Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenTue, 27 Jun 2017 15:33:25 +0000Two Circus Pros Juggle History and Race to Springboard Black Entertainershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-circus-pros-juggle-history-race-springboard-black-entertainers-180963733/Cedric Walker and Veronica Blair share a common fascination for the history of African-American circusTue, 27 Jun 2017 15:33:25 +0000Which Books Do Americans Take on Vacation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/which-books-americans-take-on-vacation-180963677/Our city-by-city breakdown uncovered some surprisesTue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000What Makes Salt Water Taffy the Perfect Summer Candy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-makes-salt-water-taffy-perfect-summer-candy-180963674/The first families of the sugary treat stir up another season of making history by the bite Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000What Happened to America's Public Intellectuals?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-happened-americas-public-intellectuals-180963668/ Our nation has always depended on these heavyweights to guide us, but are they still with us, and if so, who are they?Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000This 155-mile Hike Through the Pyrenees Merges Contemporary Art With Spain's Stunning Landscapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/grand-tour-through-pyrenees-connects-artists-and-audiences-cultural-pilgrimage-180963808/An art project of the Contemporary Art Center Nau Côclea brings artists and audiences together on a cultural pilgrimageFri, 23 Jun 2017 18:59:45 +0000A Guided Tour of Australia's Blue Mountains Follows Ancient Aboriginal Songlineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/australia-aboriginal-history-tour-blue-mountains-180963600/Yanna Muru’s walkabouts to sacred sites teach visitors about Darug cultureFri, 23 Jun 2017 15:38:30 +0000The Story Behind the World’s Largest Watercolor Paintinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/story-behind-worlds-largest-known-watercolor-painting-180963798/The massive artwork marks the opening of the MASS MoCA's new 130,000-square-foot wing, which makes it the largest contemporary art museum in the U.S.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:37:11 +0000After 50 Years of Song, Dance, Food, Even Hog Calling, at the Folklife Festival, Is It Still Worthwhile?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/after-50-years-song-dance-food-hog-calling-folklife-festival-still-worthwhile-180963644/Recognizing traditional culture in the information age is ever more important argues the director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural HeritageWed, 21 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Piri Thomas' Coming of Age Memoir Still Resonates Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/piri-thomas-and-power-self-portrayal-180963651/"Down These Mean Streets" was an instant classic, a text of painful truthsTue, 20 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Come for the Bug Eating and Get a Lesson in Humanity from Andrew Zimmernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bug-eating-lesson-andrew-zimmern-180963632/A Q&A with the Travel Channel’s 'Bizarre Foods' ChefMon, 19 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Long and Winding Road of Yoko Ono’s Art http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-and-winding-road-yoko-onos-art-180963743/A Hirshhorn exhibition of four works opens the same week Ono is credited, 46 years later, as a co-writer of the chart-topping ballad “Imagine.”Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:34:48 +0000Cómo Los Científicos y Grupos Indígenas Pueden Aliarse Para Proteger Los Bosques y el Climahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/como-los-cientificos-y-grupos-indigenas-pueden-aliarse-para-proteger-los-bosques-y-el-clima-180963740/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:32:29 +0000The Musical Legacy Behind the Tupac Biopic 'All Eyez on Me'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/legacy-behind-tupac-biopic-all-eyez-on-me-180963738/Curator Dwandalyn Reece from the Smithsonian’s African American Museum investigatesFri, 16 Jun 2017 18:06:23 +0000When Fresh Air Went Out of Fashion at Hospitalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-fresh-air-went-out-fashion-hospitals-180963710/How the hospital went from luxury resort to windowless boxWed, 14 Jun 2017 19:09:54 +0000What Happens to Fiction When Our Worst Climate Nightmares Start Coming True? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happens-fiction-when-worst-climate-nightmares-come-true-180963544/Movies, books and poetry have made predictions about a future that could be rapidly approachingWed, 14 Jun 2017 16:30:00 +0000Art Installations Transform a Historic Venetian Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-private-venetian-art-gallery-island-180963627/San Clemente Island in the Lagoon of Venice, a former refuge for crusaders and a hospice for plague victims, opens an island-wide art showTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:50:12 +0000This Group Believes in Making Artwork as a Response to Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/group-believes-making-artwork-response-climate-change-180963546/An association of artists, youth and social entrepreneurs asks people around the world to create anti-pollution masksMon, 12 Jun 2017 16:50:33 +0000These Nine Artists Will Help You Understand the Future of the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/these-nine-artists-will-help-you-understand-future-planet-180963576/Smithsonian curator Joanna Marsh highlights contemporary artists whose practices are conscious-raising and problem-solving Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:30:02 +000011 New Art Exhibits to See This Summerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-new-art-exhibits-see-summer-180963622/From Edvard Munch to sonic arcades, these shows are worth putting on your calendar this seasonFri, 09 Jun 2017 15:29:50 +0000Frank Lloyd Wright Credited Japan for His All-American Aesthetichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/frank-lloyd-wrights-japanese-education-180963617/The famed architect was inspired by drawings and works from the Asian nationThu, 08 Jun 2017 16:24:09 +0000It Takes Two Museums to Cover the Work of this Prolific German Neo-Expressionisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/it-takes-two-museums-cover-work-prolific-german-neo-expressionist-180963565/Europe’s celebrated Markus Lüpertz has a huge appetite for creativity. He's also a poet, writer, set designer and jazz pianist Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Artist's Worldview Drips With Unending Pessimismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-artists-worldview-drips-unending-pessimism-180963566/"Man is inherently self-destructive, and whatever is built will be destroyed," says painter Donald Sultan of his "Disaster Paintings"Mon, 05 Jun 2017 18:43:11 +0000Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Buildings (and One Doghouse) Open for Rare Tours in Honor of the Architect's 150th Birthdayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/celebrate-frank-lloyd-wrights-150th-birthday-across-country-180963403/These new or normally unavailable tours and displays pay homage to an architecture legacyWed, 31 May 2017 22:45:38 +0000Why It’s So Hard to Find the Original Owners of Nazi-Looted Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-its-so-hard-find-real-owners-nazi-looted-art-180963513/International experts recently gathered at Smithsonian to discuss the state of international provenance researchWed, 31 May 2017 18:31:29 +0000Explore Crucian Cuisine on a New U.S. Virgin Islands Food Tourhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-usvi-food-tour-explores-traditional-cuisines-180963415/Get a taste of St. Croix's culinary traditionsWed, 31 May 2017 14:10:00 +0000Edith Wharton Recruited the World’s Greatest Artists to Raise Money for WWI Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/edith-wharton-recruited-worlds-greatest-artists-raise-money-wwi-refugees-180963493/A century ago, the famous author took it upon herself to help those left behind by the war’s carnageTue, 30 May 2017 14:53:42 +0000New Photos Reveal What's Left Behind When a Rocket Travels to Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photos-reveal-left-behind-rocket-travels-space-180963242/Michael Soluri captures these strangely evocative traces of America’s heroic extraterrestrial journeysFri, 26 May 2017 15:20:13 +0000Stephen Talty's Guide to Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/stephen-talty-guide-culture-180963298/The detective novelist offers his picks for movies, tv shows and Twitter accounts to followFri, 26 May 2017 13:42:53 +0000This Catalan Folk Singer Refused to Bow to Oppression http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/catalan-folk-singer-refused-bow-oppression-180963436/The director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage recognizes the lifetime work of the singer activist RaimonThu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000More Than 250,000 Bibliophiles Are About to Descend on "The Town of Books"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hay-festival-literature-what-expect-180963445/The Hay Festival of Literature kicks of its 30th anniversary festival in WalesWed, 24 May 2017 19:36:27 +0000Bjarke Ingels Makes the Impossible Concretehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bjarke-ingels-makes-impossible-concrete-180963301/The star architect is mapping out a new daring plan for the SmithsonianWed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge as Bill Murray Reads You Poetry This Junehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/walk-across-brooklyn-bridge-bill-murray-reads-you-poetry-june-180963425/ Tue, 23 May 2017 20:07:15 +0000Watch How One Harlem Storefront Changes Over Nearly Four Decades