Meet the Author: Shellburne Thurber

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Meet Shellburne Thurber on April 9, 2024, to discuss her book, Analysis.
Many BPSI members will find their office amongst the pages of Shellburne Thurber’s latest publication. Thurber's photos are of offices devoid of analyst or patients. It is a meditation on space, time, and the psychoanalytic process. As Dan Jacobs wrote in an end-piece for this book: “Thurber’s brilliant images keep us in suspense, expecting, wondering, dreaming. They remind us where we live: between coming and going, living and dying, amidst what has happened to us and what is yet to come."

When & Where:

Tuesday, April 9, 7:30-9:00 PM, via Zoom

Book Purchases can be made by clicking this link.
About the Book:
"While the subject of psychoanalysis has appeared in the work of many contemporary artists, particularly through the citation of psychoanalytic theory, Thurber takes another route in arriving at one of her most significant bodies of work—a series of square format chromogenic prints depicting the unoccupied office spaces of psychoanalysts. Initiated in 1998 in Buenos Aires, the project continued through a Bunting Fellowship (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University) in 1999–2000, enabling her to pursue the project in the Boston area. Unlike art practices that seek to demonstrate theoretical premises, Thurber’s work instead elaborates upon a long photographic history, fusing particular formal concerns with an interest in people: their varying abilities to communicate, and the ways in which the constructed environment (homes, motels, offices) can articulate, by containing, the complexities of the lives that pass through them. The issues most clearly raised by her psychoanalytic interiors and the ideas they evoke — absence, emptiness, the unconscious, the unstable boundaries between self and other — are also subjects of Thurber’s work as a whole."
~ Lia Gangitano, from the text Psychoanalytic Interiors
About the Author:
Shellburne Thurber graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University. Her work has been in numerous group and one person shows both here and abroad. Her work is in several collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Addison Gallery of American Art; the Worcester Art Museum; and the Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park.
Shellburne Thurber has taught extensively throughout New England, most recently as a visiting professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and was recently awarded a fellowship from the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site.
About the Moderator:
Dan Jacobs, MD, is a Supervising and Training Analyst at BPSI and the Director of the Hanns Sachs Library and Archives. He is the author of over 40 publications, the most recent being Beyond the Binary. The play, Enter Hallie, written by Dan and his wife Susan Quinn is scheduled for production in New York City next fall.
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