Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:46:11 +0000Dine 21 Stories Underground in This 345-Million-Year-Old Cavern Grotto, a new restaurant in Arizona, opens inside the largest dry cavern system in the countryTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:46:11 +0000The Big Unsexy Problem With Tiger Selfies drugging and caging the cats for Tinder photos is even more messed up than it soundsTue, 15 Aug 2017 13:12:00 +0000What Folklore Tells Us About Eclipses multiple cultures, says a Smithsonian folklorist, a darkening of daytime skies provokes a foreboding of evil Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Fuzzy History of the Georgia Peach a feral resource for planters, the stone fruit got a marketing makeover in the late 19th century—and a boost from the segregated labor marketMon, 14 Aug 2017 15:29:44 +0000Hollywood Loved Sammy Davis Jr Until He Dated a White Movie Star decade before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of interracial marriage, the Rat Packer risked losing his career—and his lifeWed, 09 Aug 2017 14:09:36 +0000A Brief History of Eclipse Chasers also go by umbraphiles, coronaphiles, eclipsoholics and ecliptomaniacsThu, 03 Aug 2017 20:30:00 +0000Christylez Bacon on Finding His Voice through Music The Grammy-nominated artist takes inspiration from weaving together seemingly disparate musical forms Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Food Historian Reckons With the Black Roots of Southern Food his new book, Michael Twitty shares the contributions that enslaved African-Americans and their descendants have made to southern cuisineTue, 01 Aug 2017 19:01:34 +0000The Fascinating, Regal History Behind Britain's Swans aristocratic bird's has a legacy as a luxury status symbol that dates back centuriesMon, 31 Jul 2017 15:47:53 +0000Take an Exclusive Sneak Peek Inside the Renovated Freer Gallery, Reopening in October Lang Freer gifted this meditative haven for art lovers to the nation and was James McNeill Whistler's friend and patronMon, 31 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Does the Narwhal's Majestic Tusk Have a Point? Connecticut dentist, turned curator of a new exhibition, has long worked to solve the secrets of the whale's characteristic hornFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:09:17 +0000The Secret Ingredient in Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Is Seventh-Day Adventism’s favorite processed breakfast was once the pinnacle of healthfulness—and spiritual purityFri, 28 Jul 2017 13:46:46 +0000¡Salud! to the Mexican-American Wine Revolution Vineyards breathes new life into Napa Valley’s wine industryWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:42:33 +0000What Kind of Footage Do Historical Colorists Like Best? to the historians and art directors from Composite Films who worked meticulously on America in Color, these were some of their favorite subjectsWed, 26 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows peering at babies through glass became a feel-good staple of American maternity wardsTue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000Three Generations of Inuit Women Defy Exploitation by Visualizing Resilience and Love grandmother, a mother and a daughter, all took up pen and ink to tell their storiesMon, 24 Jul 2017 16:26:19 +0000Jackie Kennedy Was the Undisputed Style Icon of her Era Jackie Kennedy, appearance was everythingMon, 24 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Bridge Transforms Data on Weather, Traffic and Twitter Rants into a Beautiful Light Display Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal lights up the skyline with the mood of the cityThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:37:48 +0000How Sunbathing Became a National Craze in the 1930s was big business in the 1930s, as people sought to recreate the sun-kissed California beach lookThu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The True Story of Dunkirk, As Told Through the Heroism of the “Medway Queen” by the British Navy, the paddleboat saved 7,000 men over many dangerous trips across the ChannelWed, 19 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +0000When New York City Rioted Over Hamlet Being Too British the deadly Astor Place Riot, how to perform Shakespeare served as a proxy for class warfareWed, 19 Jul 2017 17:13:23 +0000Conservation of a Pair of Saint-Gaudens Goes al Fresco at the Freer beauty of dry ice cleaning is the efficient and environmentally safe process; but also the procedure was on view from the streetTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000These Otherworldly "Earthships" Offer Visitors Unusual, Off-the-Grid Accommodations the night in an art house built from garbageWed, 12 Jul 2017 20:10:02 +0000Ai Weiwei Depicts the Brutality of Authoritarianism in an Unusual Medium–Legos renowned Chinese Artist finally gets to see his work about political prisoners at the HirshhornWed, 12 Jul 2017 18:12:18 +0000Take a Stroll Through Jane Austen's England With This Interactive