Steven Poser, Ph.D., Cert. PsyA, NYS Licensed Psychoanalyst

Contact information
(212) 642-5951

Personal Statement
Steven Poser is a practicing psychoanalyst, faculty member, and training analyst at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. He currently serves as Chair of the Research Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee at CMPS. He has contributed articles and reviews to the journal Modern Psychoanalysis, including, “Finding a Shape: The Creation of Psychic Structure in a Psychoanalytic Setting,” and “The Unconscious Motivation to Become a Murderer in Camus’ The Stranger.” He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and has studied at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of California at Berkeley, Vanderbilt University and the University of Calgary. In the 1970’s, he managed John Gibson Gallery in Soho, was a consultant to the Whitney Museum, Programming Director of the Artists’ Television Network, and Visiting Critic in Drew University’s New York Semester on Contemporary Art. An exhibiting painter since 1991, he has shown in ten one-person and eight group shows, including the Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina; Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany; White Box, Chelsea; and Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY. He received the 1997 Gradiva award in painting from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, and in 1998 was Visiting Artist at the Boston University School of Fine Art. He practices psychoanalysis in New York City and maintains a studio in the Hudson Valley.

(2007) “The Soul, the Mind and the Psychoanalyst: The Creation of the
Psychoanalytic Setting in Patients with Psychotic Aspects,” ( review)
Modern Psychoanalysis, Vol. 32, No. 1.

(2006) “The Life and Death of the Unconscious in Modern and Contemporary Art”
Art Criticism, Vol. 20, No.2.

(2004) “The Case Study and Psychoanalytic Education “ (with Nigel Mackay)
Modern Psychoanalysis, Vol. 29 No.2.

(2002a) “Finding a Shape: The Creation of Psychic Structure in a Psychoanalytic Setting”
Modern Psychoanalysis, Vol .27, No. 2.

(2002b) "Ordinary People and Extra-Ordinary Protections: A Post-Kleinian Approach to
the Treatment of Primitive Mental States" by Judith L. Mitrani (review)
Modern Psychoanalysis, Vol. 27, No. 1.

(2000) "The Unconscious Motivation to Become a Murderer in Camus' 'The Stranger'"
Modern Psychoanalysis, Vol. 25, No. 2.

(1997) "The Talking Cure," (review) Modern Psychoanalysis, Vol. 22, No. 2.

(1994) "Art and Psychoanalysis," (review) Modern Psychoanalysis, Vol. 19, No. 1.

(1991) "Masters of the Arctic", GRAPHIS, December.

(1989) "Other People's Myths", Art and Artists, Vol. 18, No. 4.

(1989) "Masterpieces of Latin American Art", Latin American Art.

(1985)"The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture," Art and Artists,Vol.14.No.4.

(1984) "The Fugitive Image", catalogue essay, Association pour un Museé d'Art
Moderne Galerie , Erich Franck, Geneva, Switzerland.

(1983) "Teleconferencing, Computers, and Art", All Area, No.2.

(1983) "Picturing Things in the Event of Change," Lawrence Oliver Gallery,

(1980) "Rebecca Horn's 'Der Eintanzer,'" Artsmagazine, January.

(1979) "William Childress, 'The Ghost in the Machine,'" program notes, Whitney
Museum of American Art, Department of Film and Video.

(1979) "Structure," Flash Art No.86-7, Milan Italy.

Public Lectures

“The Life and Death of the Unconscious in Modern and Contemporary Art,”
Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center lecture series, Southampton, NY.
August 19, 2007.

“The Life and Death of the Unconscious in Modern and Contemporary Art,”
paper delivered at conference “The Fate of Interiority in Modern and Postmodern
Art,” with Donald Kuspit and Francis V. O’Connor. Stony Brook University
Manhattan campus March 5, 2005

Panel Discussion with Dennis Oppenheim and Eleanor Heartney White Box Gallery,
New York NY February 13, 2004

“New Directions in the Psychoanalytic Case Study,” paper delivered at the North
American Society for Psychotherapy Research, Newport, RI. November 6, 2003.

"World Creation Myths," Staten Island Society, Archaeological Institute of America,
Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, September 27, 1998

"Psyche and Shamanism in Oceania," Center for Symbolic Studies, New Paltz, NY
September 22 and 29, 1995

"Painting and the Unconscious," Drew University, Madison, NJ, September 23, 1993

"Painting and the Unconscious," Mid-Hudson Jung Society, Millbrook, NY, May 8, 1993

"Understanding Myth," Woodstock Public Library Forum, Woodstock, NY, May l990

"World Creation Myths," six lectures delivered at the Kleinert Art Center, Woodstock,
NY February - March l990

"Mythologies of Oceania," lecture series delivered at the Field Museum of Natural
History, Chicago, Illinois, December 2-3, l989

"World Creation Myths," lecture series delivered at the American Museum of Natural
History, New York, NY, October-November, 1988