Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenWed, 25 Nov 2015 19:54:50 +0000The Best Photography Books of the Year photographers see things differently and invite you into unfamiliar worldsWed, 25 Nov 2015 19:54:50 +0000Five Ways to Start Eating Insects idea may be hard to swallow, but crickets and mealworms will likely be part of our sustainable food futureWed, 25 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Five Ways to Reinvent Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes have plain old pumpkin pie when you could be eating a pumpkin-filled chocolate balloon? Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Beyond the Butternut: A Guide to Selecting a Great Winter Squash all taste great with a simple bake in the oven, but each has some characteristics that make it uniqueTue, 24 Nov 2015 13:49:21 +0000Artist Chakaia Booker Gives Tires a Powerful Retread empowers her monumental sculptures with new life, shaped by the shearing and bending and folding of repurposed rubber Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:45:10 +0000Listen to Never-Before-Released Tracks From Frank Sinatra’s Earliest Years on the Radio haven’t heard Ol’ Blue Eyes quite like thisMon, 23 Nov 2015 19:57:15 +0000When “Danger” Is Art’s Middle Name new exhibit looks at the inspiration that comes from the clash of glory and catastropheMon, 23 Nov 2015 17:39:06 +0000How Globalization and Climate Change Are Taking Away Our Favorite Foods a new book, author Simran Sethi argues that we are facing one of the most radical shifts in food ever.Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:44:40 +0000Nine Luxury Gifts You Can Only Find in Venice Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:42:31 +0000These 3D Pavement Paintings Take Chalk Art to a New Level pavement becomes a playground at the Sarasota Chalk Festival Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:29:00 +0000How One Artist Learned to Sculpt the Wind Janet Echelman studied ancient craft, travel the world and now collaborates with a team of specialists to choreograph the movement of airFri, 20 Nov 2015 13:16:21 +0000Photographer Cristian Movilă’s Eyewitness Photos of the Attack on Paris and its Aftermath experienced photographer says that nothing could have prepared him for what he sawThu, 19 Nov 2015 20:09:23 +0000Spectacular High Fashion Rises From a Landscape of Trash Fabrice Monteiro conjures the specter of environmental ruinThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:08:39 +0000How Nantucket Came to Be the Whaling Capital of the World Howard's new film "In the Heart of the Sea" captures the greed and blood lust of the Massachusetts islandThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000What Growing Potatoes on Mars Means for Earth's Farmers Damon made it look easy in the recent Hollywood blockbuster, but Mars and Earth aren't really all that different after allTue, 17 Nov 2015 16:08:49 +0000Artist Gabriel Dawe Made a Rainbow Out of 60 Miles of Thread artwork is an optical illusion that delights the senses; as if the artist embroidered the airTue, 17 Nov 2015 15:46:57 +0000Meet the Celebrity Skulls of Bolivia’s Fiesta de las Ñatitas November, the Aymara people honor their special bond with the helpful spirits of the deceasedTue, 17 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Leo Villareal's 23,000 Points of Light Illuminate the Renwick Gallery tens of thousands of individual LEDS, a dangling light sculpture majestically redefines the grand staircase at the RenwickMon, 16 Nov 2015 15:26:11 +0000How Crystal Meth Made it Into the Smithsonian (Along with Walter White’s Porkpie Hat) wildly popular television show, depicting the dark side of the American Dream, reflects on the struggles of a recession-era middle classThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:53:03 +0000The New Yorker Editor Who Became a Comic Book Hero amazing tale of a determined art director who harnessed the powers of the greatest illustrators around the world to blow kids' mindsThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000Meet Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Genius Behind "Hamilton," Broadway's Newest Hit, lyricist and performer, Miranda wows audiences and upends U.S. history with his dazzlingly fresh hip-hop musicalThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000Why Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Are Parodying Documentaries in Their Latest, Ingenious Project "SNL" veterans behind the sly new series "Documentary Now" add a layer of authenticity to the art of sending up nonfiction filmsThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Wildly Creative Art Project Transformed an Ugly Interstate into a 2,400-Mile-Long Visual Masterpiece Crosher and Shamim Momin are behind the effort to turn the classic American eyesore into true artThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000How Theaster Gates Is Revitalizing Chicago's South Side, One Vacant Building at a Time artist's creative approach to bringing new life to a crumbling neighborhood offers hope for America's beleaguered citiesThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Artist Recreated a Magnificent 40-Foot-Tall Tree From the Cascade Mountains by Hand John Grade painstakingly built a 150-year-old giant hemlock out of half a million blocks