Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenWed, 28 Jan 2015 21:30:59 +0000Getting up Close and Personal with American Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/getting-close-and-personal-american-soldiers-180954048/A new photography exhibit takes a multi-decade look Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:30:59 +0000The Smithsonian May Go for the Gold, Opening a Venue at London's Olympic Groundshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-institution-may-go-gold-venue-london-olympic-grounds-180954029/The Smithsonian Regents give museum officials the thumbs-up to explore opening a new gallery in London and the mayor there says, "Welcome to our city"Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:40 +0000Do You Want To Build a Snowman? Physics Can Helphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/do-you-want-build-snowman-physics-180954024/Here’s what you need to know about the science of constructing your very own OlafTue, 27 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000Vivid Images of Civil War Casualties Inspire a Scholar's Inner Musehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vivid-images-civil-war-casualties-inspire-scholars-inner-muse-180953966/Alexander Gardner’s photography, a record of sacrifice and devastating loss, prompts a new creativity from the show's curator Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:50:39 +0000Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millenniumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-footbinding-persisted-china-millennium-180953971/Despite the pain, millions of Chinese women stood firm in their devotion to the traditionWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000 Who Was the Marquis de Sade?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-was-marquis-de-sade-180953980/Even in the age of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>, the 18th-century libertine is as shocking as everWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000What Makes Humans Different? Fiction and Cooperationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-makes-humans-different-fiction-and-cooperation-180953986/Historian Yuval Noah Harari previews his book on the past and future of Homo sapiensWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000"Selma Needs No Oscar to Validate It," Says the Director of the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/selma-needs-no-oscar-validate-it-says-director-african-american-history-museum-180953959/A film with black history at its core and created by African Americans opens up a "national conversation" Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:34:07 +0000The Little-Known History of the Underground Railroad in New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/little-known-history-underground-railroad-new-york-180953927/Pultizer-Prize winning historian Eric Foner uncovers the hidden story behind this passage to freedomTue, 20 Jan 2015 15:21:41 +0000Inside the Three-Decade Evolution of "Star Wars" Costumeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inside-three-decade-evolution-star-wars-costumes-180953621/A Smithsonian traveling exhibition offers an unprecedented glimpse at costumes from a galaxy far, far awayTue, 20 Jan 2015 14:42:17 +0000Celebrate National Cheese Lovers' Day With This Map of Cheese Found Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/celebrate-national-cheese-lovers-day-map-cheese-found-around-world-180953915/This sharp interactive will make you feel gouda all overTue, 20 Jan 2015 12:34:04 +0000Where to See the Work of Mr. Turner Around Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-see-work-mr-turner-around-america-180953922/The British painter is the subject of a new film, but where can you see him stateside?Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:22:53 +0000There is Nothing Elementary About a New Sherlock Holmes Adaptation http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/there-nothing-elementary-about-a-sherlock-holmes-adaptation-180953895/Tony-award, winning playwright Ken Ludwig says he's injecting Indiana Jones cinematic adventure into the theatrical experienceFri, 16 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Listen to the Freedom Songs Recorded 50 Years Ago During the March From Selma to Montgomeryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/listen-freedom-songs-recorded-50-years-ago-during-march-selma-montgomery-180953904/When MLK called for people to come to Selma, Detroit's Carl Benkert arrived with his tape recorder, making the indelible album "Freedom Songs"Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:42:57 +000010 Victorian Inventions That Never Quite Took Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-victorian-inventions-never-quite-took-180953865/Flops from a "knife and fork cleaner" to a "cholera belt" provide a curious look at life in 19th century EnglandThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:38:55 +0000These Rare Photos of the Selma March Place You in the Thick of Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rare-photos-selma-march-thick-history-180953874/James Barker, a photographer