ON YOGA: THE ARCHITECTURE OF PEACE opens at the TASCHEN Gallery
It’s taken yoga several thousand years to journey from a handful of monasteries dotting the Himalayas to the myriad studios of London, Lower Manhattan, and beyond. Whether bathing with holy men in the Ganges or joining the chorus of a thousand voices chanting “om,” photographer Michael O’Neill decided to devote himself to experiencing and recording the world of yoga at this critical juncture in its history.
From November 7 – January 2016, TASCHEN Gallery will exhibit MICHAEL O’NEILL. ON YOGA: THE ARCHITECTURE OF PEACE, the first major photographic exhibition on the subjects of yoga and meditation and O’Neill’s first show in Los Angeles. Opening on November 7 to a crowd of over 500 people, including art enthusiasts, passionate yogis, and O’Neill’s friends, collaborators, and subjects, the exhibition features 80 photographs alongside a selection of artifacts documenting O’Neill’s journey and the history and of yoga through the ages. The photographs celebrate both the rich lineage and the international reach, locating beauty and learning with young boys practicing the little known discipline of Mallakhamba at the wrestling grounds of Kochi as much as with some of the most influential yogis our time such as B. K. S. Iyengar, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and meditation masters His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and S. N. Goenka. Says O’Neill: “All I wanted to do was to pay homage to yoga’s classical lineage and understand this unique moment before it slips away.” The result is a powerful photographic tribute to an age-old discipline turned modern, global, and mindful community of 250 million practitioners.
All of the prints in this exhibition are archival pigment prints made by Adamson Editions, one of the world’s foremost digital ateliers, founded in 1979. David Adamson and his team have collaborated with some of the most interesting and influential artists working today, including Chuck Close, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Jenny Holzer, Robert Longo, and Kiki Smith.
Michael O’Neill (b. 1946) has photographed the cultural icons of his time, from Andy Warhol to the Dalai Lama over nearly 50 years for publications including the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. For the last decade he has immersed himself in the culture of yoga, turning his lens on the origins and essence of this ancient and timeless spiritual practice.
JOIN US FOR FREE YOGA @ THE TASCHEN GALLERY Hatha Flow
with Maud Nadler of Yoga Works
Presented by Beyond Yoga
November 14 & 21
December 5, 12, & 19
with Donovan McGrath
December 3, 10, 17
All levels welcome! Bring a mat and plan to arrive 10 minutes early!
8070 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone 323 852 9098
Tue-Sat: 11am to 7pm
Sunday: Noon to 6pm
Yoga class descriptions Hatha Flow will strengthen your body while you quiet your mind with special attention to your alignment and breath, hosted by Yoga Works. Get ready to flow and sweat! www.yogaworks.com www.beyondyoga.com
Vinyasa Style is for those looking to learn, or return to, the foundations of yoga postures, alignment, breathing, and technique. Classes build heat, endurance, flexibility, and strength in a supportive environment.
About the instructors
From his first yoga class in New York City in 1996, Donovan Vriens-McGrath was struck by the clarity, vitality, and peace he felt. Within a year he did his first teacher training at the Sivinanda Yoga Vedanta Center and has since trained in the traditions of Kundalini, Ashtanga, and Anusara. He teaches private clients and small groups, and at Wanderlust Hollywood and Equinox West Hollywood. www.donovanyoga.com
Teaching since 2009, Yoga Works’ instructor Maud Nadler’s instruction focuses on alignment and the deep connection of movement with breath. Teaching and practicing clean, simple, beautiful Hatha Yoga form the backbone of her life.