Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the 2017-2018 season at 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 our museum community.

Welcome to the beginning of our third season! Our first new exhibit for this season is Winnie’s Gallery: Psychoanalysis and Dogs. Winnie is our first canine curator who, with the help of Arlene and Arnie Richards, has assembled several vignettes and chapters on the subject.

We are also keeping exhibits from last season available in the Main Entry Hall for now. As new exhibits become ready for launch we will move older exhibits to the Past Galleries and Exhibits area where they will remain accessible along with those from our first season.

The Images Gallery is a sequel to our first season Gallery on Space and Time. When there is space in the mind discovery, creation, and finding of images takes place.

The Optical Unconscious 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. 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.

Psychoanalytic Moments, Psychoanalytic Reflections, and Requiem are three separate exhibits of arresting images and provocative text by Shahid Najeeb, who has combined his skills as psychiatrist/training psychoanalyst and photographer. These come with a brief introduction by IPA Past President Stefano Bolognini.

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.

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.

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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