There was so much more to Dr. Seuss than his zany, surrealistically animated children’s stories. Aside from his left-leaning political stances, troublesome affinity for bootlegged gin, and an extramarital affair that reportedly led to his sick wife’s suicide, he privately produced an enormous art collection that was perhaps too “out there” even for his children’s books.

On view for the first time ever, “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss” is a collection of his so-called “midnight paintings,” along with some very strange sculptures. From haggard-looking Cat in Hats to morbidly captioned smiley ladies in coffins to “Unorthodox Taxidermy,” the mounted heads of disturbingly familiar-looking creatures, this is a side of Theodor Seuss Geisel you’ve never seen before. “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss,” Theodor Seuss Geisel, May 11- July 16, POP International Galleries, Midtown. (Images: ArtInfo, Huffpo)