Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 28 Apr 2017 18:32:07 +0000Does Creativity Breed Inequality in Cities?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/does-creativity-breed-inequality-in-cities-180963086/Richard Florida thinks so. In his new book, the urban theorist says sometimes the most innovative cities also have the worst social and economic disparityFri, 28 Apr 2017 18:32:07 +0000The World's Punniest Humans Are Heading to Texashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/pun-off-world-championship-austin-texas-180962890/The 40th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships comes to Austin in MayFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +0000A New Poem is Commissioned to Honor the Soldiers Who Fight America’s Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-poem-commissioned-honor-soldiers-who-fight-americas-wars-180963041/Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa writes “After the Burn Pits” for the National Portrait Gallery Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Six Artists Record the Vestiges of War in the Faces of Combatants http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/face-contemporary-soldier-basis-new-show-national-portrait-gallery-180963006/A look at a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, "The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now"Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Moscow Subway Car Brings an Art Museum to Commutershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/moscow-subway-car-art-museum-180963043/Experience some of Russia’s most notable pieces of art while traveling by trainWed, 26 Apr 2017 23:33:30 +0000In the Early 20th Century, the Department of Tropical Research Was Full of Glamorous Adventurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/early-20th-century-department-tropical-research-was-full-glamorous-adventure-180963020/A new exhibition features 60 works by artists the New York Zoological Society department hired to help communicate field biologyTue, 25 Apr 2017 14:11:52 +0000After Nearly a Century in Storage, These World War I Artworks Still Deliver the Vivid Shock of War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/after-a-century-storage-these-world-war-one-artworks-still-deliver-shock-war-180962962/Pulled from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Claggett Wilson's watercolors are in a traveling showTue, 25 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000When Artists Became Soldiers and Soldiers Became Artistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-artists-became-soldiers-and-soldiers-became-artists-180962903/A rare opportunity to see works by the American Expeditionary Force's World War I illustration corps, and newly found underground soldier carvings Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:58:29 +0000How Jazz, Flappers, European Émigrés, Booze and Cigarettes Transformed Designhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-jazz-flappers-european-emigres-booze-and-cigarettes-transformed-design-180962977/A new Cooper-Hewitt exhibition explores the Jazz Age as a catalyst in popular styleFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Reliving the Ebony Fashion Fair Off the Runway, One Couture Dress at a Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/reliving-ebony-fashion-fair-runway-one-couture-dress-time-180962987/An exhibition on the traveling fashion show memorializes the cultural phenomenon that shook up an industryFri, 21 Apr 2017 12:20:37 +0000Australia's Salt Ponds Look Like Beautiful, Abstract Art From Abovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/australia-salt-ponds-look-beautiful-abstract-act-above-180962781/ Taking to the sky to show how industry shapes the earthThu, 20 Apr 2017 18:11:45 +0000A ‘Breaking Bad’ Writer and Producer Is Behind a New Anne of Green Gableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/breaking-bad-writer-and-producer-behind-new-anne-green-gables-180962966/You might not recognize this Anne—and that’s exactly what showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett intendedWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:49:20 +0000The Unsavory History of Sugar, the Insatiable American Cravinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unsavory-history-sugar-american-craving-180962766/How the nation got hooked on sweetsWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:24:21 +0000A Paean to PBS’ “Mercy Street”: The One Show That Got the Civil War Righthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/paean-pbs-mercy-street-one-show-got-civil-war-right-180962957/The short-lived show offered the best screen portrayal of the war the country has ever seenWed, 19 Apr 2017 14:14:24 +0000The Ceramicist Who Punched His Potshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ceramicist-who-punched-his-pots-180962930/Influenced by avant-garde poets, writers and Pablo Picasso, Peter Voulkos experimented with the increasingly unconventionalWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Photos Offer a Glimpse Into the Racial Politics of the 1950s South http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-photos-offer-glimpse-1950s--south-180962929/Before he became a sports photographer, John G. Zimmerman captured a past that feels all too presentWed, 19 Apr 2017 12:00:45 +0000Learn the Secret History of Your State With These Addictive Podcastshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/indispensable-guide-best-podcasts-learning-about-your-states-history-180962931/Use