Puppets of New York: Downtown at The Clemente

At Abrazo Interno Gallery

Curated by Leslee Asch
In partnership with the Museum of the City of New York

Puppets of New York: Downtown at The Clemente will focus on twelve important “downtown” artists who are committed to exploring the theatrical possibilities of puppet theater. The Clemente is a fitting location for this exhibition. 

Founded in 1993, puppetry found an early home at The Clemente’s Los Kabayitos Theater. This time dovetails perfectly with the years of the Jim Henson Foundation’s Festivals of Puppet Theater, which took place at The Public Theater and other downtown theaters, including Los Kabayitos, from 1992-2000. The exhibition will feature tableaus of the puppet theater work of these remarkable artists, many of whom performed at the Henson Festivals; all of whom continue to create and perform in downtown NYC.
The exhibition, which will run from August 11-September 30, will take place in the Abrazo Interno Gallery at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center on Suffolk Street in New York City. It is co-curated by Monxo Lopez of the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY), and Leslee Asch, the producing director of all five Henson Foundation International Festivals of Puppet Theater. It is held in conjunction with Puppets of New York, a major puppetry exhibition at MCNY, and the International Puppet Fringe Festival at The Clemente.
On Friday, August 13th at 4pm, The Puppet Fringe Festival will host a panel entitled Out of The Shadows which will celebrate the Henson Festivals, the history of puppetry at The Clemente, and the recent book by Leslee Asch entitled Out of The Shadows: The Henson Festivals and Their Impact on Contemporary Puppet Theater. Panelists will be Leslee Asch, Cheryl Henson, Dan Hurlin, Manuel Moran, and Michael Romanyshyn.

Teatro SEA’s International Collaborations

At Teatro SEA

Disclaimer: The International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC is a production of The Society of the Educational Arts, TeatroSEA.org, The Moran Group and their collaborators. None of these organizations are associated with The Present Theatre Company, Inc., The New York International Fringe Festival or FringeNYC.

For information about the latter, please visit www.fringenyc.org

© International Puppet Fringe NYC, 2021.