Arts In Mind


"We Deal With It by Talking About It": 

The new Yorker's Edward Koren in conversation with richard gehr on neurosis, comedy, and the art of cartooning 
@THE NEW SCHOOL'S kellen auditorium
Sheila C. Johnson design center, 65 5th Ave.
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:30 p.m. 

Moderated by the author and essayist Joshua Wolf Shenk and Jeremy Safran, Ph.D., professor of psychology, The New School for Social Research. Please RSVP to A RSVP does not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early.


And save the date for the writer and director Jill Soloway—creator of the sensational series Transparent—at Arts in Mind, October 15, 2015.



The Art of Eroticism (the Eroticism of Art)    How Passion Drives Creativity

with Esther Perel and Joshua Wolf Shenk
Nov 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
@The New School's Wollman Hall (B 500)
The Eugene Lang Building
65 West 11th Street, NY, NY
Free and open to the public.

How does passion go beyond the bedroom and into writers’ rooms and board rooms (and studios and laboratories)? Join the renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel and the essayist Joshua Wolf Shenk as they discuss how erotic charge can enliven adult intimacies and creative partnerships alike. How is “art love” like traditional love? How can we channel this intensity into creative work? And how can creative work charge our relationships?

Esther Perel

Esther Perel

About Esther Perel: The best-selling author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, Esther Perel is a practicing psychotherapist, speaker and consultant. The New York Times named her the most important game changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth. Her critically acclaimed TEDTalk reached nearly 5 million viewers in the first year. She serves on the faculty of The Family Studies Unit, Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center and The International Trauma Studies Program at Columbia University.

About Joshua Wolf Shenk: An curator and essayist, Shenk is the author, most recently, of the national best-seller Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs. His magazine pieces include cover stories in Harper’s, Time, and The Atlantic, where his essay "What Makes Us Happy?" on the Harvard “happiness study” prompted an international conversation about the nature of the good life. Josh is a long-time curator, storyteller and advisor to The Moth. His first book, Lincoln’s Melancholy, was a New York Times Notable Book.

ARTS IN MIND explores the intersections of creativity and psychology through conversations with exceptional people. Past events have featured Josh Radnor on the psychology of acting, Jonathan Ames on the neurotic imagination, Mary Karr on pain and memory, a stand-up set with Maria Bamford, and an all-star cast (including Andrew Solomon, Nick Flynn, Anna Schuleit, Lynne Tillman, Yance Ford) presenting a piece of art that "saved my life."

Arts in Mind is hosted by Dr. Jeremy Safran and the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research and takes place at New School in Greenwich Village, New York City. The Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center helped create the series.  It is curated and hosted by the essayist Joshua Wolf Shenk.