Even though I do not do it enough, there are times I do take advantage of living so close to the nation's Capitol. Particularly if it involves Muppets. The Bean and I took a rare Saturday trip into the big city to visit some of our favorite Muppets. The Smithsonian's International Gallery is hosting a special Jim Henson exhibit titled "Jim Henson's Fantastic World" (press release). The exhibit will be at the Gallery until October 5, and there is a traveling exhibition as well. The Bean and I had a great time exploring the exhibit. It is on the small side, but seeing Bert, Ernie, and Kermit up close and personal was well worth the Metro trip.
The exhibit spanned Henson's career from his early days at the University of Maryland to Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, The Dark Crystal, and Fraggle Rock. I loved the early puppets he created for commercials...the precursors to the Muppets we all know and love. It was fascinating to see how simple sketches he put on paper could evolve into such wonderful characters. It made me a little sad to think that we lost such a great creative mind at the young age of 53. But, it was comforting to know that his characters will certainly live on for years to come in the minds of so many people around the world.
*The photo shown at top is not from the exhibit (they wouldn't allow you to take photos), but one I took when we visited the Henson exhibit at the National Museum of American History a few years back. Hopefully when the Museum opens again this fall, the Muppets will be back.