Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the 2018-2019 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 fourth season!

I am Nancy R. Goodman, Director of the museum and want to introduce you to the most current exhibit, The Courage to Fight Violence Against Women, curated by Paula L. Ellman.  In this season’s opening exhibit you will find a vibrant and heartfelt display of narrative and artwork illustrating the traumas of violence and the resilience of the human spirit to symbolize horrors of rape, femicide, and hatred.  These exhibits communicate to our souls and make us all witnesses.

For navigating through this exhibit you can follow this link to Dr. Ellman’s introduction and to galleries by Raquel Berman, Janice Lieberman, Rachel Cohen, and Myra Sklarew.  Paula Ellman is Overall Chair of the Committee on Women of the International Psychoanalytic Association, is co-editor (with Nancy Goodman) of a book: The Courage to Fight Violence Against Women (Karnac, 2017) which grew out of a two day conference in Washington, DC by the same name.  Paula has also curated the Body Gallery that is an exhibit from the opening of the virtual museum.

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.

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.

 Click here to return to Entry Hall or use the top menus to move directly among the galleries and exhibits.

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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