Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:33:34 +0000The Simpson Family Made Its Television Debut 30 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/simpson-family-television-debut-30-years-ago-180962482/When they arrived on the Tracey Ullman show, their look was a little more raggedThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:33:34 +0000How Chuck Berry’s Cadillac and His Guitar, Maybellene, Came to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-chuck-berrys-cadillac-and-his-guitar-maybelline-came-smithsonian-180962638/Curator Kevin Strait from the African American History Museum details the day he met the great musicianThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:30:15 +0000A New Photo Book Showcases the Absurd Extravagance of the World’s Wealthiest Citizenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-photo-book-showcases-absurd-extravagance-wealthiest-citizens-180962478/Economic recession or not, there are few limits on the ways the mega-rich will flaunt their fortunesTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Ballerina Misty Copeland on Working With Prince, Her Must-See Dances, and Why She Wants to Bring "Ballet Across America"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ballerina-misty-copeland-brings-diverse-ballet-companies-kennedy-center-180962594/Ahead of a performance in Washington, D.C., the prima ballerina talks about ballerina bodies and misconceptions about the art formMon, 20 Mar 2017 17:34:33 +0000Emily Dickinson Was Fiercer Than You Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/emily-dickinson-fiercer-than-think-180962479/A new biopic shows the poet as more than a mysterious recluseMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:23:43 +0000A Photographer Captures Papier-Mâché and Politics on Parade in Haiti's Jacmelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Haiti-Jacmel-papier-mache-parade-180962549/Michael Magers photographs high art and cutting cultural critiques during the annual Kanaval celebrationMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:45:42 +0000Artist June Schwarcz Electroplated and Sandblasted Her Way Into Art Museums and Gallerieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/enamelist_june_schwarcz_electroplated_and_sandblasted_her_way_to_art_museums-180962568/The Renwick hosts a 60-year career retrospective for the innovative California enamelistMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:24:41 +0000These Bold Illustrations Celebrate the Incredible Contributions of Women in Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-bold-illustrations-celebrate-incredible-contributions-women-science-180962560/A designer's touch brings the achievements and faces of female pioneers to a wider audienceThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:11:58 +0000The Origins of Chicago's Green River, Shamrock Shakes and Other Surprising Trivia About St. Patrick's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/saint-patrick-wasnt-irish-10-surprising-facts-about-irish-holiday-180962563/From colonial patriots to mass-marketed milkshakes, the Irish religious holiday has morphed into a worldwide celebrationThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:27:47 +0000These Designs Showcase the Provocative World of Native Fashionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-designs-showcase-provocative-world-native-fashion-180962491/These contemporary designs by prominent or up-and-coming Native American designers are edgy and pulsing with relevance Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Storied, International Folk History of Beauty and The Beast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/storied-international-folk-history-beauty-and-beast-180962502/Tales about a bride and her animal groom have circulated orally for centuries in Africa, Europe, India and Central AsiaWed, 15 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Buddha's Hair Inspired Burma's Most Sacred Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-buddhas-hair-inspired-burmas-most-sacr/The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred site in Burma. Its origins can be traced back to the first millenniumWed, 15 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000See Inside Graceland's $137-million Expansionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-inside-gracelands-137-million-expansion-180962527/A complex fit for a kingTue, 14 Mar 2017 19:06:15 +0000One Writer Used Statistics to Reveal the Secrets of What Makes Great Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/one-writer-used-statistics-reveal-secrets-what-makes-great-writing-180962515/In his new book, data journalist Ben Blatt takes a by-the-numbers look at literary classics and finds some fascinating patternsTue, 14 Mar 2017 15:40:30 +0000The Beast's Enchanted Rose Lasted a Decade. How Long Can a Real One Last?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-a-red-rose-isnt-enchanted-how-long-can-it-last-180962451/A Smithsonian expert says the film's was undoubtedly a hybrid tea roseTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Trashy Beginnings of “Don’t Mess With Texas”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trashy-beginnings-dont-mess-texas-180962490/A true story of the defining phrase of the Lone Star stateFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:55:35 +0000Photographs of America’s Eastern Treasures Finally Have Their Moment in the Limelighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photographs-of-america-eastern-treasures-moment-limelight-180962460/A neglected period of American photographic history goes on display at the National Gallery of ArtFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:27:28 +0000America's First Writers Museum Is Slated to Open in Mayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-american-writers-museum-180962409/A