Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:23:20 +0000The Tolkien Nerd’s Guide to "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" final chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy strays furthest from the book, but there are still a few buried Easter eggs for die-hard fans to enjoyFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:23:20 +0000A Stephen Colbert Portrait Returns to the Smithsonian, With Even More Stephens the Comedy Central host's show ends, his likeness(es) head to the National Portrait GalleryFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000London Mayor Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill's Cheekiest Quotes's mayor talks about his new Churchill biography, 50 years after the British Bulldog's deathWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Monopoly Was Designed to Teach the 99% About Income Inequality story you’ve heard about the creation of the famous board game is far from trueWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Will the Search for Amelia Earhart Ever End? eight decades after she disappeared in the South Pacific, the aviator continues to spark intense passion—and controversyWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000“Descent of Man”, a New Poem by Timothy Steele award-winning poet penned this new piece about evolutionWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Unpublished Photos by Gordon Parks Bring a Nuanced View of 1950s Black America exhibit in Boston highlights unpublished photos from the acclaimed <i>Life</i> magazine photographerWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Celebrate Hanukkah the All-American Way With this Menorah unique menorah at the American History Museum is a tribute to liberty and a poignant reminder of what we celebrate Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:29:39 +0000For Every Object, There Is a Story to Tell Smithsonian curator is asked to select just one artifactWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:59:31 +0000NASA Can See Your Holiday Lights From Space can use holiday lights during Christmas and Rammadan as a proxy for overall energy use in urban areasWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42:15 +0000The Best Winter Beers to Try This Holiday Season spoke with hops and malts expert William Bostwick about the right quaffs to drink while the weather is coldWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:57:39 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packages winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000How Gone With the Wind Took the Nation by Storm By Catering to its Southern Sensibilities casting to its premiere, how Southerners viewed the film made all the differenceMon, 15 Dec 2014 20:29:34 +0000Fifty Years Ago This Month, John Coltrane Recorded One of the Greatest Jazz Tracks of All Time Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone was one of three instruments that John Coltrane played to reinvent himself—and Jazz musicMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:30:37 +0000Six Historic Trains That Embody the Holiday Spirit have always been a part of holiday celebrations—so why not hop aboard this season? Here are six seasonally appropriate rides to considerMon, 15 Dec 2014 13:07:42 +0000The Smithsonian Design Museum Tells the Story of User-Centered Design Through 120 Beautiful Products thermostat, a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and razors are all a part of "Beautiful Users," now on display in New York CityFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:46 +0000The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Makes Its Grand Re-Opening in New York City old and the new crash into each other beautifully in the former Carnegie mansionFri, 12 Dec 2014 13:29:41 +0000What’s Your Surgeon’s Jam? Probably Classical or Soft Rock doctors make the case for playing music during an operationThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:00 +0000After 12/13/14, What Are the Next Fun Dates for Math Lovers? integers are a bit boring, anyhow. Here are some more exciting sequences to celebrate over the next 89 yearsThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:09:08 +0000The Evolving Face of Santa, As Seen in the Smithsonian's Vast Collections look into Smithsonian's vast archives reveals that Father Christmas tends to get a makeover with every generation that embraces him Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:19:43 +0000When America Invested in Infrastructure, These Beautiful Landmarks Were the Result eight of the Works Progress Administration’s most impressive structures.Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:15:39 +0000Show Us the Holiday Decorations in Your Neighborhood does the holiday season look like in your community? Upload a photo of the best light displays, Christmas trees, menorahs and other festive scenesTue, 09 Dec 2014 20:48:20 +0000The Creepy, Kitschy and Geeky Patches of US Spy Satellite Launches may be method to the madness behind the outlandish designs of the National Reconnaissance Office mission patchesTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Turning Shipping Containers Into Urban Farms a clever recycling experiment, the startup Local Roots Farms is growing organic, hydroponic produce in America's food desertsTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:56:19 +0000Inside the World of Istanbul's Male Belly Dancers nation’s shifting views toward homosexuality have opened the market for a centuries-old traditionTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:05:19 +0000The Not-So-Simple Simon Proved the Young Were Swifter Than the Old 1978, the new blinking, bleeping