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New Yorker cartoons sit at the intersection of dry wit and erudite pretension, with a distinctive style and a tone that has endured for generations. The magazine has showcased a number of talented and witty comic artists whose high-minded drawings pair nicely with dullardly punch lines about riding the subway or golfing dentists. Charles ‘Chas’ Addams is arguably the publication’s most recognizable illustrator, producing a number of best selling collections along with spawning the ubiquitous Addams Family franchise. His legacy, Roz Chast, has regularly contributed to The New Yorker for the past 30 years and will likely be remembered just as fondly. Chast will close this season’s American Pictures Distinguished Lecture Series at the National Portrait Gallery with an investigation of Addams’ Boiling Oil, a macabre work that encompasses the legend’s trademark gallows humor and Chast’s skewering of middle-class mores.
THE LECTURE BEGINS AT 4:30 P.M. AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, 8th and F STreets NW. FREE TICKETS DISTRIBUTED ONE HOUR BEFORE LECTURE. (202) 633-1000.