Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenWed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Book of Photographs Recalls the Trauma of American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-book-photographs-recalls-trauma-american-history-180964777/Looking back at a lynching that shocked America and galvanized the civil rights movementWed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Dave Eggers’ Animals Might Be “Ungrateful,” But They Go to a Good Causehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/eggers-ungrateful-animals-180964770/The author discusses a return to art and his forthcoming book <em>Ungrateful Mammals</em>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000How This Washington, D.C. Museum Redefined What Museums Could Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-anacostia-community-museum-redefined-what-museums-could-be-180964941/Fifty years after its founding, the Smithsonian's beloved Anacostia Community Museum continues to tell stories heard nowhere elseWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Photographer Reconstructs 1,400-Mile Route Along the Underground Railroadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/underground-railroad-photographs-180964899/'Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad' traces a plausible path a freedom seeker could have taken NorthTue, 19 Sep 2017 18:08:03 +0000The Making of the Modern American Recipehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/making-modern-american-recipe-180964940/Scientific methods, rising literacy and an increasingly mobile society were key ingredients for a culinary revolutionTue, 19 Sep 2017 16:06:39 +0000How Alexander Calder Became America's Most Beloved Sculptorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/alexander-calder-became-americas-most-beloved-sculptor-180964773/In an exclusive excerpt from his new book, Calder: The Conquest of Time, Jed Perl reveals a hidden side of the artistTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World's Biggest Pumpkin?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/america-losing-ground-contest-grow-worlds-biggest-pumpkin-180964769/Our most symbolic squash is now taking over the worldTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Freer|Sackler: Reopenedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/freersackler-reopened-180964919/The Smithsonian reopens the Freer and Sackler Galleries to the public in OctoberTue, 19 Sep 2017 13:57:07 +0000Here’s What It Takes to Turn a Museum into a Movie Screenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-it-takes-turn-museum-movie-screen-180964931/On October 14, the façade of the newly renovated Freer Gallery makes its cinematic debutTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Seven Must-See Museums in Norwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/must-see-museums-norway-180964470/Each institution celebrates a different aspect of this Scandinavian country’s historyMon, 18 Sep 2017 19:42:07 +0000This Former Soviet Art Duo Crafts Worlds of Whimsy and Delight http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-former-soviet-art-duo-crafts-worlds-whimsy-delight-180964914/Miniature models, the wellspring of the celebrated large installations of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, are at the HirshhornMon, 18 Sep 2017 11:42:41 +0000Fans of Minecraft Are Sure to Dig this Nationwide Museum Festhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/minecraft-fans-dig-museum-fest-180964888/The indie hit is the perfect game for a day devoted to unearthing knowledgeFri, 15 Sep 2017 13:37:27 +000012 Must-See Fall Exhibits Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-must-see-fall-exhibits-180964834/Art, science and magic draws us to museums this fallThu, 14 Sep 2017 16:04:15 +0000What Does the Gender Reveal Fad Say About Modern Pregnancy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-does-gender-reveal-fad-say-about-modern-pregnancy-180964891/A new ritual speaks to anxieties surrounding the medicalization of childbearingThu, 14 Sep 2017 14:34:14 +0000These Massive Land Art Constructions Are Actually Ancient Fishing Weirshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/discover-taiwans-ancient-fishing-methods-tourist-destinations-180964694/Stone tidal traps were built off the coast of Taiwan as early as the Qing DynastyWed, 13 Sep 2017 20:24:41 +0000Armenia Might Be One of the Oldest and Youngest Beer-Making Countries in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenia-might-be-one-oldest-and-youngest-beermaking-countries-world-180964860/ Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:03:22 +0000See the Sounds of the Amazon in This Mesmerizing Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/see-sounds-amazon-mesmerizing-video-180964877/Artist Andy Thomas helps people experience nature in a new wayWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:52:16 +0000Why the Artist Ragnar Kjartansson Asked his Mother to Spit On Himhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-artist-ragnar-kjartansson-asked-his-mother-spit-him-180964861/The Icelandic performance piece <em>Me and