Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Want to See the New Massive Portrait on the National Mall? Go Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/want-see-new-massive-portrait-national-mall-go-180952785/The project, made of soil and sand, will cover five acres between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II MemorialTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000This Artist Finds Strange Beauty in Google's Apocalyptic Glitcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/artist-finds-beauty-googles-apocalyptic-glitches-180952809/Clement Valla makes art out of Google Earth's surrealist irregularitiesTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Oscar-Winning Writer of <em>12 Years A Slave</em>, John Ridley, Talks About His New Jimi Hendrix Moviehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/john-ridley-oscar-winning-writer-em12-years-slaveem-talks-about-his-new-jimi-hendrix-biopic-180952808/The writer and director of <em>Jimi: All Is by My Side</em> speaks about making living history from legendTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:56:17 +0000Revisiting the Timeless Tracks of the Spanish Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/playlist-these-spanish-civil-war-classics-are-just-meaningful-today-180952512/Smithsonian Folkways is re-releasing its catalog of Spanish Civil War songsMon, 22 Sep 2014 18:20:59 +0000<em>Paris Match</em> Opens its Archives and Shares a Trove of Images of Artists in Their Studioshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/paris-match-opens-its-photographic-vaults-and-shares-trove-images-artists-their-studios-180952770/A traveling exhibition, curated by Picasso's grandson, reveals an intimate look at the places where artists craft their worksMon, 22 Sep 2014 17:20:13 +0000Ten Unusual National Animals That Rival the Unicornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-unusual-national-animals-rival-unicorn-180952804/Scotland doesn’t have the market cornered on exotic national symbols—check out the mouflon, the takin and the xoloitzcuintliMon, 22 Sep 2014 16:43:07 +0000Six Things You May Not Have Known About Fiddler on the Roofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/six-things-you-may-not-have-known-about-fiddler-roof-180952771/As the acclaimed musical turns 50 years old this week, relive the tradition with these interesting factoidsFri, 19 Sep 2014 16:11:47 +0000Six Artists In Search of Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/six-artists-search-themselves-180952739/With drama, theater, magical realism and a twist of the absurd, these artists give the self-portrait a makeover Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:20:36 +0000Best Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest Other Than Munichhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-celebrate-oktoberfest-outside-munich-180952714/If drinking beer and eating schnitzel alongside 6 million people doesn't appeal to you, here are places to celebrate while avoiding Munich's crowdsFri, 19 Sep 2014 12:40:00 +0000Secretive Victorian Artists Made These Intricate Patterns Out of Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/secretive-victorian-artists-made-these-intricate-patterns-out-of-algae-180952720/A new documentary profiles Klaus Kemp, the sole practicioner of a quirky art form that is invisible to the naked eyeThu, 18 Sep 2014 15:22:52 +0000Why is Ai Weiwei Breaking Into Alcatraz?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-ai-weiwei-breaking-into-alcatraz-180952742/China's most controversial artist selected America's most notorious prison as the home for his new showThu, 18 Sep 2014 13:54:34 +0000The Man Who Reclaimed Photography from Colonialism's Grasphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/man-who-reclaimed-photography-nigerian-people-180952721/A new exhibition at the African Art Museum honors Chief S.O. Alonge, the first Nigerian court photographer during colonial timesWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:17:02 +0000Industrial Espionage and Cutthroat Competition Fueled the Rise of the Humble Harmonica http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/industrial-espionage-and-cutthroat-competition-fueled-rise-humble-harmonica-180952733/How a shrewd salesman revolutionized the instrument industryWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:08:10 +0000Impressionism Into Modernism: Crafting America's Unique Style of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/impressionism-into-modernism-180952705/After the Civil War, Americans became more interested in European art—and creating a kind of art completely their ownWed, 17 Sep 2014 14:44:25 +0000The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/origin-story-wonder-woman-180952710/ The history of the comic-book superhero's creation seven decades ago has been hidden away—until nowTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:26:06 +0000Long Before