As long-awaited Spring arrives, this special Benefit Concert, “Legacies: Reflections in the Internal World,” will support the Institute of Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society, as we recreate our commitment to excellence in the training of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts.
The Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society was formed in the 1980’s by graduates of Fellowship Training Programs of the original Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Founded by visionaries Dr. Lewis Wolberg and Arlene Wolberg with leaders of the American psychoanalytic movement of the 1940’s, PGC was the first interdisciplinary institute to train psychologists and clinical social workers alongside medical doctors. When the PGC unfortunately discontinued its training programs, the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society decided to honor its legacy and recreate a new Institute for the quality training of future therapists and analysts, reflecting the creative spirit of its pioneers in a new era.
In 2008 the new Institute was granted a Provisional Charter by New York State, and in 2013 we were granted non-profit 501C3 status. While the new Group Leadership Training Program has been in operation for the last two years, we are now accepting candidates for a new class of individual and supervision programs.
Sigmund Freud’s genius taught us that as psychoanalysts we work with the legacies of childhood, conscious or unconscious: what was given to us, how it was received, how it reflected in our internal world, how we make sense of it and move forward in our own lives. Legacies are gifts – given us not without burdens or conflicts, and with responsibilities. They imply losses as well: what we keep and honor, or discard, what was given and lost to us, what we make our own and move forward by utilizing them in our own creative ways.
As the season turns, we are fortunate to present internal reflections of the legacies of these creative artists. Please celebrate with us as we move forward with your gift of support for the Institute.
Everything Gets Dimmer When I Open My Eyes
Very, Very Eyes somatoform disorder – single episode
How Known To Be somatoform disorder – chronic
GWENN A. NUSBAUM
Skiing with my Father A Season of Planting
Desire Amid Triage
ELEGY FOR SAM
Ira Taxin, Composer
TAKA KIGAWA, Piano
ZACHARY TAXIN, Violin
PRELUDE, LA CATHEDRALE ENGLOUTIE Claude Debussy
TAKA KIGAWA, Piano
MARGUERITE AND ROBERT
VALERIE STRIAR, Dancer/Choreographer
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
ONA LINDQUIST is a psychoanalyst and supervisor in private and clinic practice in NYC, specializing in work with creative and performing artists. When she entered her second analysis in 2002, she began writing poetry. Soon after, Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy asked her to review the book Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue. A few months later she published a second article entitled Things That Happen at Once and Again: Some Thoughts on the Role of a Second Analysis in the Continuing Education of an Analyst in the same journal. Her first published poem, A Perfect Fire appeared in The New Directions Journal of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis in 2009. In 2012 she published an article in the International Forum for Psychoanalysis entitled What a Blackbird Told Me Is Real and Alive, musings on the useful relationship between reading/writing poetry and practicing psychoanalysis. Before becoming an analyst, she was a practicing visual artist from 1976-1989. She recently archived a project from the 1980’s, which can be found at the website objetsvendart.com. She continues to utilize the legacy of her childhood in her creative clinical and literary work, perceiving the world differently from the norms.
GWENN A. NUSBAUM, licensed clinical social worker and relational psychoanalyst, maintains a psychotherapy private practice in the East Village of Manhattan, focusing on trauma, recovery and helping people navigate personal, professional and creative blocks as they transition through life’s passages. For over 15 years, she has been writing poetry dealing with love, loss and some of the vicissitudes that make us human – including our own mortality – as well as social issues referencing war, the exploitation of the environment, and abuse. Her poetry, rife with metaphor and often framed with nature as a backdrop, has been described as hope-inspiring. Gwenn has received a Pushcart nomination, Honorary Mention, and a Gradiva Nomination for her poems which have appeared in The Louisville Review, Rattle, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and Salamander, among others. Gwenn’s first poetry chapbook, NORMAL WAR, can be purchased at St. Marks Bookstore in the East Village, and will be on display starting June 26 at the 2014 Annual Showcase at Poets House. It can also be accessed along with select poems through her literary website www.gwennnusbaum.com.
MARGARET YARD is a sociologist, psychoanalyst, advanced practice clinician in psychiatry and geriatrics, poet and lyricist.
Dr. Yard is Faculty and Supervising Analyst, Washington Square Institute, and the Object Relations Institute of NYC. She is a Board Member of the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Group Therapy Alumni Association. Dr. Yard is Faculty and Training Supervisor for the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Association (CAPA). She is Past-President, Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society, Chair of the Provence Review Board for Dominican Fathers and Brothers of Affirming and Protecting Children and Young People Program,
Past Chair of the Business Education Commission of NYC, and member of The Death Seminar #507 of Columbia University.
Dr. Yard has authored book and lyrics for five operas. Her most recent work is entitled Love in the Face of Death, premiered April 3, 2013. A sixth opera on the escalating hypocrisy and cant, conspiracy and intolerance of increasingly techno-engineered life will be produced in Winter, 2014. As a published poet, The History of Silence, she is completing her second book, On Being Vital, scheduled for release in Spring, 2015. She has also published in a number of journals, and reads in the New York poetry scene including Bowery Poetry, ABC No Rio, Tamarind, And Then, Madison Group, Revival, and Journal of Poetic Arts.
