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James Lettiere, Art Critic: The Artistry of Jim and Jane Henson PDF Print Email


By James Lettiere, Art Critic

Greenwich Historical Society
Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play
Through October 8, 2017

Jun. 14, 2017:  I think most baby boomers have an image of Jim Henson that is inextricably linked to Sesame Street. I certainly was in that group until experiencing the delightful exhibition Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play, at the Greenwich Historical Society.

Henson was an early adopter of television as an educational tool. His background in advertising allowed him to see past the debate whether television is a pure entertainment medium or whether it should be employed to make us better individuals.

The exhibition features his first efforts at filmmaking, including stop motion and home movies that both entertained and instructed. I was privileged to be guided through the exhibit by its co-curator and Bronxville resident Karen Falk, who is the archives director of The Jim Henson Company.

Henson was a serious student of the art of puppetry and the creation of puppets. He studied abroad and was inspired by the long history of puppetry. In addition, the exhibition includes a 1963 Kermit the Frog puppet, a large dollhouse that he built for his children with handmade furniture and electric lighting, and a selection of his paintings.

Greenwich Historical Society
Bush-Holley House
Storehouse Gallery
39 Strickland Road
Cos Cob, CT 06807 

Wednesday through Sunday: Noon to 4:00 pm

Pictured here:  The Henson family in Greenwich, CT, 1970. Left to right: Jane, Lisa, Cheryl, Jim, John, Brian. [file name HF_1970_Greenwich_Juliet_Newman]. Now at the Greenwich Historical Society, 

Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Company. Photo by Julie Newman.



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