Yoga: The Art of Transformation ~ News
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
YOGA at the Galleries!
Take a break to open your mind and energize your spirit. Look at art and practice yoga in conjunction with the exhibitions Yoga: The Art of Transformation and Strange and Wondrous: Prints of India from the Robert J. Del Bontà Collection. Join a teaching team of museum docents and guest yoga teachers for a 90-minute workshop.
Doerthe Braun and Lori L.Ritland will represent Unity Woods as part Art in Context: Practicing Yoga in the Galleries.
These workshops are designed for adults age 18 and up. All levels of experience are welcome. Yoga mats are provided. No food, water, other beverages, or additional yoga supplies are allowed in the museum.
Each workshop is 90-minutes and participants will look at art and practice yoga.
Doerthe will teach Sundays, November 17. December 15. and January 19.
Lori will teach three classes: a general class on Sunday, December 1, a class for donors, Wednesday, December 18, and a Teen class on January 12.
Lori L. Ritland will be teaching a yoga class December 18. She will teach two other classes, dates TDB. See this link for further information.
Great video from the BBC: “Sackler Gallery exhibit shows yoga’s complex history” By Jane O’Brien, BBC News, Washington
Click here to watch video with curators Debra Diamond and John Schumacher
WASHINGTON – A new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery is the first to capture the breadth of the breath.
“Yoga: The Art of Transformation” traces 2,000 years of yoga’s history and the visual culture of yoga from a disciplinary perspective.
“Yoga is one of the threads that connects cultures over time,” says Debra Diamond, the exhibition’s curator and associate curator for South Asian art at the Freer and Sackler galleries at the Smithsonian.
“There are so many different histories or strands or traditions of yoga that run concurrently. There isn’t a singular tradition and there isn’t a singular history.”
Diamond first presented the idea for the exhibit to the museum in early 2009, and by the following summer, she began working with a team of more than 15 interdisciplinary scholars — including a philologist, a sanskritist, anthropologists and historians — to build the exhibit.
The collection contains more than 120 objects from 25 different museums and private collections in India, Europe and the U.S., including paintings and sculptures. It focuses on how different practices of yoga have moved across boundaries of different religious and cultural traditions.
In addition to the art component, the exhibition will offer a wide range of interactive activities, including family events, musical performances and even yoga instruction.
John Schumacher, 67, is a yoga instructor at Unity Woods, a studio with locations in Bethesda, Md., Woodley Park, D.C. and Arlington, Va.
Schumacher worked with Diamond on the exhibit, by way of coordinating area yoga instructors to help guide tours. He explains that the museum’s visitors have the option to tour the exhibit with a docent from the gallery and a yoga instructor.
After the tour, visitors can take a class with an instructor.
“They can have an experience of what they’ve been observing,” says Schumacher, who has been practicing yoga in the D.C. area for more than 40 years. “We advise how you translate an art exhibit into a yoga experience through a class.”
Schumacher says the most powerful component of the exhibit is its parallel to the practice of yoga.
“The one common element in all of our experience is change, and we can guide that change in a number of ways,” Schumacher says. “And from a yoga point of view, we’re trying to guide the changes, the transformations we go through, to be awakening for us, liberating for us, enlightening for us.”
“Yoga: The Art of Transformation” will be on view through Jan. 26, 2014.
John Schumacher is a curator and was one of the honorees at Yoga: The Art of Transformation’s Gala at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC on October 17.
Yoga: The Art of Transformation exhibit opened on October 19 at the Freer/Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute. This is the first major art exhibit in the US ever to focus on yoga. The exhibit runs through Jan. 26 and then travels to San Francisco and Cleveland. This will be a “don’t miss” event for anyone interested in yoga and/or South Asian art.
John at Podium during the Gala, Exhibition Poster, Debbie Diamond, curator with guests at exhibit (Photo: Associated Press), John being interviewed (BBC and WTOP).
See the link below to read article by Brett Zongker (Associated Press):