Saturday, January 26, 2013

PAST: EXHIBIT: "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" at the Sackler Gallery on the National Mall from SAT, Oct 19th - SUN, Jan 26th, 2014, Free

"Yoga: The Art of Transformation"
at the Sackler Gallery on the National Mall
Saturday, October 19th - Sunday, January 26th, 2014

"Yoga: The Art of Transformation" is now on view at the Sackler Gallery! This exhibit is the world's first to focus on the art of yoga, showcasing more than 130 works of art! Many of these pieces are making their U.S. debut. The exhibit features representations of yoga from the past 2,000 years and explores yoga's philosophies, its goals of transforming the body and consciousness, its importance within religion and society and the surprising roles of yogis in society, from sages to spies. Works range from masterpieces of Indian sculpture, manuscripts and painting to turn-of-the-century magic posters, medical illustrations, photographs and films. "The Art of Transformation" is funded in part by the Smithsonian's first major crowd-funding campaign, which earlier this summer raised more than $174,000 in six weeks! I imagine some of you DC area yogis may have even contributed.

Note: This museum is not easy to navigate. I have visited numerous times over the years and still seem to get lost every time. Best to allow extra time to find your way to the exhibit as it feels a bit like a corn maze in there with a serious lack of signage and staff to assist you at the beds and turns, especially if you come in through the wrong entrance. The Freer and Sackler are connected by an underground exhibition space and there are multiple entrances to the buildings, which adds to the confusion. My suggestion is to enter through the main entrance on The Mall or through the gated area, Smithsonian Castle Gardens entrance on Independence Ave, turn immediately to the left and look for the grey building with the large yoga exhibit banners on the sides. There is an information desk at that entrance rather than just a security guard there. 

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW 

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