Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenMon, 27 Jul 2015 17:34:49 +0000What Gives Bugs Bunny His Lasting Power?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-gives-bugs-bunny-his-lasting-power-180956070/Seventy-five years after his first “What’s Up, Doc?,” the leporine character still leaves his markMon, 27 Jul 2015 17:34:49 +0000The Best Little Museum You Never Visited in Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-little-museum-you-never-visited-180956025/The Museum of Arts and Crafts is a trove of cunning inventionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 16:48:53 +0000What’s the Deal With Google’s Sidewalk Labs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whats-deal-googles-sidewalk-labs-180955847/The tech giant's first move in urban planning is installing Wi-Fi hubs throughout New York City. Next, it could take on inefficiencies in public transitMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:35:02 +0000Running Shoes Date Back to the 1860s, and Other Revelations From the Brooklyn Museum's Sneaker Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/running-shoes-date-back-to-the-1860s-and-other-revelations-from-the-brooklyn-museums-sneaker-show-180955967/A show on sneaker culture at the Brooklyn Museum hypes its modern Nikes, but perhaps most fascinating are the historic kicks that started it allMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Captivating Photos of the Survivors of the Nepal Earthquakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/captivating-photos-survivors-nepal-earthquake-180956061/Photographer Sara Hylton visited the central Asian nation once the 7.9 tremor shook the earthMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:35:55 +0000The Scandalous Story Behind the Provocative 19th-Century Sculpture "Greek Slave" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scandalous-story-behind-provocative-sculpture-greek-slave-19th-century-audiences-180956029/Artist Hiram Powers earned fame and fortune for his beguiling sculpture, but how he crafted it might have proved even more shockingFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:53:51 +0000The Mad Challenge of Translating "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mad-challenge-translating-alices-adventures-wonderland-180956017/Explore the linguistic tricks used to make Lewis Carroll's puns, parodies and nonsense accessible in hundreds of tonguesThu, 23 Jul 2015 18:00:41 +0000When Rock Bands Flocked to Howard Finster’s Remote, Bizarre Artist Compoundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/when-rock-bands-flocked-howard-finsters-remote-bizarre-artist-compound-180956012/Even today you can visit the site where groups such as R.E.M. found a true artistic geniusThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:15:03 +0000What Endures From the Ancient Civilizations That Once Ruled the Central Andes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ancient-civilizations-central-andes-180955910/To journey here is to roam through almost six thousand years of civilization, to one of the places where the human enterprise beganThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:04:01 +0000Why Is This Wild, Pea-Sized Tomato So Important?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-wild-tiny-pimp-tomato-so-important-180955911/Native to northern Peru and southern Ecuador, this tiny and rapidly vanishing tomato boasts outsized influence on world gastronomyThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:03:38 +0000What It's Like to Live in This Smart, Energy-Efficient Home of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-its-like-to-live-smart-energy-efficient-home-future-180956001/Nine months in, a family of four adjusts to life in the Honda Smart Home, a testing ground for new technologies at University of California, DavisWed, 22 Jul 2015 17:40:17 +0000Provoking Presidential Portraitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/provoking-presidential-portraits/Pat Oliphant's searing sketches cross party lines. But the portraits are all in good clean fun...or are they?Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:38:20 +0000Photos of Muslims Celebrating Eid al-Fitr Across the Globe http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photos-muslims-across-world-celebrating-end-ramadan-180955952/Muslims mark the end of Ramadan with food, festivities, gifts and prayers Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:42:19 +0000These Pictures Give a Rare Glimpse Into the Heart of the Pluto Flybyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-pictures-give-rare-glimpse-heart-pluto-flyby-180955950/Spanning the full 9.5 years of the mission to date, the images by Michael Soluri capture the people behind the epic close encounterFri, 17 Jul 2015 18:13:35 +0000Seven Ways to Revamp Deserted Spaces Under New York City's Highways and Elevated Trainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-ways-revamp-deserted-spaces-under-new-york-citys-highways-elevated-trains-180955726/The Design Trust for Public Space reimagines neglected areas under the city's infrastructureFri, 17 Jul 2015 11:07:25 +0000Get Lost in the World's Largest Mazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/get-lost-worlds-largest-maze-180955903/Ponder existence while wandering through the bamboo stalks of Italy's Masone LabyrinthThu, 16 Jul 2015 14:24:10 +0000The History of Creepy Dollshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-creepy-dolls-180955916/Take a trip to the uncanny valley and hope you make it back unscathedWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:46:34 +0000An Attempt to Keep the Dying Gottschee Culture Very Much Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/attempt-keep-dying-gottschee-culture-very-much-alive-180955915/Inspired by a trip to Slovenia with her grandmother, one New Yorker took it upon herself to chronicle the story of a lost piece of European historyTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:15:52 +0000Which of These Baseball Players Should the Portrait Gallery Put on Display?