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The Erotics of Memory: The art of Giuseppe Penone  |  View Full Calendar

Presented by Adele Tutter, MD, PhD


General Admission: $55.00

Student Rate: $30.00

For the contemporary artist Giuseppe Penone, “the first gesture of a sculptor” occurs when “you press a piece of clay with your hand.” By extension, sculpture is created at the disturbance of the boundary between the sculptor and his material--the investment of that material with his imprint. I will venture that considered in its entirety, Penone’s diverse work can be understood as documentary evidence of a continual, intricate, and erotic encounter with the world. In a performative expression of the embodied self, Penone manipulates and perturbs the complex interface between outside and inside; his work is at once a realization of erotic connection and a materialization of its memory. 


After attending this presentation, participants should be able to:

·       Describe how the works of Giuseppe Penone constitute a embodied materialization of memory 

·       Explain how Penone’s preoccupation with the tree elaborates the continuity of past and present

·       Summarize the view that Penone’s work documents his prolonged erotic encounter with his environment    


Adele Tutter, MD, PhD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Faculty, the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Her interdisciplinary scholarship focuses on the relationship between creativity, fantasy, and loss, and has been the recipient of the American Psychoanalytic Association Menninger, CORST, and Ticho prizes, among others. Tutter is coeditor (with Leon Wurmser) of Grief and its Transcendence: Memory, Identity, and Creativity (Routledge, 2015); editor of The Muse: Psychoanalytic Explorations of Creative Inspiration (Routledge, August, 2016); and author of Dream House: An Intimate Portrait of the Philip Johnson Glass House (University of Virginia Press, May 2016). She is currently finishing a second monograph, Mourning and Metamorphosis: Poussin’s Ovidian Vision. A past editor of JAPA, she currently sits on the editorial boards of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Psychoanalytic Inquiry and American Imago. She is also regular contributor of art criticism to the Brooklyn Rail. She maintains a private practice in Manhattan.


Saturday, November 18, 2017  9:30 AM-12:30 PM

$55 Pre-registration, $65 at the door, $30 Student Rate