She’s back! Yogini makes a triumphant return to San Antonio

The Museum’s Yogini has returned from her year away where she was the star of the Smithsonian’s exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation. The exhibition originated at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. in October 2013 Yogini 1and traveled to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tracing the history of yoga over 2,000 years, Yoga drew acclaim in The Wall Street Journal; Pubic Radio, PRI; The New York Times; and The New York Review of Books, in which Yogini was frequently called out as a highlight.

“The haunting eleventh century ‘San Antonio Yogini’ sitting atop an owl in this same room was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable works in the exhibition, and among the finest examples of medieval Indian sculpture in the West,” wrote Siddhartha V. Shah in Orientations, September 2014.

Yogini 2Yogini, a female spiritual adept, is a beautifully carved sculpture and the most important work of Indian art in the Museum’s collection. She has four arms. Her outer arms hold a sword and shield, which display her martial nature. Her inner hands are held in the unusual gesture of whistling. The figure is remarkable for the crisp and energetic carving that includes many fine details such as the wrinkled lip. Such yogini figures were usually placed on the exterior boundary of temple complexes and may have served a protective function. These distinctive yogini images originated in Uttar Pradesh or Madhya Pradesh in present-day central and eastern India.

Yogini staff SA museumThe Museum will celebrate Yogini’s return at Art Party November 14, with KRTU Jazz and Esquire Tavern cocktails. Gallery talks about Yogini at 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. Music and cocktails from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Art Party is free with Museum admission and free to members.

The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio Riverwalk.  The collection contains more than 25,000 works representing 5,000 years of history and cultures from around the world.

Image Credit:
Yogini, Northern Indian, Uttar Pradesh or Madhya Pradesh, 10th–11th century
Buff sandstone, h. 34 in. (86.4 cm); w. 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm); d. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Purchased with the John and Karen McFarlin Fund and the Asian Art Challenge Fund, 90.92

Matisse: Life in Color, Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art



Purple Robe and AnemonesThe San Antonio Museum of Art is presenting Matisse: Life in Color, Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art through September 7, 2014. This exhibition features eighty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper spanning six decades of Henri Matisse’s prolific career. Drawn from The Baltimore Museum of Art’s permanent collection, perhaps the finest collection of Matisse’s work in the world, Matisse: Life in Color offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for San Antonio, and indeed, all of Texas and our region, to share in the beauty and importance of such a magnificent body of work.

“The exhibition will enrich our community and increase the national and international stature of the San Antonio Museum of Art as well as the city of San Antonio as an important cultural destination,” said Katherine C. Luber, The Kelso Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art.

As one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954) fundamentally altered the course of modern art with his stylistic innovations. Across a succession of stylistic periods, Matisse aimed to discover the “essential character of things” through art that expressed balance and serenity. He experimented throughout his career with abandoning conventional perspective and form in favor of dramatically simplified areas of pure color, flat shapes and decorative patterns.

Upcoming Programs Include

ArtBites Presents: Dining with Matisse, a tour of the exhibition and cooking class, Wednesday, July 23, 4:30-8:00 p.m., or Thursday, July 24, 4:30-8:00 p.m., or Sunday, July 27, 4:00-7:30 p.m.
Make Your Own Matisse: Artmaking, music, cash bar, July 22, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Family Flicks: Hugo Saturday, July 12, outdoors at sundown.
Timed Ticket reservations: Free to members.