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-these-baseball-players-should-portrait-gallery-put-display-180955906/Vote for these all-stars in an entirely different kind of competitionMon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Look Into the Innovative Mind of One of the World's Most Inventive Architectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-look-innovative-mind-one-worlds-most-inventive-architects-180955826/A new show at the Cooper Hewitt reveals the process behind designer Thomas Heatherwick's projectsWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000What it Took to Create the World’s First Gay Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-it-took-create-worlds-first-gay-art-museum-1-180955840/Charles Leslie’s passionate half-century of homoerotic art collecting offers a mirror for the history of gay history itselfTue, 07 Jul 2015 15:58:18 +0000This Is How You Live Paint an Eventhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-is-how-you-live-paint-an-event-180955823/Artist Jeremy Sutton painted on his iPad while musicians performed and visitors played virtual reality games at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 07 Jul 2015 14:54:04 +0000Turning New York City's Subway Into a Symphony http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-new-york-citys-subway-symphony-180955725/Musician James Murphy wants to replace the beeps of the system's turnstiles with beautiful musicMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:06:28 +0000Why Milo's Sunrises Are a Symphony of Color in The Phantom Tollboothhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-milos-sunrises-are-symphony-color-phantom-tollbooth-180955811/Author Norton Juster says one boon to his magical writing is that he was born with synesthesia and hears colorsFri, 03 Jul 2015 12:04:36 +0000The Back to the Future Movies Are Obsessed With Television, Rightfully Sohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/back-future-movies-are-obsessed-television-rightfully-so-180955807/The McFlys' constant attention to the TV was a perfect reflection of life in post-war AmericaThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:36:07 +0000On His First Day on the Job, Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton Discusses the Past and the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/his-first-day-job-smithsonian-secretary-david-j-skorton-discusses-past-and-future-180955793/The new Smithsonian leader says he wants to emphasize the arts and humanities at a time when they are being deemphasized nationally Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:48:07 +0000These Photos From Cuba Place You in the Boxing Ring http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-photos-from-Cuba-place-you-in-the-boxing-ring-180955780/Photojournalist and wedding photographer Rebecca Barger captures vibrant images of local streets, architecture and athletes in HavanaWed, 01 Jul 2015 18:24:55 +0000Past and Presence: The Power of Photographshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/past-and-presence-power-of-photographs-180955759/The shattering nature of violence. The resilience of the human spirit. The power of photographs. A Smithsonian special project Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:21:19 +0000Photos From the Heart of the Ferguson Protestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photos-from-heart-ferguson-protests-180955737/The events sparked by the killing of young Michael Brown gave rise to a new civil rights movement that's still growingWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired "To Kill a Mockingbird"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whats-changed-what-hasnt-in-town-inspired-to-kill-a-mockingbird-180955741/Traveling back in time to visit Harper Lee's hometown, the setting of her 1960 masterpiece and the controversial sequel hitting bookstores soonWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Photographic Requiem for America's Civil War Battlefieldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/photographic-requiem-americas-civil-war-battlefields-180955746/Walking far-flung battlefields to picture the nation's defining tragedy in a modern lightWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000One Photographer's Personal Endeavor to Track Down Survivors of the Armenian Genocide, 100 Years Laterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/one-photographer-personal-endeavor-track-down-survivors-armenian-genocide-100-years-later-180955763/As children, they escaped ruthless state-sponsored violence. Now, these Armenian women and men visit the aching memory of what they left behindWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Latest Sign That the Robot Uprising Is Nigh? Camel Racinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/latest-sign-camel-racing-robotos-180955765/A centuries-old pastime in the United Arab Emirates gets a rebootWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Before Moby-Dick, There Was "Two Years Before the Mast"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/before-moby-dick-there-was-two-years-before-the-mast-180955766/This salty memoir by Richard Henry Dana Jr. was one of America's first literary classicsWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What Makes the Orange Juice Can Worthy of Display in a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-makes-orange-juice-can-important-museum-artifact-180955750/A new exhibition explains why the everyday objects of today and the recent past are so important to understanding who we areTue, 30 Jun 2015 13:15:00 +0000In Hawaii, Old Buses Are Being Turned Into Homeless Sheltershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hawaii-old-buses-are-being-turned-into-homeless-shelters-180955700/A group of architects envisions a rolling solution to the state's homelessness problemMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:06:59 +0000Is Architecture Actually a Form of Weaving?