from Alaska, shares his memories of documenting the famed eventWed, 14 Jan 2015 15:15:24 +0000A Tree Grows 40 Different Types of Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/a-tree-grows-40-different-types-of-fruit-180953868/What started as an art project has become a mission to reintroduce Americans to native fruits that have faded from popularityWed, 14 Jan 2015 13:42:50 +0000What Are the 1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-are-1000-foods-eat-you-die-180953878/Written by a former New York Times restaurant critic, this tome will keep your appetite satisfied for a lifetimeTue, 13 Jan 2015 16:05:59 +0000Surreal Photos Reveal the Otherworldly Insides of Gemstoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gems-minerals-inclusions-inside-photography-art-science-180953662/If you thought gems were beautiful to the naked eye, take a look at them under a microscopeTue, 13 Jan 2015 15:35:02 +0000The King's Keepers: Five Quirky Locations for Finding Elvis Beyond Gracelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/beyond-graceland-shrines-elvis-around-country-180953809/From Georgia to Connecticut, Elvis' spirit lives on in unexpected placesThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:45:06 +0000The Tinman's Hat From "The Wiz" Offers Just a Hint of the Musical's Beating Heart http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tinmans-hat-from-the-wiz-offers-hint-musicals-beating-heart-180953718/Forty years ago this week, when the all-black musical production opened on Broadway, critics scoffed, but audiences embraced itMon, 05 Jan 2015 16:46:35 +0000The Physics of Champagne Bubbles Could Help Power the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-years-physics-champagne-bubbles-could-help-power-future-180953778/Studying the principles that govern bubble formation in sparkling wine could improve power plant boilersWed, 31 Dec 2014 18:49:22 +0000How to Achieve Flawless Beautyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-to-achieve-flawless-beauty/The bust of Nefertiti contains one of the most beautiful faces in the world. So beautiful, a mathematical formula was used to sculpt itTue, 30 Dec 2014 16:47:10 +0000Our Answers to the Most Burning Questions of 2014 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/our-answers-to-the-most-burning-questions-of-2014-180953752/Here are the ten most popular installments of "Ask Smithsonian" this yearTue, 30 Dec 2014 16:44:51 +0000Our Top Stories of 2014http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/our-top-stories-2014-180953698/From weird red waterfalls to the pleasures of small-town America, these were the most read articles on Smithsonian.com this year Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Christmas Day is the Only Day of the Year You Can't Go to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/christmas-day-only-day-year-you-cant-go-smithsonian-180953696/For those missing your Smithsonian fix, here's some holiday cheer until the doors open on December 26Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000"The Interview" Joins the Ranks of These Banned or Restricted Movieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/interview-limited-joins-ranks-these-banned-censored-restricted-movies-180953722/From a Charlie Chaplin comedy to a Mae West melodrama, plenty of controversial films have been pulled or even destroyed since the dawn of cinemaTue, 23 Dec 2014 20:15:50 +0000Stunning Black-and-White Photos of the Nazca Lineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/edward-ranney-peru-photos-the-lines-180953694/Edward Ranney's photographs of the famous Nazca Lines show the mysterious geoglyphs from an unusual angle—eye-levelTue, 23 Dec 2014 20:00:00 +0000A Christmas Feast, Experienced With Dishes From Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/christmas-feast-experienced-dishes-around-world-180953713/Experience an international Christmas without any travel by preparing these traditional foodsTue, 23 Dec 2014 19:34:15 +0000In an Era of Superstorms, This Exhibit Captures Our Shifting Relationship with the Earth's Rising Seashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/in-an-era-of-superstorms-this-exhibit-captures-our-shifting-relationship-with-the-earths-rising-seas-180953618/"Sink or Swim" shows how we're learning to be smarter and more resilient in our response to increasingly unpredictable oceans and rivers Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:46:25 +0000The Tolkien Nerd’s Guide to "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/tolkien-nerds-guide-hobbit-battle-five-armies-180953681/The final chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy strays furthest from the book, but there are still a few buried Easter eggs for die-hard fans to enjoyFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:23:20 +0000A Stephen Colbert Portrait Returns to the Smithsonian, With Even More Stephenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stephen-colbert-returns-portrait-gallery-even-more-stephens-180953647/As the Comedy Central host's show ends, his likeness(es) head to the National Portrait GalleryFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000London Mayor Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill's Cheekiest Quoteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/london-mayor-boris-johnson-winston-churchill-legacy-180953538/London's mayor talks about his new Churchill biography, 50 years after the British Bulldog's deathWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Monopoly Was Designed to Teach the 99% About Income Inequalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/monopoly-was-designed-teach-99-about-income-inequality-180953630/The story you’ve heard about the creation of the famous board game is far from trueWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Will the Search for Amelia Earhart Ever End?