"I'm just looking at all of these characters and thinking this is the puppet family, and yet, I feel like they're all my relatives," she said.
Curator Dwight Blocker Bowers said the puppets represent the creativity of "one of America's great innovators." He said Henson had extended the boundaries of puppetry, using film and television.
"I love these puppets' eyes. You can't walk near them without making eye contact," Blocker Bowers said. "They're very much like an oil painting. And they have such an innocence."
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