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Jim Henson: A Man & His Frog
Jim Henson: Puppeteer
Jim Henson: Wonders From His Workshop
The Art of Puppet Making: Cinderella Della Circus
The Art of Puppet Making: Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin

Jim Henson: A Man and His Frog
On Long-Term Display
Love Family Atrium

Jim Henson with characters from Sam and Friends,
late 1950s

Photo by Del Ankers
From left: Harry the Hipster, Sam, Jim Henson, Yorick, Kermit.
Courtesy of The Jim Henson Company

Jim Henson: A Man and His Frog profiles Jim Henson and his most famous puppet. Photographs of Jim and the world's most famous frog, dating back to their early days with Sam and Friends, accompany a magnificent photo puppet of Kermit the Frog and a special portrait of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara. Jim Henson: A Man and His Frog inaugurates a series of preview exhibitions leading to the proposed Jim Henson Wing of the Center for Puppetry Arts.

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Jim Henson: Puppeteer
On Long-Term Display
Special Exhibit Gallery

Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Company

On Sunday, September 23rd, the Center celebrated its 29th anniversary with a very special event: the opening of the new special exhibit, Jim Henson: Puppeteer! Jane and Heather Henson cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the exhibit. The evening also featured a special Q&A panel with Jane and Heather Henson as well as members of the Jim Henson Legacy, Brad Clark, exhibit curator, and Vincent Anthony, executive director of the Center.

Jim Henson: Puppeteer opened to the public on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 and will be on Long-Term Display.

The exhibit features many puppets that Jim performed and created including Ernie, Rowlf the Dog, the La Choy Dragon, Dr. Teeth, The Swedish Chef, Bugsy Them and others. In addition to these puppets the exhibit features personal archival photographs, seldom seen designs and doodles, sketches, quotes and a behind-the-scenes video.

Jim Henson: Puppeteer is one in a series of anticipated special exhibitions opening prior to the proposed Jim Henson Wing. This unique display provides a glimpse of Jim Henson’s many joyful creations that will be on view in the years to come.

“As we enter our 30th year it is only fitting that the Henson family continues with us in this remarkable journey to bring a world class puppetry museum to Atlanta for the entire world to enjoy,” said Vince Anthony, Executive Director at the Center. “The opportunity to have the Jim Henson Wing as part of our future is a rare gift that challenges the Center and the community to make this dream come true.”


All objects on loan from The Jim Henson Family Collection, courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy and The Jim Henson Company. JIM HENSON mark & logo are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company and are used here with permission of Henson Family Properties, LLC. © 2011 The Jim Henson Company. FRAGGLE ROCK characters and elements are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. © 2011 The Jim Henson Company. LABYRINTH characters and elements © 2011 Labyrinth Enterprises. MUPPET, MUPPETS, and the Muppet Characters are trademarks of The Muppets Studio, LLC. © 2011 The Muppets Studio, LLC. SESAME STREET® and associated characters, trademarks, and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. © 2011 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved.

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Jim Henson: Wonders From His Workshop
On Long-Term Display
Love Family Atrium

TM & © The Jim Henson Company

Highlighting some of the performance and design contributions Jim Henson and his collaborators have made to the world of puppetry, this exhibit features the technological advances behind Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth and more. Come and experience past and current innovations that continue to inspire puppeteers and audiences around the world. On loan from The Henson Family Collection courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy.

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The Art of Puppet Making Series

A rotating exhibition series, The Art of Puppet Making showcases the talent and vision of extraordinary puppet-makers. Puppet making is an all-encompassing endeavor. No other art form blends the disciplines of sculpture, drawing, and painting with the laws of physics and gravity, as well as the science of anatomy. From the archives of the Center for Puppetry Arts and the private collections of puppet makers, come these collections of unique visuals that will broaden your understanding and appreciation for the artistry involved in creating puppets.

The Art of Puppet Making:
Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin

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Previous Special Exhibits

The Center has hosted a number of Special Exhibits to reflect unique themes and topics. Past exhibits have included Salem, the Talking Cat: Seven Years of "Sabrina" Magic!, Art Clokey's Gumby, The First 50 Years, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, PUPPETRY IN FOCUS: Treasures from Our Global Collection, and BREAKING BOUNDARIES: Adult Puppetry in the 1980s and MASKS: Outer Image, Inner Spirit, among others. The Center has also hosted traveling exhibitions, including the Art of the Muppets.

Download the full list of previous special exhibits. (PDF format).

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