Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the new season (2016-2017) 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 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.

We begin our new installations 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.

As the season progresses, new exhibits will be added.  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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2 thoughts on “Director’s Welcome

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    Malkah Notman


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