Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:53 +0000Lights, Camera…Cocktails! Five Historic Bars From Hollywood’s Golden Age the Oscars at one of these Old Holywood watering holesFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:53 +0000The First Jazz Recording Was Made by a Group of White Guys? century ago, a recording of the startlingly novel "Livery Stable Blues" helped launch a new genreFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:10:32 +0000When Hollywood Glamour Was Sold at the Local Department Store the 1930s, the world’s most fashionable looks came not from Paris, but from La-La LandThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:18:10 +0000Can a Video Game Capture the Magic of Walden? David Thoreau's famed retreat gets pixelatedWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:40:39 +0000In the Footsteps of Three Modern American Prima Ballerinas new exhibition shows that classical ballet and the role of the ballerina are rapidly changingWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:12:35 +0000The Lasting Influence Matisse Had on Richard Diebenkorn's Artwork great American painter owed a luminous debt to the French ModernistTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:31:35 +0000Can Ancient Techniques Make Modern Wine Better? new generation of wineries are going to painstaking lengths to acquire hundreds of historic clay karasesThu, 16 Feb 2017 18:49:38 +0000Will This App Turn More Readers On to Serialized Fiction? a chapter at a time, Radish could have us binge reading romance and mystery novelsTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:11:11 +0000The Lesser-Known History of African-American Cowboys in four cowboys was black. So why aren’t they more present in popular culture?Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:28:23 +0000Nothing Says ‘I Hate You’ Like a ‘Vinegar Valentine’ at least a century, Valentine’s Day was used as an excuse to send mean, insulting cardsFri, 10 Feb 2017 15:08:34 +0000Reuben Riffel on Becoming a Top Chef in Post-Apartheid South Africa African food culture fosters connection, he saysThu, 09 Feb 2017 18:58:42 +0000Does the Classic Paris Meal Still Exist? food lovers set out to learn whether the Paris dining experience of their youth can still be foundThu, 09 Feb 2017 17:40:15 +0000The Ballad of the Boombox: What Public Enemy Tells Us About Hip-Hop, Race and Society years after Public Enemy's debut album, the group's sonic innovation and powerful activism resonate powerfully todayThu, 09 Feb 2017 17:32:05 +0000Why We Need to Fight to Save Mosul’s Cultural Heritage the battle to save Iraq from ISIS continues, Smithsonian experts are helping local people preserve their historyThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Orchids Belong in an Art Museum's much-anticipated annual flower show moves to the Hirshhorn for the flora that loves to performWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:47 +0000The Soprano Who Upended Americans' Racist Stereotypes About Who Could Sing Opera Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield was in many ways the nation's first black pop starWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:38:37 +0000The Invention of Vintage Clothing all began with the Davy Crockett coonskin hat craze and a bunch of Bohemians yearning to swathe themselves in decades-old furWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:48:05 +0000Chef Margarita Carrillo Arronte on Why Mexican Cuisine Is a UNESCO Treasure the woman dedicated to preserving traditional Mexican cuisineWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:11:00 +0000Stunning, Surreal Concepts Cast a Spell on the Fairy Tales Architecture Competition architect Mykhailo Ponomarenko came in first this year for his sci-fi meditation "Last Day"Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:58:39 +0000Take a Tour of France’s “Bestiary of Machines” Les Machines de l'île’s Mechanical Animal Theme ParkTue, 07 Feb 2017 21:33:21 +0000Why the Scrumptious Date Is So Important to the Muslim World Prophet Muhammed said that Ajwah dates—grown in the Madinah region of Saudi Arabia—are from paradiseMon, 06 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000For Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, Life Was a Banquet, But the Afterlife Was the Greatest Feast of All after death for the Ancient Egyptian elite included lots, and lots, of foodFri, 03 Feb 2017 18:55:03 +0000Why Do Chinese Restaurants Have Such Similar Names? and familiarity is the traditionWed, 01 Feb 2017 16:18:35 +0000Nine New Must-See Museums Opening This Year the American Revolution to fashion design, these are the new museums to see in 2017Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:38:45 +0000Local Lens: Our Favorite Instagram Tongue Teasers from Vietnam, Turkey and Italy, these photographers show that a love of beautifully arranged food knows no bordersTue, 31 Jan 2017 20:13:55 +0000How Beatrix Potter Invented Character Merchandising with rejection, the author found her own path to fame and fortuneTue, 31 Jan 2017 15:23:32 +0000When Happy Hour Was "Green Hour" in Paris the clock struck five, 19th-century