Henson Legacy, offers a rare peek into the imagination and creative genius of this multitalented innovator and creator of Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and other beloved characters.
The tour started in September 2007 at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Currently, the exhibit is at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Mississippi. You can find it there until April when it moves on to National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA. The exhibit stays for 10 weeks at each museum. Over the past few years the touring exhibit has been at several different museums throughout the country.