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Museum of the Moving Image

The Jim Henson Exhibition

Museum of the Moving Image

starting July 22, 2017
Wednesday-Thursday 10:30am-5:00pm
Friday 10:30am-8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-6:00pm

Opening Saturday July 22, 2017

The Jim Henson Exhibition explores Henson's groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. This new exhibition features approximately 300 objects to tell the story of how Henson and a talented team of designers, performers, and writers created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages. Among the highlights are nearly 50 puppets including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Gobo Fraggle, and Wendell Porcupine; character sketches, storyboards, scripts, and photographs; and nearly 30 monitors with video clips from throughout his career and three large-scale video installations.


145 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY

Photo: Richard Termine

Flatiron Hex *

James Godwin

September 7 - 30, 2017
Tuesday-Saturday - 7:00pm
Fridays - 10:30pm

The Flatiron Hex is a solo puppet performance that tells the ?story of Wylie Walker, a contract shaman who works for NYORG, a city in the middle of a swamp. Wylie uses his unusual talents to solve? problems and do routine maintenance on the city’s interweb biotechnology.? Due to the haunted land and sentient mainframes, Wylie ?faces many occult adversaries. Storms constantly threaten to destroy ?NYORG, but a secret feature of the Flatiron building keeps the storms? at bay, that is as long as the cloud-code is cracked and the correct?ritual procedure is followed.

Inspired by speculative fiction and neo-noir, The Flatiron Hex ?is a peek inside a parallel world infected with intelligent viruses and ?paranoia. Elements of the fantastic collide with the everyday to?become evocative of a magical reality. It’s also a quest, a blood?soaked comedy of redemption and sacrifice.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2015) and Workshop Grant (2014)

St. Ann's Warehouse

Daydream Anthology by Maiko Kikuchi, 2013

Richard Termine

Seeking Artists for 2018 Puppet Lab *

St. Ann's Warehouse

September 15, 2017

The St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab is a developmental laboratory for artists working within the medium of puppetry. Prior puppetry experience is not a requirement but proposals that seek to explore and push the boundaries of puppet theater are what the Lab is about. Collaborations between artists working in different fields are encouraged.

The Lab culminates in Labapolooza!, a public presentation of the selected artists’ works-in-progress, at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn. For more information or to apply, please visit Applications are DUE Sept. 15, 2017.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant

La MaMa, The Downstairs

66 E 4th Street
New York, NY


Directed by Ping Chong & Ryan Conarro

October 12 - 29, 2017
October 12-14 - 7:00pm
October 15 - 2:00pm
October 16 - 7:00pm
October 18-21 - 7:00pm
October 22 - 2:00pm
October 25 - 7:00pm
October 27 - 7:00pm
October 28 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
October 29 - 2:00pm

ALAXSXA | ALASKA is a theatrical collage of multimedia, puppetry, and Central Yup’ik drum and dance, illuminating striking moments of cross-cultural encounter in the epic, changing landscapes of Alaska.

Directed by Ping Chong and Ryan Conarro, ALAXSXA | ALASKA features Conarro and Gary Upay’aq Beaver (Central Yup’ik), along with puppeteer Justin Perkins. The three performers use movement and puppetry to reveal a series of little-known historical narratives of collisions between people and cultures in Alaska. These histories--at times humorous, at times tragic--juxtapose against Beaver and Conarro’s own personal memories as "insider" and "outsider" in the Last Frontier.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2017), Workshop Grant (2016) & Presenters Grant (2017)

BAM Fisher

321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY

Mementos Mori *

Manual Cinema

October 18 - 21, 2017
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 7:30pm
Saturday - 7:30pm & 10:00pm
Tickets starting at $25

Hands dance across seven vintage overhead projectors, moving tiny paper birds through a cellophane sky. Combining analog craftsmanship and digital dexterity, the Chicago-based performance collective Manual Cinema engineers a live movie before the audience’s eyes in Mementos Mori, a meditation on death and ephemerality. Integrating actors, props, two cameras, three screens, a live score for chamber ensemble and electronics, and hundreds of paper shadow puppets, this miracle of joyful cine-nostalgia follows Death as she washes up on the California shore, trades her scythe for an iPhone app, and wanders Hollywood, swiping loss and unexpected connection into the otherwise disparate lives of a ghost, a seven-year-old girl, and an elderly projectionist.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2015) and Presenters Grant (2017)

La MaMa, First Floor Theatre

74A E 4th Street, 1st Floor
New York, NY

The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald *

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre & Theatre KAPOW

November 2 - 19, 2017
Thursday-Saturday - 7:30pm
Sunday - 3:00pm

The Life And Times Of Lee Harvey Oswald revisits three 1963 national traumas: the assassinations of President Kennedy, his brother, and Rev. Martin Luther King. Exploring the shrouded, dense cobwebs of multiple conspiracy theories that attempt to justify these senseless acts. The main protagonists inexorably approach the Grassy Knoll guided by fate as a marionettes are powered by their strings.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2017)

