March 25, 2011

Conference explores creativity in all forms

Artwork by Louise Nevelson. Photo courtesy of Fay Gold.

Psychoanalysts, scholars and artists will come together to understand the nature of creativity in the "Creativity through the Life Cycle" conference, April 14-17, on the Emory campus.

The conference program aims for a complete and nuanced understanding of the complex role of creativity in human existence. Sessions address developing and sustaining creativity in the worlds of science, music, art and the humanities. Speakers such as Lucy Daniels, author and psychotherapist, will discuss late-life creativity.

Like many academic symposia, this international conference will offer panel discussions, networking opportunities, and new scholarly papers.

Participants will experience visual and performing arts across disciplines. Leslie Taylor, Director of Center for Creativity & Arts, says the intent is for conference attendees to "not only talk about creativity, but see it in action."

The series of free arts events are open to both conference participants and the Atlanta and Emory communities:

Louise Nevelson: Creativity Through the Life Cycle

Often hailed as the leading sculptor of the 20th century, Nevelson's success came when she was in her 50's and is often cited as an example of late-life creativity. On display will be five wall-mounted sculptures on loan from five private Atlanta collectors. Fay Gold, owner of the Fay Gold Gallery, curated the exhibit. March 27-April 17, Theater Lab, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts ; open to the public by appointment.

"Marnie," film screening by The Psychoanalytic Community in Atlanta and the Atlanta Foundation for Psychoanalysis

At the opening night of the conference, "Marnie" is Hitchcock's 1964 psychological thriller. Phillip Freeman from the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute will look at how the language of cinema can convey the uncanny sensibilities of dreams and of traumatic memory. April 14, 7:30 p.m., White Hall 205; free.

World Premiere of "Eternal Gates"

The Emory University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present the world premiere of John Anthony Lennon's "Eternal Gates," based on the Egyptian "Book of the Dead," ancient funeral texts dating back to 1500 B.C.E. The one-hour program is sung in ancient Egyptian. April 15-16, Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts; free.

Brave New Works presents "Louise Nevelson: A Life Assembled"

A biographical, multi-disciplinary assemblage of short works inspired by the life and work of the sculptor is directed by Ellen McQueen and charts the creative evolution of Nevelson's work throughout her lifetime. The performance will be staged in front of the Nevelson installation. April 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Theater Lab, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, free; advance reservations are recommended.

All conference and arts events will take place on campus.

For conference and event details visit Emory Creativity & Arts.

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