On the Couch: Freud and the New Yorker

The Freud Museum pays tribute to the New Yorker's psychoanalytic comic strip
The New Yorker, 23 May 2005
The ever-resourceful Shrink at Large (Dr Jay Watts) has drawn my attention to the online archives of the Freud Museum in London. Specifically, an online gallery of images from their On the Couch event, held back in 2006. Entitled On the Couch: Psychoanalysis in Cartoons, Art from The New Yorker, the website pays tribute to the long-standing comic strip, while offering a selection of comic gems:
Because psychoanalysis is a serious business, it has become a classic target of cartoonists. Freud said that cartoons represent "a rebellion against [...] authority, a liberation from the oppression it imposes". On the Couch documents nearly 80 years of this rebellion.

Since The New Yorker published its first “psychoanalytic” cartoon in 1927, its cartoonists have continually renewed the topic within the context of their own times. This exhibition presented “the shrink and the shrunk, the practitioner and the practiced upon…” as they were represented in cartoons from the archives of The New Yorker. After their first outing in New York 80 years’ worth of American couches came home to roost around the original psychoanalytic couch at the Freud Museum.

The exhibition was centered around five main themes: "The Doctor/Patient Relationship", "The Couch", "Beyond the Couch", "Off the Wall" and 2Cartoons Then and Now" [Read more]

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