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A Charlie Brown Exhibition: “Pop Culture in Peanuts”

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A Charlie Brown Exhibition: “Pop Culture in Peanuts”

A Florida arts center is honoring Charles Schulz’s iconic “Peanuts” cartoons and their light-hearted ties to popular culture.

Pop Culture in Peanuts is on display at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida. With more than 70 original comic strips and drawings, the exhibition is the largest showing of Schulz’s work since he died in 2000.

Schulz always reflected the latest trends in Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang. In Pop Culture in Peanuts, more than 100 rare memorabilia items gathered by curator Jane Hart complement the cartoons, tracing parallel timelines of Peanuts and pop culture over 50 years. While Schulz added slight details to his characters over those years, youth and simplicity – two things we all learn to cherish in life – remained prevalent. That’s what made them so lovable, and those same two qualities are etched in the spirit of pop culture.

The exhibit also features excerpts from the timeless Charlie Brown holiday movies, as well as a life-size version of Snoopy’s red doghouse and “The Peanuts Play Area,” where visitors can create their own cartoons. The Florida Comic Strip Challenge, open to cartoonists of all ages, runs in conjunction with the show, which closes on September 8.

Now we’re stuck browsing through “Peanuts” cartoons – What’s one of your favorites? Tweet us at @DuggalNYC or show us in the comments below.

Courtesy of the Art and Culture Center

Courtesy of the Art and Culture Center

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