Photograph of Roz Chast in her Studio, 2015, by Jeremy Clowe. Norman Rockwell Collections
In April, the Museum of the City of New York opened a new exhibit featuring the work of Roz Chast. While not every New Yorker may know Roz by name, most New Yorkers are familiar with her illustrations.
In 1978, just a year after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Roz dropped off her portfolio at The New Yorker. The magazine not only selected one of her drawings for publication but also told Roz to keep the work coming. Since then, she has published over 1,200 works in The New Yorker, including 18 covers. And perhaps more than any other contemporary illustrator, Chast—a born and raised New Yorker—has consistently managed to capture the humor, beauty and at times, the sheer difficulty of living in the city.
Ahead we catch up with Roz, who reflects on her New York upbringing, her love for interiors, and what makes NYC so different from other cities.
read our interview with roz chast here
Roz Chast in her home. Image courtesy of the New Yorker
Some born-and-bred NYC residents will tell you that you’re not a true New Yorker until you have a subscription to The New Yorker. As much as we all want to be thought of as part of the city’s intellectual elite, it can often be challenging to read the hefty magazine from cover to cover (though you can now watch the publication on Amazon), but one thing we never skip are the witty cartoons, especially those from legendary staff cartoonist Roz Chast.
Known for her “colorful, wry, and slightly deranged” cartoons, Chast’s work has graced the pages of The New Yorker for 36 years, leading to the publication of more than 1,270 cartoons in the magazine and over a dozen books. A new video from the magazine takes readers inside her Ridgefield, Connecticut home and studio, where she’s lived with husband and humor writer Bill Franzen since 1990. Chast describes her residence as “a kind of notebook” where she creates her weekly batch of cartoons.
Watch the video here