Detail: Yoga Narasimha, Vishnu in his Man-Lion Avatar
Detail: Yoga Narasimha, Vishnu in his Man-Lion Avatar. ca. 1250. India, Tamil Nadu. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. Norman Zaworski, 1973.187.

Yoga and Visual Culture:
An Interdisciplinary Symposium

November 22–23, 2013
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art

Explore yoga’s histories, meanings, transformations, and practices through the lens of visual culture at this public symposium. Twenty years ago, yoga was largely understood as a monolithic and unchanging tradition. While today we have a far richer understanding of yoga’s historical transformations and trans-sectarian manifestations, visual culture—ranging from sectarian, court, and popular imagery to architecture and photography—remains its least-explored archival resource.

Over a two-day period, fifteen scholars from a range of disciplines will present new research on diverse aspects of yoga’s visual culture. Five symposium sessions are organized around topics such as "Yoga and Place" and "Yoga and Print Culture." Individual paper presentations will alternate with discussions and time to explore the landmark Sackler exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation.

The symposium is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Schedules, speaker bios, and paper abstracts will be posted here in July.