Emojis, the Picassos of Persian Calligraphy Brought Emotion to Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-before-emojis-picassos-persion-caligraphy-bought-emotion-writing-180952693/The world's first exhibition devoted to <em>nasta’liq</em>, a Persian calligraphy, is now on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:05:47 +0000Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama, Finally Open for Businesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/frank-gehrys-biomuseo-panama-finally-open-business-180952677/The eye-popping structure devoted to the nation’s vibrant ecosystems makes its grand debutThu, 11 Sep 2014 18:12:13 +0000The Fight for Catalonian Independence Took the Form of a Giant "V" in the Streets of Barcelonahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-would-550000-people-make-giant-v-streets-barcelona-today-180952673/Hundreds of thousands of protestors formed a giant red and yellow V, symbolizing the "Way Forward" and marking the region's national holidayThu, 11 Sep 2014 17:30:55 +0000Adorable Portraits Put Nocturnal Animals in the Spotlighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/adorable-portraits-nocturnal-animals-spotlight-180952670/A new photo book showcases animals we humans rarely see—while a new study says we may have more in common with night-dwellers than thoughtThu, 11 Sep 2014 17:24:09 +0000Capturing First Impressions of a City in Transitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/capturing-city-transition-view-museum-day-live-180952630/William Greiner's photographs are on view at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GAWed, 10 Sep 2014 12:37:07 +0000Vote for the Winner of the 2014 People's Design Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/vote-winner-2014-peoples-design-award-180952652/Marvel at these breakthroughs in innovative design and select your favoriteWed, 10 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000What Does "Deep Time" Mean to You? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-deep-time-mean-to-you-180952603/An art exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences offers perspective on our geological past and future Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:51:08 +0000Google Doodle Honors the Genius of Leo Tolstoyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/google-doodle-honors-genius-leo-tolstoy-180952639/On what would be his 186th birthday, see the author's famous works digitally brought to lifeTue, 09 Sep 2014 04:01:09 +0000Egypt’s Mammal Extinctions Tracked Through 6,000 Years of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/egypts-mammal-extinctions-tracked-through-6000-years-art-180952641/Tomb goods and historical texts show how a drying climate and an expanding human population took their toll on the region’s wildlifeMon, 08 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000Software Creates One Picture That Says It Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-software-creates-one-picture-says-it-all-180952632/Researchers at UC Berkeley have created software that averages image searches into one artistic resultMon, 08 Sep 2014 18:25:23 +0000Garry Winogrand’s Photographs Capture ‘America’s Busy, Teeming, Intricate Whirl’ After World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/garry-winogrands-photographs-capture-americas-busy-teeming-intricate-whirl-after-world-war-ii-180952628/An exhibition takes a look at the mix of optimism and unease that permeated the post-war nation’s populaceMon, 08 Sep 2014 14:41:24 +0000Smithsonian Curators Remember Joan Rivershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curators-remember-joan-rivers-180952622/Entertainment curators from the Institution discuss the legendary comic who died yesterdayFri, 05 Sep 2014 16:19:53 +0000How the Voyage of the Kon-Tiki Misled the World About Navigating the Pacifichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-voyage-kon-tiki-misled-world-about-navigating-pacific-180952478/Smithsonian geographer Doug Herman explains the traditional science of traversing the ocean seasThu, 04 Sep 2014 20:21:12 +0000College Students Studied These Mail-Order Sea Creatures in the Late 1800shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/college-students-studied-these-mail-order-sea-creatures-in-the-late-1800s-180952499/Restored glass models of marine invertebrates, made by artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, are on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryWed, 03 Sep 2014 19:54:44 +0000See Jewish Life Before the Holocaust Through a Newly Released Digital Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/see-jewish-life-before-holocaust-newly-released-digital-archive-180952582/Roman Vishniac’s extensive work, now open to the public, is ready for some crowd-sourced historical detective workTue, 02 Sep 2014 15:40:25 +0000What's In a Shoe? Japanese Artist Chiharu Shiota Investigateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-shoe-japanese-artist-chiharu-shiota-investigates-180952458/An artist takes on the soul in the sole of your shoes in an exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of ArtThu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +00007 Ways Technology is Changing How Art is Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/7-ways-technology-is-changing-how-art-is-made-180952472/Technology is redefining art in strange, new ways. Works are created by people moving through laser beams or from data gathered on air pollution Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:17:24 +0000Designers Remake Our Oldest Tool Using Our Newest Toolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/designers-remake-our-oldest-tool-using-our-newest-tool-180952451/More than a million years old, the hand axe is over due for an updateWed, 27 Aug 2014 13:53:17 +0000Rethinking Rockwell in the Time of Fergusonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/rethinking-rockwell-time-ferguson-180952485/An illustrator adapted Rockwell’s The Runaway based on images of contemporary policeTue, 26 Aug 2014 21:02:51 +0000Kennewick Elegyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/kennewick-elegy-180952463/A new poem about the famous skeleton by Amit MajmudarMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000Blondie Guitarist Chris Stein Shares His Secret Photographs of the 1970s and 1980shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/blondie-guitarist-chris-stein-shares-his-secret-photographs-1970s-and-1980s-180952468/Hearken back to the era of punk and new wave music with these snapshotsMon, 25 Aug 2014 15:57:06 +0000Commemorate the War of 1812 With These Bicentennial Eventshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/commemorate-war-1812-bicentennial-events-180952421/Gain new insight into the events of 1814 by attending these reenactments, concerts, walking tours and mealsFri, 22 Aug 2014 15:57:39 +0000Here's What Happens When You Put Instant Film in a Microwavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/heres-what-happens-when-you-put-instant-film-microwave-180952184/A German photographer made a name for himself by treating his photos like last night's leftoversThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Amid the Heated Debates, Iraqi Immigrants Struggle to Make a Living in Arizonahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/amid-heated-debates-iraqi-immigrants-struggle-make-living-arizona-180952433/ Familiar fare—qeema, biryani, dolma—offers comfort to the thousands of refugees starting life over in PhoenixThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Famed Illustrator Maira Kalman Takes on the Cooper Hewitt’s Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/Famed-Illustrator-Maira-Kalman-Takes-on-the-Cooper-Hewitts-Collections-180952440/In her latest book, the noted artist juxtaposes treasured personal objects with items from the Smithsonian design museumThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000What New Wave Brought to Rock ‘n’ Rollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-new-wave-brought-rock-n-roll-180952447/There will always be a new music craze out to getcha, getcha, getchaThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Blockbuster World War I Film that Brought Home the Traumatic Impact of Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/blockbuster-world-war-i-film-brought-home-traumatic-impact-wa-180952418/The blockbuster silent film <em>The Big Parade</em> is among the first to explore the psychological trauma of war Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:33:02 +0000These Sculptures of Giant Tomatoes Are Ripe For the Pickinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-sculptures-of-giant-tomatoes-are-ripe-for-the-picking-180952188/What physical traits do humans find desirable? Artist Jessica Rath looks in her grocery store's produce section for answers Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:33:02 +0000A Proud Day at American History Museum as LGBT Artifacts Enter the Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/will-grace-affirms-role-american-history-180952400/The creators of "Will & Grace" and others donated objects related to gay historyTue, 19 Aug 2014 21:03:14 +0000How Dinner at a Food Court Has Become Something Exciting, not Excruciatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-dinner-food-court-has-become-something-exciting-not-excruciating-180952367/A new trend across America’s urban centers has reinvigorated the nation’s taste budsMon, 18 Aug 2014 15:44:56 +0000To Redesign a Design Museum Start with the Typefacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/redesign-design-museum-start-typeface-180952040/The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum is renovating and rebranding with a tailor-made typefaceThu, 14 Aug 2014 17:15:55 +0000Hear How Robin Williams Woke Up the Space Shuttle Discovery Crew in 