Parisians turned to absintheMon, 30 Jan 2017 22:31:02 +0000Raise a Glass to the Smithsonian's First Beer Scholar McCulla is ready to start the “best job ever” chronicling the history of American brewingMon, 30 Jan 2017 15:03:00 +0000Celebrated Middle Eastern Food Writer Claudia Roden Shares Stories and Recipes From Her Kitchen Roden, food is a lens to understand historyThu, 26 Jan 2017 20:26:25 +0000The Surprising Ingenuity Behind “Goodnight Moon” Margaret Wise Brown used new theories in childhood education to write the classic children’s bookThu, 26 Jan 2017 15:53:31 +0000The Ever Expanding World of Wine Takes Your Palate to Unexpected Places before have so many diverse wines, from so many places, been available to so many people around the globeMon, 23 Jan 2017 18:07:28 +0000Much of the Cuisine We Now Know, and Think of as Ours, Came to Us by War long and winding road that brought "local" dishes to our platesMon, 23 Jan 2017 15:31:22 +0000Revel in These Wondrous Drawings by the Father of Neuroscience new book and exhibition pay homage to Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s impressive powers of observationMon, 23 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000To Bear Witness to Japanese Internment, One Artist Self-Deported Himself to the WWII Camps inhumanity brought on by Executive Order 9066 spurred Isamu Noguchi to actionThu, 19 Jan 2017 13:49:34 +0000This Hollywood Titan Foresaw the Horrors of Nazi Germany Laemmle, the founder of Universal Pictures, wrote hundreds of affidavits to help refugees escape EuropeTue, 17 Jan 2017 21:12:18 +0000Meet the Michelin-Starred Chef Pushing the Limits of Vegetarian Cuisine in China chef Tony Lu discusses China’s changing tastes and his own innovative approach to 'Vegetarian Fusion'Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:06:28 +0000A Brief History of Food as Art subject to statement, food has played a role in art for millenniaFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:20:05 +0000You've Been Slurping Ramen All Wrong Japan, ramen is a culinary touchstone that goes way beyond foodFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:10:46 +0000Smithsonian Artifacts and Music Legends Share the Stage in Tonight's Star-Studded Television Program African-American performing artists commemorate the opening of the National Museum of African American HistoryThu, 12 Jan 2017 16:44:52 +0000Michael Jackson, Donald Trump and Other Famous Americans Who Escaped Brushes With Death roads not taken for these 13 lucky souls saved their livesFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:30:44 +0000The Everyday Struggle of a Child Whose Parents Are Incarcerated more American men and women in prison than ever before in our history, millions of children are struggling with the effects of a fractured family lifeThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Far-Reaching Effects of American Incarceration photo essays explore the history and modern-day consequences of the world's highest incarceration rateThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000A Portrait of Obama in the Final Days of His Presidency for <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine, this painting shows a leader at a crossroadsThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Feel the Music—Literally—With Some Help From New Synesthesia Research one artist created a show inspired by the neurological experience of synesthesia Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:09:02 +0000The Couple Who Saved China's Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Forever the nation teetered on the brink of war in the 1930s, two Western-educated thinkers struck out for the hinterlands to save their country's richesWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:32:43 +0000A New Documentary Conceived by David Byrne Explores the Wonder of the Color Guard dazzling offshoot of the marching band gets its moment in the spotlightWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:31:26 +0000March to the Joyous, Raucous Beat of the Sonic Boom of the South football seasons come and go, but the joyous thunder of Jackson State's iconic marching band rolls onWed, 04 Jan 2017 16:20:38 +0000How Disney Came to Define What Constitutes the American Experience entertainment company has been in the business of Americana since its inceptionTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:21:01 +0000This Is the "Jass" Record That Introduced Millions of Americans to a New Kind of Music record that introduced millions of Americans to a new kind of musicTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Top History Books of 2016 are some of the best titles to hit shelves this past yearFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:34:32 +0000A Photographer Captures Emptiness and Longing in Longfellow's Nova Scotia Mark Marchesi spent four years tracing images from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, "Evangeline"Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:45:00 +0000The Bug That Had the World Seeing Red a Mesoamerican insect once created the globe's most coveted colorThu, 29 Dec 2016 20:03:17 +0000