Devon Deimler, PhD presents “Strange Fascinations: James Hillman, the Art of Contemporary Myth, and Myth of Contemporary Art
The Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable® Group of OPUS
at Pacifica Graduate Institute presents:
Devon Deimler, PhD
James Hillman, the Art of Contemporary Myth, and Myth of Contemporary Art
Sunday, April 19, 2020
801 Ladera Lane Santa Barbara CA 93108
Free & Open to the Public
One of the most eminent collections housed in OPUS Archives and Research Center is that of James Hillman, the founder of archetypal psychology. It was Hillman’s ambition to “push psychology over into art,” for if psyche were studied through those things that do not dismiss the strange and pathological—like art and mythology—then our psychological notions of “normal and abnormal might have to switch houses” (Re-Visioning Psychology 107). In this presentation, OPUS’ Curatorial Assistant, Devon Deimler, PhD, will explore elements of Hillman’s oeuvre related to art, aesthetics, myths of creative inspiration, and the poetic, imagistic basis of mind and how these ideas influenced her own work regarding Dionysos as an archetype of aesthetic experience. In the spirit of OPUS’ mission as a living archive, we will carry Hillman’s contributions into the present day, to seek out the vitality of myth and archetypal psychology within contemporary art. Special selections from Hillman’s collection will also be on display throughout the event.
Devon Deimler, PhD is an artist, writer, and scholar. She is Curatorial Assistant at OPUS Archives and Research Center, located at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Scholar in Residence at The Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, where she is also founder and curator of the Cinemyth Film Series. Devon earned her doctorate in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her dissertation, Ultraviolet Concrete: Dionysos and the Ecstatic Play of Aesthetic Experience, received the honor of Pacifica’s Dissertation of Excellence award. Devon earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she focused primarily on event-based work and modern through contemporary art and film history. Her experience in art and music includes founding an independent record label and collaborative event project, Wildfire Wildfire Productions, working as Assistant to the Director at the Dennis Hopper Art Trust, and teaching modern art history and studio practices at American University Preparatory School. She is the North American Mythological RoundTable® Coordinator for the Joseph Campbell Foundation.
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