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Media Opening Events

The following opportunities are available for media to access “Yoga: The Art of Transformation.” In addition, installation images and video b-roll of the installed exhibition will be available for media use by October 17. The exhibition will open as scheduled October 19, with a media preview on October 22.
Contact PressAsia@si.edu to arrange attendance, filming and interviews.

Media Preview of “Yoga: The Art of Transformation”
Date: Tuesday, October 22
                        9 am: Doors open; light breakfast courtesy of Whole Foods Market
                        9:30 am: Program begins
                        11 am–1 pm: Exhibitions remain open for photography and filming

Location: Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. S.W., enter through the Enid A. Haupt Garden
Description: Join Debra Diamond, exhibition curator and curator of south and southeast Asian art at the Freer and Sackler galleries and Julian Raby, The Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art for an introduction to and a guided tour of “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” the world’s first exhibition on the art of yoga. Additional interview opportunities will be available with John Schumacher, an advisor on the programming surrounding the exhibition and founder of Unity Woods Yoga Center.

Media should RSVP to PressAsia@si.edu and notify staff in advance of any recording and filming needs. Requests for one-on-one interviews must be made in advance with the museum’s press office.

Benefit gala: “Some Enlightened Evening
When: Thursday, October 17, 6:30 pm
New location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC
Description: A benefit gala celebrating the new Sackler Gallery exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation, co-chaired by Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, Chandrika Tandon, and Dame Jillian Sackler, DBE, under the patronage of Her Excellency Nirupama Rao, ambassador of India to the U.S. and His Highness Gaj Singh II, Maharajah of Jodhpur-Marwar. Featuring performances by Grammy-nominated vocalist Chandrika Tandon and Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, and fine cuisine by Chef Floyd Cardoz, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Season 3.

Invite only VIP and media
Preview: “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” with curator Debra Diamond and exhibition contributors

Date: Friday, October 18, 1:30 pm
Location: Studio 1, NPR Headquarters, 1111 North Capital Street NE, Washington DC
Description: Debra Diamond, curator of south and southeast Asian art at the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler, presents the highlights of “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” which reveals two millennia of yoga’s history through incredible masterworks of art, followed by a Q&A panel with an interdisciplinary group of exhibition advisors and contributors.
Participants and interview opportunities: Debra Diamond, exhibition curator and curator of south and southeast Asian art at the Freer and Sackler galleries; Sir James Mallinson, PhD, noted Sanskritist and yoga scholar, catalogue contributor, and author of groundbreaking studies that include “Yogic Identities: Transition and Transformation”; John Schumacher, founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, advanced Iyengar teacher and exhibition program advisor; Holly Shaffer, catalogue contributor, guest curator of the Sackler Gallery exhibition “Strange and Wondrous: Prints of India from the Robert J. Del Bontà Collection” and PhD candidate, Yale University and Kr. Karni Singh Jasol, curator at Mehrangarh Museum Trust, a lending organization, and member of the royal family of Jodhpur.

Invite only VIP and media
Panel discussion: “Transforming Self and Society” with gala honorees

Date: Friday, October 18, 3 pm
Location: Studio 1, NPR Headquarters, 1111 North Capital Street NE, Washington DC
Description: Honorees from the “Some Enlightened Evening” gala share stories of transformation and their personal experiences with the power of yoga.
Participants and interview opportunities: Robin Carnes, pioneer in use of military use of yoga therapy, co-founder of Warriors at Ease; Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, professor and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, researcher into the clinical effects of mind-body practices; Seane Corn, internationally renowned yoga teacher and spiritual activist, co-founder of the philanthropic organizations Off the Mat, Into the World® and “Seva Challence Humanitarian Tours;” Hilaria Baldwin: yoga teacher and creator of “@ Home with Hilaria Baldwin: Fit Mommy-to-Be Yoga,” Gala co-chair with husband Alec Baldwin; John Schumacher, founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, advanced Iyengar teacher and leader in yoga’s exponential U.S. growth.

New! public event
Advance screening: Smithsonian Channel’s “Mystical Journey: Kumbh Mela” with special guest Sir James Mallinson, PhD

Date: Friday, October 18, 4:30 pm
Location: Studio 1, NPR Headquarters, 1111 North Capital Street NE, Washington DC
Description: In 2013, actor Dominic West (star of HBO's hit series “The Wire”) and Sanskrit scholar Sir James Mallinson traveled to India for the Maha Kumbh Mela, a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith considered to be the largest peaceful gathering in the world. There, Dominic’s old friend James becomes the first westerner in his sect of master yogis to be ordained as a Mahant, or commander. This special sneak peek is courtesy Smithsonian Channel.

Performance: Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon, vocals
Date: Saturday, October 19, 7:30 pm
New location: Studio 1, NPR Headquarters, 1111 North Capital Street NE, Washington, DC
Description: This Grammy-nominated singer draws on North Indian (Hindustani), South Indian (Carnatic), Latin American, and jazz traditions to explore the ancient mantra Om Namo Narayanaya. Her soaring voice and innovative fusion of Sanskrit chant with world music are accompanied by an instrumental and vocal ensemble and a multimedia presentation of images from “Yoga: The Art of Transformation.”

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Exhibition Information

Yoga: The Art of Transformation
Fall 2013
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


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