Section I hosts an analysts' art salon during spring meeting

The Section I board invites you to attend their first salon reception in Santa Fe

Friday, April 20, 2012
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Zuni Ballroom North, Inn at Loretto

“A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and  partly to refine taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horace's definition of the aims of poetry, "either to please or to  educate" ("aut delectare aut prodesse est").” An Italian invention of the 16th century, salons served as important settings for the exchange of ideas, and flourished most notably in France through the 17th and 18th centuries. The word salon also  refers to art exhibitions. Beginning in 1674, French royalty and art patrons supported the visual arts in exhibits that became world-renowned. By the mid-1700s, the annual and then biannual Paris Salon achieved such prominence that catalogues of the paintings to this day serve as primary sources for students of art history and are viewed as having spawned the discipline of art criticism. By the 19th century, the Salon was both government sponsored and juried, drawing huge crowds of invited ticket-holders. Opening night — le vernissage (the varnishing) — especially was a “grand social occasion.”*

In keeping with the theme of the 2012 Meeting of Division 39, Section I will host a Salon showcasing our members’ extra-analytic creativity and welcoming members to socialize, exchange ideas, and enjoy one  another’s company. Many of us are engaged in creative endeavors beyond our work in the consulting room,  endeavors that both express and extend the range of ways in which psychoanalysis contributes to  individuals’ creative lives. This year, our reception will provide a venue for viewing and engaging one  another’s contributions in the visual arts — painting, photography, sculpture, collage — as well as brief written pieces to be displayed in poster formats.

Exhibiting Your Art

All Section I members and prospective members wishing to exhibit their original creative art work in the salon are invited to contact Gemma Marangoni Ainslie for details. We hope for a robust response and encourage all to consider participating.

Gemma Marangoni Ainslie, PhD, ABPP, Past-President, Section I
1413 Mohle Drive
Austin, Texas 78703
Telephone: (512) 451-5678