Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:01:47 +0000Melt-Proof Chocolate, 3D Printed Gummies and Other Fascinating Candy Patents http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/melt-proof-chocolate-3d-printed-gummies-other-fascinating-candy-patents-180958083/Just in time for Valentine's Day, a quick look at some of the world's most fascinating confectionery innovationsWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:01:47 +0000A Pop-up Museum Documents the Stories of Philadelphia's Black Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pop-up-museum-documents-stories-philadelphias-black-women-180957996/Vashti DuBois is looking to build community and pride in underserved neighborhoods, starting with her ownTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:51:20 +0000Who Are the Real Hollywood Figures Behind 'Hail, Caesar!'?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-are-real-hollywood-figures-behind-hail-caesar-180958074/Eddie Mannix, the film’s big studio fixer, was an MGM producer with a mean streakTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:45:00 +0000Mind (and Body) Bending Photos Pay Homage to Yoga's Classical Lineagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photos-yoga-origins-lineage-india-michael-oneill-book-taschen-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958067/Photographer Michael O'Neill spent a decade documenting the practice that saved his lifeTue, 09 Feb 2016 15:51:32 +0000Bite Back Against Invasive Species at Your Next Mealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/indulge-invasive-species-restaurants-across-country-180957899/From seaweed to lionfish, invasive species are appearing on menus throughout the U.S.Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:20:00 +0000New Software Can Actually Edit Actors' Facial Expressions http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-software-can-actually-edit-actors-facial-expressions-180958066/FaceDirector can seamlessly blend several takes to create nuanced blends of emotions, potentially cutting down on the number of takes necessary in filmingMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:16:28 +0000Otherworldly Photos From Inside One of the World's Largest River Caveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Explore-Laos-Tham-Khoun-Xe-Cave-With-Adventure-Photographer-Ryan-Deboodt-180957957/Studded with cave pearls and home to elusive giant spiders, this cave is one of Laos' hidden treasuresFri, 05 Feb 2016 15:21:43 +0000Curators Discover New Details in the Etchings on a 6th-Century Chinese Sculpture http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/curators-discover-new-details-etchings-six-century-chinese-sculpture-180958023/A headless figure, cloaked in a robe covered with complex illustrations, is now better understood thanks to 3D technologyThu, 04 Feb 2016 16:29:51 +0000Nine Unique Gifts You Should Buy in Delhihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/delhi-india-9-things-luxury-items-gift-guide-180957973/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:27:04 +0000Podcast: Why Sky Burials Are Vanishing in Mongoliahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-why-sky-burials-are-vanishing-mongolia-180958022/In this episode of Generation Anthropocene, urbanization and environmental decline put a sacred ritual for the dead at riskWed, 03 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000Opening Day for the New African American History Museum Is Announcedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/opening-day-new-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-announced-180958014/Thirteen years in the making, the museum says it will open its doors September 24, 2016Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:01:56 +0000Science and Tradition Are Resurrecting the Lost Art of Wave Pilotinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/science-and-tradition-are-resurrecting-lost-art-wave-piloting-180958005/Can Marshall Islanders’ unique heritage help them navigate a rising ocean? Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000The National Museum of African American History and Culture: Breaking Groundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-museum-of-african-american-history-culture-breaking-ground-180957740/Countdown begins towards the historic opening of the new national museum on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:43:39 +0000Astronauts and Arugula: Using Space-Station Technology to Grow Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astronauts-and-arugula-using-space-station-technology-grow-food-180957985/Infinite Harvest, an indoor vertical farm in Lakewood, Colorado, provides a glimpse into the future of global large-scale food productionFri, 29 Jan 2016 19:19:02 +0000Get Stuck on New York's Pop Culture With These Historic Stampshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/get-stuck-new-york-pop-culture-historic-stamps-180957892/A new exhibition at the National Postal Museum spotlights Gotham’s cultural impact Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:58:50 +0000The Beautiful Life Hacks in Hong Kong's Back Alleyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/beautiful-life-hacks-hong-kongs-back-alleys-180957963/In