Two new exhibitions on display at the University of Connecticut’s Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry impressively demonstrate the interdisciplinarity of puppet arts. With the grand opening of “Army Ants and their Guests: Works Inspired by the Carl and Marian Rettenmeyer Collection” and “Immaterial Remains: Can You Preserve a Shadow?,” a trip to the Ballard is no longer simply a journey into the field of puppetry, but is now a journey into ecology, biology, history and cultural preservation as well.
The Puppet Forum Series at the Ballard Institute had its first event of the Spring 2018 semester, highlighting the work and patronage of the Jim Henson Foundation.
Nurturing New Work for Puppet Theater: the Jim Henson Foundation was co-hosted by Foundation President Cheryl Henson, Foundation Manager and UConn puppetry alum Lindsey Briggs, Leslee Asch and Richard Termine.
Cheryl Henson, daughter of famous puppeteer Jim Henson, began the event by providing a brief history of the Jim Henson Foundation.
The first act of the fall Puppet Slam, presented by the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry on Friday, Sept. 15, was a bit like watching an optical illusion.
The focus of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry’s new exhibit “Banners and Cranks,” which was opened to the public Thursday night. Curated by puppeteer Clare Dolan, the evening the featured various forms and performances of banner art and “crankie” style moving pictures used to tell stories for centuries.