In , after returning to New York after World War I, Albert Grass assembled a group of his friends largely working-class people , all of whom had an interest in Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis, into a society that met in an office on Coney Island to discuss their inner lives. Years later, with the Society all but an urban legend, multimedia artist and filmmaker Zoe Beloff discovered some mysterious, Freudian 16mm home movies at a flea market, and made it her mission to collect and preserve, as well as understand, the films. Now, for one night only at Spectacle, Zoe Beloff will present the collected films of the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society in their original 16mm format. Filmed between and , the films present the uncovered dreams, fears, and desires of Society members throughout the decades. These nine short films are beautiful, poignant, and surprising by turns, and present the raw, unfiltered inner emotional lives of several generations of Brooklynites. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.
The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society And Its Circle - Idea Books
Opening Reception for this exhibition celebrating the courage and creativity of Coney Island's residents and friends. Beloff will be discussing the exhibition and guiding tours. July 12, 4pm - 7pm. Click here for further info pdf document.
Accompanying Beloff's year-long exhibition at the Coney Island Museum in Brooklyn, this page book traces the impact of Sigmund Freud's visit to Coney Island's Dreamland amusement park, and the activities of a little-known group—the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society—that was later founded in his honor. The exhibition celebrated the centennial of Freud's visit to Coney Island, and featured "Dream Films" made by members of the society, a working model of an amusement park designed to illustrate Freud's theories by the visionary founder of the society, Albert Grass, as well as drawings, letters and many unusual artifacts. The book is illustrated with 75 color pictures of never-before-seen photographs, drawings and documents that shed new light on Coney Island's mythic history.
Toggle navigation Dream Films. Book About the Society. Dream Films viewing pavilion, Kiosk, Gent Sketch for funhouse Mirrors by Albert Grass Self portrait by Albert Grass in his unfinish comic book "Adventures of a Dreamer.