To launch its 2015 Centennial Celebration, the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park will debut “INGENIOUS! The World of Dr. Seuss,” Saturday, Nov. 22. The whimsical, fun-filled exhibition will run through December 2015 and feature artwork by La Jolla’s beloved Theodor (Dr. Seuss) Geisel — some inspired by San Diego locales.
The exhibition will also include family-friendly activities based on his books’ underlying themes: Literacy, the Environment, Family, and Community, and a Dr. Seuss nook will host monthly readings by local celebrities.
The show explores the breadth of Geisel’s artistic legacy, with a focus on images and artworks rarely, if ever, exhibited during his lifetime. Material is drawn from public and private collections, including the Dr. Seuss Archives at UCSD, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, and the Dr. Seuss Estate, featuring rare and never-before-seen images from the 1920s to ’90s.
“Ingenious” includes a selection of didactic panels highlighting little-known facts from Geisel’s multi-faceted career, along with authorized estate editions reproduced under permission from his family.
“Dr. Seuss Enterprises is proud to bring this exhibition to Ted’s home for the people of San Diego to enjoy,” said Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. “Many locals know that Dr. Seuss lived here, and while they have read his books many have not yet seen his art. This exhibition will show the community another fantastical side of Dr. Seuss.”
The History Center’s “CELEBRATE SAN DIEGO!” exhibition line-up also includes “Masterworks of the Exposition Era,” with renowned artwork displayed at the 1915 Art Exhibition; “San Diego Invites the World,” a multi-media commemoration of the 1915 Exposition; and a new documentary film “Balboa Park: The Jewel of San Diego.”