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July 14 @ 6:00pm 7:00pm

Secret Structures: The Unconscious in Psychoanalysis and Art

In conjunction with our special exhibit The Visit, join us for a special talk by Dr. Susan Mooney of the University of South Florida on the subject most loved by the Surrealists, the unconscious.

Since the 1920s, Surrealists, including Dalí, have been fascinated with foregrounding the workings of the unconscious. Join us to explore the artistic language and constructed scenes of the unconscious in Yamandú Canosa and Dalí’s preoccupation with home, mystery, combat, disruptions of world order, death, solitude, blindness, non-seeing, and vision.

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Will Raymund Theater or live on YouTube (link below).


Register to attend in person at the link below. This event is free, with limited capacity. An event ticket is required for entry. Gallery access is not included.


To watch the live stream from home, click below at the time of the program:


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Susan Mooney works on literature, gender and sexuality as a member of USF’s Department of English and affiliated member of the Department of World Languages (Spanish). From 2018-2022, she served as the Director of the Literature Program. Dr. Mooney is the author of The Making and Mirroring of Masculine Subjectivities: Gender, Affect, and Ethics in Modern World Narratives (Palgrave, August 7, 2022) and The Artistic Censoring of Sexuality: Fantasy and Judgment in the Twentieth-Century Novel (Ohio State UP, 2008).

She is working on a book project, Writing Resistance: Censorship and the Novel, Theater, and Film in Franco’s Spain: This book explores the impact of censorship in Franco’s Spain (1938-1975) and the transition (1975-1983) on Spanish literature and film through archival research of censorship files, interviews with prominent progressive writers such as Ana María Matute, Juan Marsé and Juan Goytisolo, and critical analyses of selected works.