Another political pep rally? That's right! There's one along Main Street at 5 p.m. today. But this one is for fun, Dr. Seuss type fun.
A larger-than-life Cat in the Hat will head up the group handing out "Dr. Seuss for President" buttons. It's the theme of an exhibit opening Saturday featuring the politically charged art of the beloved author.
Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel's witty and whimsical books and editorial cartoons focused on such subjects as environmental destruction, politics, the threat of nuclear war and racial discrimination, many of them at critical moments in history.
Included in the exhibit are: the cartoon Knotty Problems portraying the dilemma of Congress needing to raise taxes but not wanting to jeopardize their jobs and a first-ever print of Triple Sling Jigger from his controversial Butter Battle Book on nuclear proliferation.
There also is art from The Lorax, written as an argument for environmental conservation and corporate responsibility; The Sneetches, a satire on racial discrimination; Yertle the Turtle, on fascism; Cat in the Hat, written to encourage children to read and enjoy it and a statement against illiteracy and conformity; and Horton Hears a Who, an allegory supporting democracy.
Works the public never saw during Geisel's life includes wildly colorful, surreal paintings he worked on late at night. Lion Stroll in the show is one of these.
Geisel also created sculptures representing fantasy creatures created from real animal parts — beaks, horns, antlers and fur — from deceased zoo animals where his father was superintendent. Featured in the exhibit are the Andulovian Grackler bird, the Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn and the Mulberry Street Unicorn.
Geisel died at age 87 in 1991. He wrote and illustrated more than 40 books as Dr. Seuss and a dozen others as Theo LeSieg (Geisel backward).