Good Grief!

Merit Award

In celebration of the genius of Charles M. Schulz, familiar characters Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and Linus step into the third dimension, leading children and families on a fun journey through childhood trials and tribulations. A retrospective gallery of comic strips chronicle five decades of Schulz's work on panels that incorporate display cases of vintage Peanuts memorabilia. The design team faced the challenge of creating a highly interactive, three-dimensional world from a two-dimensional comic strip. Sculptors created large-scale figures while in-house builders created such familiar landmarks as Snoopy's doghouse, Lucy's psychiatry booth, and Woodstock's nest. The Good Grief exhibition and its coordinating educational programs aim to involve families in observing one another as everyone plays together in an environment of humor.

Jury Comments: 

"This exhibit masterfully succeeds in creating a highly interactive 3-D world from a two-dimensional comic strip. The thought bubble labels are extremely impressive. The Good Grief exhibition creates an environment of humor that allows families to play together – what a wonderful concept!!"

"Too often cartoon means primary kid's colors. This exhibit takes a very sophisticated visual approach and is quite respectful of the wit and wisdom of Charles Schultz."

Design Firm: 

Children's Museum of Manhattan Exhibitions Department


Children's Museum of Manhattan

Location City: 

New York, New York

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Photo Credits: 

Alexander Boriqua

Design Team: 

Larry Langham (Principal in Charge), Alexander Boriqua, Carolyn Crowley, Heidi Neilson, Wendy Aibel-Weiss




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