Portable Gray issue 9: “Arts of Psychoanalysis”

Portable Gray issue 9: “Arts of Psychoanalysis”

University of Chicago Arts

Ralph Albert Blakelock, Into the Night. Oil on canvas, 25⅛ x 30⅛ inches. Courtesy of Questroyal Fine Art.

October 31, 2022
Portable Gray issue 9: “Arts of Psychoanalysis”
Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60637
United States

The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the release of the ninth issue of Portable Gray, a publication that draws on the work of the Gray Center, a research center for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars. Published twice annually (fall/spring) by the University of Chicago Press, Portable Gray is a forum for experimenting with two genres of publication: the scholarly journal and the art magazine. Each issue is shaped by a theme, which is treated elastically and through myriad forms: artworks, essays, interviews, musical scores, photography, and poetry among others.

About this issue
Edited by Gray Center Director, UChicago musicologist, and Portable Gray executive editor Seth Brodsky, our ninth issue takes as its theme Arts of Psychoanalysis. Contributors dive into the “darkest art,” probing the still radical space that psychoanalysis opened over a century ago. The issue functions less as a survey of psychoanalytic art or a collective investigation into the “talking cure,” and more as a series of meditations on the suspensions and fermatas that psychoanalysis has afforded practical life—clinic, asylum, interregnum; etymological hunts, and formalist games; sketch and street. Each in their own way, through film, photography, poetry, essays, manifestoes, and diagrams, our Fall 2022 authors traverse the artistic and theoretical work that frames the discourse and poetics of psychoanalysis today.

A Leak in Reality
Pierre Huyghe

Editor’s Plaisance 
Seth Brodsky

Thursday Morning, Newbury Street
Eve L. Ewing

The Great American In-scape & the Psychological Paintings of R.A. Blakelock
Ric Burns and Lawrence Rothfield

A New Animal of Pain, poems by Cassandra Troyan
Cassandra Troyan

Frasier’s Joke and the Devil’s Voice
Max Guy and Ruslana Lichtzier

Sketch for a Movie
John Neff

How Art Is Not Unlike Psychoanalysis and Comedy Isn’t Too & Vice-Versa, Two Diagrams
Zachary Cahill

RSI un bout du Réel
Pierre Huyghe

Anna Kornbluh

Tractatus Musico-Psychoanalyticus
Adam Blum, Peter Goldberg, Michael Levin

Pleasure and its Bystanders
William T.S. Mazzarella

Writing on the Wall: Psychoanalytic Poetics of the Street
Lara Sheehi

Untreated: Revisiting Marion Milner’s On Not Being Able to Paint
Hannah Zeavin

Gestational Filmmaking
Melissa Friedling

The Host and the Cloud
Pierre Huyghe

For the online issue and subscription information visit here.

Executive Editor: Seth Brodsky / Editor-in-Chief: Zachary Cahill / Senior Editor: Mike Schuh / Managing Editor: Naomi Blumberg / Design: David Khan-Giordano / ISSN 2637-8361.

About the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry is a forum at the University of Chicago for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars. Gray Center activities take place all over campus (encompassing various divisions, departments, and programs), across the community, throughout the city, and beyond. Through its various programs—including the Mellon Residential Fellowships for Arts Practice and Scholarship, exploratory research initiatives, the monthly Sidebar conversation series, Gray Sound, an experimental music and sound performance series, international conferences, and institutional collaborations—the Gray Center seeks to foster a culture of innovation and experimentation at the intersection of arts practice and scholarship.

Press contact: Mike Schuh, Gray Center Assistant Director of Fellowships and Operations, at mikes1 [​at​] uchicago.edu.

Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60637
United States

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