Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents The New Yorker cartoonist for a talk about her work and life on Saturday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m., at Centre Congretional Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. Tickets $15 at brattleboromuseum.org, $20 at door
BMAC presents a talk by The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast at the Centre Congretional Church, 193 Main St.
BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) announces a much-anticipated talk by The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, author of the widely acclaimed graphic novel, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" Chast will speak about her work, life, and career, in connection with BMAC's exhibition of 139 original drawings from her graphic novel, on display at the museum until September 24.
Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with a $5 discount for BMAC members. Reservations are strongly recommended. To purchase tickets, or to become a member of the museum, call 802-257-0124 x101 or visit brattleboromuseum.org.
Roz Chast'sgraphic novel "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" is a cartoon memoir that tells the story of her experiences with her aging parents. Dedicated professional educators before their retirement, Elizabeth and George Chast were temperamentally dissimilar but intensely devoted to one another. Chast's poignant tale, punctuated by moments of hilarity, traces their physical and cognitive decline, from "The Beginning of the End" to "The End," examining the complexities of her relationship with them through the years.
"I didn't want to forget how [my parents] talked, and I didn't want to forget how they were," said Chast. "Some of the stories that emerged were hilarious, but also heartbreaking, and they became a record of my experience with them. To know that others felt the book meant something to them—I'm very happy about that."
Chast grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and loved to draw from the time she was a child. She attended Rhode Island School of Design and majored in painting, thinking that it seemed more artistic than illustration. After graduating from college, she began drawing again and never stopped. In addition to her regular cartoons in The New Yorker, Chast's illustrations have been published in Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. Chast also illustrated "The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z," the best-selling children's book by Steve Martin. A 2014 National Book Award Finalist for Non-Fiction, Chast's "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" won the prestigious National Book Critics' Circle Award for Autobiography and the Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction. The memoir and its author were recognized in 2015 with a Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities.
The exhibition of Chast's artwork at BMAC is part of "Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs," organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The museum's galleries and gift shop are open every day except Tuesday, 11-5. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit brattleboromuseum.org.
Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and the Four Columns Inn, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, People's United Bank, Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, and Allen Brothers Oil.