Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Thomas, the popular New York yoga instructor, are set to co-chair “Some Enlightened Evening,” a gala event on October 17 in support of “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” the Smithsonian’s first exhibition on the visual history of Yoga.
The exhibition, which opens on October 19 at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery — the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art — will showcase over 100 works of Indian art from manuscripts and devotional icons to early-modern photographs and film, covering roughly 2000 years of yoga culture and history.
Philanthropists, artists, and yogis attending the gala will be fêted with cocktails, haute cuisine, and a showcase of Indian music, after which revelers will head to “TranscenDance” the after-party hosted by the Sackler Gallery’s fledgling patrons, the Silk Road Society.
Dame Jillian Sackler will co-chair the event with Baldwin and Thomas while Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India to the U.S., and H.H. Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur, will be the event’s honorary patrons.
In another first for the Smithsonian, the museum is holding a major crowdfunding campaign. Called Together We’re One, the initiative seeks to bring in $125,000 by July 1. Launched at the end of May, it has raised just over $27,000 thus far.
For the love of yoga, or a love of rubbing elbows, check it out. Namaste.
— Rozalia Jovanovic
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