Robert Irwin's art is so mesmerizing to me. this is a disc fixed to the wall illuminated with lights, two on the ceiling, two on the floor. the disc becomes a part of its own shadows, skewing your perception. ah, it's so calm and simple, but thoughtful, too. i think i'll sit here for a while and meditate.
this will be on view until tomorrow, january 5, at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. go! go! go!
speaking of art, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco will be having an exhibition on yoga. it is the only museum on the west coast exhibiting this and will be up from February 21 - May 25, 2014. let's urdhva dhanurasana our butts up there!
"Millions of people around the world practice yoga to find spiritual insight and improved health. While many are aware of yoga’s origins in India, few may know about its philosophical underpinnings or its fascinating history over thousands of years.Yoga: The Art of Transformation goes beyond postures and delves into how yoga has evolved into a global phenomenon through an exploration of its visual history. Borrowed from 25 museums and private collections in Europe, the U.S. and India, the artworks featured in the exhibition date from the 2nd to the 20th centuries. Images ranging from benevolent deities and gurus to Tantric goddesses and sinister yogis reveal how yoga practices—and perceptions of them—have transformed over time and across communities. Exhibition highlights include stunning masterpieces of Indian sculpture and painting; pages from the first illustrated book of yoga postures (asanas); and a Thomas Edison film, Hindoo Fakir (1902), widely regarded as the first movie ever produced about India."