Closure for Yoga: The Art of Transformation in Cleveland

Yoga: The Art of Transformation will end its stay at the Cleveland Museum of Art on September 7. It opened on June 22. It also had a term at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, February 21-May 25.  Thus will end the ground-breaking exhibit of Indian art and yoga that the Smithsonian’s Freer-​​Sackler Gallery put together.  Debra Dia­mond, the exhibit cura­tor, and a long list of collaborators and supporters should be pleased with its reception around the country. The videos from the “Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium” in November last year are available online.

Sonya Quintanilla, the Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, narrated the exhibit, accompanied by some pictures of the displays.

A complete listing of all 12 episodes are available. A summary of the exhibit was published in the museum magazine. Below is a sampling of some of the articles and other media that came out about the exhibit.

  • Review at the San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate) – February 22
  • SF Examiner gets chippy
  • Yoga Times review
  • LA Yoga review
  • San Jose Mercury News review
  • Iyengar Yoga comments
  • Yoga and Joyful Living notes
  • Cleveland News and Herald review

Among several videos at the Asian Art Museum in April was the following on The modern science of yoga :

Special Insight

I chanced across  the Under the Spell of Yoga by William Dalrymple who has written many books on India. His New York Review of Books article is about the exhibit and the catalogue. He’s tapped the deep cultural stream of India so he is at ease in discussing yoga and the significance of the yoga art. It’s a long read, with also touches on a couple of other books, but it’s worth the effort.