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Jim Henson's World of Television: A guide to the Jim Henson Collection at The Museum of Television and Radio as of December, 1992.

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Fran Brill speaks at a 1998 panel.

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Envelope bearing a Kermit stamp cancelled with the Jim Henson and the Muppets Station pictorial cancel.

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The Paley Center for Media (formerly known as the Museum of Television and Radio) is a cultural institution dedicated to the discussion of the cultural, creative and social significance of television, radio and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. The museum has locations in New York City and Los Angeles. The Paley Center's collection includes an extensive selection of Muppet and Henson material, which is available for public viewing in the museum's library.

The center has hosted special exhibitions about Jim Henson and the Muppets, such as The Muppets Say Cheese, a 2005 exhibit of John E. Barrett's photography. Themed-screenings of Henson's work occur on a regular basis, occasionally with special guests. One such event was Muppet Rarities: The Unseen Works of Jim Henson, an October 15th, 2003 seminar, held at the Los Angeles museum, which spotlit a variety of never-before-broadcast pilots, vintage commercials and industrial films, and early live TV variety show appearances. The event was hosted by Craig Shemin and followed by a panel discussion with Jane Henson, Jerry Nelson, and Bonnie Erickson. Full video tapes of most of the special Henson seminars and events are available for viewing at either museum branch along with all of the programs shown during the exhibits and events.

Exhibits and Events

Jim Henson's World of Television

  • "A series of screenings featuring episodes from 'The Muppet Show' and 'Fraggle Rock,' among other shows, and an exhibition on Mr. Henson's television career and puppet creations (including the earliest Muppets and the original Kermit the Frog.)" [1] One prominent exhibit was the fifth floor "video wall", with a floor-to-wall grid of television monitors, all synchronized and showing video highlights from Henson's career. A newspaper account of the event provided the following explanation: "'We did it that way,' confided a museum staff member, 'so that anybody—no matter how tall—could see a TV screen.'" (New York, June 5–October 4, 1992)[2]

Writing for Television: Sesame Street

A panel held on October 1, 1992 about the writing process for Sesame Street with Norman Stiles, Nancy Sans, Luis Santeiro and Cathi Rosenberg.

Sesame Street: Getting From Here to There

An event held on January 26, 1993 celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Children's Television Workshop with guest Joan Ganz Cooney.

Muppets Forever

Daily 12:30 screenings of Henson works ran from June 22, 2001 until September 16, 2001.

  • The Muppets Begin (June 22-28, 2001)
"Jim Henson: The Early Years", The Muppets Valentine Show, The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence
  • The Muppet Show (June 29-July 5, 2001)
The Muppet Show: Harry Belafonte, Of Muppets and Men
  • Fraggle Rock (July 6-12, 2001)
The Honk of Honks, Down at Fraggle Rock
  • Anniversaries (July 13-19, 2001)
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years, Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting
  • Directed by Jim Henson (July 20-26, 2001)
Dog City, The StoryTeller: The Soldier and Death
  • Sow in Love: The Romance of Kermit and Miss Piggy (July 27-August 2, 2001)
The Kermit and Piggy Story, "Kermit and Miss Piggy Guest Appearances"
  • The Many Worlds of Jim Henson (August 3-9, 2001)
The StoryTeller: Hans My Hedgehog, Ghost of Faffner Hall: Notation, The Song of the Cloud Forest
  • Your Host, Kermit (August 10-16, 2001)
Tales of the Tinkerdee, Kermit Hosts The Tonight Show
  • Once Upon A Time (August 17-23, 2001)
Mother Goose Stories: Little Bo Peep, The Tale of the Bunny Picnic, The Frog Prince
  • Monsters and Myths (August 24-30, 2001)
Monster Maker, The Storyteller: Greek Myths: Theseus & the Minotaur
  • Jim Henson: No Strings (August 31-September 9, 2001)
The Muppets on Puppets, The Cube
  • Anniversaries (September 12-16, 2001)
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years, Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting

Muppet Rarities: The Unseen Works of Jim Henson

An event held on October 25, 2003 hosted by Craig Shemin and followed by a panel discussion with Jane Henson, Jerry Nelson, and Bonnie Erickson. Held at the Los Angeles museum, the event featured clips from Sam and Friends, The Today Show, Southern Bread Commercials, Wilson's Meats Meeting Film, Tales of the Tinkerdee, The Land of Tinkerdee, The Wizard of Id, The Jimmy Dean Show, Our Place, The Dick Cavett Show and The Mike Douglas Show.

One-day "50 Years" event

On September 24, 2005, the Jim Henson Company hosted events at both centers in New York and Los Angeles celebrating the Henson Company's 50th anniversary. Both featured screenings of the pilot episode of Frances and a program consisting of "The Minstrels", "The Soldier and Death" and "Hans My Hedgehog". Book signings for It's Not Easy Being Green (book) were also done (in NY Cheryl Henson was present, in LA Lisa and Brian Henson were signing books). Throughout the LA day, Brian hosted presentations focusing on future productions whereas in NY a puppeteer demonstration hosted by Tyler Bunch was presented.

Jim Henson and The Muppets Postal Station

On September 28, 2005, the United States Postal Service issued a set of Commemorative postage stamps honoring Jim Henson and the Muppets. On October 6, 2005, The Jim Henson Legacy and The Museum of Television and Radio hosted a ceremony to celebrate the release of these stamps. The event took place at The Museum of Television and Radio in New York City and included Jane, Heather, and Cheryl Henson, as well as Al Gottesman, the President of The Jim Henson Legacy, and John Hargett, the New York Manager of Post Office Operations. At the event, a special one-day "Jim Henson and the Muppets Postal Station" was set up to service mail with a pictorial cancellation designed by Heather Henson.[3]

Celebrating 50 Years of Jim Henson & the Muppets

Daily 12:30 screenings of Henson works ran from December 2, 2005 until January 26, 2006; with occasional repeat screenings of the programs following until Apri 30, 2006.

  • December 30-January 5: "Jim Henson Drops By: A Compilation of Guest Appearances by Henson and His Characters", Tales of the Tinkerdee

The Muppets Say Cheese

The Muppets Say Cheese exhibit ran from December 6, 2005, until April 30, 2006. The exhibit was to spotlight the work of Muppet photographer John E. Barrett.

Sources

  1. Leimbach, Dulcie "For Children" The New York Times, June 26, 1992, Section: Arts. Web. Accessed November 26, 2009.[1]
  2. Williams, Scott (AP) "Museum of TV Honors Muppet Master Henson" The Blade: Toledo, Ohio, Friday June 5, 1992. Web (Google News.) Accessed November 26, 2009.[2]
  3. "Jim Henson Commemorative Stamps Featuring Jim and The Muppets" on jimhensonlegacy.org. Accessed November 27, 2009.[3]

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