Debi van Zyl

Jim Henson


The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
June 1, 2018—Septermber 2, 2018

Photos: Robert Wedemeyer

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited explored the imaginative world of Jim Henson (1936–1990) and his groundbreaking approach to puppetry and transformative impact on contemporary culture.

Through more than 100 objects and twenty-five historic puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Ernie and Bert, Grover—the exhibit illuminated Henson’s unique contributions to the moving image. Along with a talented team of designers, performers, and writers, Henson created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages to create a kinder and gentler world.

The exhibition featured Henson’s enduringly popular productions through character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, costumes, film and television clips, and behind-the-scenes footage. Visitors also designed their own puppets and tried puppeteering in this highly interactive exhibition. 

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited is a traveling exhibition organized by Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, New York) in cooperation with The Jim Henson Company, The Muppets Studio, and Sesame Workshop, and toured worldwide by Flying Fish.