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    The Art, Ethics, and Science of Cloning:
    The Myth of Pygmalion

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011
    7:00 PM

    The Friends of the A.A. Brill Library of New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute present “The Art, Ethics and Science of Cloning—the Myth of Pygmalion,” a reading and discussion with a distinguished panel based on the recent publication of Created in Our Own Images com.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    The myth of Pygmalion remains one of our most enduring creation myths. In W.S. Gilbert’s now forgotten, but still-influential play Pygmalion and Galatea (1871), Pygmalion creates copies of his wife/model Cynisca, one of whom, Galatea comes to life. Whether it is Gilbert influenced by Ovid or George Bernard Shaw influenced by both, the myth anticipates some of Freud’s earliest theories as well as 21st century cloning. Fred Sander’s republication of  Gilbert’s lost text in Created in Our Own Images.com is an opportunity to reflect on our species’ proclivity to replicate itself artistically, psychologically, culturally and biologically (stem-cell research).

    Dr. Fred Sander is the editor of Created In Our Own Images.com and will introduce the book and read passages from the play.
     
    Dr. Peter Dunn is Director of Clinical Services at The New York Psychoanalytic Institute & Society will discuss the concept of the doppelganger in psychoanalysis.

    Tom Freudenheim is an art historian and retired museum director (Baltimore, Worcester, Berlin, London). Most recently he served as Assistant Secretary for Museums at the Smithsonian Institute. He writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal and other publications. He will discuss the role of replication in art.
     
    Adrienne Munich is an English Professor at Stony Brook University with interests in Victorian literature and culture, feminist theory, material culture, and fashion theory. She is the author of Andromeda’s Chains, Gender and Interpretation in Victorian Poetry and Art, and Queen Victoria’s Secrets and will discuss gender roles as represented in Gilbert’s play.
     
    Matthew von Unwerth is Director of the A. A. Brill Library and author of Freud’s Requiem and will moderate the panel.

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