Planning for The Puppet Show

Institute of Contemporary Art



The Puppet Show, Institute of Contemporary Art.

This 2006 planning grant supported research for The Puppet Show, a group exhibition organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art and The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, New York. Presented in 2008, the exhibition examined the imagery of puppets in contemporary art, featuring works by 30 artists. Included in the exhibition were a series of marionettes, as well as shadow and hand puppets. A number of artists performed as puppeteers, while others evoked topics associated with puppetry, such as manipulation, miniaturization, agency, and control. After premiering in Philadelphia and New York City, The Puppet Show traveled to the Santa Monica Museum of Art in California; The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas; and the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington.