A Century of American Puppetry

November 19-December 31
Special Exhibition Galleries
The Detroit Institute of Arts
The character of Punch first appeared in America prior to the Revolutionary War when his destruction by a dog at a local fair was reported in the Virginia Gazette. Since that time, the art of puppetry has become a significant part of American popular culture, repeatedly adapting to shifting audience interests as well as the introduction of motion pictures and television. Punch’s Progress: A Century of American Puppetry traces the changing face of American Puppetry from 1850 to 1950, with examples from The Detroit Institute of Arts’ Paul McPharlin Collection of Puppetry and Theatre Arts.

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