Charlie Brown and Snoopy hit the streets of New York this month in a public arts project highlighting Charles Schulz’s iconic characters. Seven murals created by contemporary artists will be unveiled on April 16 in various locations in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan. The artists – Rob Pruitt, Kenny Scharf, Nina Chanel Abney, FriendsWithYou, Tomokazu Matsuyama, AVAF and Mr. A – drew on their personal memories of the Peanuts characters and reimagined them through the lens of their own artistic practices. The exhibition, dubbed the “Peanuts Global Artist Collective,” was commissioned by Peanuts Worldwide and curated by Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen. It’s an international initiative that will be launching in six other cities around the world, including Paris, Tokyo and Mexico City.
In a recent interview with ALL ARTS, Villareal discussed the project and the artworks. “They capture that sense of deep emotion and angst, and celebration that Schulz has in his characters,” she said. “It totally surpasses the idea of a company making products and advertising. It goes to a much more intimate, deep place Charles Schulz himself and the characters and inhabit.”
The New York exhibition will be on view for three months. Click here for a map of the murals.