Journey Into the Fantastic World of Jim Henson

Jim Henson, Muppets, Sesame Street, Mississippi Museum of Art
Jim Henson among his famous cast of puppets from The Muppet Show
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI — "Prepare to be delighted, impressed and amazed," said Betsy Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art at a news-conference on Friday. After a group of children sang the Sesame Street theme song, Bradley proudly announced a new exhibit opening Saturday at the museum - Jim Henson's Fantastic World. "See how [Henson] made the magic that has uplifted and thrilled us for so many years," Bradley said to the crowd.

A native of Mississippi, Jim Henson developed an astounding imagination by exploring and finding inspiration from the creatures inhabiting the wilderness near his childhood home. Although he died in 1990, Henson's legacy lives on through the numerous memorable characters he invented, from The Muppets like Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy to  Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. His work is enjoyed in dozens of languages in more than 100 countries, by children and adults of all ages.

Jim Henson's Fantastic World will include 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. After Mississippi, the exhibit will travel to 12 other sites across the United States.

"It's such a treat to get to know Jim Henson through his doodles and drawings, his puppets and his fantastic performances," said Karen Falk, curator of the exhibition and archivist at The Jim Henson Company.

Jim Henson's Fantastic World (December 19, 2009 - March 14, 2010) | Mississippi Museum of Art

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