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Jim Henson exhibit coming to Massachusetts

The National Heritage Museum in Lexington will host 'Jim Henson's Fantastic World' from April 3, 2010 through June 27, 2010. The exhibition features 100 original artworks, including drawings, cartoons and storyboards that illustrate Henson's talent as a storyteller and visionary. Among the variety of exhibition objects are puppets and television and movie props, photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work and original video productions, including excerpts from Henson's early career and experimental films.

Henson, a visionary puppeteer, was the creator of 'The Muppets' as well as many of the beloved characters on the popular PBSKids show 'Sesame Street,' such as Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster and Big Bird. In the early days of the show, Henson performed the characters of Ernie, game-show host Guy Smiley, and Kermit, who appeared as a roving television news reporter.

"Visitors will get to know Jim Henson through his doodles and drawings, his puppets and his fantastic performances," Museum officials said on the exhibits web site. "Seeing his original work firsthand opens a window into his visual thinking and provides both an appreciation of Henson as an artist and a reason to laugh out loud."

The exhibit will also include several accompanying programs in the weeks during its run. These include a gallery talk on Saturday April 10th. Museum staff will host a guided tour of the exhibit, featuring drawings, carrtoons and storyboards, puppets and television and movie props from throughout the Henson's career. A workshop titled "Anything Can Be a Puppet" will be held Sunday, April 11 at 1:30. In this workshop, art educator and puppeteer Michelle Finston will help people of all ages work together to make puppets from simple objects and use their creations to tell stories. A Jim Henson Film Series Collaboration between NHM and the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge will also run in tandem with the exhibit from Friday, April 16 - Monday, April 19, 2010
 

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