a new book, photographer Michael Wolf captures the ways inhabitants of the ultra-dense city carve personal space out of grim alleywaysFri, 29 Jan 2016 15:18:42 +0000The Prehistoric Buzz Shark Has a Modern-Day Hero in Artist Ray Trollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-buzz-shark-has-modern-day-hero-artist-ray-troll-180957923/How an Alaska-based artist helped solve a mystery that baffled paleontologists for over a centuryFri, 29 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000This Woman Was Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Musehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/woman-muse-picasso-hemingway-fitzgerald-1920s/The wealth and candid charisma of Sara Murphy meant she inspired and was admired by many an artist in 1920s ParisThu, 28 Jan 2016 18:51:14 +0000New York City Is Paying Public Housing Residents to Paint Muralshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-york-city-paying-public-housing-residents-paint-murals-180957913/Young tenants will create public art that captures social issues at five housing projects, one in each boroughThu, 28 Jan 2016 15:50:20 +0000How Zildjian Cymbals Made It From the Ottoman Empire to Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-zildjian-cymbals-made-it-from-the-ottoma/In 1622, Avedis Zildjian, an Armenian metalworker in Turkey, melted a top-secret combination of metals to create the perfect cymbal, still in use todayWed, 27 Jan 2016 18:02:19 +0000Can the Civil War Still Inspire Today's Poets? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/can-civil-war-still-inspire-todays-poets-180957945/As epic verse about the American past falls victim to modernism, a poet who is also a historian calls for a revivalWed, 27 Jan 2016 16:54:36 +0000Photographer Matt Henry's Obsession With the 1960s Led to These Amazing Imageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photographer-matt-henry-obsession-1960s-led-these-amazing-images-180957905/Inspired by the movies of the era, he brings together elaborate sets and casts to make his scenesMon, 25 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Slaves of the White House Finally Get to Have Their Stories Toldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/The-Slaves-of-the-White-House-Finally-Get-to-Have-Their-Stories-Told-180957917/Long ignored by historians, the enslaved people of the White House are coming into focus through a new book by Jesse J. HollandMon, 25 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why You Should Visit Europe's Two New Capitals of Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-you-need-to-know-about-2016s-european-capitals-of-culture-180957822/Wroclaw, Poland and San Sebastian, Spain just joined the EU list—and for good reasonFri, 22 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Fall and Rise of a Modern Maharajahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/royal-palaces-maharaja-culture-india-180957796/Born to a palace but stripped of his livelihood in the 1970s, Gaj Singh II created a new life dedicated to preserving royal RajasthanThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:44:41 +0000Local Lens: Life on the Streets of Old Delhihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/old-delhi-india-arjun-chhabra-instagram-photographer-visual-journals-local-lens-180957876/Instagram photographer Arjun Chhabra captures raw moments in the city's alleyways and courtyardsThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:42:29 +0000Looking for Delicious, Authentic Cooking in India? Head to a Truck Stophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/roadside-highway-dining-india-dhaba-cuisine-tradition-180957795/Known as dhabas, these roadside eateries serving classic meals offer a glimpse into India's culture and customsThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:41:01 +0000Walk the World's Most Meditative Labyrinthshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/walk-worlds-meditative-labyrinths-180957823/History meets harmony on these time-worn pathsWed, 20 Jan 2016 17:00:58 +0000Is Ai Weiwei the Andy Warhol of Our Time?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ai-weiwei-andy-warhol-our-time-180957806/A new exhibition in Melbourne delves into the connections between the artists who define their generationsTue, 19 Jan 2016 15:54:55 +0000Sylvester Stallone Joins an Oscars Elite Team: Actors Nominated Twice for the Same Rolehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sylvester-stallone-joins-oscars-elite-team-actors-nominated-twice-same-role-180957816/The actor and writer who gave us Rocky Balboa (again and again and again) is the sixth member of this exclusive clubThu, 14 Jan 2016 14:00:46 +0000Portraits of Canada’s Ice Fishing Hutshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/portraits-canadas-ice-fishing-huts-180957794/Take a look at some of Canada's coziest ice fishing hutsWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:46:00 +0000Could Pop-up Social Spaces at Polls Increase Voter Turnout?