Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play
Through paintings, objects, puppets, photographs and film, Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play explores the Hensons’ Greenwich years, during which the pair’s boundless creative energy set the backdrop for both work and family life as they laid the foundations for what would result in a global entertainment phenomenon.
Jim (1936–1990) and Jane (1934–2013) Henson, best known as creators of The Muppets, raised their family in a historic home on Round Hill Road from 1964 until 1971. Believing that art should be central to education, Jim and Jane were enthusiastic local participants in the founding of The Mead School in 1969, where art became a core part of the curriculum. Their intense interest in television’s educational possibilities led to their involvement in the iconic Sesame Street series, which premiered the same year.
The exhibition will include a 1963 Kermit the Frog puppet; a 1971 Robin puppet that appeared in The Frog Prince; original drawings, which became the basis for classic, Sesame Street-style, rapid-fire counting; a dollhouse built by Jim based on the design of their Round Hill Road home and numerous behind-the-scenes photos. Also on display will be vintage clips from Sesame Street and from early video experiments and collaborations, along with Jane’s paintings and sculptures and materials and projects documenting her involvement at The Mead School.
April 5–October 8, 2017
Greenwich Historical Society, Storehouse Gallery
39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807
Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm
Adults: $10; students and seniors: $8. Admission is always free to members and to children age 18 and under. Admission is free to all the first Wednesday of each month.
Group tours may be arranged.
Docent-led Curator’s Eye Tours are available on Wednesdays and Sundays at 12:15.
The show is curated by Karen Falk, Archives Director of The Jim Henson Company, and Karen Frederick, Curator of Collections at the Greenwich Historical Society, with contributing curator Cheryl Henson and the support of the Henson Family, The Mead School, The Jim Henson Company, The Jim Henson Legacy, Sesame Workshop and The Muppets Studio/Disney. The exhibition and related public programs are funded in part by Connecticut Humanities and The Jane Henson Foundation.
Photo by Juliet Newman