Between the seventh and twelfth centuries, the term yogini referred to both fierce flying goddesses and the mortal women who became those deities. This voluptuous yogini is a four-armed goddess. Sitting on an owl and brandishing a sword, she inserts two fingers into the corners of her open mouth, bares her teeth, and emits a piercing whistle. She may have been one of those yoginis whose name roughly translates as “she who makes a loud nose.”
See more in Yoga: The Art of Transformation, on view now. You can even check it out for just $10 on Thursday nights from 5-9 pm.
I saw the Yoga exhibition yesterday at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. It was amazing, if you are in the Bay Area you should see it before it closes because you need to see them in person! It’s on till the 25th of May. I am going to be posting some images from the exhibition.
Vishnu Vishvarupa 1800-1820
India. Opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Jindo Dog Fights For Respect in the West
by JAMES KIM
In South Korea, Jindo dogs are an actual national treasure — they are ranked no. 53 on the list of “natural monuments” — and they marched in the opening ceremony for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.
Many Korean Americans still share that same affinity with native breed since they were brought over in the 1980s, but Jindos are still relatively unrecognized in the American dog community, as well as the American Kennel Club, the official registry for purebred pedigrees.
Are Jindos ready to take the national stage in America? The answer is a definite yes, according to Jen Choi of The Atlantic. Official recognition would allow Jindos to also participate in the recently concluded Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which Choi compared to “the dog world’s equivalent of the Super Bowl and Academy Awards combined.”
More on these adorable dogs and their “national” statues here! Also be sure to check out this week’s latest updates and stories on iamkoream.com!
I guess we would be remiss to not post something so sweet and tender on this particular day. Say what you will about corporate constructs and revenue-generating holidays, love is love and there ain’t no shame in celebrating such a beautiful thing.
Affectionate couple, approx. 1350–1550. Thailand; Si Satchanalai. Stoneware with underglaze painting. 1990.115
Get all the good details here. This is the world’s first major exhibition about yoga, bee tee dubs.
Happy Lunar New Year! It’s Year 4712, the Year of the Horse. Pick up a snazzy red envelope this weekend (hey, it’ll be Target First Free Sunday). The envelopes contain discount admission tickets good for a future visit. We’ll have a limited quantity on hand. Can’t make it? Keep an eye out for us at the Chinatown Community Fair or visit us at the museum on Feb 15 or 16.
Click here for more on Lunar New Year, including zodiac animals (which one are you?) and our celebrations.
There was hustle and bustle around these quince blossoms and pussy willows yesterday at the Heart of the City Farmers Market. It’s Lunar New Year tomorrow and both are very popular items to pick up in time for the special holiday. For one thing, they’re really pretty! But more importantly, because of their buds and blossoms, they symbolize prosperity and growth. For more on Lunar New Year, click here.
kids in rain jackets
Nice pic, and a nice reminder that educators can book school tours for free.
In Grand Style closes on Sunday. Hope you can make it.
Ommah, 2005, by Nam June Paik (American, b. South Korea,1932–2006). Single-channel video installation on 19-inch LCD monitor; silk robe.
Mmmm…mochi…soft, sweet, chewy mochi. Tomorrow (Saturday) at noon, celebrate Japanese New Year with the dynamic tradition of transforming glutinous rice into fresh mochi, a tasty treat. Local group Kagami Kai will lead the way in this popular annual festivity with music, dance and costumes. Audience members will be encouraged to participate in this rigorous process. And yes, everyone can try a bite! Stick around for family-friendly activities (kiddies 12 and under always get in free).
To learn more about the mochi-making tradition, click here.