My Mother</em> is latest Hirshhorn acquisitionWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Juggling Genius of Paul Cinquevallihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/juggling-genius-paul-cinquevalli-180964874/Remembering a showman who gave his life to his craftWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:01:14 +0000Acclaimed Musicians Sting and J. Ralph Spread Social Justice Through Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/acclaimed-musicians-sting-j-ralph-spread-social-justice-through-song-180964853/The Smithsonian honors two composers whose work and philanthropy are inextricably linkedWed, 13 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000The Transformation of the American Shopping Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/transformation-american-shopping-mall-180964837/Headlines claim malls are dying, and some are. But many others are having second lives as churches, schools, hospitals, even farmsTue, 12 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Five Architects on the One Building They Wish Had Been Preservedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remembering-americas-lost-buildings-180964780/From an elegant solution to urban density to a magnificent financial hubTue, 12 Sep 2017 12:10:30 +0000New Startup WildKale Lets Farmers Sell Directly to Customers Through an Apphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-startup-wildkale-lets-farmers-sell-directly-customers-through-app-180964843/Yes, it's like "Uber for farmer's markets." Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:57:30 +0000Did Edvard Munch Find a Supernatural Power in Color?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/did-edvard-munch-find-supernatural-power-in-color-180964832/A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art places Munch’s palette in contextMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:16:51 +0000This Replica of a Tlingit Killer Whale Hat Is Spurring Dialogue About Digitization http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/replica-tlingit-killer-whale-hat-spurring-dialogue-about-digitization-180964483/Collaboration between museums and indigenous groups provides educational opportunities, archival documentation—and ethical dilemmasMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +000012 of the Best Food Festivals Happening This Fallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-best-food-festivals-happening-fall-180964800/Where to eat, drink and play across the U.S. this autumnFri, 08 Sep 2017 18:43:20 +0000From Egyptian Cats to Crime Scenes, Here's a Preview of the Smithsonian's Upcoming Showshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/from-egyptian-cats-to-crime-scenes-smithsonian-upcoming-shows-180964748/Gallery-goers in D.C. and NYC are in for a mental workout with shows that deliver on everything from the experimental to the traditionalFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:42:51 +0000Are Craft Breweries the Next Coffeehouses?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-craft-breweries-next-coffeehouses-180964739/Taprooms springing up across the country are cultivating communities and helping to revitalize entire neighborhoodsThu, 07 Sep 2017 20:18:27 +0000The Titan Who Founded L'Oréal Prospered Under the Nazishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/titan-who-founded-loreal-built-his-brand-shoulders-nazis-180964805/How the head of the world’s top cosmetic firm fell in with the Nazi-sympathizers of German-occupied France and emerged from the war as successful as everThu, 07 Sep 2017 19:11:21 +0000An Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Funeral Fit for a Kinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/exclusive-behind-scenes-look-funeral-fit-king-180964799/For the first time in more than 70 years, Thailand is saying farewell to its monarchThu, 07 Sep 2017 17:28:36 +0000These Design Champs Are Having Their Moment in the Sunhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-design-champs-are-having-their-moment-sun-180964654/Three Cooper-Hewitt award winners share secrets and stories with design critic Owen EdwardsThu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How We Can Support the World's Rich Musical Diversityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-we-can-support-worlds-rich-musical-diversity-180964724/Some music thrives, while other musical traditions are on the verge of disappearingWed, 06 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Why the Works of Visionary Artist Jacob Lawrence Still Resonate a Century After His Birthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-works-visionary-artist-jacob-lawrence-still-resonate-century-after-his-birth-180964706/His vibrant and bold paintings tell stories of liberation, resistance and resilience Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000'Rumble' Aims to Upset the Rock 'n' Roll Canonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rumble-aims-upset-rock-and-roll-canon-180964681/A documentary based on a Smithsonian exhibition is wowing festival audiencesFri, 01 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Book