new home for celebrating American literary titans, titles and traditions takes root in ChicagoWed, 08 Mar 2017 20:29:26 +0000Where to Hunt for the World’s Smallest Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-smallest-monuments-180962256/Don't overlook these tiny statues in cities around the worldWed, 08 Mar 2017 16:51:16 +0000This Medieval Knight’s Manor Houses Over 350 Mechanical Musical Instrumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/musical-detour-rhineland-collection-mechanical-instruments-180962418/From tiny music boxes to the bus-sized Orchestrion, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet in Germany's Rhineland is the perfect musical detourTue, 07 Mar 2017 21:21:08 +0000A New Exhibition Explores the Science and Math in Children's Book Illustrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-exhibition-explores-science-and-math-childrens-book-illustrations-180962389/The 29 artworks on display capture the wonder in nature, engineering and discoveriesTue, 07 Mar 2017 15:33:26 +0000How Many Volunteers Does It Take to Transcribe Phyllis Diller's 53,000 Jokes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-many-volunteers-does-take-transcribe-phyllis-dillers-jokes-180962384/Playing around in this massive joke file is like a crash course in brash humorMon, 06 Mar 2017 17:41:23 +0000The Romance and Promise of 20th-Century Radio Is Captured in This Muralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/romance-and-promise-radio-captured-mural-180962353/At the Cooper Hewitt, a rare opportunity to view "The World of Radio" with its masterful vignettes celebrating the Modern ageFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:06:35 +0000Finding Music Behind Prison Barshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-music-behind-prison-bars-180962342/At the Louisiana State Penitentiary and at a maximum-security prison in Malawi, the benefits of music are far-reachingThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:12:45 +0000Follow the Polka Dots to Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Rooms That Are Breaking Museum Records http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/follow-polka-dots-yayoi-kusama-infinity-rooms-are-breaking-museum-records-180962316/"Polka dots are a way to infinity," says Japan's most successful artist, now at the HirshhornTue, 28 Feb 2017 21:37:26 +0000Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-make-art-objects-invisible-naked-eye-180962309/Sophisticated microscopes, satellites and other instruments can create stunning images in experts’ handsTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:08:23 +0000Lights, Camera…Cocktails! Five Historic Bars From Hollywood’s Golden Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/relive-hollywoods-golden-age-these-five-historic-los-angeles-bars-180962286/Toast the Oscars at one of these Old Holywood watering holesFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:53 +0000The First Jazz Recording Was Made by a Group of White Guys?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/was-first-jazz-recording-made-group-white-guys-180962246/A century ago, a recording of the startlingly novel "Livery Stable Blues" helped launch a new genreFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:10:32 +0000When Hollywood Glamour Was Sold at the Local Department Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-hollywood-glamour-was-sold-local-department-store-180962262/During the 1930s, the world’s most fashionable looks came not from Paris, but from La-La LandThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:18:10 +0000Can a Video Game Capture the Magic of Walden?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/can-video-game-capture-magic-walden-180962125/Henry David Thoreau's famed retreat gets pixelatedWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:40:39 +0000In the Footsteps of Three Modern American Prima Ballerinas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/footsteps-three-modern-american-prima-ballerinas-180962217/A new exhibition shows that classical ballet and the role of the ballerina are rapidly changingWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:12:35 +0000The Lasting Influence Matisse Had on Richard Diebenkorn's Artworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/lasting-influence-matisse-richard-diebenkorn-artwork-180962117/The great American painter owed a luminous debt to the French ModernistTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:31:35 +0000Can Ancient Techniques Make Modern Wine Better?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ancient-winemaking-techniques-armenian-karas-renaissance-180962212/A new generation of wineries are going to painstaking lengths to acquire hundreds of historic clay karasesThu, 16 Feb 2017 18:49:38 +0000Will This App Turn More Readers On to Serialized Fiction?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-this-app-turn-more-readers-on-to-serialized-fiction-180962163/Releasing a chapter at a time, Radish could have us binge reading romance and mystery novelsTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:11:11 +0000The Lesser-Known History of African-American Cowboyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lesser-known-history-african-american-cowboys-180962144/One in four cowboys was black. So why aren’t they more present in popular culture?Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:28:23 +0000Nothing Says ‘I Hate You’ Like a ‘Vinegar Valentine’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nothing-says-i-hate-you-vinegar-valentine-180962109/For at least a century, Valentine’s Day was used as an excuse to send mean, insulting cardsFri, 10 Feb 2017 15:08:34 +0000Reuben Riffel on Becoming a Top Chef in Post-Apartheid South Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/reuben-riffel-top-chef-south-africa-food-cuisine-cultural-travel-180961652/South African food culture fosters connection, he saysThu, 09 Feb 2017 18:58:42 +0000Does the Classic Paris Meal Still Exist?