Dr. Seuss has political party
October 22, 2008
An unlikely last-minute candidate is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2008 presidential election and making a South Shore appearance this weekend.
The late Dr. Seuss will make a sort of campaign appearance at Marcus Ashley Galleries from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The Dr. Seuss Collection is releasing first-ever political print editions featuring politically charged artwork, books and editorial cartoons from the alter ego of Theodor Seuss Geisel.
According to a PBS documentary on the “political Dr. Seuss,” few realized that the author was making a political statement at all. “The Lorax” was an argument for corporate responsibility and resource conservation. “Yertle the Turtle” was an argument against fascism. “Horton Hears a Who” was a parable on democracy. “The Butter Battle Book” was a visionary tale on nuclear proliferation, and “The Cat in the Hat” was a statement against illiteracy and conformity.
“In the end, what drove Ted, I think, was to be useful to the world,” said Neil Morgan, co-author of “Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel” in a news release. “He sent those wacky warriors he created out to wage the battles of the underdog, with whom he always felt a kinship ” the battles against illiteracy, against environmental ruin, against greed, against conformity, against the arms race. He taught generations of children that it was fine to be different, and it was even better to do good, but that it all should have some fun about it.”
The Cat in the Hat will serve as the face of the Dr. Seuss for President Campaign. Saturday’s event will feature the first release of “Knotty Problem,” the author’s 1942 cartoon focusing on taxes and Capitol Hill as well as four environmentally friendly prints from “The Lorax” to promote Seuss’ environmental platform. Also on exhibition will be work from Seuss’ illustration art and secret art collections.
Jeff Schuffman, a representative from the Dr. Seuss Collection, will be present at Marcus Ashley Galleries to provide insights into Geisel’s political perspective, artistic life, vision and impact on U.S. culture. In addition, the gallery will offer appetizers, drinks and live music. Proceeds benefit South Lake Tahoe’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, an organization that helps abused and neglected children.
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This isn’t the first time that Marcus Ashley Galleries has highlighted Dr. Seuss: The gallery played host to a 50th anniversary art show in Geisel’s honor last year and exhibited “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss” in February.
RSVP by calling (530) 544-4278.
On the net:
For background on the “political” Dr. Seuss, visit http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/politicaldrseuss
For details on the Dr. Seuss art collection, see http://www.drseussart.com
For other unusual third-party presidential candidacies, see http://www.avclub.com/content/feature/dont_blame_me_i_voted_for_bill