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Smithsonian To Launch Yoga Exhibit

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The Cherry Blossom Yoga event at the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival.
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The Cherry Blossom Yoga event at the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Smithsonian Institution is announcing plans for what curators believe is the first exhibition about the visual history of yoga, reports the Associated Press.

When it opens in October, "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" will feature temple structures, devotional icons, and manuscripts, as well as early photographs, books, and films about yoga.

The Sackler Gallery is organizing the exhibit, for which curators pulled together more than 130 objects from collections in the U.S., India, and Europe.

To pay for the exhibition, the Smithsonian is planning to launch its first major crowd-funding campaign. Between May 29 and July 1, the museum will be seeking donations to support the exhibit and related programs.

After its time in Washington, the exhibit will eventually travel to the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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