The exhibit examines the impact of puppetry on the city and the influence of the city on the art form. Puppets of New York covers three themes: The Stage, looking at puppetry in the theatre industry from the Yiddish theatre of the 1920s through modern Broadway, such as Avenue Q and The Lion King; The Set, featuring puppets from television, including Jim Henson's Muppets and Shari Lewis' Lamb Chop; and The Street, showcasing the puppetry of the city's community and streets, such as Chinatown’s Lunar New Year celebrations, puppets from Halloween Day Parade, and the work of Bread and Puppet Theater.
“Puppets are not just child’s play. They often reflect the cultural changes, diverse communities, and political events that impact urban life,” said Monxo López, the exhibition’s curator and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Museum. “Immigrants from around the globe turned New York into a mosaic of puppetry traditions that both mirror their places of origin and blend with one another."
The exhibition will partner with the International Puppet Fringe Festival, running August 11–16, offering some live programming for the opening ceremony August 12. The Museum will also host a special series of live, outdoor performances featuring local puppeteers, educators, and performance groups throughout the run of the exhibition.
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