Temenos lecture to examine: was C.G. Jung an artist?
Published 10:14 am, Thursday, November 11, 2010
C.G. Jung's Red Book states that "The Wealth of the Soul Exists in Images" so it's fitting that the title of a lecture by Jane Selinski is Artistic Influences of the Development of C.G. Jung's Red Book.
Selinski is a licensed Jungian analyst, a practitioner of Mandala assessment and a board certified music therapist. She is currently a faculty and board member of the C.G. Jung Foundation, the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, where she is the director of training, and on the faculty of the Institute of Expressive Analysis in New York. She was a docent at the Rubin Museum of Art during the first exhibition of Jung's Red Book, a participant in the "Red Book dialogues" and a presenter at the RMA film discussion series. She is a frequent lecturer and workshop facilitator and practices in Montclair, N.J., and New York City.
In addition to the development of Jung's further theories, the Red Book revealed Jung to be a very gifted artist and calligrapher. Historically Jung referred to himself as a scientist and not as an artist. However, the Red Book leaves one to ask the question, was Jung an artist? When one looks at the Red Book it is apparent that there have been artistic influences in his work. At the end of the lecture, Selinski said, "You will determine for yourself whether you think, Jung was an artist."
This lecture will begin by discussing Jung's early encounter with the "mandala" in 1896, when he sat in a séance with his cousin, Helene Preiswerk, and will look at experiences he had as a youth with art, the artists that appealed to Jung, the travels and circle of associates that influenced his art, and his use of symbolic art. It will take place at Temenos Institute, 29 East Main St., Westport. Admission is $15. Guests are welcome to come early for light refreshments and to enjoy the book table.
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