The exhibition of reproductions of his unreleased and unseen work is brought to Savannah by Geisel’s widow, Audrey Stone Geisel, along with the Ann Jackson Gallery.
Visitors will be able to peek at some of the early work of Dr. Seuss, along with some of the more popular characters that made him a worldwide phenomenon. More than 140 pieces will be on display for the first time in Savannah, all for sale and free of charge to browse.
Also on view will be resin cast reproductions of sculptures and some of the more obscure work the artist wanted to be released posthumously. Stone Geisel began to commission the sculptures in 1997.
Dr. Seuss’ ideas and the birth of his characters can be traced back to his father, superintendent of a zoo in Springfield, Mass. As a child, the close proximity to some of the most beautiful and exotic animals in the world allowed for his imagination to run wild and free.
As some of the animals at the zoo died, either of disease or just old age, Geisel’s father would ship antlers, teeth and other exotic tokens to him, which he would turn into taxidermy sculptures. Geisel created 17 of theses sculptures during the 1930s. In a hybrid fashion, he would attach antlers to a turtle head or lion teeth to beaks, leading to the eventual creation of the most unique animated characters in the world.
How else could we have the Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast or Kangaroo Bird?
See the work for yourself at varying times from March 15-20, along with a special Green Eggs & Ham reception on the evening of March 18.
IF YOU GO
What: The Art of Dr. Seuss Exhibition
When: Noon-6 p.m. March 15; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 16; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 17; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 18; noon-4 p.m. March 19; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 20
Where: Oglethorpe Gallery, 406 E. Oglethorpe Ave.
Cost: Free admission; art for sale
Info: 770-686-5613, firstname.lastname@example.org
Also: Green Eggs & Ham reception from 4-8 p.m. March 18