Puppetry NOW

Puppetry NOW

Puppetry NOW turns the museum’s focus to the art of our time and artists with limited representation in our historical collections.

Through an annual solo exhibition and collecting efforts, the initiative provides space and support to puppeteers and artists of color, while increasing the museum’s connection to the current state of puppetry.

Featuring Poncili Creación July 2023

Artist Spotlight: Poncili Creación

About the Artist

Identical twin brothers Pablo and Efrain Del Hierro from Santurce, Puerto Rico have been touring the world with their signature mash-up of abstract body puppetry, dance, carnival, and improv.

Their work has been described as “a new kind of performance art: smart, entertaining, unpretentious, and totally wild”

Join us for their Art Collective and Performances of Hungry Garden

Hungry Garden Performances

Hungry Garden

Hungry Garden

July 6–9 | 12 PM

Hungry Garden: After Dark (Adults 18+)

Hungry Garden: After Dark

July 6–7 at 7:30 PM | July 8 at 8 PM | July 9 at 5 PM

Poncili Creación Art Exhibition

Poncili Creación Art Exhibition

Poncili Creación Art Exhibition

July 6-October 29

Included in the cost of Museum Tickets

Past Puppetry NOW Artists

Jeghetto’s 5P1NOK10 (Spinokio)

This past Puppetry NOW! exhibition explored Jeghetto’s imagined and inventive world of 5P1N0K10 (Spinokio), diving into the backstories of the characters that fill this Afro-futurist universe. Visitors came face-to-face with Jeghetto’s large-scale, interactive found object creations, experimenting with manipulation themselves while feeling transported by puppetry. This exhibition was also included with the patron’s Museum admission.

The artist Jeghetto posing in front of his sculpture wearing a light gray shirt and goggles with bronze lenses


Tarish Pipkins a.k.a. Jeghetto, was born in the small steel mill town of Clairton, PA located south of Pittsburgh. He is a self-taught artist who has been creating art from a very young age.

In 2008, he started working with Paperhand Puppet Intervention. He has built puppets and performed in several Paperhand productions. In 2018, Jeghetto had the pleasure of working with recording artist Missy Elliott on her music video for WTF (Where They From), controlling the Pharell puppet and assisting with puppet building. He has since worked on numerous music videos, commercials, and performance projects. Jeghetto’s passion is promoting oneness through the magic of puppetry.

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