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Celebrating ‘The Art of Dr. Seuss’ at the Upcountry History Museum
Greenville, S.C. – “Oh, the thinks you can think” when “The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective and
International Touring Exhibition” arrives at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in celebration of the art and life of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to his reading audience as Dr. Seuss.
Chronicling the common artistic links found throughout Geisel’s almost 70 years of creativity, this exhibit, running through May 21, 2017, explores known and unknown facets of his life, including careers as an editorial cartoonist, advertiser, military propagandist, children’s book author, poet, sculptor and influential artist.
Visitors will walk chronologically through Dr. Seuss’ life and see 32 didactic panels intermingled with a collection of estate authorized artworks adapted and reproduced from original paintings, drawings and sculpture.Works in the exhibition feature rare and never-before- seen images from the 1920s to 1990s and include both original materials and imagery re-created from significant public and private collections, such as the University of California San Diego archives, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and the Dr. Seuss Estate.
Beginning as a little known editorial cartoonist in the 1920s, Geisel’s intriguing perspective and fresh concepts ignited his career and his work evolved quickly to deft illustrations, modeled sculpture and sophisticated oil paintings of elaborate imagination. This unique artistic vision linked every facet of his varied career, and his artwork became the platform from which he delivered 44 children’s books, over 400 World War II political cartoons, advertisements and editorials filled with wonderfully inventive animals, characters and clever humor.
Best known today as one of the most beloved and bestselling children’s authors of all time having written and illustrated classics such as “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Lorax,” “Horton Hears a Who!” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!,” Geisel is recognized for his singular contribution as a unique and influential 20 th century American artist.
The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.upcountryhistory.org or call 864-467- 3100.
Wheels on Fire, the newest exhibit appearing at the historic Belton Train Depot, opens with a celebration and lots of family-friendly activities beginning at 3 PM, Sunday, January 29.
The exhibit focuses on all things with wheels that make our lives more convenient, more fun, and more exciting! There are antique and vintage wheel-related items of all types on display, from a classic motorcycle to 1950’s roller skates, from racing memorabilia to a collection of pedal cars, from racing clothing/gear to photographs of people enjoying their wheels, from mechanic’s tools to graphic skateboards.
While visiting the exhibit, children can make a Lego car and race it to victory, climb on a jungle gym made from tractor/truck tires, or try their skill on an indoor skateboarding ramp. Racing themed snacks will also be available.
Depending on their racing schedules, motocross racers Steward and Grant Baylor and race car drivers Justin and Luke Sorrow will be on hand to tell about their driving exploits.
A car exhibition will also be on the green space of the depot, if weather permits.
After the opening, items will be on display through April 8 during regular museum hours, from 9 AM – 2 PM Wednesday through Friday, and 9 AM – 1 PM on Saturday. Group tours can be arranged by appointment.
The exhibit is sponsored by Anderson County ATAX, City of Belton HTAX, Baron Tire Co., and Belton Motors, LLC. Thanks to the patronage of these sponsors, the opening event and museum entry are free to the public.
For more information or to arrange a group tour, please call Abigail Burden, BAMA Executive Director, at 864-338- 7400 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out our new website at http://beltonmuseum.com.