Burning, From the Printing Press to Internet Archiveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-book-burning-printing-press-internet-archives-180964697/As long as there have been books, people have burned them—but over the years, the motivation has changedThu, 31 Aug 2017 17:05:33 +0000Flexible Batteries May Soon Be Printed Right On Your Clotheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/flexible-batteries-may-soon-be-printed-right-your-clothes-180964683/Graphene supercapacitors, printed directly on textiles, could power medical devices, wearable computers, even phone-charging shirtsThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:14:57 +0000The Mystique of the American Diner, From Jack Kerouac to “Twin Peaks”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mystique-american-diner-jack-kerouac-twin-peaks-180964680/Freedom, fear and friendliness mingle in these emblematic eateriesThu, 31 Aug 2017 14:13:04 +0000Milk and Sugar Pods That Dissolve in Coffee Could Replace Single-Serve Containershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/milk-and-sugar-pods-dissolve-coffee-could-replace-single-serve-containers-180964663/Why use plastic when you can use sugar?Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:47:17 +0000This Cleveland DJ Popularized Rock 'n' Rollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/this-cleveland-dj-popularized-rock-n-roll/Dancing – and dancing shows – became a teenage craze in the 1950s, spurred by figures like Cleveland DJ, Alan FreedMon, 28 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta Offers Advice to a New Generation of Activistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/civil-rights-icon-dolores-huerta-offers-advise-new-generation-activists-180964630/A new documentary charts the 87-year-old leader's advocacy across the decadesFri, 25 Aug 2017 18:24:37 +0000Jean-Michel Basquiat's Artwork Is Appreciated Now More Than Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/jean-michel-basquiat-artwork-180964403/Decades later, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s complex works are increasingly prescient—and valuableThu, 24 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000At the Smithsonian's First Asian-American Lit Fest, Writers Share Falooda, Politics and Poetry http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-first-asian-american-lit-fest-writers-share-falooda-politics-and-poetry-180964569/More than 80 award-winning and aspirational writers shared work across multiple genresThu, 24 Aug 2017 11:49:09 +0000Esperanza Spalding’s Pop Culture Loveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/esperanza-spalding-pop-culture-loves-180964396/She may not own a television, but the Grammy-award winning musician definitely has her favorite books and filmsWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:38:57 +0000Why 'Happy Days' — and the Fonz — Never Truly 'Jumped the Shark'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/happy-days-fonz-jumped-the-shark-180964399/The Fonz was the epitome of ’50s chill on TV’s family-friendly “Happy Days.” And then he went over the topWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:00:29 +0000The Fused History of Two of Washington, D.C.'s Beloved Museumshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fused-history-two-dc-beloved-museums-180964573/A new exhibition sheds light on the enduring legacy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait GalleryTue, 22 Aug 2017 11:08:07 +0000There's More to Classic Tiki Than Just Kitsch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-more-to-classic-tiki-than-just-kitsch-180964473/Bartender Martin Cate reveals eight fun facts about the past, present and future of tiki cultureMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Meet the Artists Displaying at This Year’s Santa Fe Indian Market, the Largest Juried Native Art Show in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/meet-artists-displaying-years-santa-fe-indian-market-largest-juried-native-art-show-world-180964571/The annual show brings together some of the country’s best traditional and contemporary artistsFri, 18 Aug 2017 20:01:34 +0000Visit the Real-Life Winterfell Castle for a 'Game of Thrones' Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-real-life-winterfell-castle-game-thrones-festival-180964543/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:06:58 +0000Eclipse 2017: In Pursuit of Totalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eclipse-2017-pursuit-totality-180964563/You’ve made plans, packed bags, obtained glasses. Here's what to read to fully appreciate this event in all its gloryFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:30:48 +0000How Artists and the LGBTQ Community Made Wearing Trash Cool http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/thrift-shopping-cool-180964536/Before hipsters descended on your local thrift store, repurposing discarded goods was a subversive art formThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:18:46 +0000Dine 21 Stories Underground in This 345-Million-Year-Old Cavernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/grand-canyon-cavern-underground-restaurant-arizona-180964507/Cavern