December 5, 2018–May 20, 2019
Charles M. Schulz adopted a broad lexicon for Peanuts, though his creative approach to communication went well beyond the traditional use of words. With the stroke of his pen Schulz was able to use line and space to evoke action, emotion, and hilarity—at times, telling a complete story using no words at all. In this exhibition of 70 original comic strips, see examples of the artful techniques Schulz employed to tell his stories, without words.
The World According to Sally
May 23–December 3, 2018
Sally Brown, Charlie Brown’s little sister, has a sweet innocent side, but also a more cynical view of life than most of the other characters in the Peanuts Gang. A favorite phrase of hers is, “Who cares?” and the answer is: we do! Sally is quick to offer her unedited opinions, establish her privileges and pursue new possibilities. Her unrequited love for Linus is sweet rather than sad and many readers can relate to her indifference to playing sports. When she is thwarted by math, or mangles the English language in front of her classmates, she often ends up telling her frustrations to the beloved school building. The many moods of Sally Brown are revealed through this display of original strips.
AAUGH! The Language of Peanuts
November 5, 2017–May 21, 2018
From “security blanket” to “Good grief!”, discover not only how Schulz utilized words and phrases to help shape and define his characters, but also created some of the most universally meaningful and most commonly used expressions in our collective lexicon. On view: original Peanuts comic strips highlighting Schulz’s artful wordplay.
A Friendship Like Ours
April 26–November 6, 2017
Marcie and Peppermint Patty, Linus and Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock—Schulz built upon the spirit of these friendships in Peanuts. Schulz called Woodstock, “. . .Snoopy’s friend and confidant. He just worships Snoopy and would do anything for him. . .” Rediscover these enduring duos in this exhibition of 69 original comic strips, original sketches, and Peanuts ephemera.
Peanuts and the Picture of Health
August 31, 2016–April 24, 2017
Who could imagine addressing a medical condition like amblyopia (better known as lazy eye) with a cast of characters composed completely of children, a bird, and a dog? Charles Schulz’s genius enabled him to accomplish such a feat while evoking a smile of recognition, if not outright laughter. Featuring over 56 original comic strips and health-related artwork and products, Peanuts and the Picture of Health focuses on Charles Schulz’s careful study of health issues which inform many Peanuts plotlines.
It’s a Foul, It’s a Field Goal, It’s Football, Charlie Brown!
January 13–August 29, 2016
Here in the Bay Area, there’s been a lot of buzz lately about Super Bowl 50, which will be played at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara this February. The Peanuts Gang has its own ties to the Super Bowl, having appeared in a halftime show in 1990, game time television commercials, and the 1994 animated cartoon You’re in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown! It’s a Foul, It’s a Field Goal, It’s Football, Charlie Brown! features approximately 70 original Peanuts comic strips and highlights the Gang’s gridiron efforts.
Celebrating 65 Years of Peanuts
August 19–January 10, 2016
65 years ago, Peanuts began publication on October 2, 1950. The earliest comic strips featured a smart aleck Charlie Brown absent his signature zig-zag shirt, and Snoopy as a dog that walked on all fours. In the five decades that Schulz dedicated himself to Peanuts, the physical appearance of the Gang naturally evolved, as well as their individual attitudes and personal philosophies. See how your favorite characters developed and changed in this installation celebrating 65 years of Peanuts comics.
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Peanuts in the Penalty Box
April 15–August 16, 2015
“Hockey, for me, is the greatest game going.” – Charles M. Schulz
Playing ice hockey on backyard rinks in Minnesota, Schulz developed a love of the game from an early age. He joyfully portrayed ice sports in Peanuts, where Snoopy and Woodstock made a tiny birdbath their arena. Schulz began participating in senior hockey tournaments more than 40 years ago, eventually hosting Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament at Redwood Empire Ice Arena. We’re marking the occasion with Peanuts comic strips showcasing Schulz’s venerated pastime, and specially selected materials from the Zamboni Company archives.
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Good Days and Bad Days: Juxtapositions in Peanuts
December 10, 2014–April 13, 2015
Charles Schulz created strong character comparisons in Peanuts. Lucy’s self-assuredness contrasted with Charlie Brown’s anxieties. Marcie excels in school while Peppermint Patty struggles to stay awake in class. Snoopy’s joyfulness countered the complex emotions of the children in their everyday contemplation of the world around them. Juxtapositions in Peanuts features over 70 original comic strips highlighted by contrasting episodes and emotions in Peanuts, illustrating Schulz’s distinct cartoonist approach to the human condition.
Punchlines in Peanuts
August 13–December 7, 2014
Do you have all-time favorite Peanuts strips that make you laugh out loud? Charles Schulz was a master of comedy, pairing his clean drawing style with carefully crafted punchlines. Learn about the art of joke-telling and explore how Schulz has kept readers laughing for decades in this exhibition which features 70 original comic strips with some of the most clever punchlines in Peanuts.
Heartbreak in Peanuts
February 5–August 11, 2014
Like so many themes within Peanuts, readers could easily relate to the universal and plaintive experience of heartbreak. “There’s something funny about unrequited love,” Schulz said, “I suppose it’s because we can all identify with it.” Over 70 original strips will focus on narratives of lost love in Peanuts, highlighted by enduring stories of Sally and her “Sweet Babboo,” and Charlie Brown’s quest to meet the Little Red-Haired Girl.
Play Things: Toys in Peanuts
October 16, 2013–February 3, 2014
Although Schulz didn’t always enjoy drawing toys in Peanuts – after all, it is difficult to draw a tricycle in exactly the same way panel after panel – he did include playthings in his comic strip. This exhibition features dolls, tops, blocks, jack-in-the-boxes, paddle balls, and a can and string phone!
Barking up the Family Tree
June 5–October 14, 2013
Meet Snoopy’s “band of brothers” Spike, Marbles, Olaf and Andy and sister Belle in this exhibition of 70 original Peanuts strips. Spike and Belle debuted in the comic strip in the 1970s and are the most fully developed characters of all of Snoopy’s siblings. Marbles and Olaf were introduced in the 1980s, while Andy, the namesake of Schulz’s own beloved dog, didn’t make an appearance until 1994.
November 21, 2012–June 3, 2013
Enjoy the holidays as celebrated by the Peanuts Gang! Halloween, Veterans Day, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and more have all been observed in Peanuts strips. The 70 original strips in this exhibition feature the Great Pumpkin vigil, the Easter Beagle’s joyous romp, and ringing in the New Year with Snoopy and Woodstock.
Taunting Trees and Talking Walls: Anthropomorphism in Peanuts
August 8–November 26, 2012
The Peanuts strip entered a new realm of abstraction when Sally’s schoolhouse, the pitcher’s mound, trees and Charlie Brown’s kite and baseball glove all started to do the talking (or thinking!). The exhibition takes a closer look at Schulz’s use of anthropomorphism in 70 original Peanuts strips.
April 4–August 6, 2012
Who would Charlie Brown be without his zigzag shirt, Lucy sans her trademark dress, or Peppermint Patty minus her Birkenstock sandals? Most cartoonists dress their characters in the same clothing week in and week out and Charles Schulz was no exception. A character’s clothing helps a reader to establish the character’s identity. Thus many readers believe that Charlie Brown’s zigzag represents what he might describe as his “wishy-washyness” while Lucy’s prim and proper dress conveys a sense of her righteousness. And many fans of Peanuts think that Peppermint Patty’s attire, which certainly telegraphs her athleticism, may also suggest her disregard for some aspects of 1960s-era feminine propriety. Play Clothes examines the different clothes and corresponding situations with a display of 50 original Peanuts strips.