Donna Bassin's CV
Photography and Film
10 Crestmont Rd, Apt 2B, Montclair, New Jersey 07042
B.A. Sociology, University of Michigan, 1971
M.P.S. Art Therapy and Creativity Development, Pratt Institute, 1978
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, 1983. Union Graduate School and S.U.N.Y / Downstate Medical Center
Psychoanalytic Certificate, 1988. Institute of Psychoanalytic Training and Research
International Center of Photography
Current Professional Affiliations
Assistant Clinical Professor, New York University, Post-Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Faculty, Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, New York, N.Y.
Co-founder and Member of the Board, Frontline Arts, New Jersey
Member of the American Psychological Association, Division 39 Section 9
My Own Witness: Rupture and Repair, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY
Playing Around, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ
Memories: Ascending/Descending, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
The Afterlife of Dolls, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
RAW: Reassessment and Wonder, curated by Danielle Ogden, Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown, RI; March 18 - May 7
By Our Own Hand: Frontline Arts in Collaboration with Donna Bassin, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; September 2021 – August 2022
Her Flag, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Prayers for the Pandemic; Prayers for Progress; Prayers the Planet; Prayers for the Presidency!, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ
Bound Up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
Art4Equality x Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness, SaveArtSpace/Art4Equality; Billboard at McGuinness Blvd and Calyer St, Brooklyn, NY
Art Off-Screen, Neumeraki – curated by Eileen Jeng Lynch, D*FIT Studio, Montclair, NJ
Cherry Blossoms in Winter, Rutgers – Newark, Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ
Awards and Grants
Director's Choice Award - Art Fluent, WABI-SABI
New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation – Individual Artist Fellowship in Photography
First Place – Los Angeles Center of Photography’s 5th annual juried exhibition: Exploring Humanity
Curator’s Choice – ProArts Jersey City
Honorable Mention for Segregation and Human Rights in the 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Photography Gala Awards
NAAP Gradiva Award for “The Mourning After”
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, Video Grant for “The Mourning After”
Leave No Soldier, Director/Producer. Documentary. Official Selection of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, The Big Muddy, New Filmmakers Festival, Best Director at the First Glance Film Festival and Merit award at the Accolade Film Festival
The American Psychological Association, Division 39 Section IX Achievement Award
Extinction – Save the Planet 2022, Gallerium, Toronto, Canada
NJSCA Artist Fellowship Showcase, Artworks Visual Arts Center, Trenton, NJ
Healing and Hope, Kente Royal Gallery, Harlem, NY
Expanding the View of Photography: from Realism to Abstraction, Raritan Valley Community College Art Gallery, Branchburg, NJ
Extinction – Save the Planet 2021, Gallerium, Toronto, Canada
What Lies Ahead, L.A. Photo Curator, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Irvine, CA
Contemporary Portrait, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC
Transformed: Objects Reimagined by American Artists, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
New Jersey Arts Annual: ReVision and Respond, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
The Empowering, Pro Arts Jersey City, Jersey City, NJ
Privilege, Power and Everyday Life, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ
For Which It Stands, Ford Foundation Gallery and Assembly Room, New York, NY
Exploring Humanity, 5th Annual Fine Art Exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA
Artists for Social Justice, Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, New York, NY
Artists for Social Justice, Arc Gallery & Educational Foundation, Chicago, IL
Portrait 2020, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC
Art4Equality x Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness, SaveArtSpace/Art4Equality; The Untitled Space, New York, NY
Her Flag, Old Barracks Museum, Trenton, NJ
Little by Little, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ
State of the Art 2019, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ
Contemporary Portraiture: To See Each Other, Passaic County Arts Center, Hawthorne, NJ
ViewPoints 2019, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ
Armistice Day 2018, Puffin Cultural Forum – Frontline Arts, Teaneck, NJ
Call & Response: The Art of Listening, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ
Natural Encounters, N.Y. Photo Curator – Global Photography Awards
Viewpoints 2018, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ
Art Connections 13, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Grief, N.Y. Photo Curator, curated by Frances Jakubek, New York, NY
Street Photography, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece
Trois Poissons in a Big See, Sterling Sound, New York, NY
Viewpoints 2016, Aljira: a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
Art Connections 12, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Mirrors of the Mind 4: The Psychotherapist as Artist, Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA
Film and Video
By Our Own Hand, Short, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
2016 - 2015
The Mourning After, Documentary, PEP Video
Leave No Soldier (edited), Documentary. Director and Producer. (R.T 53 minutes)
Leave No Soldier, Documentary. Director and Producer. ShrinkWrap Productions. (R.T 83 minutes)
Dollhouse, Recipient of Experimental Television Center Finishing Fund Grant
Dollumentary: The Origins of Dolls, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
“Precious Scars: Art as Practice.” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Photo essay by Barry Magid and Donna Bassin. August 2021.
