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Description of Pictures: American Pictures: The American Pictures Distinguished Lecture Series offers a highly original approach to art and portraiture. This series pairs great works of art with leading figures of contemporary American culture. Each American Pictures lecture features an eminent writer, thinker, historian, or artist who unravels the meaning behind a single, powerful image. The series director of American Pictures is historian and essayist Adam Goodheart, who is director of the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.
Roz Chast on Charles Addams's Boiling Oil
Roz Chast is internationally recognized for her pioneering cartoons, which have appeared regularly in The New Yorker magazine since 1978. In addition to her work in The New Yorker, she had published cartoons in magazines ranging from Mother Jones to Town & Country and illustrated several children's books. Using a cast of recurring characters, generally hapless but relatively cheerful "everyfolk," she addresed the issues of modern life, including guilt, anxiety, aging, families, friends, money, and real estate. Chast has received several prestigious awards, among them an honorary doctorate from Pratt Institute in 1998. The most recent collection of her work is "Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons, 1978-2006" (2008). David Remick, editor of The New Yorker, has called her "the magazine's only certifiable genius."
American Pictures Series at Smithsonian Features Cartoonist Roz Chast
Chestertown, MD — Legendary New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast will appear on Sunday, April 26, as the final speaker in this spring's American Pictures Distinguished Lecture Series, a joint program of Washington College, the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The American Pictures series offers a highly original approach to art, pairing great works with leading figures of American culture. This spring's all-star line-up has included Chast, iconic filmmaker John Waters (who appeared March 21), novelist Jamaica Kincaid (who appeared April 11) and presidential historian Harold Holzer (who appeared April 18). Each speaker has chosen a single powerful image and investigated its meanings, revealing how artworks reflect American identity and inspire creativity in many different fields. The series director is historian and essayist Adam Goodheart, Hodson Trust-Griswold Director of the college's C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.
Chast has said she found her calling when she was 8 years old and came across some of Charles Addams' deliciously macabre cartoons. On April 26, she will discuss his famous "Boiling Oil." Addams was the creator of the Addams family of television and movie fame, and in the cartoon, a group of Christmas carolers serenades the family manse while the Addamses, hidden on the roof, prepare to douse them with a cauldron of boiling oil. Like Addams before her, Chast is a longtime contributor to The New Yorker, where editor David Remnick calls her "the magazine's only certifiable genius." Her work has been collected in nine books, most recently a 25-year survey of her work, titled Theories of Everything.
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2019_DC_Eulogy_190412 Politics & Prose -- Roz Chast and Patricia Marx ("Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?") w/Melissa Block
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