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.
Rare look at the secret works of Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel, know as Dr. Seuss, talks to some children with his book "You're Only Old Once!" at Barnes and Noble in New York Thursday, February 27, 1986.(AP Photo/Michael J. Pennacchia)
Children's book writer and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel of La Jolla Calif., poses on June 15, 1955. He is popularly known as Dr. Seuss. (AP Photo)
Author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, reads from his book "Horton Hears a Who!" to four-year-old Lucinda Bell at his home in La Jolla, Ca., June 20, 1956. (AP Photo)
Audrey Geisel, widow of famed children's book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, poses with The Cat in the Hat at the dedication of Dr. Seuss' posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles' Hollywood district Thursday, March 11, 2004. Though Dr. Seuss died in 1991, his work continues to live on in his books, toys, audio casssettes, animated television specials and videos. The star ceremony honors Seuss for what would have been his 100th birthday and the upcoming release on DVD of the recent Universal feature, "The Cat in the Hat." (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Audrey Stone Geisel, right, the widow of author and artist Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, and Al Iniguez of the U.S. Postal Service unveil a stamp honoring the late artist on what would have been his 100th birthday, Tuesday, March 2, 2004, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Children's book author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, signs a copy of his new book "The Butter Battle Book" during a party honoring Geisel's 80th birthday at the New York Public Library on March 3, 1984. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Audrey Geisel, widow ofCalifornia Hall of Fame inductee Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, receives her husband's medal from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, right, during the Hall of Fame ceremony at the California Museum of History, Women and Arts in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Dec. 15, 2008.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
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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.
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.
For a complete schedule of the traveling exhibition, click HERE.