Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the 2016-2017 season at the Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum

Nancy vpmAs we approach the end of our second season, The Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum is pleased to announce the launch three new exhibits.

We began our 2016-2017 season with the delight and profound wisdom of our senses–the way deep emotional and psychic knowledge is born and conveyed through photography and music.

The Images Gallery is an extension of our earlier Gallery on Space and Time. When there is space in the mind discovery, creation, and finding of images takes place. We begin with an exhibit by Terrance McLarnan, a psychoanalyst and photographer. You will find resonance in his work about the way analytic process takes place when “dreaming” and “reverie” are present. The visual image has a special place in psychoanalytic thinking since Sigmund Freud alerted us to the importance of “seeing” what is happening in the mind. The layers of metaphor that appear with imagery expand our feeling and thinking about what is taking place clinically between patients and analysts.

Our first exhibit in this gallery is by Terrance McLarnan. Terrance presents five themes in his exhibit of photographic images and psychoanalytic reflections. Enjoy each one as you take in the photographic/psychoanalytic mind.

The Jazz Gallery, by guest curator Jane Hall explores the exquisite connection to others that takes place when we “listen” with our whole being. Jane Hall develops the music of listening in this gallery. This is a beautiful testament to her psychoanalytic understanding and to her late husband, the renowned jazz musician, Jim Hall.

Recently we expanded The Images Gallery with a 3-part exhibit of arresting images and provocative text by Shahid Najeeb, who has combined his skills as psychiatrist/training psychoanalyst and photographer.

Then we added two new Galleries.  The Music & Healing Gallery, curated by Batya R. Monder and Beth Reese, features the work of virtuoso violinist and composer Ittai Shapira, who has begun using his compositions to help individuals and communities to heal.

The Women’s Yard Gallery, curated by Marilyn B. Meyers, features a presentation by Maxine Nelson which honors the deeply moving installation created by Kamila Ženatá in Prague and in the concentration camp Terezin.

We 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.


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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3 thoughts on “Director’s Welcome

  1. Malkah Notman,MD

    This strikes me as an excellent and illuminating idea.I’m not clear as to how to get into it. I discovered it while looking for something on Cal Settlage on Google.

    Malkah Notman

  2. Cindy Baum-Baicker

    Brava/o to you all. What a wonderful collection of photos, words, and music that touch deeply so many aspects of the human experience. I’m happy to forward the site’s link to friends in the arts that are not colleagues in the analytic world for I know they, too, will really appreciate the work in the curated galleries. Thank you and please keep the exhibits coming!


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