Grotto, a new restaurant in Arizona, opens inside the largest dry cavern system in the countryTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:46:11 +0000The Big Unsexy Problem With Tiger Selfieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-big-unsexy-problem-with-tiger-selfies-180964489/Why drugging and caging the cats for Tinder photos is even more messed up than it soundsTue, 15 Aug 2017 13:12:00 +0000What Folklore Tells Us About Eclipseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-folklore-tells-us-about-eclipses-180964488/Across multiple cultures, says a Smithsonian folklorist, a darkening of daytime skies provokes a foreboding of evil Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Fuzzy History of the Georgia Peach http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fuzzy-history-georgia-peach-180964490/Once a feral resource for planters, the stone fruit got a marketing makeover in the late 19th century—and a boost from the segregated labor marketMon, 14 Aug 2017 15:29:44 +0000Hollywood Loved Sammy Davis Jr Until He Dated a White Movie Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/hollywood-loved-sammy-davis-jr-until-he-dated-white-movie-star-180964395/A decade before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of interracial marriage, the Rat Packer risked losing his career—and his lifeWed, 09 Aug 2017 14:09:36 +0000A Brief History of Eclipse Chasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/brief-history-eclipse-chasers-180964063/They also go by umbraphiles, coronaphiles, eclipsoholics and ecliptomaniacsThu, 03 Aug 2017 20:30:00 +0000Christylez Bacon on Finding His Voice through Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/christylez-bacon-finding-his-voice-through-music-180964219/ The Grammy-nominated artist takes inspiration from weaving together seemingly disparate musical forms Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Food Historian Reckons With the Black Roots of Southern Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/food-historian-reckons-black-roots-southern-food-180964285/In his new book, Michael Twitty shares the contributions that enslaved African-Americans and their descendants have made to southern cuisineTue, 01 Aug 2017 19:01:34 +0000The Fascinating, Regal History Behind Britain's Swans http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fascinating-history-british-thrones-swans-180964249/The aristocratic bird's has a legacy as a luxury status symbol that dates back centuriesMon, 31 Jul 2017 15:47:53 +0000Take an Exclusive Sneak Peek Inside the Renovated Freer Gallery, Reopening in Octoberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-exclusive-sneak-peek-inside-renovated-freer-gallery-reopening-october-180964222/Charles Lang Freer gifted this meditative haven for art lovers to the nation and was James McNeill Whistler's friend and patronMon, 31 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Does the Narwhal's Majestic Tusk Have a Point? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-narwhals-majestic-tusk-have-point-180964245/A Connecticut dentist, turned curator of a new exhibition, has long worked to solve the secrets of the whale's characteristic hornFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:09:17 +0000The Secret Ingredient in Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Is Seventh-Day Adventismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/secret-ingredient-kelloggs-corn-flakes-seventh-day-adventism-180964247/America’s favorite processed breakfast was once the pinnacle of healthfulness—and spiritual purityFri, 28 Jul 2017 13:46:46 +0000¡Salud! to the Mexican-American Wine Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/salud-mexican-american-wine-revolution-180964217/Ceja Vineyards breathes new life into Napa Valley’s wine industryWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:42:33 +0000What Kind of Footage Do Historical Colorists Like Best?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/what-kind-of-footage-do-historical-colorists/According to the historians and art directors from Composite Films who worked meticulously on America in Color, these were some of their favorite subjectsWed, 26 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windowshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-hospitals-started-displaying-newborn-babies-through-windows-180964186/How peering at babies through glass became a feel-good staple of American maternity wardsTue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000Three Generations of Inuit Women Defy Exploitation by Visualizing Resilience and Lovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/three-generations-inuit-women-defy-exploitation-visualizing-resilience-love-180964163/A grandmother, a mother and a daughter, all took up pen and ink to tell their storiesMon, 24 Jul 2017 16:26:19 +0000Jackie Kennedy Was the Undisputed Style Icon of her Erahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/jackie-kennedy-was-the-undisputed-style-icon/To Jackie Kennedy, appearance was everythingMon, 24 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000