BAM Fisher

321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY

Suddenly *

Directed by: Zvi Sahar, PuppetCinema

December 6 - 9, 2017
tickets starting at $25

Amid the sun-glinted spires of a forsaken Gotham, a storyteller gets the ultimate assignment. In this gritty puppet cinema epic adapted from Tel Aviv-based writer Etgar Keret’s darkly funny short story collection Suddenly, A Knock on the Door, Israeli director Zvi Sahar and PuppetCinema (Salt of the Earth, 2014 Next Wave) employ cameras, puppets, and object theater to immerse audiences in a dystopian world where competing narratives lend calm to the chaos. Mountains of rusted metals and ruins form the disenchanted landscape in which a writer must create, no matter the cost, ultimately finding freedom in the depths of his fiction.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2017)

59E59 Theaters

59 East 59 Street
New York, NY

Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp

A Real Boy

Stephen Kaplan, Directed by Audrey Alford

August 2 - 27, 2017
Tue, Wed, Thu at 7:30
Fri at 7:30
Sat at 2:30 & 7:30
Sun at 3:30
$25.00 (59E59 MEMBERS $20.00)

With Jamie Geiger, Jenn Remke, Brian Michael, Jason Allan Kennedy George, Alexander Bello, Kelley Selznick, Katie Braden, Danie Steel
A Real Boy tells the story of two puppets who adopt a human child. When the young boy starts growing strings, his kindergarten teacher takes it upon herself to save him. This satiric play explores life for those on the fringe of society and the tensions that arise when others try to fix their "problems."

Museum of the Moving Image

Courtesy of the Jim Henson Legacy

Jim Henson: Commercials & Experiments (in HD)

Museum of the Moving Image - Jim Henson's World

August 20, 2017
$15 (Free for members at the Film Lover and MoMI Kids Premium levels and above).


Hosted by Craig Shemin, President of The Jim Henson Legacy

This mind-blowing collection of shorts, crazy commercials, and other rarities from the Henson vault was one of The Jim Henson Legacy’s first compilation screenings, and now, it is even better— remastered in high definition from original film elements and revised with newly discovered material—some of which has not been seen in 50 years. Highlights include an industrial film for Wilson’s Meat that must be seen to be believed, excerpts from experimental TV programs The Cube and Youth ‘68, and Time Piece, the eight-minute Oscar-nominated experimental masterpiece directed by (and starring) Jim Henson himself. The program runs approximately 85 minutes.

Museum of the Moving Image

The Dark Crystal

Museum of the Moving Image - Jim Henson's World

August 26 - 27, 2017
1:00pm Saturday & Sunday
$15 ($5 Museum members at Standard through MoMI Kids Premium levels / free for Silver Screen members and above)

Dirs. Jim Henson, Frank Oz. 1982, 93 mins. 70mm. With Kathy Mullen, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire. On a remote planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, to restore order to his world. Using a mix of puppetry, animatronics, modern special effects, and more, The Dark Crystal creates a sense of visual astonishment rarely equaled in fantasy filmmaking.


145 Sixth Ave.
New York, NY

The Joshua Show: Episode 2

Joshua Holden

September 9 - 30, 2017
Saturdays & Sundays - 2:00pm

Life got you down? There’s a solution. After five years of touring around the world, award-winning puppeteer, Joshua Holden, brings you a brand new show made especially for anyone that feels disheartened by all the ugliness that’s in the world. The Joshua Show: Episode 2 features Mr. Nicholas the sock and a cast of hand crafted puppet. This September, turn your frown upside down, awaken your nostalgia, and get ready to spread some joy. Joshua will tap dance his way across the stage and into your heart in this new show where even if you show up a sulky sourpuss, you’re sure to leave an Ambassador of Joy.

La MaMa, First Floor Theatre

74A E 4th Street
New York, NY

La MaMa Puppet Slam

Various Artists

September 29 - 30, 2017
Friday & Saturday - 7:30pm

Puppeteer and theatre artist Jane Catherine Shaw curates a two-night puppet slam featuring contemporary short-form puppet and object theatre from both emerging and veteran puppet artists. This puppet cabaret, challenges artists to make their best short-form work and to bring a variety of puppet forms to audiences. Shaw is co-founder of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival.

New World Stages

340 West 50th Street
New York, NY

Photo: Carol Rosegg

Avenue Q

Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx (Music & Lyrics), Jeff Whitty (Book)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:00pm
Saturday - 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday - 3:00pm & 7:30pm

AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There's Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fiancee Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod -- a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building's superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Puppetry in NYC title image is from Project B - 3 Works, photo by Jane Stein.