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The Art, Romance, and Divination of Yoga
All-Day Seminar
Thurs., Nov. 10 at 6:45 PM

     The Mughal Prince Dara
  Shikoh Visiting the Ascetic

Millions of Americans practice yoga today, but few know of its rich history or its influence on art. Join Debra Diamond, curator of South Asian art at the Sackler Gallery, for a look at a fascinating period in yoga's history—when Indo-Islamic courts engaged with yogic concepts and practices ranging from philosophy to tantra and more.
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The Freer Gallery online exhibition, Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur, is an interactive gallery featuring detailed looks at paintings from India and and an audio guide. View here>>




















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Our upcoming Art and Architecture programs offer a wide variety of topics, from antique restoration to art from non-western cultures. With so much to choose from, you are sure to find something that interests and inspires you.

NEW CLASS: Are you an Antique Roadshow fan or passionate collector of antiques? Furniture historian Oscar Fitzgerald will discuss trends in the antique furniture world and how to assess the value of your collection. Learn tips on how to preserve your antiques from Smithsonian furniture conservator Don Williams.  

MINGLE AT THE MUSEUM: Visit the Smithsonian after dark! Our Mingle at Museum events offer you the chance to enjoy the collections at the National Portrait Museum and the Natural History Museum, while sampling hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Attend Portraits After 5: Asian 2 American, where you'll see the new exhibition Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter and have your portrait drawn. The Bright Beneath will be a night dedicated to the work of international artist Shih Chieh Huang, who was inspired by the concept of bioluminescence. His animated installations will surely light up the night!       

We look forward to seeing you soon and thank you for your support as a Smithsonian Associate member—remember members typically save 25% to 40% on program event tickets. Upgrade to a Family Membership to purchase up to six tickets per activity at the member rate!

Upcoming Opportunities:

Non-Western Art
All-Day Seminar

Sat., Nov. 5 at 10 AM
Masterpieces were created by cultures in different areas of our world for very different reasons and in equally diverse styles and materials. Janetta Benton compares and contrasts the arts of Africa, Asian, and American Indian from prehistory to today. Buy tickets>>

Non-Western Art

The Silk Road: Conveying Luxury Goods and Ideas to the World
All-Day Seminar
Sat., Nov. 19 at 9:30 AM

Through art, archaeology, and literature, Lawrence Butler explores four crucial episodes of Silk Road cultural encounters. He looks at the Han Dynasty artwork, Buddhist frescoes, luxury goods and silk, architecture of Mongol empires, and more.
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Silk Road

19th- and 20th-Century Furniture: Collecting and Caring for the Newest Antiques
All-Day Seminar
Sat., Dec. 3 at 10 AM

Learn what's hot in the antiques furniture market, the criteria used to assess value among more recent versus earlier work, design differences that distinguish vintage collectibles from models still in production, and how to care for your pieces.
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Georgia O'Keeffe and
Alfred Stieglitz

Thurs., Dec. 8 at 6:45 PM
Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz were individually successful artists, but as collaborators, their paintings and photographs took on a new creative dimension. Explore their dynamic relationship and artistic influences. Buy tickets>>


Understanding Contemporary Art: From Pop to Pluralism
All-Day Seminar
Sat., Dec. 10 at 9:30 AM

Learn about the roots, broader contexts, and later influences of contemporary art through examples from the Hirshhorn Museum and explore ways to evaluate, understand, and enjoy even the most non-traditional pieces of art. Buy tickets>>

Contemporary Art

Mingle at the Museum Events:

Portraits After 5: Asian 2 American
Fri., Nov 4. at 7:30 PM

View the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter, and converse with exhibit curators and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American program staff. Enjoy Asian fusion beats spun by DJs Yellow Fever, have your portrait drawn, and soak in the projected portraits on the walls of the Kogod Courtyard. Buy tickets>>


The Bright Beneath
Thurs., Dec. 1 at 7:30 PM
Immerse yourself in the exhibition Bright Beneath: The Luminous Art of Shih Chieh Huang. The evening will include engaging in the creation of an "organic concept" installation with artist Shih Chieh Huang, interacting with science educators, and observing preserved bioluminescent specimens.  Buy tickets>>

Bright Beneath

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