Iconic New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast returns to Arts & Letters Live by popular demand! From the New York Times bestselling author of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Chast’s new graphic memoir, Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York, is a hilarious illustrated ode/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan as only she could write it.
For native Brooklynite Chast, adjusting to life in the Connecticut suburbs (where people own trees!?) was surreal. But she recognized that for her kids, the reverse was true. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange world of Manhattan with its gum-wad-dotted sidewalks and "those West Side Story-things" (fire escapes). Going Into Town began as an urban guidebook for when her daughter was preparing to move to Manhattan for college.
Chast has established herself as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of modern life.Her works typically address the universal topics of guilt, aging, families, money, real estate, and much, much more. Chast has had over 1,000 cartoons printed in the New Yorker since 1978, and David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker, called her “the magazine’s only certifiable genius.” In 2012,
she was honored with the New York City Literary Award for Humor.
6:30 p.m.: Join Madeleine Fitzgerald, Audience Relations Coordinator, for a talk in the galleries focused on New York artists and art. Enjoy Manhattan cocktails in the DMA Cafe!