Join Drawing America for a conversation with Roz Chast, The New Yorker staff cartoonist, to hear how she draws humor from these unprecedented times we all find ourselves in, especially here in New York. Ms. Chast will present a slideshow of drawings she has created since the pandemic began. Following the presentation, she will be in conversation with Lester Burg, former Deputy Director of the MTA’s Art and Design program in New York City.
Drawing America Presents: Roz Chast, Finding Humor in Difficult Times will take place on Sunday, May 24th at 2:00pm Eastern Time.
Roz Chast was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a B.F.A. in painting in 1977. Her cartoons and covers have appeared continuously in The New Yorker since 1978. She has published several cartoon collections and has written and illustrated several children’s books. Her graphic memoir chronicling her parents’ final years, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the inaugural Kirkus Prize, and was short-listed for a National Book Award in 2014. Her most recent book, “Going into Town,” an illustrated guide to New York City, won the New York City Book Award in 2017. The editor of The New Yorker, David Remnick, has called her “the magazine’s only certifiable genius.” (bio shamelessly taken from The New Yorker website)
Lester Burg recently retired as MTA Arts & Design Deputy Director and served as Chair of the Public Art Network, a national council. Burg has managed public art projects, from proposal to installation, for the Second Avenue subway and neighborhood stations throughout the City. He has worked with such artists as Xenobia Bailey, Chuck Close, Alex Katz, Sarah Sze, Vik Muniz, Jean Shin, Yoko Ono and Firelei Baez on their permanent subway art installations.
Take a look back at Roz Chast: Memoirs, an exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York in 2016.