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Last Chance: Smithsonian’s ‘Yoga: The Art of Transformation’ exhibition in final week

Smithsonian’s ‘Yoga: The Art of Transformation’ exhibition moving from DC to San Francisco


Those interested in seeing 2,000 years of yoga art and history have only five more days to get to the Washington, D.C.–Smithsonian Sackler Gallery exhibition called “Yoga: The Art of Transformation.”

In place since October 19, 2013, the exhibition showcases more than 130 pieces from 25 museums and private collections spanning the U.S., Europe, and India.

“This exhibition looks at yoga’s ancient roots, and how people have been trying to master body and spirit for millennia,” said Julian Ruby, The Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art.

The event opened in October in conjunction with Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. This weekend will close down with master yogis doing demonstrations in the gallery, tours of the exhibition, and a family-friendly activity focused on learning about becoming a yogi. Read more here.

Interestingly, the exhibition was funded by a month-long crowd-funding campaign — the largest ever held by the Smithsonian — and not by taxpayers.

If you can’t make the D.C. exhibit, you’ll still have two more chances: “The Art of Transformation” will move to the San Francisco Asian Art Museum from February 21 to May 25, and then the Cleveland Art Museum from June 22 to September 7.