toy ushered in the era of computer gamesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:37:28 +0000Fashion Photographer Rankin Has A New Book of Models in Wild Makeup British photographer reveals some unusual new portraits, with a hodgepodge of influencesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:07:36 +0000Why the Composer of Candy Crush Soda Saga is the New King of Video Game Music may have never heard of Johan Holmstrom, but millions listen to his music every dayMon, 08 Dec 2014 18:29:46 +0000These Photos Capture a Decade of Change at Earth's Poles courting penguins to moody icebergs, photojournalist Camille Seaman shares her personal journey through polar habitatsFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:58:24 +0000Can This Berry Solve Both Obesity and World Hunger? a playful café in Chicago, chef Homaro Cantu is experimenting with miracle fruit, a West African berry that makes everything a little sweeterThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:52:32 +0000The Photographer Who Ansel Adams Called the Anti-Christ Mortensen’s grotesque, retouched photos of celebrities were a far cry from the realism favored by the photography eliteThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:21:15 +0000Christmas Markets Might Be the Best Reason to Spend the Holidays in Europe mulled wine to intricate ornaments, Europe's Christmas markets are a mix of food, goods and holiday cheerThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:11:02 +0000Rescuing Jorge Prelorán’s Films From Storage And Time Smithsonian’s Film Archives is reintroducing the world to the influential work of the Argentine-American filmmakerWed, 03 Dec 2014 22:48:36 +0000Zigzags on a Shell From Java Are the Oldest Human Engravings early human <em>Homo erectus</em> also made the oldest known shell tools half a million years agoWed, 03 Dec 2014 19:41:37 +0000These are the Forgotten Places in Your Neighborhood, Painted Kim Cadmus Owens celebrates the places we ignoreWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:28:06 +0000Fred Savage and “The Wonder Years” Cast Reflect on Why Their Show Still Matters cast and crew of “The Wonder Years” reunited at the American History Museum today to donate costumes and other artifactsTue, 02 Dec 2014 20:31:12 +0000Up-Close and Personal With Chicago's Most Infamous Criminals"Gangsters & Grifters," a book by the Chicago Tribune, recalls a time when photographers had unprecedented access to the world of crime Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:21:20 +0000The Racist History of Peter Pan's Indian Tribe in the early 20th century, though, critics saw Tiger Lily and her fellow "Picaninnies" as caricaturesTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:33:26 +0000The Scientist Behind "Jurassic World", Jack Horner, Breaks Down the Movie's Thrilling Trailer spoke with the paleontologist, who was an adviser on the <em>Jurassic Park</em> movies, about the science behind the franchiseTue, 02 Dec 2014 13:59:47 +0000Haunting Drone Footage of Chernobyl Town"Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl" shows a drone's-eye view of the city nearly three decades after nuclear disasterMon, 01 Dec 2014 21:16:38 +0000How Does the Hirshhorn's 60-Foot "Needle Tower" Stay Upright In A Stiff Wind? the 1960s, when artist Kenneth Snelson mingled architectural innovation with abstraction, the result was heavenlyMon, 01 Dec 2014 20:12:29 +0000Njideka Akunyili Crosby's Intimate Work Straddles Mediums And Oceans young Nigerian-American artist wins one of the Smithsonian's most prestigious awards.Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:17:33 +0000The Best Gifts of 2014 for Science Geeks roundup of unique science gifts, from space dog lockets to mathematical bottle openersWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:40 +0000What to Give to the Traveler in Your Life clothespin reading lights to a clear-bottom kayak, gifts for every traveler (and price point)Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:30 +0000What to Give to Your Favorite Foodie This Holiday Season sauces, spices and tools will delight the amateur chef in your lifeWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:09 +0000The Architecture of the Hunger Games' Horns of Plenty inspired the architectural object at the center of the Hunger Games arena?Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:01:17 +0000What Do America’s Top Chefs Cook for Thanksgiving? quick survey of some of the unique dishes that restaurant chefs prepare for their own family dinnerTue, 25 Nov 2014 20:54:24 +0000Stuck at the Airport? Why Not Take In an Art Exhibit missed connection or delayed arrival doesn't have to ruin your time at the airport, especially if your airport has an art showTue, 25 Nov 2014 20:33:49 +0000The Death And Rebirth of the American Mall are dying—but a dead mall gives a community the chance to rebuild something that might have been doomed to begin withTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:41:19 +0000How Will We Make Music in 200 Years? group of innovators were asked to imagine what music will be like in 2214. If they're right, it could be pretty bizarreTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:33:37 +0000Why is Turquoise Becoming Rarer and More Valuable Than Diamonds? depleting mines, turquoise, the most sacred stone to the Navajo, has become increasingly rare. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:25:28 +0000The Physics of Whisky’s Aesthetically Pleasing Residue photographer teamed up with scientists to figure out the fluid dynamics behind patterns left in whisky glasses Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:29:41 +0000Here's What It Takes To Win the Smithsonian's Boochever Portrait Competition Dorothy Moss gives a hint at what the jurors might be thinking in this high-stakes competitionFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:40:45 +0000It Could Have Been Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer the very shiny life of a 75-year-old marketing gimmickThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Roosevelt Family Built a New York Coffee Chain 50 Years Before Starbucks Roosevelt’s children brought fresh-roasted beans and European coffeehouse culture to ManhattanThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Thomas Hart Benton’s Incredible Masterwork famed artist drew on his extensive travels to paint “America Today”Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Before Serial, There Were These Groundbreaking Examples of Serialized Non-Fiction’t wait for the next episode of the podcast series? Take a look at these popular predecessorsWed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:12 +0000Why Colors You See in an Art Museum Can’t Be Replicated Today look into the history of the pigments used in spectacular artFri, 14 Nov 2014 18:29:38 +0000Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture green is good, but could architects be doing more for two segments of our population?Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:31:53 +0000The Real Johnny Appleseed Brought Apples—and Booze—to the American Frontier apples John Chapman brought to the frontier were very different than today's apples—and they weren't meant to be eatenMon, 10 Nov 2014 14:53:44 +0000Amazing, Rare Photographs of the Berlin Wall Coming Down Alexandra Avakian traveled to Berlin based on rumor, and she ended up becoming a witness to historyFri, 07 Nov 2014 22:01:08 +0000Would Astronauts Survive an Interstellar Trip Through a Wormhole?, it depends on your definition of "wormhole" … Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:31:30 +0000Why "Interstellar" Belongs in the Pantheon of the Best "Realistic" Science Fiction Films film follows a well-trodden path, says Smithsonian space historian Cathleen Lewis, who gives it a thumbs up Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:32:17 +0000Bill Nye on the Risks of Not Debating With Creationists Nye the Science Guy has a book out on evolution. Here’s what he has to sayThu, 06 Nov 2014 14:40:18 +0000The Threatened Birds in These Artworks Might One Day Go the Way of the Dodo Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition explores mankind's relationship to birds and the natural worldThu, 06 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000A Label You Rub To See If Food Has Expired and Other Finalists for the Dyson Award's also a pen that lets you know when you should reapply your sunscreen and a device called Luke StairwalkerWed, 05 Nov 2014 17:00:28 +0000"I’ve Lived the Life of 500 People": The Photography of Art Wolfe<i>Earth Is My Witness</i> chronicles Wolfe's 40-year career as a photographerTue, 04 Nov 2014 18:01:52 +0000The True Story of the Little Ballerina Who Influenced Degas' <em>Little Dancer</em> artist's famous sculpture is both on view and the subject of a new theatrical performanceTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:46:31 +0000This Bird’s Songs Share Mathematical Hallmarks With Human Music hermit thrush prefers to sing in harmonic series, a fundamental component of human musicMon, 03 Nov 2014 20:35:28 +0000Architects and Designers Make Money for Norway, that is. Two firms have been selected to design Norway’s new currency.Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:34:48 +0000An Awe-Inspiring Altar Remembers One Latino Artist's Guiding Spirit the American History Museum, an installation reimagines the life story of a Latina artist and writerFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:19:40 +0000How Halloween Has Taken Over England British have long celebrated Guy Fawkes Day on November 5, but now the October 31 holiday is a lot more appealing.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:40:09 +0000Authors Who Couldn’t Quit the Characters That Made Them Famous is a list of famous writers, including J.K. Rowling, who couldn’t resist reconnecting with their creations.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:25:53 +0000No Costume? Grab A Sheet And Rock a Toga designer Mariah Hale explains how to wrap the perfect last-minute togaFri, 31 Oct 2014 14:57:14 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemics Irving fled New York because of a yellow fever epidemic. Twenty-two years later, his classic story spoke to the chaos of his youthThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000This Grave Atlas Shows Where to Find the Distinguished Deceased know where the bodies are buried ... take a virtual tour of world cemeteries that host famous artists and roguesWed, 29 Oct 2014 18:01:49 +0000Nine Famous People and What They’re Buried With of their time, these celebrities didn’t stray far from their public personae when it came to their final resting placesWed, 29 Oct 2014 17:27:36 +0000Five “Real” Sea Monsters Brought to Life by Early Naturalists kraken to mermaids, some monsters are real—if you know how to look for themMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:44:36 +0000Barmbrack, Toffee and Other Treats to Have an Around-the-World Halloween Celebration weekend’s celebrations extend beyond snarfing down Hershey and Mars barsMon, 27 Oct 2014 16:20:16 +0000Women of the Early 1900s Rallied Behind Beautiful, Wartless Witches looking to work, vote and marry whomever they wanted turned the Halloween icon into a powerful symbolMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:23 +0000