The days leading up to the premiere of The Muppet Movie on June 22, 1979 were filled with various promotional and celebratory events for Jim and his team. A major one was the opening of The Art of The Muppets, an exhibit that provided a sweeping look at the Muppet characters and the people behind them. The original version of the show was created specifically for the New York Public Library’s Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center and opened there on June 5, 1979. Visitors were thrilled to see their friends from The Muppet Show and Sesame Street and to learn about some of the magic behind the scenes. The popularity of the exhibit inspired a larger version at The San Diego Museum of Art and a subsequent tour. Almost ten years and twenty venues later, the exhibit, with a new name, The World of Jim Henson, had its final showing in London at the Museum of the Moving Image.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.