If you had been invited to dinner at Dr. Seuss’s house, chances are good that you would’ve been presented with an elaborate hat to wear. “Believe me, when you get a dozen people seated at a fairly formal dinner party,” his widow, Audrey, said in an interview for an 1999 educational video, “and they’ve all got on perfectly ridiculous chapeaus, the evening takes care of itself.”
Dr. Seuss loved hats and collected hundreds of them and used them in his books and art. The collection began as research for his second book. And in honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, hats from Seuss’s legendary hat closet are on tour. Hats Off to Dr. Seuss will be on view in Austin at the Art on 5th Gallery (which is now located at 3005 South Lamar in the Corners shopping center near Kirby Lane and Torchy Tacos) from April 6th through April 20th. This is the only stop in Texas. So come take a look and see how many hats you recognize!
For more information:
“The Author Himself was the Cat in the Hat” from the New York Times