Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenTue, 23 Aug 2016 17:38:59 +0000Has the Incredible Accuracy of Art Reproduction Ruined the Way We Experience Masterpieces?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-replicas-changing-way-we-experience-art-180960224/Precise digital replicas allow more people to own and view great works of art, minus their soulTue, 23 Aug 2016 17:38:59 +0000These Five Museums Put the “Culture” in “Agriculture”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-five-museums-put-culture-agriculture-180960214/It's a lot more than just "tractor art"Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:57:42 +0000Jazz Has Never Looked Cooler Than It Does in This New Exhibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jazz-has-never-looked-cooler-than-it-does-new-exhibition-180960191/ These evocative images by photographer Herman Leonard call to mind a bygone eraMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:43:07 +0000These Mesmerizing Paper Sculptures Explore Nature’s Mirrored Structureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-mesmerizing-paper-sculptures-explore-natures-mirrored-structures-180960194/Artist Matt Shlian folds, cuts and glues paper to create faceted and curved works of artMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Acclaimed Chef Christian Puglisi’s New "Farm of Ideas" Might Be the Next Big Foodie Destinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/chef-christian-puglisis-ambitious-new-project-farm-ideas-180960175/The Danish restaurateur is creating a place for food producers, chefs and foodies from around the world to gather and learnMon, 22 Aug 2016 12:30:00 +0000Why We Have to Play Catch-up Collecting the Portraits of Female Athleteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-play-catch-collecting-portraits-female-athletes-180960179/As the “Summer of Women” unfolds in Rio, the Portrait Gallery is setting its sights on the futureFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:31:03 +0000The Rise of the Modern Sportswomanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rise-modern-sportswoman-180960174/Women have long fought against the assumption that they are weaker than men, and the battle isn’t over yetThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:18:39 +0000This Rio Restaurant Is Using Surplus Food From the Olympic Village to Feed the Homelesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-rio-restaurant-using-surplus-food-from-olympic-village-feed-homeless-180960163/At Refettorio Gastromotiva, top chefs from around the world are cooking five-star cuisine for the poorThu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Is This a Portrait of One of the World’s Most Influential Philosophers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/portrait-one-worlds-most-influential-philosophers-180960164/One Dutch art dealer is convinced that he owns the only portrait that Baruch Spinoza sat forWed, 17 Aug 2016 15:41:52 +0000The History of the American West Gets a Much-Needed Rewritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-american-west-gets-much-needed-rewrite-180960149/Artists, historians and filmmakers alike have been guilty of creating a mythologized version of the U.S. expansion to the westTue, 16 Aug 2016 16:58:14 +0000Move Over, Community Gardens: Edible Forests Are Sprouting Up Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/move-over-community-gardens-edible-forests-are-sprouting-across-america-180960024/These new urban forests let you pick your own produce. But will the concept take root?Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Unusual Origins of Pink Lemonade http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unusual-origins-pink-lemonade-180960145/It’s a pretty scary story. It does involve clowns, after allTue, 16 Aug 2016 13:15:09 +0000These Letters Written by Famous Artists Reveal the Lost Intimacy of Putting Pen to Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-letters-written-famous-artists-reveal-lost-intimacy-putting-pen-to-paper-180960047/Many of the letters included in a new book provide snapshots of especially poignant moments in the lives of American artistsFri, 12 Aug 2016 14:30:01 +0000Babe Ruth Hit a Home Run With Celebrity Product Endorsementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-babe-ruth-hit-home-run-celebrity-product-endorsements-180960038/The Great Bambino was one of the first athletes to be famous enough to require a publicity agent to handle his affairsWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:18:39 +00003D Print Your Own Breakfasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/3d-print-your-own-breakfast-180960048/A team of researchers at Columbia University has developed a 3D food printer capable of printing and cooking multiple ingredients at one timeTue, 09 Aug 2016 15:50:37 +0000Charlie Chaplin's Gold Rushhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/charlie-chaplin-klondike-gold-rush-silent-film-comedy-alaska-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959456/Two decades after the Klondike Gold Rush, Chaplin recast the hardships of prospectors as comedyMon, 08 Aug 2016 17:39:21 +0000This Sculpture Is Controlled by Live Honeybeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sculpture-controlled-live-honeybees-180960006/Artist Wolfgang Buttress collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to create a giant, metallic hiveFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:18:31 +0000Visit the Original Lorax Tree in Dr. Seuss's San Diegohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-seussical-san-diego-180959997/Check out these Seuss-related sites in Theodore Geisel's adopted hometownFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +0000Japan's Most Mouthwatering Dishes Are Made of Plastichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/meet-makers-plastic-food-180959989/Discover <i>sampuru</i>, the art of mind-blowingly realistic fake foodThu, 04 Aug 2016 17:01:52 +0000What Does a Beer Historian Do? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-does-beer-historian-do-180960000/The American History museum’s latest job opening made headlines. But what does the job actually entail?Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:47:03 +0000Forget the Hive, Now Wild Bees Can Check in to These Swanky Hotelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forget-hive-wild-bees-can-check-these-swanky-hotels-180959987/Don't six-legged guests also deserve the best bang for their buzz?Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:50:59 +0000Director Guillermo del Toro Shares the Monsters in His Closet With the Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/guillermo-del-toro-shares-monsters-in-his-closet-with-public-180959957/The filmmaker talks about artifacts from his collection that are featured in the LACMA's new exhibition, <i>At Home with Monsters</i> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:26:23 +0000How Do Smithsonian Curators Decide What to Collect at the Political Conventions?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-do-curators-decide-what-collect-political-conventions-180959937/For Smithsonian’s Lisa Kathleen Graddy and Jon Grinspan, it’s trying to guess what people of the future will want to know about 2016Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:55:34 +0000Meet the Man Who Dropped a Boulder on a Chrysler http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-man-who-dropped-boulder-chrysler-180959846/Ex-pat rebel sculptor Jimmie Durham's funny work is celebrated in the capital of the country he leftTue, 26 Jul 2016 19:16:56 +0000The Secret Meaning of Food in Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/food-tour-metropolitan-museum-art-180959894/Discover 17th-century drinking games and coded political messages in this unique food tour of the Metropolitan Museum's art collectionTue, 26 Jul 2016 13:40:20 +0000Can the Art of Divination Help People Cope With Climate Anxiety?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/turning-art-divination-help-people-process-their-climate-anxiety-180959898/A Brooklyn-based artist strives to create emotional connections with the looming threat of climate change.Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:10:39 +0000The History of Women Presidents in Filmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-women-presidents-film-180959899/Why the science-fiction genre was the first to imagine a female commander-in-chiefMon, 25 Jul 2016 15:24:43 +0000What Is Eskimo Ice Cream? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eskimo-ice-cream-atlas-of-eating-native-cuisine-food-eats-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959431/Answer: Not your typical summer dessertMon, 25 Jul 2016 11:20:44 +0000Does 'The Last Supper' Really Have a Hidden Meaning?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/da-vinci-last-supper-hidden-meaning/Could the painting actually contain a message from Leonardo?Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:02:43 +0000Star Trek ’s Simon Pegg on Making an Alien Franchise Less Alienatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/simon-pegg-giving-her-all-shes-got-180959845/The actor/co-writer behind the new film envisions Star Trek as “the ultimate expression of humanity’s potential.”Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:27:10 +0000How to Avoid the Pitfalls in the Politics of Graphic Messaginghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-avoid-pitfalls-politics-graphic-messaging-180959860/The director of the National Portrait Gallery offers a few pointers on how to acquire visual intelligenceThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:31:47 +0000Should We Hate Poetry?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/should-we-hate-poetry-180959832/It was precisely because poetry wasn’t hated that Plato feared it, writes the Smithsonian’s senior historian David Ward, who loves poetryWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000Please Touch the Art: This Artist Creates Tactile Portraits for the Blindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/artist-making-tactile-art-blind-using-screws-180959716/Andrew Myers uses screws to make 3-D masterpieces for curious fingersTue, 19 Jul 2016 12:10:00 +0000The Best Night Markets for Midnight Snacking in Taipeihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-must-visit-night-markets-taipei-city-180959342/Go light on dinner, these magnificent markets add rich flavor to Taipei's nightlifeFri, 15 Jul 2016 14:32:43 +0000Taste-Testing the History of the Hamburgerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/taste-testing-history-hamburger-180959789/One intrepid reporter cooked three different versions of the burger to uncover just when, exactly, the sandwich was inventedFri, 15 Jul 2016 12:10:20 +0000Gotta Catch ‘Em All on the National Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gotta-catch-em-all-national-mall-180959794/Sergeant Nadia Tyler, a security guard at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, is collecting Pokémon creatures dailyWed, 13 Jul 2016 19:35:08 +0000Here's What Happens When Neuroscientists and Designers Team Up to Explain Scientific Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/heres-what-happens-when-neuroscientists-designers-team-up-explain-scientific-research-180959781/A new interdisciplinary project results in a moving sculpture, an animated piece, a song that evolves and moreWed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Gives "Seinfeld" Its Staying Power? