”Good Grief! A Selection of Original Art from Fifty Years of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

“GOOD GRIEF! A Selection of Original Art from 50 Years of Charles M. Schulz‘s Peanuts” goes on view in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Artist Project Space from September 1 to December 30, 2012. The exhibition features twenty-five examples from Schulz’s lifetime of work, with five strips for each decade.

Peanuts ran for fifty years, debuting on October 2, 1950, and running until February 13, 2000.  Schulz took only one extended holiday during that entire period (for one month, in the winter of 1997).  Otherwise, he worked consistently on the comic until his death, passing away just a day before the last episode saw print.  In total, he produced an astonishing 17, 897 Peanuts strips.

Public activities related to the exhibition include the following two programs:

A Conversation with Jan Eliot on Tuesday, October 23, at 5:30 p.m. Exhibition curator Ben Saunders interviews Jan Eliot about her experiences with Charles Schulz and her own career as the artist of the nationally successful newspaper strip “Stone Soup.”

On Thursday, November 8, at 5:30 p.m., Gary Groth, publisher of Fantagraphics Books and “The Complete Peanuts” and past editor-in-chief of “The Comics Journal,” speaks on the importance of Charles Schulz’s work within the larger tradition of newspaper strip comics. This lecture is co-sponsored by the UO School of Journalism.

“Good Grief” is made possible with funding from the JSMA Academic Support Grant Program, the Coleman-Guitteau OHC Fellowship, and with the help and support of Jean Schulz and the staff of The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, CA.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.