Peek Inside the Magical New Jim Henson Exhibit

The on-the-road, brimming-with-joy retrospective is now open at the Skirball Cultural Center.

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The on-the-road, brimming-with-joy retrospective is now open at the Skirball Cultural Center. See the Fraggles, other Muppet favorites, and more through Sept. 2, 2018. (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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The on-the-road, brimming-with-joy retrospective is now open at the Skirball Cultural Center. See the Fraggles, other Muppet favorites, and more through Sept. 2, 2018. (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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Would The Count, a perennial "Sesame Street" favorite, count down the days of the exhibit? He might, since he does love numbers, but no need: Just keep in mind that it is on through Labor Day Sunday. (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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The exhibition brims with actual Muppets, yes, but also photographs, scripts, notes, drawings, and other artifacts that tell the story of Mr. Henson's singular journey to the zenith of enriching children's entertainment. (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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Notes on Cyclia, "a concept for a multi-media nightclub" developed by Mr. Henson, one that would deliver "pure theater in a revolutionary new form: A perfectly controlled, unified environment of movement, images, and sound." The visionary was constantly thinking outside of the box, or, if you prefer, "The Cube," the name of his famous 1969 experimental film. (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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Of course, Ernie and Bert, and Ernie's beloved Rubber Duckie, make a colorful cameo. (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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Question: How many visitors will attempt Grover's distinctive voice while standing before the lovable and legendary monster? (Answer: So many. Ask The Count to count them all.) (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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You can bet Miss Piggy has a regal presence in the show, from her sateen lavender gloves, complete with a large sparkler... (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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... to appearances in several memorabilia items like this poster for "The Muppets Take Manhattan." (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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There's even a wall playing dozens upon dozens of dazzling clips from "The Muppet Show," which may happily delay your progress through the exhibition. (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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Physical props seen in the show include tools, bowls, and other mysterious artifacts from "The Dark Crystal." (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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And a majestic, slightly eerie, and notably sizable Skeksis puppet from the same much-loved film. (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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Nearby, Sarah's sparkly ballgown and Jareth's dramatic suit spin in an endless dance. The movie these enchanted evening wearables hair from? "Labyrinth," of course. (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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Other favorites on view from the Henson annals include Scooter, that plucky, can-do backstage manager on "The Muppet Show" and the band manager of The Electric Mayhem in "The Muppet Movie." (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew checked their charts and graphs, making sure they could play a part in this important display. (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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Even Mr. Henson himself once was once magically Muppet'd. (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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A waving Kermit the Frog greets visitors at The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited. Hop to it, if you want to revel in one of the happiest, most bliss-brimful experiences of the summer, before Sept. 2, 2018. It's on at the Skirball Cultural Center. (Photo by Alysia Gray Painter)
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