Event Date/Time: Apr 17, 2004 End Date/Time: Apr 17, 2004
Registration Date: Apr 16, 2004
Early Registration Date: Feb 15, 2004
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On Saturday April 17th, an impressive roster of artists, writers, musicians, and psychoanalysts will examine the relationship between creativity and the inner processes of the individual artist at a one-day conference, “Despair & Repair: The Creative Self in Action” at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Fifth Avenue and 100th Street. Jules Feiffer, Ned Rorem, Diane Ackerman, Shirin Neshat and others will explore questions such as: How is self-knowledge used by the artist who desires creative freedom? Do artists and performers use sublimation to make powerful expression possible? Speakers will also address the idea that both art and psychoanalysis provide meaning, healing and hope, especially in the face of loss and emotional trauma. The conference will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the William Alanson White Institute, a treatment and training center for psychoanalysis and psychotherapy on Manhattan’s upper West side.

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, author, and playwright Jules Feiffer will discuss his creative process using slides of drawings from his 40-year career; internationally acclaimed composer and author Ned Rorem will discuss his life as an artist; and Iranian-born visual artist and award-winning filmmaker Shirin Neshat will talk about the ethnic and artistic genesis of her work. Author and PBS-TV host Diane Ackerman will discuss her new book, Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire; ;acclaimed scholar and author Ellen Handler Spitz will talk about “Art and the Inner Life of Children”; Ellen Schecter, author of 24 books for children and video producer for PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney, and Discovery, will present a talk about the process of writing as a “pursuit of fierce joy”; author and former Yale professor Gilbert Rose will discuss “Musical Composition and Meaning”; and NYU professor and author Paul Lippmann will present “The Fate of Dreams in Modern Life.” Noted psychoanalysts will interact with the artists in their discussions of how art integrates thought and feeling.

The conference is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Advance admission is $75 for artists and students and $120 for other attendees ($175 at the door). Registration is available at http://www.wawhite.org or by phone at 917-494-9694.

Venue

Fifth Avenue and 100th Street
New York
New York
United States
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The conference is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Advance admission is $75 for artists and students and $120 for other attendees ($175 at the door). Registration is available at http://www.wawhite.org or by phone at 917-494-9694.