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-seinfeld-show-about-nothing-changed-everything-180959780/In a new book, pop culture writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong analyzes how the show about nothing changed everythingTue, 12 Jul 2016 18:33:52 +0000Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on His Love of History, Youth Sports and Which Books Everyone Should Readhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/kareem-abdul-jabbar-his-love-history-youth-sports-which-books-everyone-should-read-and-more-180959753/The basketball legend has always had a writer's touchMon, 11 Jul 2016 17:15:54 +0000The Brain-Freezing Science of the Slurpeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-freezing-science-slurpee-180959750/More than 60 years ago, a broken soda fountain led to this cool inventionMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:32:49 +0000Eskimo Yo-Yos, Muskox Knitting Yarn and Other Unique Gifts to Buy in Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nine-things-luxury-gift-guide-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959430/ Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:18:12 +0000 The World Is Finally Ready to Understand Romaine Brookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-time-acknowledge-romaine-brooks-early-20th-century-artist-180959725/An early 20th-century artist, Brooks was long marginalized, her work overlooked, in part because of her fluid sexual and gender identityFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:32:33 +0000Photographer Captures the Enduring Grandeur of the Steinway Piano Factoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photographer-captures-enduring-grandeur-steinway-factory-180959632/Christopher Payne's new book strikes a chordFri, 08 Jul 2016 11:45:00 +0000The Most Diverse Neighborhood in the U.S. May Surprise Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mountain-view-alaska-diversity-immigration-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959441/Abundant housing and job opportunities have brought people from all over the world to Mountain View, AlaskaThu, 07 Jul 2016 17:31:27 +0000Which Great American Should Be Immortalized With the Next Big Broadway Musical?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/which-figure-american-history-should-be-subject-next-big-broadway-musical-180959714/<em>Hamilton</em> has caught the nation's attention. A panel of Smithsonian writers and curators suggest who's next.Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:43:01 +0000There’s a Lot More to This Basque Boat Than Meets the Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-lot-more-basque-boat-meets-eye-180959675/The lost story of the Basque heritage is just waiting to be discovered and could be revealed just by watching craftsmen rebuild an ancient whalerFri, 01 Jul 2016 18:40:02 +0000"Armenian Public Radio" Brings Nirvana Attitude to the Folklife Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/armenian-public-radio-brings-nirvana-attitude-festival-180959650/An Armenian-American trio performs traditional folk songs with a modern American sensibilityFri, 01 Jul 2016 16:00:53 +0000The Origin of the Coney Island Hot Dog Is a Uniquely American Story http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/origins-coney-island-hot-dog-uniquely-american-story-180959659/They also have very little to do with the New York City amusement parkThu, 30 Jun 2016 18:25:21 +0000What's the Difference Between Invasive and Nonnative Species? Plus, More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/difference-invasive-nonnative-species-questions-readers-180959500/You asked, we answeredThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:31:45 +0000A Maze of Palatial Icebergs Has Floated Into a Washington, D.C. Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/visit-maze-palatial-icebergs-new-installation-180959596/The new exhibition touches on design, landscape architecture, the life of icebergs and climate changeThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:14:53 +0000The Pioneers of Video Game Technology Are About to Become the Stuff of Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneers-video-game-technology-become-stuff-history-180959649/The American History Museum's Lemelson Center will record 20 oral histories from early video game innovatorsThu, 30 Jun 2016 15:54:52 +0000Why Twitter's "Poet Laureate" Has No Plans to Unmask His Real Identityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/twitter-poet-laureate-no-plans-unmask-real-identity-180959486/He tweets under the guise of @Brian_Bilston and uses the platform to reinvent the age-old form of writingWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:20:09 +0000Why Betty and Veronica Are the Real Stars of Riverdalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/betty-veronica-real-stars-riverdale-180959498/In a reboot of the classic Archie comics, the two female leads take chargeWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:12:13 +0000What Is Bertsolaritza and Who Are the Basque Poets Who Know It?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-bertsolaritza-and-who-are-basque-poets-who-know-it-180959591/At the Folklife Festival, be sure to catch the singing, improvisational poetry slam that’s keeping a language aliveWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:06:51 +0000For More Than 100 Years, the U.S. Forced Navajo Students Into Western Schools. The Damage Is Still Felt Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decades-us-government-forcibly-placed-native-students-western-schools-effects-felt-today-180959502/Photographer Daniella Zalcman explores how native populations had a new nation foisted upon themWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000American Exiles: Leaving Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-exiles-leaving-home-180959492/A series of three photo essays explores how America has treated its own people in times of crisisWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000Novelist Edna O'Brien Explores the True Nature of Evilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/novelist-edna-obrien-true-nature-evil-180959499/Celebrated for her books about love, the writer might finally win a Nobel Prize for something darkerTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:30 +0000Steven Spielberg on Why He Made The BFGhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/steven-spielberg-why-he-made-bfg-180959573/The director talks about the new adaptation, the cast and having John Williams compose the score of the filmMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:05:31 +0000The Fantastic Mr. Dahlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fantastic-roald-dahl-BFG-180959487/The British author’s world—antic, subversive, wildly inventive and monstrously humane—returns to the screen in Steven Spielberg’s <i>The BFG</i>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000