Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:33:34 +0000The Simpson Family Made Its Television Debut 30 Years Ago 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 Smithsonian 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 Citizens 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" 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 Think 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 Jacmel 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 Galleries 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 Science 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 Day 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 Fashion 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 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 Site 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 Expansion complex fit for a kingTue, 14 Mar 2017 19:06:15 +0000One Writer Used Statistics to Reveal the Secrets of What Makes Great Writing 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? 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” 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 Limelight 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 May 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 Monuments'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 Instruments 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 Illustrations 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? 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 Mural 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 Bars 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 +0000Follow the Polka Dots to Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Rooms That Are Breaking Museum Records"Polka dots are a way to infinity," says Japan's most successful artist, now at the HirshhornTue, 28 Feb 2017 21:37:26 +0000Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eye microscopes, satellites and other instruments can create stunning images in experts’ handsTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:08:23 +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 +0000