Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Ruby Slippers Are Funded in the Museum's First Kickstarter Campaign Smithsonian asks visitors to help bring back the sparkle and #KeepThemRubyMon, 17 Oct 2016 04:05:00 +0000“Call Me Ishmael” Is the Only Melville Tradition In this Innovative Presentation of “Moby Dick”, kinesthetic, cinematic, aural and psychological, Arena Stage’s new show about the 19th-century novel is a 21st-century experienceFri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000How Trump Tower Takes the Skyscraper Debate to New Heights future of urban development takes on a new twist when the president lives among the cloudsThu, 08 Dec 2016 20:17:28 +0000Evoking a Ship's Rippling Sail, This New Sculpture Aims to Make Global Connections African Art Museum at its first award ceremony recognizes two international artists who have overcome personal hardships to excel Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:58:46 +0000The Best Books About Innovation of 2016 you have a lover of big ideas on your holiday shopping list, consider these thought-provoking titles published this yearWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:39:49 +0000Keep an Eye on These Portraits Because They Move visual artist Bill Viola is subject of the first all-video exhibition in one of D.C.'s oldest buildings. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:07:28 +0000Increase and Diffuse Knowledge for the Holidays With These Smithsonian Curated Books recommended by Smithsonian Institution scholarsMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:08:37 +0000Dorothy's Ruby Slippers Were Originally Silver red is how we remember them, but Dorothy's famous shoes had another look at the startMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Does the Linguistic Theory at the Center of the Film ‘Arrival’ Have Any Merit? asked a Smithsonian linguist and an anthropologist to debate the matterFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:32:58 +0000Don’t Miss These 11 New Museum Exhibitions This Winter'll find everything from beloved childhood characters to animatronic dinosaurs on display this seasonFri, 02 Dec 2016 19:53:10 +0000The Best Books About Science of 2016 a journey to the edge of human knowledge and beyond with one of these mind-boggling page-turners Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:42:57 +0000The Best "Art Meets Science" Books of 2016 sumptuous books from the past year that meet at the intersection of science and art Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:40:09 +0000How the Story of "Moana" and Maui Holds Up Against Cultural Truths Smithsonian scholar and student of Pacific Island sea voyaging both loves and hates the new Disney filmFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:42:12 +0000The Best Books About Food of 2016 for the perfect gift for the food lover in your life? Any of these suggestions will hit the spotThu, 01 Dec 2016 17:07:03 +0000How Countless Hours of Live Jazz Were Saved from Obscurity Savory Collection breathes fresh life into jazz Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Rare Insider's View of Native American Life in Mid-20th-Century Oklahoma Poolaw's photography is unearthed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000This Isolated Australian Region Is Home to Over 100 Wineries Australian wine region with epic surfing beaches, a welcoming vibe and standout Cabernets and ChardonnaysFri, 25 Nov 2016 19:16:48 +0000How Accurate Is the Movie “Allied”? best spies won’t leave behind an evidence trail, but then how will audiences know what’s true and what’s fiction?Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:33:49 +0000The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London, who died a century ago, was a rough and tumble troublemaker with a prolific penTue, 22 Nov 2016 21:19:48 +0000Sonny Assu Uses Graffiti to Reassert Native Culture 41-year-old artist mashes decades-old depictions of indigenous peoples with modern-day styleTue, 22 Nov 2016 20:08:35 +0000The Christmas Tale Spoken Record That Launched the Audiobook by Dylan Thomas, the album would go on to sell 400,000 copiesTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to a British Scientist fortuitous influx of cash launched the Smithsonian Institution and its earliest art collectionTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:28:24 +0000This Photo Book Is a Reminder That the Civil Rights Movement Extended Far Beyond the Deep South historian Mark Speltz's