cartoonist, Chast — the daughter of two Brooklyn educators who once described her childhood
as "School! School, school, school" to Voice
contributor Richard Gehr — has lampooned the stressful scenarios familiar to any longtime city resident (moribund straphangers enduring decades-long waits for an L train) or overeducated neurotic (the fray of having a spouse whose freelance gig amounts to a life on the couch). For "Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs,"
an exhibition originally presented last year at the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Museum of the City of New York presents more than two hundred of Chast's works, including several of the illustrations in which she plants a textbook New York City tableau into unusual surroundings — as in the 2006 New Yorker
cover that has a psychology session being conducted in inner tubes in the shallow waters of a sparsely populated, friendly-looking beach.Photo:
El, 2014 illustration for "101 Two-Letter Words," by Stephin Merritt. ©Roz Chast.
Urban, often Jewish, anxiety is the name of the game in the drawings of Roz Chast. During her celebrated tenure as a marquee