"Talking Cure" Melissa Stern, 'Family'


The Talking Cure

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Sept. 3-April 30
Time Varies
Art, Museums

Freud’s couch and his psychiatric methodology, known as the “talking cure,” receive revisionist treatment at once timely and relevant in this exhibition, a multimedia project by New York-based sculptor Melissa Stern. After creating a series of figures out of various materials (wood, found objects, clay), she asked 12 poets, screenwriters, playwrights, and novelists to transform a figure into a character with history and personality. In turn, they speak: 12 actors read their stories, which were recorded. That’s not all. BluDot has provided a couch. And social artist Rebecca Krinke (creator of the haunting black beds featured in several gallery shows the past couple of years) has created a new participatory object, What Needs to Be Said?, that invites your contributions.