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Opening of American Puppet Modernism: The Early 20th Century

Thursday, February 22, 2018
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Storrs Campus
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present the grand opening of its new exhibit American Puppet Modernism: The Early 20th Century on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at 6 p.m., with refreshments served at 6 p.m. and a free tour beginning at 6:30 p.m. All events will take place at the Ballard Institute, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center. "We are very excited," Ballard Institute Director John Bell said, "to exhibit puppets from this rich and fascinating moment in American culture when so many different ideas about art, performance, and puppetry were swirling around the country." The exhibition will be on display through Sunday, July 1, 2018.

American Puppet Modernism: The Early 20th Century celebrates the puppet revival that developed across the United States in 1920s and 30s. Inspired by the European avant-garde; Asian, African, and Latin American performance; the vibrant culture of American cities; and the possibilities of such new technologies as film; puppeteers, artists, and writers decided that puppetry was an ideal medium for representing modern life. From cross-country touring shows to giant inflatable street puppets, avant-garde operas, and other ground-breaking innovations, Americans rediscovered and redefined puppetry in ways that still guide the form today. American Puppet Modernism: The Early 20th Century, curated by Ballard Institute Director John Bell, includes works by Tony Sarg, Margo and Rufus Rose, Ralph Chessé, Marjorie Batchelder, Martin and Olga Stevens, Bil Baird, Frank and Elizabeth Haines, Alexander Calder, the Yale Puppeteers, the Federal Theater Project, and Hazelle Rollins.

In conjunction with the exhibit, and as a part of our Spring Puppet Forum Series, Puppetry Journal Editor Steve Abrams, Puppet Arts Program Director Bart. P. Roccoberton, Jr., and Ballard Institute Director John Bell will discuss the fascinating discoveries and innovations of early 20th-century puppetry in the U.S. on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater. Admission is free, and donations are greatly appreciated.

Contact:

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, 860.486.8580 or bimp@uconn.edu

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry (primary), Dramatic Arts, School of Fine Arts, UConn Master Calendar

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