The Weekly Roundup: Pixar, the Muppets and Ab
BY Karl Daum — October 18, 2021

Just in time for Halloween, we’ve got puppets, animated creatures, and grotesque art in this week’s roundup, featuring exhibitions opening around New York City.

Early next year, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo, and the rest of Jim Henson’s puppets will be migrating to The Museum of the Moving ImageThe permanent exhibition will house a selection from the museum’s collection of five hundred objects related to Henson’s career, from the actual puppets to storyboards, design material, and memorabilia. The show will also feature interactive experiences to allow visitors to dive into Henson’s creative process. A mobile arm of the exhibition will begin operation later in 2016, in addition to educational programs, family workshops, and film screenings.

This month, Cooper Hewitt introduced its year-long exhibition, “Pixar: The Design of Story.” Replete with concept art, paintings, and sculpture, the exhibition will focus on the design process behind producing such major blockbuster films as Wall-E and Brave, to coincide with the museum’s mission to educate people with design. The exhibition—which opened on October 8—will continue into August of next year.

If the abject perversion of whimsical pop-culture icons and characters is more up your alley, then skip Pixar and the Muppets and head on over to The New Museum, which recently rolled out its Jim Shaw Retrospective, “Jim Shaw: The End is Here”. “The End is Here” presents some of Shaw’s most iconic works: selections from series like “Dream Drawings” and “My Mirage”; and works such as Labyrinth: I Dreamt I was Taller than Jonathan Borofsky. His works evoke themes of belief, madness, materialism, and war in contemporary life through absurd and cartoonish mixed media. Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, the exhibition will be on view until January 10, 2016.