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The Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! campaign has been launched. Inspired by the 75th anniversary of The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, the year-long celebration salutes the breadth of Dr. Seuss’s work, not only the remarkable library of children’s books he created, but also the span of his incredible career and legacy as a man who wore many hats: as an ad man, a political cartoonist, filmmaker, and a fine artist, to name a few.

Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises have organized the project. The new exhibit featuring Dr. Seuss’s personal hats which have left his legendary, secret “hat closet” for the first time; an attempt to set the Guinness World Records® title for “Most People Wearing Dr. Seuss Hats;” and the announcement of a partnership between Random House Children’s Books, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

“The 75th anniversary of The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins gives us the very special opportunity to share a story that few people know about Dr. Seuss and his love of hats, says Barbara Marcus, president of Random House Children’s Books. “With a sprinkling of zany hats throughout, Dr. Seuss’s beloved books have inspired countless generations of young readers and continue to do so today.”

Hat from Seuss collectionA hat familiar to readers of the Dr. Seuss book "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins." © Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P.

Dr. Seuss was an avid hat collector known to wear one of his crazy hats for inspiration while writing, and at dinner parties, it was often a tradition for each guest to wear a hat. In his artwork, as in his personal life, Dr. Seuss saw hats as transformational. From the time he was a small boy in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was aware of the inherent magic in hats.

Curated by Chase Art Companies, the “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss” Special Exhibition and Nationwide Tour delivers an in-depth view of his personal hat collection alongside estate authorized reproductions adapted from his original artwork and produced after his death in limited edition from both classic Seuss titles and other rare Seuss works.

The exhibit tells the story of what hats represented for the iconic man of many hats. Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, says, “Dr. Seuss was truly a man of many hats. And his hat collection is nothing short of spectacular. We are so excited to bring this collection to the public and proud to partner with the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation to bring joy to children through our ‘Hats Off to Hope!’ program.”

Hats Off to Hope! will continue in the spring and summer when NASCAR's Jeff Gordon will visit children’s cancer centers for Seuss celebrations to deliver these hats to children in treatment.

Feb. 22 - March 10, 2013 The Gallery @ Racine Wilmington, NC 203 Racine Drive, Suite 101

March 15 - March 31, 2013 Dennis Rae Fine Art San Francisco, CA 781 Beach Street

April 5 - April 21, 2013 Art on 5th Austin, TX 1501 W 5th Street

April 26 - May 12, 2013 Peabody Fine Art Menlo Park, CA 603 Santa Cruz Ave.

May 17 - June 2, 2013 Fingerhut Gallery of Laguna Beach Los Angeles/Orange County 210A Forest Ave.

June 7 - June 23, 2013 Jean Stephen Gallery Minneapolis, MN 917 Nicollet Mall

June 28 - July 14, 2013 Clayton Lane Fine Art Denver, CO 110 Clayton Lane

July 19 - Aug. 4, 2013 Legends Fine Art Gallery,1205 Prospect Street, Suite B, San Diego/La Jolla, Calif.

Aug. 9 - Aug. 25, 2013 Chuck Jones Gallery,232 Fifth, San Diego, Calif.

Ave. Aug. 30 - Sept. 15, 2013 Petri's Fine Arts, 690 Bridgeway, Sausalito/Marin County, Calif.

Sept. 20 - Oct. 6, 2013 Art Leaders Gallery, 33030 Northwestern Hwy, West Bloomfield, Mich.

Oct. 11 - Oct. 27, 2013 Atlas Galleries, 535 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill.

Nov. 1 - Nov. 17, 2013 P&C Fine Art Galleries,3108 M Street NW,  Washington, D.C.

Nov. 22 - Dec. 8, 2013 Exclusive Event To Be Announced!

Dec. 13 - Dec. 29, 2013 Marcus Ashley Gallery,4000 Lake Tahoe Boulevard,Suite 23, Lake Tahoe/Reno, Nev.

For more information about all of the Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! activities in 2013 and a full tour schedule, visit HatsOffDrSeuss.com.

Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is one of the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books for children.

Visit your local library for these resources:

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
Theodor Seuss Geisel, (1938).

Books by Theodor Seuss Geisel

Dr. Seuss, The Cat Behind the Hat
Theodor Seuss Geisel; Caroline M Smith; William W Dreyer; Michael Reagan; Robert Chase, Jr., (2012).

The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats
Philip Nel, (2007).

The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing But the Seuss: A Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel
Charles Cohen, (2004).

Of Sneetches and Whos and the Good Dr. Seuss: Essays on the Writings and Life of Theodor Geisel
Thomas Fensch, editor, (1997).

The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel (1995).

Dr. Seuss from Then to Now: A Catalogue of the Retrospective Exhibition
Theodor Seuss Geisel, San Diego Art Museum, (1987).

Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel
Theodor Seuss Geisel, Richard Minnear, editor, (2001).

Theodor Seuss Geisel: The Early Works, Volume 1.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, (2005).

The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough: Early Writings and Cartoons by Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel, Richard Marschall, editor, (1987).

The Political Dr. Seuss (DVD).
Ron Lamothe, (2004).
Terra Incognita Films
Documentary aired on the Public Television System.

Dr. Seuss
 Ruth K. MacDonald, (1988).

Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel
Judith Morgan, Neil Morgan (1995).

 

Images in this article are copyrighted:

1. Article illustration: Book cover:The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.

2. A hat familiar to readers of the Dr. Seuss book "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins." © Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P.

 

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