1988http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/hear-how-robin-williams-woke-space-shuttle-discovery-crew-1988-180952336/The actor and comedian provided a special message for astronauts during the first flight after the Challenger disasterTue, 12 Aug 2014 22:01:13 +0000The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-wants-you-help-transcribe-its-collections-180952333/A massive digitization and transcription project calls for volunteers at the Smithsonian Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:51:45 +0000The National Portrait Gallery Memorializes Robin Williamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remember-robin-williams-smithsonian-installing-his-portrait-180952332/The National Portrait Gallery installed a photograph of Robin Williams today following his unexpected deathTue, 12 Aug 2014 18:41:37 +0000Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Smithsonian In Motion Video Contesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/announcing-winners-2014-smithsonian-in-motion-video-contest-180952315/Watch the best of our submissionsMon, 11 Aug 2014 21:34:45 +0000These Smart Bricks Mean the Time Has Finally Arrived: Adults Have Legos of Their Ownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/no-more-playing-around-smart-bricks-are-architectural-legos-180952215/A construction company aims to build more efficiently with modular connecting bricksThu, 07 Aug 2014 18:25:53 +0000At 90, Ella Jenkins, the First Lady of Children’s Music Has a New Albumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/90-first-lady-childrens-music-has-new-album-180952261/Celebrate her birthday with her latest, a compilation of children's songs from around the worldWed, 06 Aug 2014 15:35:02 +0000Where is Your Closest Farmers’ Market?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-your-closest-farmers-market-180952238/Farmers’ markets are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Use this map to find the one nearest your homeTue, 05 Aug 2014 14:48:07 +0000Your Guide to Shopping at the Farmers' Market and Keeping Your Purchases Fresh at Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-pick-and-keep-your-summer-farmers-market-finds-fresh-180952224/The summer is prime time for shopping at the farmers market, yet, making those finds last can be a challenge Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:39:54 +0000Here's the Trailer for the Final "Night at the Museum" Installmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/trailer-last-night-museum-out-and-gang-going-london-180952219/Last time, "Night at the Museum" came to Smithsonian. Now Larry and company are headed to London.Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:50:58 +0000In Search of the Great American Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/search-great-american-beer-180951966/Once considered unfit for brewing, wild American hops are making their solo debut on the beer market. Will it change the way we think of American beer?Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:48:45 +0000What's Up, Doc? Check Out the Work of Famed Animator Chuck Joneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chuck-jones-180952159/As part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Jones' work will travel to 13 locations through 2019Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:39:22 +0000There Once was a Jazz Musician Who Came Here from Saturnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/there-once-was-jazz-musician-saturn-180952112/Author and Illustrator Chris Raschka wants his new children's book to teach kids about the icons of jazz.Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:53:08 +0000How Will Japan Celebrate Summer Without Unagihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-will-japan-celebrate-summer-without-unagi-180952183/The freshwater eel is now endangered, but who is to blame and what are the best substitutes?Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:52:36 +0000Online Archive Creates Awesome GIFS From Historical Photoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/online-archive-creates-awesome-gifs-historical-photos-180952167/In partnership with Imgur, the Digital Public Library of America is reimagining classic photos as modern .gifsMon, 28 Jul 2014 18:11:24 +0000The Posters That Sold World War I to the American Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/posters-sold-world-war-i-american-public-180952179/A vehemently isolationist nation needed enticement to join the European war effort. These advertisements were part of the campaign to do just thatMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:56:41 +0000How Do You Build the World's Tallest Water Slide?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-do-you-build-worlds-tallest-waterslide-180952069/From conceptualization to the first plunge, building the world's tallest water slide takes more trial-and-error than you might believeMon, 28 Jul 2014 15:09:01 +0000