Carl Goodman, Executive Director of Museum of the Moving Image, today announced a seven-week extension for Jim Henson's Fantastic World, the Smithsonian traveling exhibition that explores the creative process of the world-renowned puppeteer, filmmaker, and television pioneer. The popular exhibition, which was scheduled to close on January 16, will now be on view through Sunday, March 4, 2012.
"The Henson exhibition has delighted Museum visitors of all ages and backgrounds," said Mr. Goodman. "By the end of its run, we expect more than 100,000 visitors to have seen the exhibition. Many of them will also have experienced a screening of one of Jim Henson's movies or television shows in our theaters or participated in a related workshop."
Museum of the Moving Image is the thirteenth and final venue scheduled to host Jim Henson's Fantastic World and the only one in New York State. Since it opened on July 16, 2011, the exhibition has been seen by nearly 90,000 visitors. During this period, special guests including Frank Oz, Brian Henson, Cheryl Henson, Bob McGrath, Brian Froud, Kevin Clash, Fran Brill, Bonnie Erickson, and other performers, family members, and colleagues of Jim Henson have participated in public programs. Many of these programs were compiled and presented by Craig Shemin, President of the Jim Henson Legacy.
Working closely with The Jim Henson Legacy, which co-organized the exhibition with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the Museum will also continue presenting Henson-related screenings and programs every weekend through March 4 in its theaters.
Highlights of the holiday period include screenings of The Muppet Christmas Carol, A Muppet Holiday Christmas, and A Henson Family Holiday. Programs in the New Year will include a Muppet Movie marathon on February 26 (day of the televised Academy Awards presentation); the compilation program "Jim Henson and Friends: Inside the Sesame Street Vault"; screenings of full episodes of The Muppet Show, guest-curated by Craig Shemin; and workshops presented by professional puppeteers. A partial schedule of programs is included below; additional special programs will be announced soon.
"It has been very special to have this exhibition right here in New York City where Jim lived and worked," said Bonnie Erickson, Executive Director of The Jim Henson Legacy. "Because this is the last venue of our national tour, we want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to experience his creative process."
"Since 2007 we have had the great fortune to share Jim Henson's Fantastic World with museum-goers in thirteen cities across the country," said Anna R. Cohn, Director of SITES. "It has been an extraordinary journey and we're thrilled that Kermit the Frog and his friends will continue to celebrate Jim in the city that they all called home."