this indispensable guide to find out which podcast will be next on your listen listTue, 18 Apr 2017 17:47:15 +0000The U.S. Is Too Ornery for Totalitarianism, According to Margaret Atwoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/margaret-atwood-talks-enduring-tale-and-relevance-today-180962902/The author of <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> discusses the continued impact of the bleak 1985 novel, now being adapted into a series on HuluFri, 14 Apr 2017 12:27:04 +0000A Smithsonian Historian Wanders the “Bardo,” Exploring the Spiritual World of the 19th Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-historian-wanders-bardo-exploring-spiritual-world-19th-century-180962795/George Saunders’ new novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo” recalls the melancholy that hung over a nation at war Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Director James Gray Discovered the Insanity Behind the Search for “The Lost City of Z”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-director-james-gray-discovered-insanity-behind-the-search-lost-city-z-180962762/A story of Victorian-age madness and exploration in the South American jungle is coming to a theater near youTue, 11 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Rare Display of a Japanese Triptych is Only Usurped by the Great Mysteries Surrounding It http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-display-japanese-triptych-only-usurped-great-mysteries-surrounding-it-180962815/Don’t miss this singular showing of Kitagawa Utamaro's three works reunited at the Sackler GalleryThu, 06 Apr 2017 19:55:25 +0000Is Fungus the Material of the Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fungus-material-future-180962791/Scientists in the Netherlands have found a way to make slippers and other household objects using fungiWed, 05 Apr 2017 13:35:47 +0000Stanford Researchers Map the Feelings Associated With Different Parts of Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/stanford-researchers-map-feelings-associated-with-different-parts-london-180962753/The university's Literary Lab combed British novels from the 18th and 19th centuries to determine if areas elicited happiness or fearTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:09:00 +0000Fractal Patterns in Nature and Art Are Aesthetically Pleasing and Stress-Reducinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fractal-patterns-nature-and-art-are-aesthetically-pleasing-and-stress-reducing-180962738/One researcher takes this finding into account when developing retinal implants that restore visionFri, 31 Mar 2017 14:55:31 +0000Never Mind Her Stellar Jazz Career, Young Ella Fitzgerald Just Wanted to Dance http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/never-mind-her-stellar-jazz-career-young-ella-fitzgerald-just-wanted-dance-180962663/The preeminent vocalist is remembered throughout April on the centennial of her birthThu, 30 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Mesmerizing World of Miniatures Will Soon Take Over 50,000-Square-Feet of Time Squarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-mesmerizing-world-miniatures-coming-new-york-city-180962696/The magical new attraction spans an entire city blockTue, 28 Mar 2017 19:29:21 +0000The Simpson Family Made Its Television Debut 30 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/simpson-family-television-debut-30-years-ago-180962482/When they arrived on the Tracey Ullman show, their look was a little more raggedThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:33:34 +0000How Chuck Berry’s Cadillac and His Guitar, Maybellene, Came to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-chuck-berrys-cadillac-and-his-guitar-maybelline-came-smithsonian-180962638/Curator Kevin Strait from the African American History Museum details the day he met the great musicianThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:30:15 +0000A New Photo Book Showcases the Absurd Extravagance of the World’s Wealthiest Citizenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-photo-book-showcases-absurd-extravagance-wealthiest-citizens-180962478/Economic recession or not, there are few limits on the ways the mega-rich will flaunt their fortunesTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Ballerina Misty Copeland on Working With Prince, Her Must-See Dances, and Why She Wants to Bring "Ballet Across America"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ballerina-misty-copeland-brings-diverse-ballet-companies-kennedy-center-180962594/Ahead of a performance in Washington, D.C., the prima ballerina talks about ballerina bodies and misconceptions about the art formMon, 20 Mar 2017 17:34:33 +0000Emily Dickinson Was Fiercer Than You Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/emily-dickinson-fiercer-than-think-180962479/A new biopic shows the poet as more than a mysterious recluseMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:23:43 +0000A Photographer Captures Papier-Mâché and Politics on Parade in Haiti's Jacmelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Haiti-Jacmel-papier-mache-parade-180962549/Michael Magers photographs high art and cutting cultural critiques during the annual Kanaval celebrationMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:45:42 +0000Artist June Schwarcz Electroplated and Sandblasted Her Way Into Art Museums and Gallerieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/enamelist_june_schwarcz_electroplated_and_sandblasted_her_way_to_art_museums-180962568/The Renwick hosts