San Francisco Unified School District's Director of Multicultural and World Language Instruction Margaret Peterson moderated a panel discussion with Mr. Bill Sanderson (San Francisco Unified School District), Ms. Ericka Lovrin (George Washington High School), Dr. Midori McKeon (San Francisco Unified School District), and Mr. Yo Azama (North Salinas High School) about world language education policy within the San Francisco Unified School District; the current situation and importance of the Japanese language education; and incentives and opportunities for Japanese language learners at the Japanese Language Symposium held at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco on February 18, 2012.
How does language define culture? What does it mean to strip meaning from language? The art of Xu Bing raises these stirring questions. Globally known for his contemporary and dynamic style, the renowned Chinese artist made a special appearance at the Asian Art Museum to talk about influences on his art, specifically his works since 2008.
Ann Dyer mines the exhibition, Yoga: The Art of Transformation, to create a sensory performance that calls on the power of voice, word and sound expressed in yoga philosophies and texts throughout the ages.
Dyer, Director of the Vak Choir of "everyday" voices, finds inspiration in the vast array of usages of sound that span the yoga tradition — including Vedic mantra, Tantric bija mantras, kirtan, naada yoga, sanskrit, and the roots of classical Indian music — to create contemporary works that reconnect participants and audience alike with the innate power of sound as a tool of transformation.
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Yoga: The Art of Transformation is the world's first major art exhibition about yoga. The exhibition explores yoga's fascinating history and its transformation into a global phenomenon. Highlights include stunning masterpieces of Indian sculpture and painting, pages from the first illustrated book of yoga postures, and a Thomas Edison film, Hindoo Fakir (1902), the first American movie ever produced about India. On view at the Asian Art Museum from Feb 21–May 25, 2014.
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Curators from the Asian Art Museum and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution discuss concepts of yoga and the artworks in the exhibition, Yoga: The Art of Transformation (on view at the Asian Art Museum from Feb. 21–May 25, 2014). Available on iTunes U.