Opens December 13.
Puppetry is one of the oldest types of performance art in America. The earliest traditions were imitations of old world forms brought to this country by immigrants from Italy, France, and Great Britain. American puppetry is unique. Its many styles and techniques combine ancient and immigrant traditions, homegrown innovations, and the influences of electronic media.
The art of puppetry relies on the harmonious relationship of a puppet, a puppeter’s imaginative manipulation, and an audience whose willing suspension of disbelief allows it to accept the puppet’s actions as “real.”
This artifact wall will display two different rotations of objects from the stage and screen that cover over 160 years of American puppetry. Rotation 1 will include a Chinese-inspired shadow puppet from 1850, Punch and Judy hand puppets, a Slugger Ryan rod puppet, finger puppets from entrepeneur Hazelle Hedges Rollins, paper puppets, marionettes such as TV's Howdy Doody, an Edgar Bergen Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist puppet, Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit from Captain Kangaroo, stop-motions puppets from Tubby the Tuba and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, as well as several puppets (and Muppets) from The Jim Henson Company.