41 Saint-Just Avenue
Montréal (Québec) H2V 4T7
Photos: Richard Termine
The Jim Henson Foundation and Tandem Otter Productions (New York, USA)
For all ages
Two exceptional exhibits presented in parallel at the Galerie Outremont
March 3 to April 3, 2022
American Puppet Theatre Today: The Photography of Richard Termine
The Jim Henson Foundation
The Art of Basil Twist
Tandem Otter Productions
Galerie d’Outremont hosts two exceptional exhibits that showcase the work of New York-based photographer Richard Termine who has documented American Puppet Theatre for over 30 years. Termine’s work uniquely captures the animated gesture of the puppet in still images.
Over 120 images and objects illustrate the dynamic range of puppet theatre being created by a vibrant community of artists across the United States, and celebrate the exceptional work of one of the United States’ most prolific and versatile puppeteers, Basil Twist.
A special section, “Puppetry During the Pandemic”, features resilient artists who continued to create and perform new work through the past year.
Monday and Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – noon to 5 p.m.
Richard Termine holds an MFA in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut. In 1980, he began his association with The Jim Henson Company as a puppet designer and builder for a variety of Muppet productions such as Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. During production, Termine began photographing behind the scenes and this work led to a new career as a performing arts photographer. He has photographed many of the world’s leading performers and puppet artists.
Currently, Richard is a photographer for the culture desk of The New York Times. His other clients include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Metropolitan Opera. He currently serves as the Jim Henson Foundation’s Vice President.
More information: https://www.richardtermine.com/
Basil Twist is originally from San Francisco, though he has adopted New York as his home. A third-generation puppeteer, he is the only American to have graduated from the prestigious École supérieure nationale des arts de la marionnette in Charleville-Mézières, France.
Basil Twist’s aesthetic is like no other, and regardless of the types of puppets used or the scale of the shows, the establishment of a dialogue with music is always at the very heart of his approach.
He has taught at leading universities in the United States, including Princeton, Stanford, Duke, New York University Rhode Island School of Design, and Brown. His work has received a number of awards: Obie, Drama Desk Awards, UNIMA Awards, Bessie Awards, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, and a Henry Hewes Award. He has been honoured with a MacArthur, the “Rome Prize” from The American Academy in Rome, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His productions have received valuable support from the Jim Henson Foundation.
Basil Twist is founder and artistic director of Tandem Otter productions.
More information: https://basiltwist.com/
The Jim Henson Foundation was founded in 1982 by Muppets creator Jim Henson to support the art of puppetry in the United States. The Foundation has awarded over 1000 grants to more than 360 puppet artists for the creation, development, and presentation of new works of innovative contemporary puppet theatre.
More information: https://www.hensonfoundation.org/
Photos: Richard Termine
Jim Henson Foundation President and Exhibit Producer: Cheryl Henson
Jim Henson Foundation Manager and Exhibit Project Manager : Lindsey “Z.” Briggs
Tandem Otter Productions: Basil Twist and Barbara Busackino
Exhibit Installation: Ben and Rosa Elling, and Basil Twist
These exhibits are presented by Casteliers and the borough of Outremont with support from the Jim Henson Foundation.
The COVID-19 vaccination passport is not required to enter the festival’s exhibition halls (Galerie d’Outremont and Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont High School Gymnasium).