Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:03:04 +0000Please Touch the Art: 3-D Printing Helps Visually Impaired Appreciate Paintingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/please-touch-art-3-d-printing-helps-visually-impaired-appreciate-paintings-180954420/The new "Touching the Prado" exhibit in Madrid showcases 3-D replicas of paintings, so blind visitors can feel key works of artThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:03:04 +0000Chuck Brown's Guitar Drove the Musician's Persuasive "Wind Me Up" Rhythmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chuck-browns-guitar-drove-wind-me-up-rhythm-180954351/The Godfather of Go-Go's family recall how the musician crafted the innovative sound that would define a local traditionTue, 24 Feb 2015 16:19:47 +0000The Courageous Photography of Lynsey Addariohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/courageous-photography-lynsey-addario-180954386/The award-winning photojournalist has spent her adult life capturing the world in crisis, but now she chronicles her own life storyTue, 24 Feb 2015 14:15:00 +0000The Incomparable Legacy of Lead Belly http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/incomparable-legacy-of-lead-belly-180954390/This week a new Smithsonian Folkways compilation and a Smithsonian Channel show highlight the seminal blues man of the centuryMon, 23 Feb 2015 22:49:35 +0000This Dutch Wind Wheel Is Part Green Tech Showcase, Part Architectural Attractionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-dutch-wind-wheel-part-green-tech-showcase-part-architectural-attraction-180954377/A giant structure proposed in Rotterdam puts cutting-edge energy tech inside a rotating observation wheel, with room for a hotel and apartmentsMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:11:25 +0000Building Libraries Along Fiber-Optic Lines in Sub-Saharan Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/building-libraries-along-fiber-optic-lines-in-sub-saharan-africa-180954192/The Washington, D.C.-based startup, Librii, is rethinking what a library looks likeMon, 23 Feb 2015 16:13:13 +0000Previously Seen on a Tiny Postage Stamp, These Beautiful Portraits of African-Americans Go on Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beautiful-portraits-african-americans-postage-stamp-180954352/The artists who made them bring enormous dedication and talent to the artwork that adorns the nation's mailFri, 20 Feb 2015 17:27:56 +0000In the Freezing Cold of Siberia, One Photographer Sought to Mix Oil and Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/in-freezing-cold-siberia-one-photographer-sought-mix-oil-water-180954364/In his latest project, British photographer Alexander James captures crude oil encased in frozen blocks of river waterFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:59:09 +0000Charming and Unusual Bookstores Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-most-interesting-bookstores-180954202/Curl up with a new book—or catch a reading or concert—at these thriving independent bookstores from Mexico City to MelbourneThu, 19 Feb 2015 20:57:51 +0000Bjork Is Getting a Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/bjork-retrospective-museum-modern-art-180954320/The Icelandic singer's iconic style will be on view at the New York institutionThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Were the Terracotta Warriors Based on Actual People?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/were-terracotta-warriors-based-on-actual-people-180954321/To answer that question, archaeologists are looking at variations in the soldiers' ears Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000When Steve Fossett Became the Magellan of the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-steve-fossett-became-magellan-of-skies-180954323/Ten years ago, the pioneering adventurer took off in pursuit of a new record in circumnavigationThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Who Can Save the Grand Canyon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-can-save-the-grand-canyon-180954329/A holy war is being fought over a proposal to build a $500 million commercial development, on the rim of America's natural treasureThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Someone Built a Bold New Font Out of Buildingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/someone-built-new-font-out-of-buildings-180954330/Created out of aerial photography, you'll never guess where the "O" comes from Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Killer Whales Belong in the Ocean, Not SeaWorldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-killer-whales-belong-in-the-ocean-not-seaworld-180954333/ A former orca trainer makes the case against the theme parkThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000What Is the Most Influential Oscar Dress of All-Time?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-most-influential-oscar-dress-all-time-180954356/Far from being a sideshow of the awards hoopla, the fashion of the Academy Awards means big business for designersThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:42:15 +0000The Human Right to Speak Whatever Language You Want is Worth Celebratinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/human-right-to-speak-whatever-language-you-want-worth-celebrating-180954341/With an ever increasing lack of language diversity, There Needs to Be More Recognition of February's International Mother Language dayWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:42:10 +0000D.C.'s Artisan Chocolate Makers Show Off Their Sweet Labor of Lovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/making-chocolate-proves-labor-of-love-180954240/Leaving no task undone, this husband-and-wife team demonstrate their process for producing chocolateFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Ten Fascinating Presidential Facts to Impress on President's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-fascinating-bits-of-presidential-trivia-180954227/Learn