Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:46:11 +0000Dine 21 Stories Underground in This 345-Million-Year-Old Cavernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/grand-canyon-cavern-underground-restaurant-arizona-180964507/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 Selfieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-big-unsexy-problem-with-tiger-selfies-180964489/Why 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 Eclipseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-folklore-tells-us-about-eclipses-180964488/Across 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fuzzy-history-georgia-peach-180964490/Once 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 Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/hollywood-loved-sammy-davis-jr-until-he-dated-white-movie-star-180964395/A 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 Chasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/brief-history-eclipse-chasers-180964063/They also go by umbraphiles, coronaphiles, eclipsoholics and ecliptomaniacsThu, 03 Aug 2017 20:30:00 +0000Christylez Bacon on Finding His Voice through Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/christylez-bacon-finding-his-voice-through-music-180964219/ 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 Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/food-historian-reckons-black-roots-southern-food-180964285/In 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fascinating-history-british-thrones-swans-180964249/The 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 Octoberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-exclusive-sneak-peek-inside-renovated-freer-gallery-reopening-october-180964222/Charles 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? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-narwhals-majestic-tusk-have-point-180964245/A 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 Adventismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/secret-ingredient-kelloggs-corn-flakes-seventh-day-adventism-180964247/America’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 Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/salud-mexican-american-wine-revolution-180964217/Ceja 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/what-kind-of-footage-do-historical-colorists/According 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 Windowshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-hospitals-started-displaying-newborn-babies-through-windows-180964186/How 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 Lovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/three-generations-inuit-women-defy-exploitation-visualizing-resilience-love-180964163/A 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 Erahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/jackie-kennedy-was-the-undisputed-style-icon/To 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 Displayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Montreal-bridge-light-show-reflects-citys-mood-180964062/The 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 1930shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-sunbathing-became-a-national-craze-in-th/Tanning 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” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-dunkirk-told-through-heroism-medway-queen-180964105/Retrofitted 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 Britishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-new-york-rivalry-over-shakespeare-boiled-over-deadly-melee-180964102/In 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 Freerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/conservation-pair-saint-gaudens-goes-al-fresco-freer-180964082/The 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 Accommodationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/earthships-unusual-stay-taos-new-mexico-180963819/Spend 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–Legoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ai-weiwei-depicts-brutality-authoritarianism-unusual-medium-legos-180964006/The 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 Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/take-stroll-through-jane-austens-england-interactive-map-180964030/A 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 Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-barack-obama-became-first-president-brew-beer-white-house-180964016/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/millennial-bashing-medieval-times-180964003/ 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 Tourhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-canada-through-fresh-eyes-first-nations-tour-180963984/The 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 Curatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/esperanza-spalding-jazz-musician-grammy-award-winner-and-now-museum-curator-180963977/The 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 Iconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/food/how-spam-went-canned-necessity-american-icon-180963916/Out-of-the-can 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 Soundscapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hirshhorn-transforms-one-day-soundscape-180963906/For 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 Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/step-right-big-top-circus-tent-50th-annual-folklife-festival-180963890/The 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 Mountainsideshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-composer-made-melodies-out-mountainsides-180963889/This 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 Plathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whimsical-chameleon-figure-behind-myth-sylvia-plath-180963831/Today, 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 Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/expanding-exhibits-augmented-reality-180963810/AR 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneering-androgyny-classic-hollywood-star-marlene-dietrich-180963842/The 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 Postershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/cuban-government-new-life-hollywood-movies-posters-180963670/ 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 Vaticanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/pittsburgh-church-greatest-collection-relics-outside-vatican-180963680/ Behold the treasures of this tiny neighborhood churchThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000A Legendary Photographer Visits an Isolated Christian Community in Ethiopiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/intrepid-photographer-visits-isolated-christian-community-ethiopia-180963675/High 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 Haitihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/explore-timeless-world-vodou-haiti-180963673/ Photographer Troi Anderson captures the religion that has been misunderstood for centuriesThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Portraits of Faithhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/portraits-of-faith-180963669/ 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?”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-asks-what-kind-nation-do-we-want-be-180963874/The 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 Lincolnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-one-mathew-brady-photograph-may-have-helped-elect-abraham-lincoln-180963839/Before 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 Creamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/want-try-bugs-grub-insectarium-canada-180963821/Canada’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 DJhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/muralist-nicolas-party-samples-great-artists-past-visual-dj-180963838/The 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 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 +0000