“Behind the Curtain: MicheLee Puppets and the Art of Puppetry”
Tuesday, May 6– Sunday, August 24, 2014
Forget what you think you know about puppets and allow The Polasek Museum and MicheLee Puppets to surprise you in this collaborative exhibition. Truly sculptural in form and intricacy, explore the vivid and culturally diverse history behind the art of puppetry. With origins dating back to several ancient cultures, humans have used puppets as a means to convey the essence of emotion. From traditional folk to contemporary styles of puppetry see examples ranging from marionettes, shadow and rod puppets, felted and furry ‘Muppet-like’ creations, to one-of-a-kind characters brought to life from the pages of a story book. All of the puppets on exhibit are hand-crafted and imbued with the ability to express, articulate, and move. Visitors will see a wide variety of puppets which represent a multicultural perspective, bringing the rich history of puppetry to center stage. View exotic puppets from Java, Vietnam, Europe, and Indonesia as well as the “working collection” of MicheLee Puppets, the local nonprofit organization which empowers lives through the art of puppetry.
MicheLee’s whimsical collection easily provoke smiles with their loveable Muppet-like creatures, while others are decidedly more powerful and are used as emotional teaching tools when traditional methods fail. These puppets are manipulated by using the traditional rod system, which has the smoothest motion of all of the styles, and allows the puppeteers the greatest intimacy as they connect to their audience. MicheLee Puppets blends this 3-Dimensional sculptural art form with performance that moves and inspires the Central Florida Community.
There is so much more to this art form than is apparent from the audience. This is your opportunity to see the imaginative process and artistic skill that goes into each hand-crafted work of movable sculpture. From the initial design and conceptualization of the puppet, the selection of materials, time-consuming fabrication efforts, sewing miniaturized costumes, set design, and of course, performance, MicheLee’s puppets are indeed interactive sculpture. It is through the actor’s or individual’s creativity that these static works of art take on life; in this spirit we invite you to look deeper. Play, create, and learn in this hands-on, behind the curtain exhibition at the Polasek Museum, your source for inspiring sculpture.