Art of Yoga Exhibit catalog now available online

yogacover003 The Freer-Sackler Gallery has put up a special page for the extraordinary catalog that they produced for the “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” exhibit currently showing in Washington, DC, through January 25, 2014. As I mentioned before, this book is a must-have for anyone seriously interested in the history and evolution of yoga into a worldwide phenomenon. I had been unable to find a dedicated page on the site before today so it must have gone up yesterday or early today.

In an exceptional gesture, the Gallery is making a substantial part of the catalog available in PDF format.  The Gallery is in effect foregoing catalog sales in order to promote wider availability and access. My judgment would be to buy the book as well as getting the PDFs:

  • Front matter  (PDF, 3.1 MB)
  • Debra Diamon’s introductory essay  (PDF, 5.2 MB)
  • Tamara I. Sears’s essay on temple architecture (PDF, 3.1 MB)
  • Exhibit sections:
    • The Path of Yoga (PDF, 36.7 MB)
    • Landscapes of Yoga (PDF, 5.2 MB)
    • Yoga in the Indian Imagination, 16th–19th Century (PDF, 9.4 MB)
    • Yoga in the Transnational Imagination, 18th–20th Century (PDF, 6.3 MB)
    • Modern Transformations (PDF, 3.1 MB)
  • Reference Material (PDF, 2.1 MB)
  • Bibliography

I just realized that these PDFs will come in handy since I am not going to carry around the catalog to ready the essays. Now I can load the files in my Kindle or laptop and take them wherever I go,

The catalog is available on the Smithsonian’s online store.  it costs $55 and shipping will be substantial because it weighs 4.6 pounds (the large format and heavy stock paper add up). However, be aware that if you watch out for a pop-up window offering free shipping, you can eliminate that cost. I almost clicked past it.

In adition, the hardcover catalog will be made available on Amazon on December 3 at a cost of $38.96, a major savings over retail prices. I got a 10% discount in the gift shop for bein a symposium participant. Barnes and Noble matches the price.