Center for Puppetry Arts Announces Puppetry NOW

Featuring Multi-Media Artist Tarish Pipkin 

ATLANTA (May 17, 2022)   The Center for Puppetry Arts is proud to announce a new Museum exhibition series focused on contemporary artists of color, Puppetry NOW. Through an annual exhibition and collecting efforts, this initiative is a result of the Center’s efforts to expand the museum’s purview to include contemporary art and artists with limited representation in the Center’s historical collections. The Center also hopes to be able to present performances or workshops led by the artist featured in the annual exhibition.

Puppetry NOW launches on June 17th with an exhibition by Tarish Pipkins, known as Jeghetto, a self-taught multi-media artist with roots in music who has performed with Missy Elliott, among many others. For the exhibition, Jeghetto takes over the Center’s Dean DuBose Smith Special Exhibition Gallery to transport visitors to the Afro-futurist world of 5P1N0K10 (pronounced Spinokio).

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeghetto to the Center and introduce him to our audiences in so many ways – in our museum and on our stage. His work exists at the intersections of many artistic practices and genres, and these influences are evident in the pieces he builds and the stories he tells,” said Beth Schiavo, Executive Director of the Center. “It is exciting to see this type of installation on our museum’s exhibition calendar, and look forward to building off of his example in future years of Puppetry NOW.”

The gallery will feature interactive large-scale puppetry installations and backstories of characters that come to life in Jeghetto’s 5P1N0K10 (pronounced Spinokio) – A HIP HOPERA stage production. The stage performances will be part of the Center’s New Directions Series presented from June 23-26. Created by Jeghetto and co-written with Pierce Freelon, 5P1N0K10, the stage version,is a post-apocolyptic Afrofuturistic puppet show which features an original score by Hip Hop producer Hir-O.Hoper.

“We are excited to continue to grow this effort, changing our collections and programming for more than just one season. As a commitment to shared authority, artists featured in Puppetry NOW in future years will be selected by committee.  Puppetry NOW will increase the museum’s relevance for new and existing audiences, while directly supporting artists of color and other underrepresented groups” said Schiavo.  

Puppetry NOW exhibition series is supported by grants from Cheryl Henson, the Jim Henson Foundation, and the Jane Henson Foundation.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council • City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs • Georgia Council for the Arts • The Zeist Foundation •

For a complete list of the Center’s major supporters visit www.puppet.org/about/sponsors.

Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Distance Learning and Outreach programs. Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. These programs are also supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center is a member of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA/USA/ASSITEJ) The Center also serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization.

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