Kermit the Frot
Big Bird and Friends
Original design of Big Bird
Original design for Bert and Ernie
Statler and Waldorf
One of my favorite places to visit when I’m in New York is the Museum of the Moving Image which is Astoria, Queens. It’s chock full of memories with items from tv and movies and also video games. Currently, the featured exhibit is The Jim Henson Exhibition which of course features the Muppets. This may now be a permanent part of the museum according to the museum’s website.
Big Bird, Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, they are all there.
The Jim Henson exhibit features so much related to the Muppets, including actual Muppets, but also scripts, drawing concepts of how they were created, videos of original programming and so much more.
It was really sweet to see people’s reactions as they related with the characters. Everyone has a special memory regarding the Muppets and periods of their lives.
The museum of course has lots of memories regarding tv and movies, with props, scrips, collectibles, old movie and tv cameras, etc.
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The museum is in the Northeastern University area in Boston.
I visited The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston last week and it is now on my list of favorite museums, up there with MOMA in New York and the New Orleans Museum of Art, you know, museums that I will always visit when I am in those cities.
The Boston museum is huge, I got lost and it took me a half hour to find my way out! It’s the fourth largest museum in the US with over 450,000 works of art.
There is so much there that it gets overwhelming. You go from huge ancient Egyptian artifacts to French impressionists to Chinese paintings. From King Menkaura and his queen from 2472 BC to Paul Gauguin in 1897 and Renoir in 1883.
Auguste Renoir, Dance at Bougival, 1883
She is cleaning an ancient floor mosaic.
I had seen this story on CBS Sunday Morning about George Booth, the cartoonist, so I headed to the Society of Illustrators in NYC to check out his original cartoon art.
There were a few dozen images on the walls, I do wish they had more in the way of showing his art, like having photos of him working perhaps, more on the tools he used, maybe a set up of his drawing table, etc. But still, it was quite enjoyable. I love his line work and seeing it up close really makes you appreciate it.