Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:40:45 +0000Here's What It Takes To Win the Smithsonian's Boochever Portrait Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-it-takes-win-smithsonians-boochever-portrait-competition-180953412/Curator Dorothy Moss gives a hint at what the jurors might be thinking in this high-stakes competitionFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:40:45 +0000It Could Have Been Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/it-could-have-been-reginald-red-nosed-reindeer-180953390/Inside the very shiny life of a 75-year-old marketing gimmickThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Roosevelt Family Built a New York Coffee Chain 50 Years Before Starbucks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/roosevelt-family-built-new-york-coffee-chain-50-years-starbucks-180953398/Teddy Roosevelt’s children brought fresh-roasted beans and European coffeehouse culture to ManhattanThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Thomas Hart Benton’s Incredible Masterworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/story-behind-thomas-hart-bentons-incredible-masterwork-1-180953405/The famed artist drew on his extensive travels to paint “America Today”Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Before Serial, There Were These Groundbreaking Examples of Serialized Non-Fictionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/serial-there-were-these-groundbreaking-examples-serialized-non-fiction-180953378/Can’t wait for the next episode of the podcast series? Take a look at these popular predecessorsWed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:12 +0000Why Colors You See in an Art Museum Can’t Be Replicated Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-colors-you-see-art-museum-cant-be-replicated-today-180953332/A look into the history of the pigments used in spectacular artFri, 14 Nov 2014 18:29:38 +0000Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/toward-silver-architecture-180953287/Going green is good, but could architects be doing more for two segments of our population?Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:31:53 +0000The Real Johnny Appleseed Brought Apples—and Booze—to the American Frontier http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/real-johnny-appleseed-brought-applesand-booze-american-frontier-180953263/The apples John Chapman brought to the frontier were very different than today's apples—and they weren't meant to be eatenMon, 10 Nov 2014 14:53:44 +0000Amazing, Rare Photographs of the Berlin Wall Coming Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/amazing-rare-photographs-berlin-wall-coming-down-180953278/Photojournalist Alexandra Avakian traveled to Berlin based on rumor, and she ended up becoming a witness to historyFri, 07 Nov 2014 22:01:08 +0000Would Astronauts Survive an Interstellar Trip Through a Wormhole?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/would-astronauts-survive-interstellar-trip-through-wormhole-180953269/Well, it depends on your definition of "wormhole" … Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:31:30 +0000Why "Interstellar" Belongs in the Pantheon of the Best "Realistic" Science Fiction Filmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-interstellar-belongs-pantheon-best-realistic-science-fiction-films-180953261/The film follows a well-trodden path, says Smithsonian space historian Cathleen Lewis, who gives it a thumbs up Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:32:17 +0000Bill Nye on the Risks of Not Debating With Creationistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bill-nye-risks-not-debating-creationists-180953249/Bill Nye the Science Guy has a book out on evolution. Here’s what he has to sayThu, 06 Nov 2014 14:40:18 +0000The Threatened Birds in These Artworks Might One Day Go the Way of the Dodohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/threatened-birds-artworks-might-one-day-go-the-way-dodo-180953216/The Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition explores mankind's relationship to birds and the natural worldThu, 06 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000A Label You Rub To See If Food Has Expired and Other Finalists for the Dyson Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/label-you-rub-see-if-food-has-expired-and-other-finalists-dyson-award-180953232/There's also a pen that lets you know when you should reapply your sunscreen and a device called Luke StairwalkerWed, 05 Nov 2014 17:00:28 +0000"I’ve Lived the Life of 500 People": The Photography of Art Wolfehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ive-lived-life-500-people-photography-art-wolfe-180953144/<i>Earth Is My Witness</i> chronicles Wolfe's 40-year career as a photographerTue, 04 Nov 2014 18:01:52 +0000The True Story of the Little Ballerina Who Influenced Degas' <em>Little Dancer</em>http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/true-story-little-ballerina-who-influenced-degas-little-dancer-180953201/The artist's famous sculpture is both on view and the subject of a new theatrical performanceTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:46:31 +0000This Bird’s Songs Share Mathematical Hallmarks With Human Music http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/birds-songs-share-mathematical-hallmarks-human-music-180953227/The hermit thrush prefers to sing in harmonic series, a fundamental component of human musicMon, 03 Nov 2014 20:35:28 +0000Architects and Designers Make Money for Norwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/architects-and-designers-make-money-norway-180953220/Literally, that is. Two firms have been selected to design Norway’s new currency.Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:34:48 +0000An Awe-Inspiring Altar Remembers One Latino Artist's Guiding Spirit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/awe-inspiring-altar-remembers-one-latino-artists-guiding-spirit-180953215/At the American History Museum, an installation reimagines the life story of a Latina artist and writerFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:19:40 +0000How Halloween Has Taken Over Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-halloween-has-taken-over-england-180953211/The British have long celebrated Guy Fawkes Day on November 5, but now the October 31 holiday is a lot more appealing.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:40:09 +0000Authors Who Couldn’t Quit the Characters That Made Them Famoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/authors-who-couldnt-quit-characters-made-them-famous-180953207/Here is a list of famous writers, including J.K. Rowling, who couldn’t resist reconnecting with their creations.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:25:53 +0000No Costume? Grab A Sheet And Rock a Togahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/no-costume-grab-sheet-and-rock-toga-180953199/Costume designer Mariah Hale explains how to wrap the perfect last-minute togaFri, 31 Oct 2014 14:57:14 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-legend-sleepy-hollow-tells-us-about-contagion-fear-and-epidemics-180953192/Washington Irving fled New York because of a yellow fever epidemic. Twenty-two years later, his classic story spoke to the chaos of his youthThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000This Grave Atlas Shows Where to Find the Distinguished Deceasedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/grave-atlas-shows-where-find-distinguished-deceased-180953187/We know where the bodies are buried ... take a virtual tour of world cemeteries that host famous artists and roguesWed, 29 Oct 2014 18:01:49 +0000Nine Famous People and What They’re Buried Withhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/nine-famous-people-and-what-theyre-buried-180953186/Icons of their time, these celebrities didn’t stray far from their public personae when it came to their final resting placesWed, 29 Oct 2014 17:27:36 +0000Five “Real” Sea Monsters Brought to Life by Early Naturalistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-real-sea-monsters-brought-life-early-naturalists-180953155/From kraken to mermaids, some monsters are real—if you know how to look for themMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:44:36 +0000Barmbrack, Toffee and Other Treats to Have an Around-the-World Halloween Celebrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/barmbrack-toffee-and-other-treats-have-around-world-halloween-celebration-180953151/This weekend’s celebrations extend beyond snarfing down Hershey and Mars barsMon, 27 Oct 2014 16:20:16 +0000Women of the Early 1900s Rallied Behind Beautiful, Wartless Witcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/early-20th-century-women-rallied-behind-beautiful-wartless-witches-180953134/Women looking to work, vote and marry whomever they wanted turned the Halloween icon into a powerful symbolMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:23 +0000Want to Know How to Make Great Pizza? Consult the Guy Who Wrote the Bible on Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/want-know-how-make-great-pizza-consult-guy-who-wrote-bible-it-180953116/Tony Gemignani knows everything there is to know about making pizza, and now he’s telling you his secretsWed, 22 Oct 2014 18:17:40 +0000Meet the Woman Who Gives Products Their Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/meet-woman-who-gives-products-their-names-180953105/A new toy is only as marketable as its name. That’s where Ellen Lutwak comes inTue, 21 Oct 2014 18:21:32 +0000Oscar de la Renta, Star of the Smithsonian's Costume Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/oscar-de-la-renta-remembered-smithsonian-180953100/The late de la Renta designed haute couture and ready-to-wear. A decade ago, he donated items to the SmithsonianTue, 21 Oct 2014 18:12:59 +0000Lego Jewelry Transforms the Childhood Toy to High Fashion Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lego-jewelry-childhood-toy-high-fashion-art-180953072/Artist emiko oye turns colorful children’s blocks into items that are ready to wear, not playMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:30:49 +0000Gorgeous Portraits of Spineless Sea Creatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/gorgeous-portraits-spineless-sea-creatures-180953078/In a new book, San Francisco-based photographer Susan Middleton captures the curious gestures and expressions of marine invertebratesMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:28:52 +0000A World Of His Own: The Art of James Castlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/art-james-castle-180952980/Born profoundly deaf, the self-taught artist's body of work depicts his unique relationship to the world around himFri, 17 Oct 2014 15:58:32 +0000Richard Estes' Incredibly Realistic Paintings Require a Double Takehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/richard-estes-incredibly-realistic-paintings-require-double-take-180953039/Like stage sets, there seem to be a million stories embedded in the works of Richard Estes, icon of photorealismFri, 17 Oct 2014 14:52:44 +0000Can Fingerpainting Save the World?