TAKA KIGAWA, critically acclaimed pianist, has earned outstanding international recognition since winning First Prize in the prestigious 1990 Japan Music Foundation Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Diploma Prize at the 1998 Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain. He has earned such accolades from The New York Times as “Phenomenon. There’s no denying that he is something special,” “the extraordinary pianist,” from The New Yorker, “Unbelievably challenging program. Kigawa is an artist of stature,” and from La Nacion (Buenos Aires), “Taka Kigawa is a stupendous virtuoso.” His NYC recital in 2010 was chosen as one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times. His NYC recital in August, 2011 was picked as one of the most notable concerts in the first half of the 2011-2012 season by Musical America.
Mr. Kigawa has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist with appearances in Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC, Washington, DC, Boston, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Cite de la Musique and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Milan, Plau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He frequently tours in Japan both as recitalist and soloist with orchestra and chamber music groups. He has performed with such distinguished institutions as the Cleveland Orchestra. He has been a featured artist on many television and radio networks throughout the US, Europe and Asia. His repertoire is extremely large and varied, ranging from the baroque to avant-garde compositions, and he has collaborated closely with such renowned musicians as Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott.
A native of Nagano, Japan, Mr. Kigawa studied music from childhood. He received a Masters Degree from Tokyo Gakugei University with honors in piano performance, composition and conducting. At Julliard School in NY he earned his Master of Music Degree. He lives in NYC. www.takakigawa.com.
ZACHARY TAXIN is a second year medical student at Downstate College of Medicine. He graduated with a BA in Classics from Harvard College in 2009. Zachary is currently a member of Camerata Notturna, a chamber orchestra that performs regularly in New York.
He has been a student of music since childhood, born into the dual legacy of music and psychoanalysis. Zachary has been a member of our community since his birth. His mother, Janet Schulman, is a PGC certified psychoanalyst, therapist, and his uncle is also a doctor and psychoanalyst. He honors us today with his gift of music playing his father’s music, remembering his grandfather, a cellist.
IRA TAXIN, composer, received his doctorate from The Juillard School, where he is currently a faculty member and Chair of the History and Composition Departments in the Pre-College Division. Mr. Taxin’s works have been performed by major orchestras and he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He has provided the following note for today’s performance:
“I write Elegy for Sam to honor the memory of my father-in-law, Samuel Reiner, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 98. I scored the work for violin and piano so that it could be played by my children (and Sam’s grandchildren), Zachary and Elizabeth. They performed the work at a Memorial Tribute at Greenwich House Music School, where Sam taught cello for more than 50 years.
Sam always included one of the unaccompanied Bach cello suites on his solo programs. I extracted a notable motif from one of Sam’s favorite movements, the Prelude from the First Suite in G Major, and incorporated it into my piece. This motif is initially a vague suggestion, then a recognizable but distant memory, and finally, a fully transformed and stately theme. I also draw the listener’s attention to a few solo lines in the lower register of the piano towards the end of the piece. These were intended as responsorial lines from Sam himself, as if he was joining in the duet with his grandchildren, or being part of the conversation. I am pleased that Taka Kigawa is performing the piano part at today’s event. Taka and Sam were colleagues at GHMS.”
VALERIE STRIAR creates solo and group dance/theater and film works that have been presented in the US, Canada and Europe. In New York, her creations have been seen at the Wax Performing Space, Judson Church, Danspace at St. Marks Church, The Kitchen, The Dia Center, Joyce Soho, Dixon Place, the Ohio Theater and the Vineyard Theater. Striar’s film The Bird Queen was shown in the Dance on Camera Festival at Anthology Film Archives, in addition to other international festivals. Her work Cosimo, inspired by Italo Calvino’s The Baron in the Trees was produced by La Mama, E.T.C. and HERE, and is written about in the book A Map of Making Dances by Stuart Hodes. She is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. In 2006 she danced in the film Romance and Cigarettes directed by John Turturro. Valerie presented Marguerite and Robert, a multi-media work, in the Performance Mix Festival at the Flea Theater in NYC in April, 2013. Valerie is presently working on a collection of poems entitled Marguerite and Robert.
MARGUERITE AND ROBERT STRIAR, Valerie Striar’s devoted parents, lived through the historical legacy of the McCarthy era in Washington, DC, remaining disciplined and committed artists. Robert was a reknown photojournalist, and Marguerite a poet.
The Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
A member society, International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies
Institute Board of Directors
Stewart Crane, LCSW, President
Nobuko Meaders, LCSW, President Elect
Susan Mellan, Treasurer
Elaine Gould, PhD, Corresponding Secretary
Iris Levy, LCSW, Recording Secretary
Norman Handleman, PhD, Archivist
Valerie Angel, LCSW
Richard Cohen, LCSW
Diane Kaminsky, LCSW
Judith Rabinowitz, LCSW
Institute Board of Directors
Stewart Crane, LCSW, President
Nobuko Meaders, LCSW, Vice President
Elaine Gould, PhD, Secretary
Ellen Agoos, PhD
Linda Atkins, LCSW
Susan Mintzer, PhD
Gwenn Nusbaum, LCSW
Susan Mellan, LCSW, Treasurer
Stewart Crane, LCSW – President
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