Nearly 200 attendees, supporters and sponsors invested more than $120,000 in the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute's charitable mission at its annual benefit May 16 at the Standard Club.
Speaking on her recent book, Vivian Maier: A Photographer's Life and Afterlife, Pamela Bannos offered a fascinating re-telling of Maier's story based on her own photographer's eye, family research, and travel to the sites Maier herself photographed.
The other highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Institute's new contemporary look, which includes a new name, logo and tagline.
Institute President Erika Schmidt reflected that for her, the new tagline, "Human dot Being dot" is the most moving element of the three changes:
"Psychoanalysis is about people—Human. Being. and Being. Human." Schmidt said.
"We speak about the same problems central to Being. Human. as journalists, political scientists, artists and everyone concerned about people and the communities we live in. The language translates easily.
"We have ways of helping people with these problems, we have ways of speaking with others about them and we have ways of applying psychoanalytic perspectives to a broad range of what it means for Being. Human."
Under the guidance of Benefit Co-chairs Peter and Donna Shaft, many attendees "raised a paddle" to contribute to the mission of the Institute -- from support for individual and group counseling and crisis intervention for K-8th grade students to technology improvements, student scholarships, access to continuing education and adult treatment.
Thanks to all those who attended and supported our mission.
Photo: Pamela Bannos, author of Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife, was the evening's featured speaker.