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A Different Side of Dr. Seuss

Stirring in the bed of the CitiBank building off East 53rd street are a mischievous cat and an eco-conscious woodland dweller. From them you’ll learn about acceptance, ambition, and the beauty of imagination. Get ready to experience Dr. Seuss from a whole new angle with Pop International Gallery’s “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss” exhibit.

"The Lorax"

“The Lorax”

From now until July 6th, head down to The Atrium at 53rd and Lexington to view Dr. Seuss’s artwork, never before seen by the public. Pop International Gallery has acquired the first-ever authorized reproduction of parts of Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s private art collection, and has launched the exhibit at its Midtown location. The new spot caters to those coming in from farther distances away who might want a shorter trek to check out the exhibit rather than journeying down to the gallery’s main location in SoHo.

The installation includes pieces never seen in any of his 44 children’s books, ranging from oil paintings inspired by his time spent in Paris during the Surrealist movement, to full-scale sculptures of the Lorax.

“The exhibit is an expansion beyond his books,” exhibit curator Bill Dreyer said. “It takes his art to a new dimension, highlights his legacy.”

"Tower of Babel"

“Tower of Babel”

That legacy is indeed a prolific and influential one, left by a man who revolutionized how children learn to read. Geisel revolutionized efforts to improve children’s literacy by illustrating all his own works in such a manner that encouraged children to associate words with pictures and to develop cognitive, deductive strategies to help improve word recognition. As he grew to become the legendary author and illustrator he is known as today, he retained complete control of all art direction of all his works, from the preliminary page sketches to the publishing stages.

While Geisel’s literary works highlighted his passion for inspiring children, this “Secret Art” collection emphasizes the often-unrecognized artistic strengths he honed outside of publishing.  According to Pop International’s publicist Sean-Patrick Hillman, this installation answers the question: “What do people like Dr. Seuss do for themselves?” For Seuss, Hillman said, “Art was his children.”

Exhibit curator Bill Dreyer with Seuss's "Kid, You'll Move Mountains" from his book, "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

Curator Bill Dreyer with Seuss’s “Kid, You’ll Move Mountains” from the book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

If you’re a die-hard Seuss lover, or just want a glimpse into one of the most brilliant artistic minds of the 20th century, be sure to head to Pop’s midtown location before July 6th to see a new kind of Seuss!

 

By Madison Seely, Editor-in-Chief

 

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Event Showcase: Tales of a Bedwetter

9780061987137How often does one have the opportunity to listen to the confessionals of an Emmy Award-winning actress struggling with an uncontrollable bladder? As if we’d expect anything less from the ladylike charm of Sarah Silverman, some may be surprised to find her personal narrative depicted this time in print rather than moving picture.

This Tuesday, April 20th, Sarah will be gracing patrons of the Union Square Barnes & Noble with a reading from her first book, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. Read the complete post »

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NYC Walking Tour: Literary Landmarks

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This is the first in a series of NYC walking tours from Inside New York.

You’ll notice a trend at New York City parties: a good third of the young people “want to write.” This is a city steeped in stories—a walk through New York is a walk through the stomping grounds both of beloved wordsmiths and the characters they penned. With a good pair of shoes, an MTA day pass, and a Moleskin notebook, you can explore the sites that have inspired the likes of Jack Kerouac, Dorothy Parker, and Walt Whitman… and perhaps be inspired yourself.

Begin by taking the 1 train to 150th St and Riverside Drive. Standing across the street from the apartment of the Invisible Man author, the Ralph Ellison Memorial is an austere six-inch sheet of metal sporting a man-shaped cutout. Come back another time and frame the sunset through it.

Walk south and a bit east to get back on the 1 at 145th St, and ride it down to 116th and Broadway. Columbia University (2960 Broadway & 116th St) brims with literary history, but many of the prominent writers who studied there scorned i t. Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca lived in John Jay Hall (corner of 114th St & Amsterdam Ave) and Furnald Hall (corner of 115th St & Broadway). He was enrolled in Columbia’s School of General Studies, but spent most of his time romping through the city, intoxicated by “its extrahuman architecture, its furious rhythm, its geometry and anguish.” Likewise, Langston Hughes spent most of his truncated undergraduate career off campus exploring Harlem.

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