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UCLA Art|Sci Center - DESMA 9
Art, Science and Technology Lecture Series
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DESMA 9:
Art, Science and Technology Lecture Series
Ann McCoy
Alchemy + Art
Thursday, April 14th
 1:00 pm PDT // 4:00 pm EDT
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Ann McCoy has studied alchemy for fifty years.  This talk will focus on the relationship of alchemy to the dream world, and how alchemy is a symbolic language which describes processes occurring below the threshold of consciousness.  In a time when we are seeing a war on psyche, especially in the approaches advocated by many MFA programs and the art world in general, this lecture will be on the importance of the realm of the unconscious.  For McCoy connecting art to the inner life is of supreme importance.  Current mechanical, material, and positivist models feel lacking, and critical theory will hopefully give way to more expansive ways of viewing art making that have greater dimensionality.  This lecture will be on McCoy’s own work and the relationship of her work to alchemy and dreams.
 
About Ann McCoy

Ann McCoy is a New York-based sculptor, painter, and art critic, and Editor at Large for the Brooklyn Rail. She was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2019. She taught art history, the in the graduate design section of the Yale School of Drama until May 2020, and the Art History Department at Barnard College from 1980 through 2000. 

 

Ann McCoy’ work is included in the following collections: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Australia, the Roy L. Neuberger Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Ann McCoy has received the following awards: the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Asian Cultural Council, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award, the Award in the Visual Arts, the Prix de Rome, the National Endowment for the Art, the Berliner Kunstler Program D.A.A.D.. 

 

Ann McCoy worked with Prof. C.A. Meier, Jung’s heir apparent for twenty-five years in Zurich She has studied alchemy since the early seventies in Zurich, and Rome at the Vatican Library.

 

Check out more of Ann's work:
www.annmccoy.com 
https://brooklynrail.org/contributor/ann-mccoy 
Dream of the invisible College  
(Size: 9 x 14 ft. )
Pencil on appear on canvas (2018)
Photo credit: Peter Dressel
Hermaphroditus (
1997)
(9 x 14 ft)
Colored pencil on paper on canvas
1: Lunar Birth  
(Size: 9 x 14 ft.)
Pencil on paper on canvas with gold and copper paint (installation 2018)
Photo credit: Peter Dressler
 
2:  Golden Bambina
(Size: 66 by 46 inches)
Pencil and watercolor and gold pain on paper (installation 2018)
Photo credit: Alan Dickson
 
3: Procession of the Invisible College  
(Size: 8 ft. 2 inches by 18 inches, by 9 in.)
Cast bronze with silver crown (2016)
Photo credit: Pater Dressler
 
Recommended
Readings / Viewing:
1)  C.G. Jung,  ALCHEMICAL STUDIES,  Vol. 13, Collected Works
2) C. G. Jung, PSYCHOLOGY AND ALCHEMY, Vol. 12, Collected Works
3)  Adam McLean, A COMMENTARY ON THE MUTUS LIBER
4) Joscelyn Godwin, SOLOMON TRISMOSIN’S SPLENDOR SOLIS
5)  Michael Maier’s  ATLANTA FUGIENS
6) Mircea Eliade, THE FORGE AND THE CRUCIBLE
7) Edward Edinger, ANATOMY OF THE PSYCHE
8) Marie- Louise von Franz,  ALCHEMICAL ACTIVE IMAGINATION
9) Nor Hall, IRONS IN THE FIRE
10) Johannes Fabricius, ALCHEMY
11) Nathan Schwartz-Salant, THE MYSTERY OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS
12) Stanton Marlan, THE BLACK SUN
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