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Thresholds of Creativity: Image, Metaphor and Choice

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Thresholds of Creativity: Image, Metaphor and Choice

C.G. Jung wrote: “If the image is charged with numinosity, that is, with psychic energy, then it becomes dynamic and will produce consequences.” He engaged images as they emerge both from interior psychic process and the cultural making of art. In the recently published "The Art of C. G. Jung” we meet the Swiss psychiatrist and analyst as a viewer, collector, and creator. Historians will offer a contextual view of Jung’s place in art history and Transatlantic Modernism. Jungian analysts and art therapists will discuss making and receiving images in the service of psychic process. Artists will explore their process of art making. A panel of Curators will discuss choosing and gathering, displaying and supporting the arts for their aesthetic, artistic, personal and social values. Join us as we approach the thresholds of interior imagery, expressed artistry, and the arts' impact.

Program Speakers:

Thomas Fischer: New Discoveries on C. G. Jung and the Arts

In 2009, the publication of The Red Book facsimile edition, and the opening exhibit at New York's Rubin Museum of Art, revealed the psychological wealth of Jung's experiment with images as a source of his lifework. Many international exhibits followed, including the 2013 Venice Biennale installation. While Jung would not call himself an artist, as a maker, student, and collector he drew from within himself, and from the historical and contemporary contexts of his era’s avant–garde.

Jay Sherry: Turning Points in Jung’s Artistic Development

After considering Jung’s Basel context and the artwork of his medical school days, this slide presentation will focus on the pivotal impact of Jung’s visit to the 1913 Armory Show and his relationship to modern artistic trends. His recorded active imaginations in the Red Book show an engagement with and divergence from modernist ideas about art and artists.

Deborah Fausch: Following the Thread of Color in C. G. Jung’s Red Book

The thread of color through the text and images of The Red Book illuminates how color gives life and substance, materiality and sensual form to Jung’s inner visions, highlights their concrete and symbolic resonances, and gives chromatic body to Jung’s evolving experience of self.

Patricia Llosa: Lapis Philosophorum: The Haptic Jung

A Jungian Analyst's reflections and response to a video of Jung working in stone.

Ikuko Acosta: The Psychological Tree in Aesthetic Forests: An Aesthetic Approach to Analyzing Images.

The expressive properties of formal elements in dynamic interplay underlie and support symbolic meaning in aesthetic imagery, in a dialectical process of "uncovering" and "expression."

Margot Mclean: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture: The Space Between

This New York artist invites us to view images of recent work, emerging from her immersions in the art creating process. She will muse aloud about the process of how these images came to be, and share her reflections on what they became.

Jack Wieland: Looking at Collecting

With a nod to Jung's own collecting, this talk contemplates what collecting offers the individual, as well as how collections can be proxies for the deeper personality.

Roundtable with Massimiliano Gioni, Deborah Fisher, John Haworth.

Curators in Conversation: Cultural Institutions and Artists as Mediators of Experience: Can the arts present our shared histories? Can the arts transmit personal experience? Can the arts impact societies and cultures?

This event is presented by the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (JPA), with the sponsoship of NYU Steinhardt Art and Art Professions Graduate Programs in Art Therapy, and with additional support from The Helix Center.

Five contact hours (5h) of Continuing Education will be provided for Licensed Psychoanalysts and Licensed Social Workers.

Jungian Psychoanalytic Association is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0025

Learning Objectives:

1. Differentiate between conscious, art-making practice and spontaneous, image-making practice intended to reveal inner states;

2. Differentiate between the observation and analysis of an aesthetic image as a mode of art criticism from a therapeutic modality;

3. Understand and be able to employ the function of analytic neutrality when working with images that can be explored from both aesthetic and therapeutic orientations;

4. Engage or deepen one's existing awareness of the vocabulary necessary to reflect on the visual images, especially with regard to materials and visual representation (i.e. the elements of design: line, color, shape, form, etc);

5. Develop or deepen one's therapeutic capacity to consider images as signaling emerging psychological material;

6. Develop or deepen one's awareness of the importance of expressive modalities as supportive of one's psychological well-being.

(Application is underway for LCAT's but still pending approval)


IMAGE CREDITS:

LEFT HAND IMAGE

Jill Mellick,The Red Book Hours, Scheidegger & Spiess, © W.W. Norton. with Foundation of the Works of C.G. Jung

MIDDLE IMAGE

© Jill Mellick, The Red Book Hours, Scheidegger & Spiess

RIGHT HAND IMAGE

© W.W. Norton and the Foundation of the Works of C.G. Jung



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