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-pop-up-social-spaces-polls-increase-voter-turnout-180957799/Placemaking the Vote, one of the finalists in the Knight Cities Challenge, wants people to hang out at their polling placesWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:30:04 +0000What It Means to Live Life Working in the U.S. on a Visahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-it-means-live-life-working-us-visa-180957802/A piece of paper affixed to a passport is the subject of a new Smithsonian online exhibitWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:02:33 +0000The True History of Suffragette http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-history-suffragette-180957728/Emily Wilding Davison was a tireless and ingenious activist for the cause of women's suffrage in BritainWed, 13 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000It's Been 50 Years Since Batman Went "Bam!" and "Pow"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/biff-bam-pow-tvs-batman-turns-50-month-180957766/The original Catwoman, Julie Newmar recalls fitting into that distinctive costume—now at the Smithsonian Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:32:08 +0000How Contacting the Dead Became a Family Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-contacting-the-dead-became-a-family-game/After the Civil War, one man decided there was money to be made in contacting the dead. So he invented a popular, occult board game that lives on todayFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:20:44 +0000Go Behind the Scenes at America's Most Lucrative Elvis Presley Tribute Contesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/right-way-experience-elvis-tribute-artist-contest-180957755/Get all shook up with the winners of this year's Tribute to the KingFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:07:29 +0000The Earliest Memoir by a Black Inmate Reveals the Long Legacy of Mass Incarcerationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/earliest-memoir-black-inmate-reveals-legacy-mass-incarceration-180957683/The story of "Rob Reed" is finally published, 150 years after his releaseThu, 07 Jan 2016 17:08:20 +0000Does This Sculpture Depict a Coral Reef Collapsing or Recovering?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/spiral-shaped-coral-reef-sculpture-is-collapsing-or-recovering-180957676/Artist Courtney Mattison's spiral-shaped piece explores the uncertain future for coral reefsThu, 07 Jan 2016 16:22:24 +0000How Frida Kahlo's Love Letter Shaped Romance for Punk Poet Patti Smithhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-frida-kahlos-love-letter-shaped-romance-punk-poet-laureate-patti-smith-180957682/Sealed with a kiss, the 1940 note reflects the "earthly human love" between Kahlo and fellow artist Diego RiveraThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000How the Phonograph Changed Music Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/phonograph-changed-music-forever-180957677/Much like streaming music services today are reshaping our relationship with music, Edison's invention redefined the entire industryWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:55:08 +0000Why Robert Redford Loves America's National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/robert-redford-national-parks-180957681/The famed actor and director celebrates the great outdoors of the United States in a new dcoumentaryWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:17:57 +0000Seven of the Most Innovative Gyms in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-most-innovative-gyms-world-180957722/Go way beyond free weights and stationary bikes at these clever workout facilitiesWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:43:26 +0000A Journey to the Oldest Cave Paintings in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/journey-oldest-cave-paintings-world-180957685/The discovery in a remote part of Indonesia has scholars rethinking the origins of art—and of humanityWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:35:20 +0000How "The Sound of Silence" Became a Surprise Hithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sound-silence-surprise-hit-180957672/The Simon and Garfunkel song catapulted the duo to stardomWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000New Exhibition Featuring Picasso, O'Keeffe, Hopper and Many Others Brings Modernism Into Focushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-featuring-picasso-okeeffe-hopper-others-modernism-focus-180957643/The artistic risk and adventure of 20th-century modernism is explored at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:37:29 +0000Richard Dreyfuss on Being Bernie Madoffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/richard-dreyfuss-bernie-madoff-180957679/The versatile actor opens up about playing the banker in a new television miniseries and his close encounters with sharks and space aliensTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000How Are Horoscopes Still a Thing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-are-horoscopes-still-thing-180957701/No, there’s no science behind an astrologer’s prediction for 2016, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be accurateTue, 05 Jan 2016 15:45:14 +0000Seven Must-See Museums in Austria http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/seven-must-see-museums-austria-180957381/Art, music and open-air delightsThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:32:32 +0000Our Top Ten Videos of 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/our-top-ten-videos-2015-180957659/From Hitler's home videos to the suffocating upbringing of an American princess, here are the most-watched videos on Smithsonian.com this yearTue, 29 Dec 2015 20:43:53 +0000How Native American Artist Fritz Scholder Forever Changed the Art Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fritz-scholder-native-american-artist-art-world-180957655/An exhibit in Denver looks at why we should all be grateful that Scholder broke his wordTue, 29 Dec 2015 14:44:06 +0000An Underwater Museum in Egypt Could Bring Thousands of Sunken Relics Into Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/underwater-museum-egypt-could-bring-thousands-sunken-relics-into-view-180957645/The proposed site might revive tourism in Alexandria and also further research into the ancient ruinsTue, 29 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Why Ellsworth Kelly Was a Giant in the World of American Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-ellsworth-kelly-was-giant-world-american-art-180957652/The artist’s minimalism put the essence of his subjects above allMon, 28 Dec 2015 19:51:14 +0000All the World's a Frozen Sculpture at China's Ice and Snow Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ice-and-snow-world-lights-china-180957635/Thousands flock to one of the country's coldest regions to see the stunning displaysThu, 24 Dec 2015 15:04:07 +0000The Enduring Mystique of the Venetian Lagoonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mystique-venice-lagoon-180956871/Among islands barely emerging from the water, you find yourself in an ageless worldWed, 23 Dec 2015 19:04:52 +0000Giant Christmas Displays Are Taking Over Malls Throughout Asiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/giant-christmas-displays-are-taking-over-malls-throughout-asia-180957604/These malls know how to get into the holiday spiritWed, 23 Dec 2015 16:32:34 +0000Have Bad Handwriting? The U.S. Postal Service Has Your Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/have-bad-handwriting-us-postal-service-has-your-back-180957629/Don’t worry, your Christmas gifts and cards will make it to their destination, even if your writing looks like chicken scratchWed, 23 Dec 2015 15:55:33 +0000Our Top Ten Stories of 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/our-top-10-stories-2015-180957623/From treasures buried in glaciers to the racial history of a vanished city in Oregon, here are the most-read stories on Smithsonian.com this yearWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:58:32 +0000From Teeth to Toilets, This Dazzling Exhibit of Gold Artifacts Has the Midas Touch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/all-gold-exhibition-180957489/An exhibit at New York City's Museum of American Finance tracks the allure of gold through the centuriesTue, 22 Dec 2015 20:07:53 +0000Afghanistan’s Artisans Are Experiencing a New Age of Recognition and Prosperity http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/afghanistans-artisans-are-experiencing-new-age-recognition-and-prosperity-180957492/Named for a lost city, Turquoise Mountain, an organization that is reviving an ancient craft industry, is bringing artists to the SmithsonianFri, 18 Dec 2015 15:36:27 +0000The Best History Books of 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/best-history-books-2015-180957554/Beyond the boldface names are these chronicles from the past year that are well worth your timeThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:51:55 +0000These Are the "Star Wars" Exhibitions You Are Looking Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/star-wars-exhibitions-180957538/Grab your light saber and celebrate the art of the movie series at museums around the worldThu, 17 Dec 2015 15:36:14 +0000Cuba’s Fascinating Babalú-Ayé Procession Honors African and Catholic Traditionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cubas-fascinating-december-holiday-honors-african-and-catholic-traditions-180957553/On December 17, Cubans perform a ritual pilgrimage for a powerful deity that can bring good health or can take it awayWed, 16 Dec 2015 16:39:59 +0000A Renowned, But Forgotten, 17th-Century Japanese Artist Is Once Again Making Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/renowned-forgotten-japanese-artist-making-waves-180957491/Long neglected, the 17th-century Japanese artist Tawaraya Sōtatsu influenced Western art 400 years laterTue, 15 Dec 2015 15:42:23 +0000American Children Faced Great Dangers in the 1930s, None Greater Than “Little Orphan Annie”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/american-children-faced-great-dangers-1930s-none-greater-little-orphan-annie-180957544/Advertisements for Ovaltine were just part of the problemTue, 15 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Hateful Whale That Haunted Melvillehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-really-hateful-whale-that-haunted-melville/At 22, Herman Melville is lent a copy of "Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex," a true story about a vengeful whale that will capture his imaginationMon, 14 Dec 2015 18:37:35 +0000