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/paris-france-food-classic-meal-french-cuisine-gastronomy-cultural-travel-180961653/Two food lovers set out to learn whether the Paris dining experience of their youth can still be foundThu, 09 Feb 2017 17:40:15 +0000The Ballad of the Boombox: What Public Enemy Tells Us About Hip-Hop, Race and Societyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ballad-boombox-what-public-enemy-tells-us-about-hip-hop-race-and-society-180962095/Thirty years after Public Enemy's debut album, the group's sonic innovation and powerful activism resonate powerfully todayThu, 09 Feb 2017 17:32:05 +0000Why We Need to Fight to Save Mosul’s Cultural Heritagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-need-fight-save-mosuls-cultural-heritage-180962091/As the battle to save Iraq from ISIS continues, Smithsonian experts are helping local people preserve their historyThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Orchids Belong in an Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/orchids-as-performance-art-180962075/Washington's much-anticipated annual flower show moves to the Hirshhorn for the flora that loves to performWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:47 +0000The Soprano Who Upended Americans' Racist Stereotypes About Who Could Sing Operahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-elizabeth-taylor-greenfield-americas-first-black-pop-star-180962077/ Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield was in many ways the nation's first black pop starWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:38:37 +0000The Invention of Vintage Clothinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/invention-vintage-clothing-180962073/It all began with the Davy Crockett coonskin hat craze and a bunch of Bohemians yearning to swathe themselves in decades-old furWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:48:05 +0000Chef Margarita Carrillo Arronte on Why Mexican Cuisine Is a UNESCO Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/margarita-carrillo-arronte-chef-mexican-food-unesco-world-heritage-cultural-travel-180961644/Meet the woman dedicated to preserving traditional Mexican cuisineWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:11:00 +0000Stunning, Surreal Concepts Cast a Spell on the Fairy Tales Architecture Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/surreal-concepts-spell-fairy-tale-competition-180962066/Ukrainian architect Mykhailo Ponomarenko came in first this year for his sci-fi meditation "Last Day"Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:58:39 +0000Take a Tour of France’s “Bestiary of Machines”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/take-tour-frances-mechanical-animal-theme-park-180962076/Enter Les Machines de l'île’s Mechanical Animal Theme ParkTue, 07 Feb 2017 21:33:21 +0000Why the Scrumptious Date Is So Important to the Muslim Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-date-is-so-important-to-muslim-world-180962011/The Prophet Muhammed said that Ajwah dates—grown in the Madinah region of Saudi Arabia—are from paradiseMon, 06 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000For Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, Life Was a Banquet, But the Afterlife Was the Greatest Feast of All http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/pharaonic-feast-afterlife-history-cultural-travel-180961617/Life after death for the Ancient Egyptian elite included lots, and lots, of foodFri, 03 Feb 2017 18:55:03 +0000Why Do Chinese Restaurants Have Such Similar Names?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-do-chinese-restaurants-such-similar-names-180961996/Consistency and familiarity is the traditionWed, 01 Feb 2017 16:18:35 +0000Nine New Must-See Museums Opening This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-museums-2017-180961757/From the American Revolution to fashion design, these are the new museums to see in 2017Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:38:45 +0000Local Lens: Our Favorite Instagram Tongue Teasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/local-lens-instagram-food-photography-180961643/Hailing from Vietnam, Turkey and Italy, these photographers show that a love of beautifully arranged food knows no bordersTue, 31 Jan 2017 20:13:55 +0000How Beatrix Potter Invented Character Merchandisinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-beatrix-potter-invented-character-merchandising-180961979/Faced with rejection, the author found her own path to fame and fortuneTue, 31 Jan 2017 15:23:32 +0000When Happy Hour Was "Green Hour" in Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/last-stop-absinthe-happy-hour-19th-century-paris-180961650/When the clock struck five, 19th-century Parisians turned to absintheMon, 30 Jan 2017 22:31:02 +0000Raise a Glass to the Smithsonian's First Beer Scholarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/raise-glass-meet-smithsonians-new-beer-scholar-180961961/Theresa McCulla is ready to start the “best job ever” chronicling the history of American brewingMon, 30 Jan 2017 15:03:00 +0000Celebrated Middle Eastern Food Writer Claudia Roden Shares Stories and Recipes From Her Kitchenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/claudia-roden-interview-middle-eastern-cooking-180961649/For Roden, food is a lens to understand historyThu, 26 Jan 2017 20:26:25 +0000The Surprising Ingenuity Behind “Goodnight Moon”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprising-ingenuity-behind-goodnight-moon-180961923/Author Margaret Wise Brown used new theories in childhood education to write the classic children’s bookThu, 26 Jan 2017 15:53:31 +0000