Dr. Seuss art exhibit, Austin
Today was the final day of SXSW here in Austin, and Trey and I took in a couple of art exhibits downtown while as we strolled in the sun music wafted up the city streets. Our first stop was the free Dr. Seuss art exhibit, located the gallery at Art on 5th. This display of fine art prints, sculptures and informative panels about the artist was better than many paid exhibits I’ve seen. If you’re in the Austin area, and enjoyed Seuss’s books as a child, you’ll love this.
Dr. Seuss’s real name was Theodor Suess Geisel. He illustrated advertisements early on, and had a penchant for sculpting imagined animals as if they were taxidermy, which when completed he drew. One of the more interesting stories about Geisel’s life was about his famous “Green Eggs and Ham” book, which was created after a friend bet him he couldn’t create a popular book using only 50 words. Geisel and his pal determined the victor of this bet would collect $50. And since the book is one of the best sellers of all time, you’d think Geisel got his $50 bucks, but you’d be wrong. Considering how famous the book became though, I’m willing to bet Geisel wasn’t phased by his sheister friend.
The Dr. Suess exhibit in Austin lasts until March 31st at Art on 5th.