IF I RAN THE ZOO EXHIBITION
Eighty years have passed since Dr. Seuss produced what he called his “Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy,” an amazing menagerie of Seussian animals often constructed from real animal beaks, antlers, horns, lions teeth, rabbit ears, and turtle shells.
The exhibition highlights Dr. Seuss’s little-known sculptural legacy and spotlights the fascinating correlations between his two-dimensional artworks and three-dimensional sculpture.
Theodor Seuss Geisel’s unique artistic vision emerges as the golden thread linking each facet of his varied career.
The Art of Dr. Seuss ─ A Retrospective and International Touring Exhibition celebrates not only the art and life of Theodor Seuss Geisel, but also chronicles the common artistic links found throughout Dr. Seuss’s nearly 70 years of creativity. This exhibition explores known and unknown facets of Ted Geisel’s life including careers as an editorial cartoonist, advertiser, military propagandist, children’s book author, poet, sculptor, and influential artist. Visitors chronologically walk through Dr. Seuss’s life as they weave through thirty-two didactic panels, intermingled with a mind-altering collection of estate-authorized artworks adapted and reproduced from Dr. Seuss’s original paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Works in the exhibition include both original materials and imagery re-created from significant public and private collections, including the University of California San Diego archives, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, and the Dr. Seuss Estate, and feature rare and never-before-seen images from the 1920s to the 1990s.
Rare Editions Event
“The Art of Dr. Seuss – Rare Editions Event” presents an extraordinary overview of the artistic legacy of Theodor Seuss Geisel with twenty-four of the most sought-after (and now sold-out) artworks from the collection. This exhibit provides a unique opportunity for visitors to view, experience, and collect from one of the largest selections of authorized estate editions ever assembled. It also provides an insider’s view of the full range of imagery reproduced from Dr. Seuss’s private collection of paintings and sculptures created throughout his 70 years of artistic innovation.
oh, the PLaces You'll Go!
25th Annivesary Exhibition
Twenty-five years have passed since Dr. Seuss's final words to us were published. His last book - with its powerful images - is truly the capstone of his career.
This exhibition artistically highlights the scores of places and eras Dr. Seuss takes us with his incomparable collection of artwork.
Hats Off to Dr. Seuss
This touring exhibition marks the first time Dr. Seuss’s hat collection was shown to the general public.
Few authors are better known than Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, yet, to this day, his Secret Art and his fantastical Hat Collection are virtually unknown to the public. Throughout his lifetime, Ted Geisel created paintings and collected hats which he secreted away in a hidden closet at the Dr. Seuss Estate.
For the first time, these secrets were presented together through a special exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Audrey S. Geisel, Dr. Seuss’s widow, opened the Estate’s vault and allowed a coveted selection of Dr. Seuss’s hats to tour the country. This is the only time Dr. Seuss’s private hat collection has traveled outside the Estate’s legendary “hat closet.”
Traveling in a specially retrofitted old-fashioned steamer trunk, this exhibition launched at the New York Public Library in 2013 and stopped at select galleries and public spaces throughout 2015.
Large-Scale Bronze Exhibitions
Dr. Seuss’s influence on the 20th and 21st century American art scene was profound, with many of today’s most well-known artists citing him as a key influence in their own artistic development.
To celebrate his artistic legacy, a dynamic new sculpture project was announced on the eve of The Cat in the Hat’s 50th birthday. The project includes a series of maquette and large-scale sculptures commissioned for this milestone and as an ongoing tribute to Dr. Seuss. Artist Leo Rijn was selected to be the inaugural sculptor for this project due to his prized work with some of today’s top talent in the world of film, entertainment and the visual arts.
A dynamic interaction between corporate and community leaders, local art galleries, individual collectors and city officials, makes it possible for large-scale sculptures to take up prominent residence in communities around the world. These works represent the merging of art and community, while reflecting the spirit of Dr. Seuss’s characters, messages and books.
Select Museum & Public Exhibitions
2005 - The Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
2009 - The Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Fresno, CA
2010 - Gaylord National Resort, Washington, DC
2011 - Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, AK
2011 - The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL
2012 - Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA
2012 - Singleton-Bliss Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2012 - National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Abilene, TX
2013 - Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD
2014 - World Forestry Center/Portland Discovery Museum, Portland, OR
2015 - San Diego History Center, San Diego, CA (As part of a yearlong centennial celebration of Balboa Park.)