of reclaimed wood Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:53:35 +0000How to Have the Most Sustainable Thanksgiving Ever and turkey don't have to be incompatible with Earth-friendly practicesWed, 11 Nov 2015 15:30:00 +0000This Tilting, Twirling Artwork, Sculpted Entirely of Sticks, Is Having a Shindig man Patrick Dougherty’s sculptures evoke a playful urge to crawl inside Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:01:54 +0000Embrace the Art of Failure at Austria's Nonseum nosepickers to historic buttonholes, the Nonseum is full of failed inventionsTue, 10 Nov 2015 17:03:47 +0000What Do One Million Index Cards, Stacked Atop Each Other, Look Like? Artist Tara Donovan Does It Again artist's looming installation recalls the volcanic fairy chimneys of Turkey’s Cappadocia regionTue, 10 Nov 2015 15:02:34 +0000For 50 Years, Days of Our Lives Has Made History. Now, It's a Part of the Smithsonian show's iconic hourglass is among a host of donations the show's producer and cast members made to the American History MuseumMon, 09 Nov 2015 16:34:18 +0000Maya Lin Used 54,000 Marbles to Model the Chesapeake Bay artist’s highly imaginative waterway was created using satellite imagery from NASAMon, 09 Nov 2015 15:34:42 +0000The Dutch Designer Who Is Pioneering the Use of 3D Printing in Fashion a new exhibition, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta shows how Iris van Herpen started a high-tech movementFri, 06 Nov 2015 17:49:19 +0000How Thousands of Dead Bugs Become a Mesmerizing Work of Extraordinary Beauty much love for the insect world, artist Jennifer Angus crafts an installation made entirely out of beetles, cicadas, katydids and weevilsFri, 06 Nov 2015 17:20:13 +0000The Renwick's New Lighting Saves Energy, Money, Art, and Your Eyes, All at the Same Time’s way more to it than just screwing in the bulb and the museum’s chief lighting designer is turning it into an artform Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:48:16 +0000The Man Who Changed Reading Forever Venetian roots of revolutionary modern book printer Aldus Manutius shaped books as we know them todayFri, 06 Nov 2015 13:41:59 +0000A Taste of "The Best of the Best" Nature Photography a trip around the world with these breathtaking images of natureThu, 05 Nov 2015 18:48:05 +0000The Renwick’s Curator-in-Charge On What it Means to Open Ourselves to Wonder the renovation, Nicholas Bell asked nine artists to tour the building and think deeply about public spaces dedicated to artThu, 05 Nov 2015 15:16:43 +0000The Renwick: Finally The Gem It Was Meant to Be the newly renovated museum reopens this month, one of Washington D.C.’s most storied buildings will be elegantly rebornWed, 04 Nov 2015 15:49:37 +0000The Man With the Golden Passport: Travel the World of the New James Bond Movie the trail of Agent 007 in his latest filmTue, 03 Nov 2015 20:58:48 +0000A Major Retrospective of Photographer Irving Penn Includes Previously Unseen Works the Smithsonian American Art Museum, view works from the master photographer’s 70-year careerTue, 03 Nov 2015 15:14:49 +0000The Woman Who Built the Waldorf of the Catskills her humble origins, Jennie Grossinger learned to play the role of hostessMon, 02 Nov 2015 19:08:30 +0000A New Museum Pays Tribute to the Genius of Jim Henson way for Muppets at Atlanta's new World of Puppetry MuseumMon, 02 Nov 2015 14:16:21 +0000The Spice That Built Venice story of an import so prized, royals were literally rolling in itMon, 02 Nov 2015 13:20:00 +0000The Secret to Growing the World's Largest Pumpkin special seeds to helpful fungi, creating a monster takes more than just sunlight and soilFri, 30 Oct 2015 19:54:46 +0000The Grisly Details of Early Anatomy Textbooks images detail the inner workings of human bodies in all their gruesome gloryThu, 29 Oct 2015 13:31:04 +0000This Is What 7,000 Jack O’Lanterns Look Like a historic landmark in New York, pumpkins take the shape of dragons, spider webs and even a planetariumThu, 29 Oct 2015 12:30:00 +0000What Do the Most Innovative Chefs Keep in Their Fridges? new book gives a peek inside the home refrigerators—and minds—of some of Europe's top culinariansWed, 28 Oct 2015 16:40:51 +0000The Beauty of Venice's Everyday photographer Alvise Giovannini's discovers Venice beyond its iconic symbols and placesWed, 28 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Steve McCurry's New Photography Book on India Has Been Decades in the Making conversation with the renowned photographer about his latest book of photographs Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:23:14 +0000There's No Stopping The Craft Beer Craze innovations in the craft brewing industry have changed (and improved) our taste in beerFri, 23 Oct 2015 16:36:21 +0000The Best Italian Wine Region You’ve Never Heard Of world does not yet come to the Friuli region, and so much the better Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:31:41 +0000The Real-Life Places That Inspired Frankenstein Mary Shelley used ideas, events and places to invent her famous monsterFri, 23 Oct 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Science of "Little House on the Prairie" mutual passion for Laura Ingalls Wilder inspired scientists in unrelated disciplines to investigate events from the famous author's worldThu, 22 Oct 2015 15:38:44 +0000Where Will Our Future Food Come