Traveling Exhibitions

GOOD GRIEF! A Selection from 50 Years of Original Art from Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts


Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts is not only the most successful newspaper comic strip in the history of the form; it also represents one of the more remarkable achievements in the history of twentieth-century artistic endeavor in terms of qualitative consistency and sheer longevity. The strip debuted on October 2, 1950, and ran continuously for almost fifty years, with the last Sunday page appearing on February 13, 2000. Schulz himself passed away only a day before this final strip saw print.

Schulz drew nearly 18,000 strips over the course of his astonishing career. Instead of pretending to an impossible comprehensiveness, exhibition curator Ben Saunders, associate professor of English and director of the new comics studies minor, has attempted to offer a series of revealing snapshots from all five decades of Peanuts, producing a kind of “time-lapse” effect that will allow the viewer to take in the origins, maturation, and final years of this great American masterwork. At the same time, the show provides a unique perspective onto fifty years of twentieth-century U.S. history and culture, as seen through the eyes of one of our country’s most beloved cartoonists.

The exhibition of 25 original Peanuts strips is courtesy of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California. It was made possible with funding from the JSMA Academic Support Grant Program and the Coleman-Guitteau OHC Fellowship.

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