Sharon Coplan Hurowitz on learning to puppet during the pandemic
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Upper East Side socialite Sharon Coplan Hurowitz is known as an art advisor and fine art editor, but she fulfilled a childhood dream during the pandemic: to become a puppeteer.
Hurowitz has learned professional puppetry over the past two years and even has his own puppet look-alike. Like a true uptown lady having lunch, the puppet has already made her red carpet debut – and is getting designer clothes made by Isaac Mizrahi and others.
Hurowitz, a regular on the gala circuit, recently hosted a private screening of the AppleTV+ show “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock” at the Carlyle for her puppet teacher, former “Avenue Q” star Ben Durocher, who is a puppeteer on the show as well as a wrangler for “Sesame Street.”
She told us she was initially embarrassed to share her love of puppets in the past.
“There were times when I only shared this with people who understood it, and now I see there’s a much larger adult audience,” she says. “It’s not just the impact and connection to childhood, but the artistic and creative process that is accessible to adults.”
“I was in love with Jim Henson and ‘Sesame Street,’ and being a first-generation watcher and Muppets fan has never left me,” Hurowitz, who sits on the New 42 board, tells us. a non-profit organization for the performing arts. “In many ways, that’s why I got interested in the world of theater and art, because of its aesthetics and the fact that it brings it all together.”
She added: “COVID was such a break for all of us and gave us this moment… I was sensitive to the fact that those in the theater world had to very quickly stop what they were doing and worry about them. It was an opportunity to reach out and support. »
Hurowitz, who is married to author Richard, was given her very own “Sharon the Puppet” by her family. Her Mini-Me was made by fabricator Laura Manns, who has done projects for Sesame Street, Nickelodeon and Google.
The pint-size double wears a detailed copy of a Chanel suit from Hurowitz’s closet – also made by Manns – and will receive more designer duds. Designer Mizrahi – who made a tuxedo for ‘Sesame Street’ star Elmo for a profit and created looks for Bert and Ernie for Life & Style – is creating a small version of one of his looks from Hurowitz’s own closet .
The glamorous puppet also has a real top celebrity hairstylist: Garren, who’s worked on Linda Evangelista, Madonna and Farrah Fawcett, gives advice on upcoming looks for her hair.
“Sharon the Puppet” has already made her mark on New York’s party scene, walking the red carpet at the opening of the Museum of the City of New York’s “Puppets of New York” exhibit.
“It’s like having a thoroughbred horse or an important car: you have to know how to use it,” Hurowitz tells us, adding that working with Sharon felt is a lot harder than it looks. “Anatomically, it’s really rigorous… For the most part, your hand is extended above your head for long periods of time. You work upside down with a monitor. It’s overthrowing it. In my mind, I’m doing it for the camera so you don’t see humans, just puppets.
Adding: “Amazingly, it is akin to dancing. It’s so physically taxing and you have to put your whole body into it, not just your arm… There’s an element of magic that you can’t quantify.
Hurowitz also gained a deep appreciation for the puppeteering community, saying she was impressed with “the blood, sweat, tears, and effort that went into it.”
“It’s such a holistic and collaborative process,” she says of her behind-the-scenes learning experience. “There are huge teams, lots of creativity and they will do anything to make something work. There is a commitment to the community. Jim Henson, one of the most creative geniuses of all time; he didn’t just create something, he created a whole world.
In addition to pursuing his unique hobby, Hurowitz also recently created a portfolio of limited-edition prints featuring original works by artists like Jasper Johns and Ed Ruscha to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is currently on display at the museum.