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Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs Roz Chast, El, 2014. Illustration for “101 Two-Letter Words” by Stephin Merritt. © Roz Chast. All rights reserved.

Roz Chast is one of the most celebrated cartoonists in the United States today. Since the 1970s, Brooklyn-born Chast has chronicled the anxieties, pleasures, and perils of contemporary life in a body of work that includes over 1,200 cartoons published in The New Yorker and other magazines, several illustrated children’s books, and her award-winning 2014 visual memoir about the last years of her elderly parents’ lives, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Autobiography and the Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction. The exhibition, making its west coast debut at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, features approximately 250 objects including all of the original work for Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, original cartoons for The New Yorker and others, children’s book illustrations, and storytelling rugs. Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Massachusetts.