Welcome from Museum Director Nancy R. Goodman

Welcome to the Grand Opening of the Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum

Nancy vpmWe invite you to enter the Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum for a new experience of psychoanalytic understanding. You are now a part of the museum community. Your feedback will help create a place for psychoanalysis to show the dynamism of deep unconscious life and the vitality inherent in dialogue. Please give us feedback about the museum as a whole, content of each gallery, the format, and topics for future development.

Our Grand Opening features three topical galleries, along with descriptions of how to enjoy and participate.   We are using a variety of media to help bring forth the vitality of psychoanalytic thought and clinical work.

Confidentiality: We use the highest standards for presentations of clinical vignettes including gaining permission and/or disguising of identity.  Individual contributors are expected to follow these standards.

The Three Galleries

Space and Time curated by Batya Monder with Nancy R. Goodman. Exhibitions are by Nancy R. Goodman, Antonino Ferro, Desy Safan-Gerard, and Batya Monder’s narratives about space and time include contributions from Calvin Settlage, Robert S. Wallerstein, Thomas H. Ogden, & Gerald Fogel.

Space and Time relate to the interior of the mind and to the interior of a museum.  In both we find timeless works of art and unconscious fantasies that need containment to be held securely.  Both the contemporary and the ancient reside within the spaces of mind and museum.

The Body,  curated by Paula L. Ellman. Exhibitions with commentary and images from Janice Lieberman, Ellen Sinkman, Marsha H. Levy- Warren, and Calli Ryan.

Freud told us that the body is the first ego and clinicians recognize that the soma and psyche are intimately connected both in pleasure and in pain.  The exhibitions tell and show the way beauty, pain, and injury directly impact experience of living in a body communicating to self and other.

Film,  Lars and the Real Girl, curated by Marilyn B. Meyers with exhibition commentaries from Noa Ashman, George Halasz and Marilyn B. Meyers.

This film is a moving and compelling story reminding us all of the importance of attachment, grief, and reparation. Film clips and discussions help reveal the inner life of Lars and indeed, all of us.

Please click on each gallery for entrance and move between the exhibitions in each.


Nancy R. Goodman, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society, Washington DC Program and the IPA. She is interested in unconscious fantasy, witnessing of individual and mass trauma, enactments, and psychoanalysis and film. She is the leader of a CIPS study group on enactments. Her most recent publications include: The Power of Witnessing: Reflections, Reverberations, and Traces of the Holocaust—Trauma Psychoanalysis, and the Living Mind (co-editor/writer with Marilyn B. Meyers), ‘Enactment: Opportunity for Symbolising Trauma’ (Ellman & Goodman) in Absolute Truth and Unbearable Psychic Pain: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Concrete Experience (ed. A. Frosch), as well as being editor of Psychoanalysis: Listening to Understand–Collected Papers of Arlene Kramer Richards. She maintains a psychoanalytic practice in Bethesda, MD.

 

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6 thoughts on “Welcome from Museum Director Nancy R. Goodman

  1. Alessanda Baviera

    Miłość od pierwszego wejrzenia

    Oboje są przekonani,
    że połączyło ich uczucie nagłe.
    Piękna jest taka pewność,
    ale niepewność piękniejsza.

    Sądzą, że skoro nie znali się wcześniej,
    nic między nimi nigdy się nie działo.
    A co na to ulice, schody, korytarze,
    na których mogli sie od dawna mijać?

    Chciałabym ich zapytać,
    czy nie pamiętają-
    może w dzwiach obrotowych
    kiedyś twarzą w twarz?
    jakieś “przepraszam” w ścisku?
    głos “pomyłka” w słuchawce?
    – ale znam ich odpowiedź.
    Nie, nie pamiętają.

    Bardzo by ich zdziwiło,
    że od dłuższego już czasu
    bawił sie nimi przypadek.

    Jeszcze nie całkiem gotów
    zamienić się dla nich w los,
    zbiżał ich i oddalał,
    zabiegał im drogę
    i tłumiąc chichot
    odskakiwał w bok.

    Były znaki, sygnały,
    cóż z tego, że nieczytelne.
    Może trzy lata temu
    albo w zeszły wtorek
    pewien listek przefrunął
    z ramienia na ramię?
    Było coś zgubionego i podniesionego.
    Kto wie, czy już nie piłka
    w zaroślach dzieciństwa?

    Były klamki i dzwonki,
    na których zawczasu
    dotyk kładł się na dotyk.
    Walizki obok siebie w przechowalni.
    Był może pewnej nocy jednakowy sen,
    natychmiast po zbudzeniu zamazany.

    Każdy przecież początek
    to tylko ciąg dalszy,
    a księga zdarzeń
    zawsze otwarta w połowie.

    (Wisława Szymborska)

    Thank you for this wonderful experience!
    Alessandra Baviera (Italy)

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  2. David Lichtenstein

    Congratulations on the opening of your cabinet of wonders. It is a great celebration of psychoanalysis and its imaginative potential. The range of writing is exciting and impressive and already a great contribution to the field.

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  3. Stella van der Klugt

    Congratulations this is a great project and an example. Maybe we will be able to do it in different parts of the world. a wonderful way of making psychoanalisys better known to the public.

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  4. Michael Krass

    A wonderful addition to the ways in which we can ‘visit’ the world of psychoanalysis, in which we can walk around the halls of psychoanalytic thinking and ideas, observing them, considering them, interacting with them, discussing them. An innovative approach to sharing the wealth of creativity that is held by so many contemporary psychoanalytic thinkers. The only thing missing from the Grand Opening was wine and cheese (-:

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