From? Ask a Farmer farmers with different viewpoints talk about organic farming, GMOs and farm technologyThu, 22 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000At This Unique Flower Show, Weeds Are the Stars women of this small desert town have found beauty in getting in the weedsThu, 22 Oct 2015 12:55:49 +0000Disney's "Fantasia" Was Initially a Critical and Box-Office Failure years after its debut, a look back at the animated masterpieceWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000These Fruits Explode With Color. Literally. Maciek Jasik won't share the secrets behind his work, but the mystery is part of the funWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Behold the Blobfish a creature from the deep taught the world a lesson about the importance of being uglyWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000The City Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky Called Paradise journalist recalls his witching-hour walk through Venice with the famous poetTue, 20 Oct 2015 18:59:52 +0000Jacques Pépin Donates a Hand-Painted Menu From His Last Supper With Julia Child month the modern traditionalist chef is honored with the first-ever Julia Child AwardTue, 20 Oct 2015 14:17:09 +0000The Art and Design Behind Pixar’s Animation new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt in New York City draws on the rich backstory of what it takes to give computer-animated life to pen and ink sketchesMon, 19 Oct 2015 13:13:29 +0000Poet and Musician Patti Smith’s Endless Search in Art and Life National Portrait Gallery’s senior historian David Ward takes a look at the rock 'n' roll legend's new memoirFri, 16 Oct 2015 13:27:19 +0000How to Row Like a Venetian art of Venetian rowing has sustained Venice for centuries. Spend the day learning to row from a local expertThu, 15 Oct 2015 17:07:09 +0000Gary Powers Kept a Secret Diary With Him After He Was Captured by the Soviets American fighter pilot who's the focus of Bridge of Spies faced great challenges home and abroadThu, 15 Oct 2015 14:48:18 +0000Donald Sutherland on Fellini, Near-Death and the Haunting Allure of Venice Wed, 14 Oct 2015 20:00:00 +0000The Smithsonian’s New Secretary David Skorton Takes Questions From the Crowd secretary is creating a new teen advisory board, networking with D.C. arts and science leaders and getting to know the collectionsWed, 14 Oct 2015 16:13:47 +0000What to Read, Watch and Download Before Your Trip to Venice before you goWed, 14 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Find Flavor Around Every Corner (and Off the Beaten Path) With These Culinary Walking Tours beloved institutions to hole-in-the-wall eateries, great food is everywhereTue, 13 Oct 2015 16:12:28 +0000What Happens to Your Body When You Walk on a Tightrope?'s more than just an insane amount of courage that gets people on the tightwireTue, 13 Oct 2015 15:21:49 +0000Playful Artworks at the Hirshhorn Get the Better of One Mystified Observer group of international mid-century artists built a number of kinetic experiments into their abstract artTue, 13 Oct 2015 13:08:50 +0000In Japan, Autumn Means a Parade of (Not-at-All-Creepy) Robot Puppets 350-year-old festival in Takayama celebrates creativity — and contains the seeds of modern roboticsFri, 09 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Alexander Gardner Saw Himself as an Artist, Crafting the Image of War in All Its Brutality National Portrait Gallery’s new show on the Civil War photographer rediscovers the full significance of Gardner's careerThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:23:34 +0000In a Small Village High in the Peruvian Andes, Life Stories Are Written in Textiles weaving, the women of Ausangate, Peru, pass down the traditions of their ancestorsWed, 07 Oct 2015 19:07:16 +0000Hailed as a Modern-Day Shangri-La, Can This Ecuadorian Town Survive Its Reputation? is an idyllic little town—and that's its problemTue, 06 Oct 2015 17:50:56 +0000Where the Nazis Hid $3.5 Billion of Stolen Art 1945, the Nazis hid their stolen art in a sealed salt mine. But when U.S. troops arrived, they found that the opening to the mine had been destroyedFri, 02 Oct 2015 18:29:49 +0000When Art Fought the Law and the Art Won Mapplethorpe obscenity trial changed perceptions of public funding of art and shaped the city of CincinnatiFri, 02 Oct 2015 13:15:45 +0000How to Harvest and Dry Herbs guide to keeping a little bit of summer in your meals far into winterThu, 01 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Southern Romance of the Nation's Oldest Public Garden centuries of beauty and history are on display at the Magnolia Plantation and GardensWed, 30 Sep 2015 17:30:25 +0000Wearing Your Art On Your Sleeve three artists come from a long tradition of creating wearable art. See many more at the Smithsonian's upcoming Craft2Wear show this weekendTue, 29 Sep 2015 17:49:42 +0000The Deep South, As Seen Through the Eyes of Renowned Photographer Steve McCurry new book written by travel writer Paul Theroux features images that chronicle life in this part of the countryTue, 29 Sep 2015 17:00:14 +0000The Secret of "The Martian" Success? Scientific Peer Review Weir's tale of a stranded astronaut got its start as a blog, complete with reader comments that helped shape the plotMon, 28 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000