Moving Image Museum Planning a Jim Henson Gallery
The Museum of the Moving Image and The Jim Henson Legacy have recently announced that the family of Jim Henson has donated almost 400 puppets, costumes, and props to the museum, which will be used in order to build a new gallery devoted to Henson’s long storied career and his contributions to the industry.
The project had a fundraising goal of $5 million, and is anchored by $2.75 million in funding from the City of New York for the construction of the new gallery, which is expected to open to the public in winter 2014–2015.
“It’s only fitting that this extraordinary collection of puppets, costumes, props, and more should find a home in New York, where imagination and free expression are part of the fabric of our City, and where anyone who’s watched an episode of Sesame Street sees the inspiration provided by the vibrant neighborhoods and characters that make our city so extraordinary,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “The City is proud to provide support for the new gallery to house the collection, attracting visitors from around the world to experience this singular body of work.”
Carl Goodman, the Museum’s Executive Director, stated: “We are tremendously grateful to the Henson family and to the City of New York for identifying the Museum as the location of a permanent New YorkCity attraction devoted to this transformational figure.”