If you haven’t yet gotten the chance to check out The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, while it spent time at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington from May 2017 – February 2018, you’ll get a chance to do so at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California, when it’s on display from June 1 through September 2. Puppets from Sesame Street, The Muppets, Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal, as well as handwritten scripts, character sketches, photographs, costumes from Labyrinth, and much more, are featured in this ultra cool interactive exploration that explores the legacy of Jim Henson (1936-1990).
This traveling exhibition is a version of the one that’s currently on view at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, and it will feature more than 100 objects from the beloved worlds that were created in his groundbreaking work for film and television. Visitors at the Skirball Center will also be able to delve into the social impact of Henson’s work, which sought to forge human connections in a more inclusive world, and see how his characters and stories represent individuals and communities of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
The exhibition is included with admission, which is $12 for general, $9 for seniors (65 and up), full-time students with ID and children over 12, and $7 for children 2–12, and tickets are available at the door. For the opening night, on June 1, the Skirball Center will be open for special evening hours, and the public is welcome to enjoy the exhibition, as well as food trucks, a cash bar, DJ sets and more. Over the summer, the annual Outdoor Film Screenings will feature The Muppet Movie (on June 29 at 8:30pm) and Labyrinth (on July 13 at 8:30pm). Tickets for the exhibition-related programs will be available for purchase in mid-April at www.skirball.org.
Check out images from the exhibition below!