Gayle Anderson was live in Brea to see the HATS OFF TO DR. SEUSS! exhibit. In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938), a special HATS OFF TO DR. SEUSS! exhibition has been mounted that features Dr. Seuss’s personal collection of art and hats amounted throughout his lifetime. These hats along with his Secret Art are on display at the Sarah Bain Gallery in Brea through Sunday, August 10, 2014.
Audrey S. Geisel, Dr. Seuss’s widow, has generously opened up the Estate’s legendary “hat closet” to allow the public a peek at Dr. Seuss’s hat collection and view their direct impact on his works of art. Traveling in a specially retrofitted old-fashioned steamer trunk, this exhibition premiered at the New York Public Library in early 2013. After closing in Brea, the exhibition will travel to Chicago and then Northport, NY. For a complete schedule of the traveling exhibition, click HERE.
The HATS OFF TO DR. SEUSS! exhibition also features Dr. Seuss’s little known Secret Art, a series of Estate-authorized works adapted and reproduced from Ted Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, and sculpture. This historic collection will be available for viewing and purchase through the run of the exhibition.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is most famous for having written and illustrated 44 children’s books, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. He began his career as an editorial cartoonist in the 1920s. During World War II, he was a political cartoonist for PM Magazine as well as a contributing illustrator for Vanity Fair and Life. He also had a long and successful advertising career and won Academy Awards for his wartime documentaries and the 1950 animated short film, Gerald McBoing Boing.
Dr. Seuss’s unique artistic vision linked every facet of his varied career, allowing him to create his children’s books, over 400 World War II political cartoons, hundreds of advertisements, and countless editorials filled with wonderfully inventive animals, characters, and clever humor. His work included illustrations, modeled sculpture, and sophisticated oil paintings.
This exhibition will also display Green Eggs and Ham: Would You? Could You? In a Car seriograph prints featuring the signature of famed celebrity racecar driver, Jeff Gordon, whose foundation – the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation – is dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Mr. Gordon’s foundation funds programs that improve patients’ quality of life, treatments that increase survivorship, and medical research to find a cure. The Hats Off to Hope! campaign is a collaboration between Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Chase Art Companies, Random House Children’s Books and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. Each purchase of a Jeff Gordon-signed Would You? Could You? In a Car print will help Chase Art Companies support Hats Off to Hope!
The Sarah Bain Gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Monday or by appointment. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to wear Seussian hats.