“We the People: Portraits of Resistance and America Reconstructed.” Featured photographs by Donna Bassin from series: My Own Witness, Psychoanalytic Review, 105(6), December 2018. Ed. Douglas F. Maxwell.
“A Day at the Zoo Through the Lens of Jessica Benjamin’s Bonds of Love,” Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 14:86-96, 2013.
“Picturing Herself: On Diane Arbus’s Revelations” Studies in Gender and Sexuality.
Magazines, Catalogs, Interviews, and Blogs
"My Own Witness: Rupture and Repair." Fotonostrum Magazine. Interview with Donna Bassin. February 2022.
Editorial feature for The IARPP Bulletin. "By Our Own Hand." December 2021.
The Face of the Earth, LifeFramer Magazine. Curated by Samantha Clark of National Geographic. November 2021.
Portfolio feature for Grazia Magazine. August 2021.
“A Telling Portrait of Our Current Era.” Poignant Pics no. 36, One Twelve Publishing. July 2021.
“My Own Witness: Rupture and Repair.” Portfolio feature for FotoNostrum Magazine.
“My Own Witness: Rupture and Repair.” Portfolio feature for Issue No. 15, Aint-Bad. August 2021.
“My Own Witness.” Series of photographs for Human Rights. Issue #69. Lens Magazine. June 2020.
“I Am My Own Witness.” Portfolio feature, Fat Canary Journal. November 2019
“We the People: Portraits of Resistance and America Reconstructed.” Featured photographs by Donna Bassin from series Here I Am: Portraits of Resistance, Psychoanalytic Review, 105(6), December 2018. Ed. Douglas F. Maxwell.
“Gorillas.8” Featured photograph for ‘So Zoo Me, a photo narrative’ by Mark Blickley in Event Horizon, Issue 5, 2018
“Fog of War”, State of the Arts, NJN TV
“Inside Dolly: A Still Live Revisited.” Almost Human: Dolls and Robots in Contemporary Art. Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
“Childhood”, State of the Arts. NJN Public Television. Featured Artist
“The Afterlife of Dolls.” Catalog by Mary Birmingham. The Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, NJ
“Therapist’s Imagery: Psychoanalyst Uses Dolls to Explore Relationships.” The Star Ledger, December 5, 2003
“Review of Donna Bassin’s Work.” The Montclair Times. Montclair, NJ
Sexual Boundary Violations in Psychotherapy: Facing Therapist Indiscretions, Transgressions, and Misconduct, eds. A. Steinberg, J. Alpert, and C. Courtois, American Psychological Association
Prayers for the Pandemic. Volume Two. Curated by Anne Trauben for Drawing Rooms. August 2020.
Prayers for the Pandemic. Volume One. Curated by Anne Trauben for Drawing Rooms. May 2020.
Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character, and Normative Unconscious Processes (Relational Perspectives Book Series), 1st Edition. L. Layton, ed. M. Leavy-Sperounis, Routledge Press
Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique (Relational Perspectives Book Series), eds. L. Aron, S. Grand and J. Slochower, Routledge Press
De-Idealizing Relational Theory: A Critique from Within (Relational Perspectives Book Series), eds. L. Aron, S. Grand and J. Slochower, Routledge Press
Holding and Psychoanalysis, second edition, J. Slochower, Routledge Press
Psychoanalytic Collisions, second edition, J. Slochower, Routledge Press
Select Psychoanalytic Publications
“From ‘Bystander to Witness' – The Art of Mourning and the Veterans' Art Movement.” International Forum of Psychoanalysis, DOI: 10.1080/0803706X.2017.1342867. Routledge.
“The Art(s) of Witness”. Art, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis: Perspectives from Analyst-Artist., ed. G. Hagman. Routledge Press, N.Y. and London.
Screening and Commentary of The Mourning After, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 44th Annual Conference. New York, New York.
“Beyond “thank-you for your service”: The Creation of Post-War Veteran/Non-veteran Collaborative Mourning Spaces.” Psychoanalysis, Trauma, and Community. Eds. J. Alpert and E. Goren.
Reminiscence, Ritual, and Beyond Working Through. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21.
“Electra’s Mourning.” Being and Doing: Essays on Gender, ed. D.Franco, M.H. Reso.
“A Not-So-Temporary Occupation Inside Ground Zero.” 9/11: Trauma at Home. Edited by J. Greenberg, University of Nebraska Press.
“Writing from the Night Kitchen or from the Inside Out and the Outside In.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality.
“I’m in the Milk and the Milk is in Me: Writing from the Night Kitchen.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Volume 3(3): 297-308.
“A Barrenness of Body and Theory: An Analysis of Infertility.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Volume 2(1): 63-82.