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/will-search-for-amelia-earhart-ever-end-180953646/Nearly eight decades after she disappeared in the South Pacific, the aviator continues to spark intense passion—and controversyWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000“Descent of Man”, a New Poem by Timothy Steelehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/descent-man-new-poem-timothy-steele-180953649/The award-winning poet penned this new piece about evolutionWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Unpublished Photos by Gordon Parks Bring a Nuanced View of 1950s Black Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/unpublished-photos-gordon-parks-bring-nuanced-view-1950s-black-america-180953660/An exhibit in Boston highlights unpublished photos from the acclaimed <i>Life</i> magazine photographerWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Celebrate Hanukkah the All-American Way With this Menorahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-hanukkah-all-american-way-with-this-menorah-180953655/This unique menorah at the American History Museum is a tribute to liberty and a poignant reminder of what we celebrate Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:29:39 +0000For Every Object, There Is a Story to Tellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-every-object-there-is-story-to-tell-180953589/A Smithsonian curator is asked to select just one artifactWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:59:31 +0000NASA Can See Your Holiday Lights From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-can-see-your-holiday-lights-space-180953648/Scientists can use holiday lights during Christmas and Rammadan as a proxy for overall energy use in urban areasWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42:15 +0000The Best Winter Beers to Try This Holiday Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-winter-beers-try-holiday-season-180953592/We spoke with hops and malts expert William Bostwick about the right quaffs to drink while the weather is coldWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:57:39 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-of-the-most-beautiful-things-in-nature-come-in-the-tiniest-of-packages-180953632/The winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000How Gone With the Wind Took the Nation by Storm By Catering to its Southern Sensibilitieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-gone-wind-took-nation-storm-feeding-its-southern-sensibilities-180953617/From casting to its premiere, how Southerners viewed the film made all the differenceMon, 15 Dec 2014 20:29:34 +0000Fifty Years Ago This Month, John Coltrane Recorded One of the Greatest Jazz Tracks of All Time http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifty-years-ago-this-month-john-coltrane-recorded-one-greatest-jazz-tracks-of-all-time-180953583/This Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone was one of three instruments that John Coltrane played to reinvent himself—and Jazz musicMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:30:37 +0000Six Historic Trains That Embody the Holiday Spirithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-holiday-train-rides-take-2014-180953603/Trains have always been a part of holiday celebrations—so why not hop aboard this season? Here are six seasonally appropriate rides to considerMon, 15 Dec 2014 13:07:42 +0000The Smithsonian Design Museum Tells the Story of User-Centered Design Through 120 Beautiful Productshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-design-museum-tells-the-story-of-user-centered-design-through-120-beautiful-products-180953559/A thermostat, a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and razors are all a part of "Beautiful Users," now on display in New York CityFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:46 +0000The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Makes Its Grand Re-Opening in New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum-makes-its-grand-re-opening-new-york-city-180953598/The old and the new crash into each other beautifully in the former Carnegie mansionFri, 12 Dec 2014 13:29:41 +0000What’s Your Surgeon’s Jam? Probably Classical or Soft Rock http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-your-surgeons-jam-probably-classical-or-soft-rock-180953597/British doctors make the case for playing music during an operationThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:00 +0000After 12/13/14, What Are the Next Fun Dates for Math Lovers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/last-sequential-date-century-121314-fun-math-lovers-180953413/Sequential integers are a bit boring, anyhow. Here are some more exciting sequences to celebrate over the next 89 yearsThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:09:08 +0000The Evolving Face of Santa, As Seen in the Smithsonian's Vast Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evolving-face-santa-smithsonian-vast-collections-180953571/A look into Smithsonian's vast archives reveals that Father Christmas tends to get a makeover with every generation that embraces him Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:19:43 +0000When America Invested in Infrastructure, These Beautiful Landmarks Were the Resulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-america-invested-infrastructure-these-beautiful-landmarks-were-result-180953570/Explore eight of the Works Progress Administration’s most impressive structures.Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:15:39 +0000Show Us the Holiday Decorations in Your Neighborhoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/show-us-holiday-decorations-your-neighborhood-180953569/What does the holiday season look like in your community? Upload a photo of the best light displays, Christmas trees, menorahs and other festive scenesTue, 09 Dec 2014 20:48:20 +0000The Creepy, Kitschy and Geeky Patches of US Spy Satellite Launcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/creepy-kitschy-and-geeky-patches-us-spy-satellites-180953562/There may be method to the madness behind the outlandish designs of the National Reconnaissance Office mission patchesTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Turning Shipping Containers Into Urban Farmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-shipping-containers-into-urban-farms-180953295/In a clever recycling experiment, the startup Local Roots Farms is growing organic, hydroponic produce in America's food desertsTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:56:19 +0000Inside the World of Istanbul's Male Belly Dancershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/inside-world-istanbuls-male-belly-dancers-180953539/The nation’s shifting views toward homosexuality have opened the market for a centuries-old traditionTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:05:19 +0000The Not-So-Simple Simon Proved the Young Were Swifter Than the Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/not-so-simple-simon-proved-young-were-swifter-than-old-180953561/In 1978, the new blinking, bleeping toy ushered in the era of computer gamesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:37:28 +0000Fashion Photographer Rankin Has A New Book of Models in Wild Makeuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fashion-photographer-rankin-has-a-new-book-of-models-in-wild-makeup-180953534/The British photographer reveals some unusual new portraits, with a hodgepodge of influencesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:07:36 +0000Why the Composer of Candy Crush Soda Saga is the New King of Video Game Music http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-composer-candy-crush-soda-saga-new-king-video-game-music-180953556/You may have never heard of Johan Holmstrom, but millions listen to his music every dayMon, 08 Dec 2014 18:29:46 +0000These Photos Capture a Decade of Change at Earth's Poleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-photos-capture-decade-change-earths-poles-180953501/From courting penguins to moody icebergs, photojournalist Camille Seaman shares her personal journey through polar habitatsFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:58:24 +0000Can This Berry Solve Both Obesity and World Hunger?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-this-berry-solve-both-obesity-and-world-hunger-180953389/At a playful café in Chicago, chef Homaro Cantu is experimenting with miracle fruit, a West African berry that makes everything a little sweeterThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:52:32 +0000The Photographer Who Ansel Adams Called the Anti-Christhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photographer-who-ansel-adams-called-anti-christ-180953525/William Mortensen’s grotesque, retouched photos of celebrities were a far cry from the realism favored by the photography eliteThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:21:15 +0000Christmas Markets Might Be the Best Reason to Spend the Holidays in Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/christmas-markets-might-be-best-reason-spend-holidays-europe-180953515/From mulled wine to intricate ornaments, Europe's Christmas markets are a mix of food, goods and holiday cheerThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:11:02 +0000Rescuing Jorge Prelorán’s Films From Storage And Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-storage-jorge-prelorans-documentaries-again-see-light-day-180953465/The Smithsonian’s Film Archives is reintroducing the world to the influential work of the Argentine-American filmmakerWed, 03 Dec 2014 22:48:36 +0000