Symposia and Conferences
Medical and Modern Yoga
Keynote: Dean Ornish, Preventative Medicine Research Institute
In conjunction with Yoga: The Art of Transformation, the Freer and Sackler Galleries host a symposium on modern yoga practice, therapy, and research. This is a groundbreaking collaboration between art museums and the emerging field of integrative medicine. Speakers renowned for their contributions to the transformation of Western thinking discuss “The Fine Art and Science of Yoga,” “Yoga Practice in Modern Society,” “Yoga, a Therapeutic Intervention,” “Transformations in Modern Medicine,” and “Scientific Research on Yoga and Yoga Therapy.”
The symposium is organized by Linda Lang, Therapeutic Yoga of Greater Washington.
Guest speakers include: Lorenzo Cohen, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; Partap Khalsa, NCCAM, Washington, DC; Sat Bir Khalsa, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Timothy McCall, author of Yoga as Medicine; Richard Miller, Integrative Restoration Institute, San Rafael, California; Larry Payne, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles; Rob Saper, Boston University School of Medicine; Dilip Sarkar, International Association of Yoga Therapists, Prescott, Arizona; Eric Schoomaker, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland; and Chris Streeter, Boston University School of Medicine.
Chinese Object Study Workshops
Sophisticated visual analysis is a hallmark of art history and depends on skills acquired through the direct study of objects. These skills must be taught and practiced. Yet as graduate art history curricula have expanded to include training in methodology, historiography, and theory, training in object study has all but disappeared. The problem is exacerbated for students of Chinese art history, whose graduate curricula must also include language courses and related subjects such as religion, literature, and history.
Chinese Object Study Workshops is a pilot program that will provide graduate students in Chinese art history an immersive experience in the study of objects—in particular, those belonging to the great collections of Chinese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Freer|Sackler). The workshops will help students develop the skills necessary for working with objects, introduce them to conservation issues not readily encountered in typical graduate art history curricula, and familiarize them with important American museum collections.
Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
November 21–23, 2013
The Legacy of Cyrus the Great: Iran and Beyond
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Crossroads of Culture: The Archaeology of Saudi Arabia
Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Art of Itō Jakuchū
Friday, March 30, 2012
Imperial Exposure: Early Photography and Royal Portraits across Asia
December 5–6, 2011
Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism
October 27–28, 2011
Art and Material Culture of the Northern Qi Period
June 3–5, 2011
Piety, Poetry, and Politics: Sufi Muslims in South Asia
April 28–30, 2011
Historians Of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) Second Biennial Symposium: "Objects, Collections, And Cultures"
Thursday, October 21–Saturday, October 23, 2010
October 28–29, 2010
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