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/architecture-actually-form-weaving-180955698/David Adjaye, lead architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, approaches building design as creating "fabric"Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:45:10 +0000Is a Band Without Its Original Members Still the Same Band?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/band-without-its-original-members-still-same-band-180955730/What gives a musical group its identity? Is it the name on the poster or the people on the stage?Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:17:37 +0000 An Abandoned Island Now Glows Star-Bright Under a New Constellationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/abandoned-island-now-glows-star-bright-under-new-constellation-180955718/Artist Melissa McGill creates a luminous public art project above a ruined castle on a mysterious piece of land in the Hudson RiverFri, 26 Jun 2015 15:08:00 +0000When the Poster Promoting the Concert Is as Exciting as the Music, You Know You're Listening to Chichahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/limas-urban-chicha-music-culture-draws-its-energy-streets-180955695/The sounds, graphic art and the mestizo lifestyle that goes with the music is the latest revolt of the Peruvian massesThu, 25 Jun 2015 17:21:05 +0000How the Soccer Ball Could Save the Golf Coursehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-soccer-ball-could-save-golf-course-180955701/Enter the sport of footgolf, which is exactly what it sounds likeThu, 25 Jun 2015 16:02:50 +0000Stunning Photos of Africa's Oldest Trees, Framed by Starlighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photos-ancient-trees-beth-moon-southern-africa-diamond-nights-180955603/"Diamond Nights" captures the surreal beauty of ancient trees after nightfallThu, 25 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Foods Americans Once Loved to Eathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/foods-americans-once-loved-eat-180955683/Turtles, beavers and eel were once beloved staples of the continental diet. What happened?Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:18:35 +0000These Window Collages Are Serious Eye Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/windows-world-andre-vicente-goncalves-photography-photo-series-collage-180955623/A Portuguese photographer provides a window into, well...windowsWed, 24 Jun 2015 15:02:37 +0000Barbers Are Giving Buzz Cuts to Detroit's Overgrown Lotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/barbers-are-giving-buzzcuts-to-detroits-overgrown-lots-180955227/A new project funded by a Knight Cities grant has local barbers and landscape contractors working to revitalize vacant spacesWed, 24 Jun 2015 14:15:32 +0000One Vancouver Forest Played Just About Every Wooded Locale on "The X-Files"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/one-vancouver-forest-played-just-about-every-wooded-locale-x-files-180955686/If the truth is still out there, there’s a good chance it’s in the Lower Seymour Conservation ReserveWed, 24 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +000014 Fun Facts About the Animals of "Jurassic World"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-animals-jurassic-world-180955671/While the lead predator of the film might be a genetically modified fiction, these real fossil species were just as amazing and bizarreTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Dozen Indigenous Craftsman From Peru Will Weave Grass into a 60-Foot Suspension Bridge in Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inca-rope-bridge-built-span-national-mall-washington-dc-180955609/The ancient technology used lightweight materials to create soaring 150-foot spans that could hold the weight of a marching armyMon, 22 Jun 2015 12:47:11 +0000Shine On: Jeff Koons in Bilbaohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/jeff-koons-bilbao-guggenheim-spain-exhibit-180955648/Frank Gehry's titanium-clad Guggenheim plays host to a stunning survey of Koons's larger-than-life careerFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:02:53 +0000Why Taxidermy Is Being Revived for the 21st Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-taxidermy-being-revived-21st-century-180955644/A new generation of young practitioners is leading a resurgence in this centuries-old craftFri, 19 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Most Loved and Hated Novel About World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/most-loved-and-hated-novel-about-world-war-I-180955540/An international bestseller, Erich Maria Remarque's <em>All Quiet on the Western Front</em> was banned and burned in Nazi GermanyTue, 16 Jun 2015 16:58:21 +00002 World Trade Center and the Promise of Green Skyscrapers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/2-world-trade-center-and-promise-green-skyscrapers-180955584/New renderings