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Oh, the Suess You Can Cruise at the MSI

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 12, 2011 10:30PM

The Museum of Science and Industry opens a new temporary exhibit Thursday called "There’s Fun to be Done! Dr. Seuss & The Art of Invention," celebrating the work of beloved writer Theodor Seuss Geisel. Did you know Seuss was a painter, too? He also created advertisements and editorial cartoons, but in his spare time he was creating something else. The Sun-Times writes:

For seven decades, at night, even at the peak of his commercial success, he painted fine art that he hoped would earn him critical praise.

He hoped the praise would come, but he didn’t know and didn’t want to risk it. After he died in 1991, more than 40 of these paintings were found behind a hidden door in his La Jolla, Calif. home.

The exhibit has his artwork to entertain the adults while the rest of the exhibit encourages children to use their imagination and create their own Seuss-esque contraption from wheels, horns and tubes. There's also some Oobleck to play with -- it's kind of like Gak.

It's been 20 years since Dr. Seuss died, but his legacy of literature isn't going anywhere. It'll be interesting to see his artwork and learn more about a cultural icon.

The Museum of Science and Industry is located at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Tickets to the Suess exhibit are $5 for adults and seniors, and $2 for kids 3-11.