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/can-fingerpainting-save-world-180953033/ Brooklyn artist Zaria Forman has Arctic landscapes at her fingertipsThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000When Dazzling Art Transforms the Cityscapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-dazzling-art-transforms-cityscape-180953043/Janet Echelman’s sky-high sculptures, created from miles of fiber, cast a magical spell over urban spacesThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Rosanne Cash on Discovering New Artistic Terrainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rosanne-cash-discovering-new-artistic-terrain-180953047/The singer-songwriter looked to her Southern ancestors to come up with a different kind of concept albumThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000James Marsh Enters Stephen Hawking’s Universe http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/james-marsh-enters-stephen-hawkings-universe-180953058/The director on his new film, <i>The Theory of Everything</i>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Rebuilding a Frank Lloyd Wright Classic With 3-D Printed Blockshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/rebuilding-frank-lloyd-wright-classic-3-D-blocks-180953007/A 70-year-old chapel on the campus of a Florida university is being restored thanks to new, innovative technologyThu, 16 Oct 2014 16:22:24 +0000A History of Life In 10 Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-life-10-fossils-180953042/From their new book <em>A History of Life in 100 Fossils</em>, Paul Taylor and Aaron O'Dea share the story of 10 incredible fossilsWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:34:20 +000010 Architectural Schemes That Could Help Us Adapt To Rising Seashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-architectural-schemes-that-adapt-to-rising-seas-180952893/From a floating house to a mobile city shaped like a giant lilypad, designers offer up some wild solutions for a wetter futureTue, 14 Oct 2014 16:44:41 +0000Mario Batali on Why Farmers Should Be the True Stars of the Restaurant Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mario-batali-brings-farm-your-table-180952945/In his new cookbook, Mario Batali looks to farmers from across the country for inspirationTue, 07 Oct 2014 20:25:33 +0000To Limit Pollution, The Chinese Are Faced With Giving Up an Ancient Tradition—Fireworkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/limit-pollution-chinese-are-faced-losing-one-their-most-celebratory-traditionsfireworks-180952955/For the Chinese, who invented both gun powder and fireworks, foregoing old traditions may clean up the air—just a bitTue, 07 Oct 2014 19:19:31 +0000To Find Meteorites, Listen to the Legends of Australian Aborigineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/find-meteorites-listen-legends-australian-aborigines-180952941/Oral traditions may have preserved records of impacts over thousands of years and could lead to fresh scientific discoveriesFri, 03 Oct 2014 19:37:45 +0000Breaking Down the Science of the Stolen Basehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/breaking-down-science-stolen-base-180952920/What does it take to swipe second? Math and physics lend their adviceThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:09:55 +0000Peering into the Secret Diaries of American Artistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peering-secret-diaries-american-artists-180952879/A new Archives of American Art exhibition looks at how artists documented their lives before social mediaWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:15:39 +0000A Poem Dedicated to Earth in the Age of Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/poem-dedicated-to-earth-age-of-humans-180952814/National Portrait Gallery historian David Ward writes a new ode for the AnthropoceneTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:17 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/age-humans-living-anthropocene-180952866/A special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:06 +0000What Will We Leave in the Fossil Record?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-will-we-leave-in-the-fossil-record-180952666/Artist Erik Hagen considers the remnants of modern human life that may be found in rock strata millions of years from nowTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:23:04 +0000How the Artist Behind the Giant Landscape Portrait on the Mall Used a Super-Precise GPS Satellite System as a Paintbrushhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artist-behind-giant-landscape-portrait-mall-used-super-precise-gps-satellite-system-paintbrush-180952856/To create the National Portrait Gallery's "facescape," artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada got some high-tech helpFri, 26 Sep 2014 18:58:04 +0000