Here’s what you’ll see at the Smithsonian yoga exhibit — if …

You know what that “if” is, right? If our ongoing government shutdown ends.

Word is, though, that our wonderful, thoughtful and insightful leaders within the U.S. government might be getting close to a deal to avoid a credit default and get the government back up and running. (For those who care.)

And that would mean that the planned opening of the “first-ever” art exhibit on yoga’s visual history at the Smithsonian would happen as planned. Although, right now, there’s still this warning at the site:

“Some Enlightened Evening” Gala, Transcendance soiree, and select events on Thursday, October 17, Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 have been relocated to new venues. Due to the federal government shutdown, the Freer and Sackler Galleries is closed; all daytime and evening events at the museum are also canceled. For additional information please contact

We previewed the Smithsonian’s show a whole year ago here, and followed its Kickstarter campaign more recently. That campaign easily topped its goal of $125,000 — still not enough to avoid the shutdown-related closure, obviously.

If the government doesn’t end the shutdown, or you just can’t get to Washington for the show, the slideshow is worth a look. You can see something, at least, whether the government stays shuttered.

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