Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures

Unknown artist (Neo-Assyrian, Mesopotamian), Tiglath-Pileser III Receiving Homage, 745/727 BC, Limestone relief carving. Founders Society Purchase, Ralph Harman Booth Bequest Fund. DIA No. 50.32

Heels over Head Mr. Freer, Swami Vivekananda, and the Art of Yoga

Sunday, June 02, 2013

2:00 PM Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall


Heels over Head: Mr. Freer, Swami Vivekananda, and the Art of Yoga


Debra Diamond

Associate Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Smithsonian Institution


Sunday, June 2; 2 p.m.

In a sneak preview of Yoga: The Art of Transformation, opening at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries this fall, Debra Diamond links the DIA’s tenth-century sculpture of a yogini, Thomas Edison’s film “Hindoo Fakir,” and Swami Vivekananda’s visits to Detroit and Charles Freer’s home in 1894.


Sponsored by The Freer House, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute/WSU, and Asian and Islamic Art Forum