Map look at the houses and towns that shaped the life and writing of the famed author on the 200th anniversary of her deathWed, 12 Jul 2017 17:08:06 +0000How Barack Obama Became the First President to Brew Beer at the White House former president and his staff crafted ales featuring honey from the White House gardenWed, 12 Jul 2017 12:29:28 +0000The Timelessness of Millennial-Bashing Even in the 14th century, writers blamed younger generations for ruining everythingTue, 11 Jul 2017 18:11:31 +0000See Canada Through Fresh Eyes on a First Nations Tour mountains, forests and waters of British Columbia are given new meaning on a journey led by members of its indigenous communitiesMon, 10 Jul 2017 15:48:08 +0000Esperanza Spalding: Jazz Musician, Grammy Award Winner and Now Museum Curator title of her latest album "D + Evolution" is also the theme of a new exhibition at the Smithsonian's Cooper HewittMon, 10 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Spam Went from Canned Necessity to American Icon branding helped transform World War II's rations into a beloved household stapleWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:41:51 +0000The Hirshhorn Transforms Into a One-Day Soundscape one day, the museum will add an interactive soundscape to the works of visual art on displayMon, 03 Jul 2017 15:45:48 +0000Step Right Up to the Big Top Circus Tent at the 50th Annual Folklife Festival day the circus rolled into Washington, D.C., and other tales from the Smithsonian’s hot summer party on the National MallFri, 30 Jun 2017 18:10:36 +0000Why This Composer Made Melodies Out of Mountainsides forgotten Armenian musicologist literally drew the landscapes into his folksong scoresFri, 30 Jun 2017 16:22:03 +0000The Whimsical, Chameleon-Like Figure Behind the Myth of Sylvia Plath, visions of a life marred by mental illness endure, but the author had a light side—and a knack for savvy image controlFri, 30 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Five Augmented Reality Experiences That Bring Museum Exhibits to Life features allow visitors to explore historical spaces and artifacts in new waysThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:45:10 +0000The Pioneering Androgyny of Classic Hollywood Star Marlene Dietrich film icon embraced bisexuality, glamorous mystique and provocationThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:04:16 +0000The Cuban Government Brought New Life to Hollywood Movies With These Vivid Posters The U.S. embargo didn’t keep Cubans from watching movies they lovedThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:41:21 +0000A Pittsburgh Church Holds the Greatest Collection of Relics Outside of the Vatican Behold the treasures of this tiny neighborhood churchThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000A Legendary Photographer Visits an Isolated Christian Community in Ethiopia in the mountains of eastern Africa, an ancient way of life continues apaceThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Explore the Timeless World of Vodou, Deep Within the Caves of Haiti Photographer Troi Anderson captures the religion that has been misunderstood for centuriesThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Portraits of Faith In a world changing faster than ever, the enduring appeal of religious tradition shines in these photographsThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Exhibition Asks “What Kind of Nation Do We Want to Be?” American History Museum opens a trio of timely new shows on democracy, religion and immigrationThu, 29 Jun 2017 14:27:18 +0000How One Mathew Brady Photograph May Have Helped Elect Abraham Lincoln chronicling the Civil War, the nation's first photojournalist took these portraitsWed, 28 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Summer, Try Termite Chocolate Sprinkles on Your Ice Cream’s Insectarium invites visitors to dine on insects as part of a special menuWed, 28 Jun 2017 15:44:06 +0000Muralist Nicolas Party Samples Great Artists of the Past Like a Visual DJ Hirshhorn's installation, inspired by Barack Obama’s “sun will rise” promise of continuity, highlights fantasy landscapes, beauty of nature Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Two Circus Pros Juggle History and Race to Springboard Black Entertainers 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? city-by-city breakdown uncovered some surprisesTue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000What Makes Salt Water Taffy the Perfect Summer Candy? 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? 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 Landscapes 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 Songlines 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 Painting 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? 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 Today"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 Zimmern Q&A with the Travel Channel’s 'Bizarre Foods' ChefMon, 19 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000