a new side of the Commanders-in-Chief, from whiskey seances and magazine cover boysFri, 13 Feb 2015 13:25:20 +0000How to Save the Chocolate Tree Without Sacrificing Flavorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-save-chocolate-tree-without-sacrificing-flavor-180954148/Demand, disease and climate change are threatening cocoa, but a new breed of clones could keep the treat abundant and tastyThu, 12 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000How Chocolate and Valentine's Day Mated For Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-chocolate-and-valentines-day-mated-life-180954228/Tracing the lovers, the leaders and the ladies responsible for the pairing of chocolate to Valentine's DayThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:48:21 +0000Blood Clots, Liver Cells and Bird Flu Are Surprisingly Beautiful Under a Microscopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/blood-clots-liver-cells-and-bird-flu-are-surprisingly-beautiful-under-a-microscope-180954209/The brightly-colored micrographs and scans in a new book, <i>Science is Beautiful</i>, answer big questions about the human bodyThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Economics of Chocolatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/economics-chocolate-180954224/Before becoming a kiss, bar, or hot drink, cocoa gets shipped, stashed, smashed, and, most critically for producers and consumers alike, commodifiedWed, 11 Feb 2015 19:04:13 +0000Ten Restaurants the Best Chefs Say Are Worth Traveling Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ten-restaurants-chefs-would-travel-any-distance-visit-180954178/These establishments are always worth the trip, according to some of the top chefs in the worldWed, 11 Feb 2015 15:03:30 +0000Chocolate Destinations Around the World to Drool Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/world-travel-chocolate-countries-destinations-factory-tour-180954203/These five places from Belgium to Hong Kong offer their own enticing takes on the confectionWed, 11 Feb 2015 14:45:22 +0000You Wouldn't Have Chocolate Without Invisible Flies and Extreme Yeasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/you-wouldnt-have-chocolate-without-invisible-flies-and-extreme-yeast-180954172/It takes a wild and temperamental menagerie to bring the beloved candy to store shelves. Bon appétit!Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:52:22 +0000A Taste Test to Find the Best Chocolate Beershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/taste-test-find-best-chocolate-beers-180954173/Perfect for a cold, winter day – or as an alternative to red wine on Valentine’s Day – we took measure of these stouts, ales and lagersTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:37:49 +0000The Art of Chocolate (and Soap)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/art-chocolate-and-soap-180954180/Conservators went on a scientific journey to discover the best ways to preserve artist Janine Antoni's landmark "Lick and Lather"Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:37:30 +0000What is the Most Important Innovation in the History of Rock 'n' Roll?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-most-important-innovation-history-rock-n-roll-180954190/Musicians, historians and critics tell us what they consider to be the greatest game changers for the industryTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:42:53 +0000The Electric Guitar's Long (And Louder), Strange Triphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/electric-guitars-long-and-louder-strange-trip-180954193/From its gentle 16th-century acoustic origins to the souped-up ‘Frankenstein,’ a Smithsonian scholar strums the historic chords of the guitarTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:29:14 +0000The World of Chocolatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/world-chocolate-180954163/Both within the Smithsonian and in the broader world, the story of chocolate has many fascinating morselsMon, 09 Feb 2015 21:22:37 +0000Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for Unesco World Heritage Statushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/frank-lloyd-wright-buildings-nominated-unesco-world-heritage-status-180954155/It's the first time the United States has nominated works of modern architecture Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:43:53 +0000Designing Buildings For Hot Climates, Cold Ones and Everything in Betweenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-buildings-for-hot-climates-cold-ones-and-everything-in-between-180954003/A decade's worth of sustainable projects by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm, BIG, are now on display at the National Building MuseumThu, 05 Feb 2015 21:02:57 +0000What Exactly is Duck Sauce? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-is-duck-sauce-180953993/Trying to get to the bottom of this Chinese food mystery sends our writer on a wild goose chaseThu, 05 Feb 2015 15:02:48 +0000New Exhibit Showcases the Power of Light in Our Everyday Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-photography-exhibit-light-lives-nasa-chandra-beyond-bulb-iyl2015-180954118/The open-source show "LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb" crosses disciplines to show the many ways photonics has improved our livesTue, 03 Feb 2015 19:15:27 +0000Which of These Comedians Should the Portrait Gallery Put on Display?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-these-comedians-should-portrait-gallery-display-180954121/This is no laughing matter for the Smithsonian museumMon, 02 Feb 2015 21:53:25 +0000Why this 14th-Century Chinese Artist Is Having a Rebirthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-this-14th-century-chinese-artist-is-having-rebirth-180954080/The rare works of Wang Meng, an artist with a brilliance for brushstrokes, bring millions at auctionMon, 02 Feb 2015 15:37:26 +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 +0000