WASHINGTON, September 24, 2013 (Press Release): "Yoga: The Art of Transformation," the first exhibition about the visual history of yoga, opens October 19 at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and explores yoga's rich diversity and historical transformations during the past 2,000 years. "This exhibition looks at yoga's ancient roots, and how people have been trying to master body and spirit for millennia," said Julian Raby, The Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art. "By applying new scholarship to both rarely seen artworks and recognized masterpieces, we're able to shed light on practices that evolved over time--from yoga's ancient origins to its more modern emergence in India, which set the stage for today's global phenomenon."
A free public festival, "Diwali and the Art of Yoga," Saturday, Oct. 26 will mark both the opening of the exhibition and Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. In conjunction with "The Art of Transformation," the Freer and Sackler galleries will also host "Yoga and Visual Culture," a free interdisciplinary symposium for scholars and yoga enthusiasts Nov. 21-23. Yoga classes in the galleries will be offered through "Art in Context," an interactive 90-minute workshop combining tours of the exhibition with the practice of yoga.
The Sackler's annual benefit gala on Thursday, Oct. 17, "Some Enlightened Evening," celebrates the exhibition's opening with luminaries from the worlds of art and yoga. More information and tickets are available at source.