“I am honored to join the board of this delightful museum, where I’ve gotten to know the wonderful staff over the past few years as we worked together on ‘The Jim Henson exhibition,’” said Henson. “I look forward to continuing to support the museum in its presentation of my father's work but also in all of the excellent programming that it does to reach so many people.”
Following a major donation from Henson’s family, nearly five hundred artifacts, including puppets, costumes, production design material, and licensed merchandise, were added to the museum’s permanent collection. “The Jim Henson Exhibition” traces Henson’s career from Sam and Friendsthe short puppet segments he created with Jane Henson for DC televisionthrough his appearances on national television and his achievements with The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. The exhibition will be on view until March 31.
Commenting on the appointment, board cochair Ivan L. Lustig said: “Cheryl and her family have been invaluable supporters of the museum and its mission. The opening of ‘The Jim Henson Exhibition’ and the launch of its traveling version have been a dream come true for the museum and a meaningful gift to the people of the city of New York.”