On Thursday, Museum of the Moving Image completed the Jim Henson Exhibition Kickstarter campaign. The initiative successfully raised $144,230 from 2,072 backers. As previously reported, the museum stated it was seeking a minimum of $40,000 for the exhibition, which will explore the world of the Muppets creator and his effect on pop culture:
“With a generous gift of hundreds of puppets and artifacts from the Henson family, Museum of the Moving Image in New York City plans to open a brand new, permanent exhibition dedicated to the work of legendary puppeteer and director Jim Henson. Over the course of a singular career, Henson created stories and characters for television and film that have delighted and inspired generations of fans around the world — from the glamorous Miss Piggy and the gentle Grover, to the mystical creatures of The Dark Crystal. The Jim Henson Exhibition will share the full story of Henson’s unique talent, and the deeply collaborative creative process behind his work.”
Sections of the Jim Henson’s exhibit will feature the creator’s early work for television and film, which will include his work on Sesame Street; memorabilia from The Muppet Show and Muppet feature films; and imaginary from Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. Over 40 original puppets, such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Fraggles, and a Skeksis from The Dark Crystal, will also be at the exhibit as well.
“We at the Museum of the Moving Image cannot even begin to express the gratitude we feel for the overwhelming support this project has received. It has been extremely heartwarming to interact with the global community of Henson fans, and we look forward to meeting many of you once the exhibit opens at the Museum!”
The museum added that the opening date will be announced shortly.
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