Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir by Roz Chast © Roz Chast

An exhibition organized by Norman Rockwell Museum

Everybody has a different line, a different sense of humor. It’s a great medium, I just love cartoons. ―Roz Chast

Many readers of The New Yorker and other popular publications have been drawn to Roz Chast’s singular wit, and look forward to each new cartoon recounting the exploits of characters they feel they have come to know. Inspired, as Norman Rockwell was, by life’s small moments, her intelligent, expressive drawings prove that fact can be stranger than fiction, and that one need not go far to find comic relief in our irrepressible world.

Norman Rockwell Museum is honored to present the art of this distinguished illustration master in Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, celebrating almost four decades of outstanding artistic accomplishment. The exhibition offers the first presentation of original works from Roz Chast’s acclaimed graphic memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, which chronicles the lives of her aging parents with heartfelt humor and emotion. The full range of the Chast’s talents and the breadth of her career are also revealed in her legendary cartoons for The New Yorker; book illustrations for Around the Clock, What I Hate from A to Z, Marco Goes to School, and 101 Two-Letter Words, among others; intricately-painted Ukrainian character eggs; and one-of-a-kind hand-made storytelling rugs, which bring our world’s many shared joys and challenges to life.

Complete Facts
Contents: Approximately 175original artworks; photographs; artifacts/personal memorabilia; video interview; monograph brochure; introductory and informational panels; and object/extended identification labels.
Security: High, all works must be within sight of a trained security officer/staff member at all times during public hours.
Security: High, all works must be within sight of a trained security officer/staff member at all times during public hours.
Environment: Light level -18 to 22 foot candles for paintings and 5 to 7 foot candles for works on paper and other light restricted objects. Humidity -50% plus or minus 5% and temperature
68 – 72 degrees, no direct sunlight and no direct contact with light fixtures or heating, air conditioning, ventilation, or electrical outlets.
Space Requirements: approx. 3000-4000 square feet
Shipping: Air ride, Climate controlled


Contact: Mary Melius, Manager of Traveling Exhibitions
413-931-2245 ,