of the tower show impressive sky gardens—a trendy feature that's difficult to pull offTue, 16 Jun 2015 16:07:24 +0000How Radio DJ Hoppy Adams Powered his 50,000-Watt Annapolis Station into a Mighty Influence http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dj-hoppy-adams-radio-annapolis-station-influence-segregated-america-180955594/In post-war America, as advertisers discovered African American audiences, one local disc jockey drew top recording stars and a huge followingTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:50:52 +0000These Stirring Portraits Put a Face on Homelessnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-stirring-portraits-put-face-on-homelessness-180955495/Rex Hohlbein's method of using social media to get tents, clothing, car repair and other needs to Seattle's homeless is catching on in other citiesMon, 15 Jun 2015 15:44:02 +0000Americans Are Not the Only Ones Obsessed With Their Flaghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americans-not-only-ones-obsessed-with-their-flag-180955583/From the mild-mannered Danes to crazed soccer fans, people all over the world go nuts for their national colorsFri, 12 Jun 2015 15:47:53 +0000How Magna Carta Went Viralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-magna-carta-went-viral-180955550/In a world before the printing press, how did news of the famous document make the rounds?Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Relive the Battle of Waterloo With These Astonishing Portraits of War Reenactorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/relive-battle-waterloo-these-astonishing-portraits-war-reenactors-180955536/Photographer Sam Faulkner shoots a portrait series that gives a face to the more than 200,000 soldiers who fought in the historic conflictFri, 12 Jun 2015 12:50:37 +0000What Is a Maker Faire, Exactly?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-maker-faire-exactly-180955574/Billed as the world’s greatest show and tell, the DIY extravaganza might just make a maker out of youFri, 12 Jun 2015 12:36:42 +0000Wildlife Photographer Frans Lanting on the Difference Between Taking Pictures and Making Photographshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wildlife-photographer-frans-lanting-difference-taking-pictures-making-photographs-180955551/The <I>National Geographic</i> photographer has been described as having the "mind of a scientist, the heart of a hunter, and the eyes of a poet" Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:52:11 +0000How Do You Dance to Jazz?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-do-you-dance-to-jazz-180955508/The attendees at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival taught our music writer a step or twoMon, 08 Jun 2015 18:36:41 +0000Does Dieting Actually Make Your Stomach Shrink?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-dieting-actually-make-your-stomach-shrink-180955521/Not exactly, says science—stretchiness and psychology seem to play bigger roles than size in determining how much a person can eatMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:03:41 +0000Whistler's Peacock Room is Reimagined in a State of Oozing and Broken Decayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whistler-peacock-room-reimagined-state-oozing-broken-decay-180955505/In Filthy Lucre, a new installation at the Sackler Gallery, artist Darren Waterston deconstructs Whistler's masterpieceFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:41:50 +0000How Pyrex Reinvented Glass For a New Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-pyrex-reinvented-glass-new-age-180955513/One hundred years after the birth of the brand, the Corning Museum of Glass pays homage to America's favorite dishFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:23:25 +0000Who Crafts the Image in Celebrity Portraiture?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/who-crafts-image-celebrity-portraiture-180955451/Is it real or is it celebrity branding? A portrait exhibition of iconic celebs considers the question of who holds the upper hand—the artist or the starWed, 03 Jun 2015 15:28:33 +0000Where the Blues Was Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-blues-was-born-180955479/At Dockery Farms, the original bluesmen created a sound that would become legendaryTue, 02 Jun 2015 18:49:08 +0000Photojournalist Eli Reed Shares Some of His Favorite Images From His 40-Year Careerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photography-book-eli-reed-favorite-images-african-american-180955469/The pioneering African American looks back at the power of the photographMon, 01 Jun 2015 19:22:51 +0000How "Meat Banks" Are Helping Farmers Preserve Precious Livestockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-meat-banks-are-helping-farmers-preserve-precious-livestock-180955465/Frozen sperm and tissue are being stored to protect commercial animals and help save rare heritage breedsMon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:16 +0000At the Intersection of Dance and Portraiture, Vulnerability and Intimacy Prevailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/intersection-dance-and-portraiture-vulnerability-and-intimacy-prevail-180955444/Dance troupe Pilobolus and video portrait artist Bo Gehring teamed up to defy boundariesFri, 29 May 2015 17:34:39 +0000Look Inside the Restored Mansion Where Al Capone Lived and Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/look-inside-restored-mansion-where-al-capone-lived-and-died-180955363/A property firm just renovated the infamous gangster’s Florida estate after it had fallen into disrepair. Here’s what the lavish home looks like nowFri, 29 May 2015 13:33:44 +0000