http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/watch-how-one-harlem-storefront-changes-over-nearly-four-decades-180963394/The Smithsonian American Art Museum's new exhibition goes "Down These Mean Streets" Tue, 23 May 2017 17:51:35 +0000Why Langston Hughes Still Reigns as a Poet for the Unchampionedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-langston-hughes-still-reigns-poet-unchampioned-180963405/Fifty years after his death, Hughes’ extraordinary lyricism resonates with power to peopleMon, 22 May 2017 18:49:58 +0000Why These Humans Are Museum Treasures, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-these-humans-museum-treasures-too-180963392/A portrait photographer captured 24 staffers from the National Museum of Natural History posing with their favorite artifacts from the collectionsMon, 22 May 2017 16:32:52 +0000The True Story of Brainwashing and How It Shaped Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-brainwashing-and-how-it-shaped-america-180963400/Fears of Communism during the Cold War spurred psychological research, pop culture hits, and unethical experiments in the CIAMon, 22 May 2017 16:24:06 +0000Why a Modern Cosmetics Company Is Mining Armenia's Ancient Manuscriptshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenian-folk-remedies-turned-modern-cosmetics-180963388/Armenia's folk remedies and botanical traditions are getting a new lookMon, 22 May 2017 14:28:11 +0000The Librarian of Congress Weighs In on Why Card Catalogs Matterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/librarian-congress-weighs-why-card-catalogs-matter-180963371/The tech is gone, but it’s not forgotten. Carla Hayden explains whyFri, 19 May 2017 15:02:32 +0000The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed-Up Fileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fifty-years-ago-two-kids-slept-over-met-museum-and-literary-classic-was-born-180963325/Fifty years ago, author E.L. Konigsburg wrote her children's literature classic that highlighted the wonder of museumsTue, 16 May 2017 17:39:13 +0000Five Can’t-Miss Summer Light Festivals http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-cant-miss-summer-light-festivals-180963306/From Sydney to Providence, the world will be set aglow with millions of lights this seasonMon, 15 May 2017 14:59:59 +0000On Restaurant Day in Helsinki, Unofficial Pop-up Eateries Take Over Everything from Home Kitchens to Tattoo Shopshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/restaurant-day-helsinki-unofficial-pop-eateries-take-over-everything-home-kitchens-tattoo-shops-180963276/ Fri, 12 May 2017 14:21:14 +0000What Does Thoreau's Walden Pond Look Like Today?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/thoreau-walden-pond-today-photographs-180963117/Photographer S.B. Walker captures the pond's eternal glowThu, 11 May 2017 14:37:47 +0000Bespoke Produce? A New Farming Venture Tweaks Veggies To Suit Consumers' Needshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bespoke-produce-new-farming-venture-tweaks-veggies-suit-consumers-needs-180963247/Bowery, a new indoor farming company, offers "customized" greens and herbsWed, 10 May 2017 16:05:06 +0000For Black Photographers, the Camera Records Stories of Joy and Strugglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/black-photographers-camera-joy-struggle-180963180/The African American History Museum showcases for the first time signature photographs from its new collectionsWed, 10 May 2017 15:46:17 +0000These Haunting Photographs Call Attention to Plastic Trash Swirling in the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-haunting-photographs-call-attention-plastic-trash-swirling-ocean-180963219/Award-winning photographer Mandy Barker explores the beauty and tragedy of marine plankton and plastic wasteWed, 10 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Cats Had Clout Long Before the Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cats-clout-long-before-internet-180963169/For artists, cats prove to be more than elegant studio companions, but inspirations as well, says a new exhibitionTue, 09 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Culinary Renaissance in the Israeli Countrysidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/culinary-renaissance-israeli-countryside-180963116/Beyond Tel Aviv, towns are adopting enticing new approaches to cuisine that celebrate the history of the region and and the diversity of its peopleFri, 05 May 2017 13:20:00 +0000Giant Harriet Tubman “Yarn Bomb” Portrait Debuts in Upstate New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/massive-harriet-tubman-yarn-bomb-debuts-upstate-new-york-180963078/Artist Olek’s creation is one in a series of 50 planned installations across America celebrating important women throughout U.S. historyThu, 04 May 2017 20:54:20 +0000Is Champagne Still Champagne Without Bubbles?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/champagne-still-champagne-without-bubbles-180963114/In a storied part of France, a group of artisan producers is making this beloved wine the old fashioned way—sans fizzThu, 04 May 2017 12:45:00 +0000