new book is full of images that aren't typically part of the 1960s narrativeFri, 18 Nov 2016 16:08:40 +0000This Whale Sculpture Was Modeled After a Beached Orca artist Ken Hall built <em>Legacy</em> based on 3D scans of the skeleton of Hope, an orca that died on the coast of Washington in 2002Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000With "Master of None," Aziz Ansari Has Created a True American Original star of the breakout television series brings the voice of his generation to the massesThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000How OK Go Has Revolutionized the Music Video pull off one of their most daring videos, they needed a borrowed Russian transport jet, spreadsheets and calculus, and a lot of motion-sickness medicineThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000This Folded Paper Fans Out Into a Full-Size Bike Helmet EcoHelmet, this year's James Dyson Award winner, could be used by bike shares across the worldThu, 17 Nov 2016 05:05:00 +0000If Necessity Is the Mother of Invention, Then Play Is Its Father a new book, Steven Johnson argues that many inventions, considered mindless amusements in their time, wind up leading to serious innovations laterWed, 16 Nov 2016 18:15:09 +0000A Miniature Living Redwood Forest Springs Up In Brooklyn Spencer Finch explores landscape by building a tiny, scale replica of a California groveTue, 08 Nov 2016 15:58:46 +0000A Photojournalist Captures Dramatic Portraits of Dancers in the Streets of Cuba Gabriel Davalos, photography is about storytellingMon, 07 Nov 2016 19:59:50 +0000Lime Marinade, Cohiba Cigar Cases and Other Unique Gifts You Can Buy in Cuba Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:59:36 +0000The Story Behind Che's Iconic Photo photographer Alberto Korda took Che Guevara's pictures hundreds of times in the 1960s. One stuckThu, 03 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000Step Inside Cuba's Oldest Printmaking Studio the Taller Experimental de Gráfica in Havana, process is everythingThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Searching for Cuba's Pre-Columbian Roots newfound quest for identity has led some Cubans to reclaim their Taíno Indian heritageTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Story of How McDonald’s First Got Its Start the orange orchards of California, two brothers sought a fortune selling burgersTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Rumba out of slavery in 19th-century Cuba, the lively music and dance form takes many shapesTue, 01 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Explore Haunting Relics of Death With New Photography Book fetuses are only the tip of the frightbergMon, 31 Oct 2016 18:25:43 +0000Meet the 11-Year-Old Who Invented a Healthy Lollipop with plant-derived sugar alternatives, Alina Morse's Zollipops help reduce the risk of cavitiesMon, 31 Oct 2016 14:19:26 +0000The Long, Unfortunate History of Racial Parody in America historian Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw discusses the painful performative origins Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:01:59 +0000The Exorcist's Rule Book serious manifestation of evil is never a pretty thing, but Catholic priests face down demons with precisionMon, 31 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000In One of the World's Oldest Winemaking Regions, a New Generation Revives an Ancient Tradition Armenian wine expert highlights the best places to experience the rebirth of a wine culture stifled under Soviet ruleFri, 28 Oct 2016 20:18:46 +0000Norman Lear Talks Art, Activism and the 2016 Election the famed showrunner, TV has always been a chance to make the political personalFri, 28 Oct 2016 20:18:07 +0000When the Mob Owned Cuba author T.J. English discusses the Mob's profound influence on Cuban culture and politics in the 1950sFri, 28 Oct 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Black Panthers Were Founded 50 Years Ago, and Their Influence Hasn’t Waned founder Bobby Seale reflects on the Panthers’ iconic Ten-Point ProgramFri, 28 Oct 2016 17:52:54 +0000Killers Don't Always Look the Part tragic true story of an innocent man suspected of murder is a classic motif of the Hollywood thriller and is used as a subplot in ScreamFri, 28 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000A Taste of the Wild Side: Finding Local Flavor in Armenia’s Edible Highlands Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:32:58 +0000The Surprising History of Cuba's Patron Saint "Cachita," the 15-inch-tall wooden figurine of the Virgin Mary unites Cubans across class and race linesThu, 27 Oct 2016 17:34:47 +0000What a Mark Rothko Painting Has in Common With a Ming Dynasty Dish one vibrant color, rich in symbolism, unites two works across five centuriesThu, 27 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Last Living Carver of Mount Rushmore Reflects on the Monument at 75 95-year-old looks back at the colossal effort that went into making the American masterpieceThu, 27 Oct 2016 12:15:10 +0000These Photographs From Space Show What Humans Have Done to the Earth new book, vivid satellite images of the planet evoke what astronauts call "the overview effect" Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:02:36 +0000Why a Woman Is Playing the Same Guitar Chord Over and Over Again at the Hirshhorn absurdly comedic work of Iceland's top performance artist Ragnar KjartanssonWed, 26 Oct 2016 18:59:49 +0000There's Much More to Cuba Than Cigars and Vintage Cars country’s most celebrated blogger discovers her homeland anew while working as a tour guideWed, 26 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000This $1.4 Million "Bird" Makes an African-American Art Collection Soar to New Heights his first major contemporary acquisition, the Detroit Institute of Arts' new director is reinvigorating the museumWed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Rick Bayless Preaches the Gospel of Modern Mexican Cuisine trail-blazing Chicago chef and cookbook author wins the second annual Julia Child Award and makes a donation to the SmithsonianWed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Inside the Mind of a Killer horror found its inspiration from the real-life criminal investigations of the FBI's Behavioral Science UnitWed, 26 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Renaissance Europe Was Horrified by Reports of a Sea Monster That Looked Like a Monk Wearing Fish Scales fishy this way comesTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:50 +0000Smithsonian Will Stretch to Save Scarecrow’s Costume, Too out the Ruby Slippers were just the beginning of an epic journey of cultural preservation Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:08:44 +0000Venture Inside Cuba's Secret Societies Masons to Santería priests, photographer Nicola Lo Calzo offers a glimpse into the island's many subculturesMon, 24 Oct 2016 19:47:27 +0000Are Pumpkin Beers, Thank God, Finally on the Way Out? breweries are slowing production, as the trend may be fizzlingMon, 24 Oct 2016 17:09:19 +0000How the 2016 MacArthur Genius Award Recipient Lauren Redniss Is Rethinking Biography visual biographer of Marie and Pierre Curie turns to her next subject, weather, lightning and climate changeMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:59:49 +0000Celebrate Dino Month With Three New Dinosaur Books PhDs to 4th graders, something for everyoneFri, 21 Oct 2016 20:42:19 +0000Looking at Nature Through Infrared Film Will Have You Seeing Red the world on a whole different spectrumWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:44:11 +0000This Champion Pumpkin Weighs More Than a U-Haul the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-In, a pumpkin weighing 1,910 pounds took the crownWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:11:05 +0000When Curious George Made a Daring Escape From the Nazis authors of the children's book series fled wartime France with the manuscript tied to their bikesWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000What to Make of Marina Abramović, the Godmother of Performance Art her body of work art, magic, theater or masochism?Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:22:54 +0000Homage to Havana Smithsonian director ponders the allure of Cuba's capital cityTue, 18 Oct 2016 16:08:25 +0000The New Nightspots Transforming Havana's Social Scene is rapidly replacing gritty in many of Havana's newly imagined gathering spotsMon, 17 Oct 2016 23:03:01 +0000Ajiaco, Cuba in a Cauldron origins in the island’s oldest culture, <i>ajiaco</i> is a stew that adapts to the timesFri, 14 Oct 2016 17:27:03 +0000Is Bob Dylan a Poet? the enigmatic singer, songwriter and troubadour takes the Nobel Prize in literature, one scholar ponders what his work is all aboutThu, 13 Oct 2016 20:13:20 +0000A New Tool From This American Life Will Make Audio as Sharable as Gifs tech company best known for creating Twitter bots has put its skills to help make podcasts go viralTue, 11 Oct 2016 16:03:55 +0000