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Exhibitions

David Hockney new self portrait

Hockney’s Eye: The Art and Technology of Depiction

One of the most influential artists of our time, David Hockney (b.1937) takes over Cambridge this spring and summer with an exhibition across The Fitzwilliam Museum and The Heong Gallery, Downing College.

‘Lucy for First Lady’ (1970), postcard, 203.2mm x 152.4mm. Courtesy of the Hallmark Archives, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

LUCY VAN PELT: DIRECTOR OF EVERYTHING

Fri 5 November 2021 - Sun 6 February

The Heong Gallery

About the Exhibition
Lucy Van Pelt is one of the most enduring female characters in the 'Peanuts' universe, having made her first appearance in the comic strip in March 1952. Charles M. Schulz soon realised that Lucy, a character he initially disliked for her ‘cold-blooded’ self-sufficiency, would be the perfect antidote to Charlie Brown’s self-doubt and childhood anxieties. Lucy is the model of self-belief, whether it be in her frustration with the perceived shortcomings of others, or with her readiness to dispense advice. A disaster on the baseball field, Lucy is always ready with a justification for why she didn’t catch the ball. The football gag, where Lucy convinces Charlie Brown to run up and kick the ball before pulling it away, could only work for nearly fifty years because the reader looks forward to each ingenious ruse. It is in the makeshift psychiatric booth that Lucy truly comes into her own, charging 5 cents for the advice that she otherwise dispenses free and, frequently, unsolicited.

By creating a character who is so outspoken, Schulz made space in the comic to address feminism, mental health, religion, and the frustrations of childhood in frank and sophisticated ways that had not been attempted in the comic strip form.

About 'Peanuts'
Drawn by Charles M. Schulz, 'Peanuts' was syndicated in newspapers from 1950 to 2000, gaining a global following amongst fans of all ages. The everyday struggles and ponderings of a group of perpetual pre-teens in an unnamed midwestern town captured the zeitgeist over five decades, while maintaining the childlike innocence of its characters. Working within the strict gag-a-day format of newspaper funnies, Schulz was able to create complex characters who were given the space to follow their thoughts while still delivering the laughs and the running gags.

The Peanuts gang appeared in several television specials and films, books, and promotional materials and the strip has been cited widely as an inspiration for comic strip artists who followed.

Cost: Free

Enquiries and booking

No need to book.

Timing

In person

12:00pm-5:00pm Wednesday-Sunday every week from Friday 5 November 2021 until Sunday 6 February (except between Thursday 23 December 2021 and Monday 3 January)

All times

Fri 5 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 6 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 7 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 10 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 11 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 12 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 13 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 14 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 17 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 18 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 19 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 20 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 21 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 24 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 25 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 26 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 27 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 28 November 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 1 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 2 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 3 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 4 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 5 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 8 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 9 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 10 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 11 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 12 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 15 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 16 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 17 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 18 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 19 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 22 December 2021 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 5 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 6 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 7 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 8 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 9 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 12 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 13 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 14 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 15 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 16 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 19 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 20 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 21 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 22 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 23 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 26 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 27 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 28 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 29 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 30 January 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 2 February 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Thu 3 February 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Fri 4 February 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 5 February 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 6 February 12:00PM - 5:00PM

Venue

Address: The Heong Gallery
Downing College
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB2 1DQ
United Kingdom
Email: gallery@dow.cam.ac.uk
Telephone: 01223334800
Website