A Look Back at Roz Chast: Memoirs at Museum of the City of New York




Roz Chast at Museum of the City of New York at the entrance to her exhibition in 2016

As we look forward to Roz Chast in Conversation with Lester Burg this month, it reminds us of the artists’ 2016 exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York ~ Memoirs.

Camera’s were rolling ~ Roz Chast at work.

We got to the Museum early, a day before the opening, knowing that the artist would be hard at work sketching on the wall of the entrance to her exhibit.

Roz Chast working on the entrance to Memoirs

“The wonderful thing about the cartoon form is that it’s a combination of words and pictures. You don’t have to choose, and the two are often greater than the sum of their parts.” ~ Roz Chast, 2016

Artist, Roz Chast, ‘Memoirs’ 2016 at MCNY

Inside, more than 200 works, some of which had never been published ~ all of them chronicling New Yorkers in their obsessions, anxieties, quirks and values.

The exhibit took viewers from her work in ‘The New Yorker,’ on to ‘The World of Roz Chast,’  ‘When You Live in New York,’ ‘You Are Now Leaving New York,’ and finally her ‘Cartoon Memoirs.’

Just had to share the finished ‘carton’ at the entrance to the exhibition, Memoirs.

Chast is The New Yorker’s first major contemporary female cartoonist, securing her first New Yorker cover in 1986.

Want to learn more about Roz Chast?  Join Drawing America for a conversation with Roz Chast on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 2:00pm.