It’s a Foul, It’s a Field Goal, It’s Football, Charlie Brown!
January 13 through July 25, 2016 | Strip Rotation Gallery
Each fall, Peanuts readers eagerly anticipated Lucy pulling a football away from Charlie Brown. Schulz remembered from childhood, “It was impossible for one boy holding a football for another to let him kick it without pulling it away.” This selection of Peanuts comic strips highlights the Gang’s gridiron efforts and coincides with Super Bowl 50 coming to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016.
Peanuts and the Presidency
April 30 through December 4, 2016 | Downstairs Changing Gallery
Peanuts and politics brushed elbows many times! Pig Pen ran for class president, Lucy eyed the White House, and Spike served as president of his local cactus club. Fun “Snoopy for President” regalia became popular during elections of the 1960s and 70s. Schulz himself received multiple White House invitations, from President Johnson to President Clinton, and counted many commanders in chief as fans.
Lucky Dogs: Snoopy and Presidential Pooches
June 30, 2016 through February 19, 2017 | Upstairs Changing Gallery
Snoopy served as “Head Beagle” in a Peanuts storyline from 1970, but many other dogs also served important roles as companions to the presidents themselves. The White House has been home to many a presidential pup, including FDR’s dog Fala; Reagan’s dog Lucky; and Bo, the Obama family dog. Learn more about the lives of presidential pets, and how Snoopy himself handles being elected to high office.
Peanuts and the Picture of Health
July 27, 2016 through January 16, 2017 | Strip Rotation Gallery
Charles Schulz’s careful study of health issues informed many Peanuts plotlines. From physical fitness to mental well-being, Peanuts highlighted a range of topics regarding personal health. Schulz grew up playing baseball, football, and ice hockey, and later took up jogging, tennis, and even rollerblading—all pursuits that found themselves playfully depicted in the panels of Peanuts.