Psychoanalysis, Arts, & Humanities
The blog will consider the mutual influence of aesthetic forms and experiences of transformation. An intersubjective perspective views art as incomplete without the participation of the viewer/reader/listener; it sees psychotherapy relationships as informed by poetic, narrative, fiction, photographic, or cinematic forms. Included will be essays on the interface of psychoanalysis and the humanities, critical media, film, and other visual arts. Since structure as well as content of designs, exhibitions, and texts can carry the aesthetic unconscious and help us think about how we think and perceive, the blog will consider gallery shows and museum exhibitions topics, too.
Billie Pivnick, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologis in private practice in Greenwich Village, New York City, specializing in treating patients confronting difficulties with loss and trauma, including those related to mass catastrophe and adoption. On the faculties of the William Alanson White Institute Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program, the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, The New Directions Program in Psychoanalytic Writing, and Columbia University Teachers College, she also write and consults on projects related to the intersection of psychoanalysis and the arts. She has served as Consulting Psychologist to Thinc Design partnered with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum as well as on Thinc Design’s exhibitions at the Hartford Science Center and at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. On the executive board of the Association for Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society (APCS), and the editorial board of J of Religion and Health and she has also published numerous articles in such publications as Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, J of Religion and Health, Curator: The Museum Journal, as well as authoring chapters in numerous academic texts.