The special exhibit called “Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic” was opened to the public in 2019 and it shows some of the lesser-known works of Jim Henson.
Puppetry is a unique form of performing art that is unlike any other field, both in terms of how it is presented and the way to go about mastering the skill. The art form has its own history and significance and the Center for Puppetry Arts has been documenting it for easily a few years now. The venue is known to organize special events to spread awareness about the art as well as to exhibit the myriad collection housed within its boundary.
However, like the rest of the country, the center has been closed indefinitely owing to the Coronavirus lockdown and the subsequent shelter-in-place order that is being observed across the nation. Sensing the opportunity to reach their audience in a more online environment, the establishment began offering various digital programs to keep people occupied. Now there's a new program that's been added to the roster which is going to enthuse all the Jim Henson fans like us out there.
Yes, the center has come up with the digital tour version of the Dark Crystal exhibit. Last week, the museum's director Jill Nash Malool gave the center's Facebook fans a personal tour of the said exhibit and explained the history behind it. The special exhibit, officially called, “Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic” was opened to the public back in 2019 and it shows some of the lesser-known works of Jim Henson that is nothing like his cheerful Muppet characters.
Back in January, the museum extended the exhibit to the public and it featured key information regarding the making of the movie Dark Crystal, a project Malool called a “passion project for Jim.” If you were keen on watching it but missed out due to time constraints, you don't need to worry, you can still view it on the CPA's Facebook page.
Currently, as the lockdown has limited the museum's ability to draw in crowds and to successfully take care of the day-to-day expenses, it has been offering its digital programs completely for free. However, it is asking people to consider donating so that it can run unhindered until it reopens for the public once again. Posting the same on its official website, the center, said: “If you enjoy your FREE program, we ask that you consider supporting the Center for Puppetry Arts with a donation to help us through these difficult times."
Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit and the only such museum located in Atlanta, Georgia which has a considerable number of exhibits on display for various aspects related to puppetry. The center regularly offers tours but has adapted itself to the current situation with its @home project offering courses and shows for kids of different ages interesting in the field of puppetry.
Explaining its new set of @home events, the center said: "This week we’re continuing to expand our @Home offerings with FREE programming with a new daily rise and shine routine with King Raisin, a tour of our Global Gallery, another new workshop for teens and adults, and a special archival screening of Pete the Cat followed by a live Q&A with the performers. It’s all online and ready for you. Puppet on, people!"
The Dark Crystal movie from 1982 movie has also inspired a Netflix series called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance which happens to be an interesting show if you're looking for something new to add to your watchlist.