a 60-year career retrospective for the innovative California enamelistMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:24:41 +0000These Bold Illustrations Celebrate the Incredible Contributions of Women in Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-bold-illustrations-celebrate-incredible-contributions-women-science-180962560/A designer's touch brings the achievements and faces of female pioneers to a wider audienceThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:11:58 +0000The Origins of Chicago's Green River, Shamrock Shakes and Other Surprising Trivia About St. Patrick's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/saint-patrick-wasnt-irish-10-surprising-facts-about-irish-holiday-180962563/From colonial patriots to mass-marketed milkshakes, the Irish religious holiday has morphed into a worldwide celebrationThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:27:47 +0000These Designs Showcase the Provocative World of Native Fashionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-designs-showcase-provocative-world-native-fashion-180962491/These contemporary designs by prominent or up-and-coming Native American designers are edgy and pulsing with relevance Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Storied, International Folk History of Beauty and The Beast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/storied-international-folk-history-beauty-and-beast-180962502/Tales about a bride and her animal groom have circulated orally for centuries in Africa, Europe, India and Central AsiaWed, 15 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Buddha's Hair Inspired Burma's Most Sacred Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-buddhas-hair-inspired-burmas-most-sacr/The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred site in Burma. Its origins can be traced back to the first millenniumWed, 15 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000See Inside Graceland's $137-million Expansionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-inside-gracelands-137-million-expansion-180962527/A complex fit for a kingTue, 14 Mar 2017 19:06:15 +0000One Writer Used Statistics to Reveal the Secrets of What Makes Great Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/one-writer-used-statistics-reveal-secrets-what-makes-great-writing-180962515/In his new book, data journalist Ben Blatt takes a by-the-numbers look at literary classics and finds some fascinating patternsTue, 14 Mar 2017 15:40:30 +0000The Beast's Enchanted Rose Lasted a Decade. How Long Can a Real One Last?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-a-red-rose-isnt-enchanted-how-long-can-it-last-180962451/A Smithsonian expert says the film's was undoubtedly a hybrid tea roseTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Trashy Beginnings of “Don’t Mess With Texas”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trashy-beginnings-dont-mess-texas-180962490/A true story of the defining phrase of the Lone Star stateFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:55:35 +0000Photographs of America’s Eastern Treasures Finally Have Their Moment in the Limelighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photographs-of-america-eastern-treasures-moment-limelight-180962460/A neglected period of American photographic history goes on display at the National Gallery of ArtFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:27:28 +0000America's First Writers Museum Is Slated to Open in Mayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-american-writers-museum-180962409/A new home for celebrating American literary titans, titles and traditions takes root in ChicagoWed, 08 Mar 2017 20:29:26 +0000Where to Hunt for the World’s Smallest Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-smallest-monuments-180962256/Don't overlook these tiny statues in cities around the worldWed, 08 Mar 2017 16:51:16 +0000This Medieval Knight’s Manor Houses Over 350 Mechanical Musical Instrumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/musical-detour-rhineland-collection-mechanical-instruments-180962418/From tiny music boxes to the bus-sized Orchestrion, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet in Germany's Rhineland is the perfect musical detourTue, 07 Mar 2017 21:21:08 +0000A New Exhibition Explores the Science and Math in Children's Book Illustrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-exhibition-explores-science-and-math-childrens-book-illustrations-180962389/The 29 artworks on display capture the wonder in nature, engineering and discoveriesTue, 07 Mar 2017 15:33:26 +0000How Many Volunteers Does It Take to Transcribe Phyllis Diller's 53,000 Jokes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-many-volunteers-does-take-transcribe-phyllis-dillers-jokes-180962384/Playing around in this massive joke file is like a crash course in brash humorMon, 06 Mar 2017 17:41:23 +0000The Romance and Promise of 20th-Century Radio Is Captured in This Muralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/romance-and-promise-radio-captured-mural-180962353/At the Cooper Hewitt, a rare opportunity to view "The World of Radio" with its masterful vignettes celebrating the Modern ageFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:06:35 +0000Finding Music Behind Prison Barshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-music-behind-prison-bars-180962342/At the Louisiana State Penitentiary and at a maximum-security prison in Malawi, the benefits of music are far-reachingThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:12:45 +0000