Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 27 Mar 2015 20:31:10 +0000Closed to the Public: The Iconic Joseff of Hollywood's Studiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/closed-to-the-public-the-iconic-joseff-of-h/Joseff of Hollywood made jewelry for many of the most important American films of the 20th centuryFri, 27 Mar 2015 20:31:10 +0000Don Draper's Gray Suit and Fedora Are Among "Mad Men Props" Donated to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/don-drapers-gray-suit-and-fedora-are-among-mad-men-props-donated-smithsonian-1-180954772/Members of the television show's stellar cast, along with director Matthew Weiner, dropped off some significant "Mad Men" swagFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:19:52 +0000Smog-Eating Buildings Battle Air Pollution http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smog-eating-buildings-battle-air-pollution-180954781/Sunlight triggers chemical reactions in the façades of buildings in Mexico City and Milan to improve air qualityFri, 27 Mar 2015 16:16:24 +0000Journey to Mingering Mike's Magical, Musical Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/journey-to-mingering-mikes-magical-musical-world-180954751/A new exhibition features the playful LP album covers of a man who built a make-believe musical empire filled with genius and joyThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:37:37 +0000Why the World Needs to Go to Great Heights to Save Mountain Habitatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/importance-mountains-environmental-sustainability-180954520/After 30 years working in mountain regions, Jack Ives argues that the world's elevated habitats are essentialWed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:00 +0000Dame Angela Lansbury Makes A "Spirit"-ed Return to the Stagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dame-angela-lansbury-spirited-return-stage-180954694/Noël Coward's timeless play brings the actress back to the D.C. theater where she got her start 58 years agoTue, 24 Mar 2015 19:25:42 +0000Where to Catch Tulip Maniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-catch-tulip-mania-180954717/The Netherlands isn’t the only place for glorious tulip displays Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:02:58 +0000This Stained Glass Window, New to the American Art Museum, Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stained-glass-windowl-new-american-art-museum-like-nothing-youve-seen-before-180954691/Artist Judith Schaechter is pushing the boundaries of her craft, adding her own twist to age-old techniques Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:38:50 +0000Make a Pilgrimage to the Brand New John Wayne Birthplace & Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/john-wayne-birthplace-museum-180954679/Opening in April, a museum to match the movie star's legacyMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:37:29 +0000New Works by Nam June Paik Are Discovered at the Smithsonian American Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-works-nam-june-paik-discovered-smithsonian-american-art-museum-180954571/While inventorying the massive archival materials left by the artist, a researcher comes across forgotten works of artMon, 23 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Meet Doris Raymond, the Fairy Godmother of Vintage Clothinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/doris-raymond-vintage-frock-stars-the-way-we-wore-los-angeles-180954641/A Smithsonian Channel series features the team behind Hollywood's beloved vintage boutiqueThu, 19 Mar 2015 19:50:34 +0000Rome's Very Short Street With a Long, Magnificent Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/rome-very-short-street-180954580/Taste the food life on the Via Margutta, once home to Fellini and since 1953, the scene of Americans' sweetest Roman HolidayThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Retracing the Footsteps of China's Patron Saint of Tourismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/retracing-footsteps-china-patron-saint-tourism-180954581/Travelers are discovering the Ming dynasty's own Indiana Jones, an adventurer who dedicated his life to exploring his country's Shangri-LasThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Finally, the Beauty of France's Chauvet Cave Makes its Grand Public Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/france-chauvet-cave-makes-grand-debut-180954582/A high-tech recreation of the immortal artworks shines a new light on the dawn of human imaginationThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Remembering the Astrodome, the Eighth Wonder of the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/remembering-astrodome-eighth-wonder-world-180954585/Fifty years after its grand opening, the spectre of the Houston stadium still looms largeThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Terrible Beauty of Glaciers Melting and Oceans Risinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/terrible-beauty-glaciers-melting-oceans-rising-180954588/Daniel Beltra's aerial photographs reveal the human impact on natureThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The 11 Most Endearing Small Streets Worth Visitinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/top-ten-small-streets-worth-visiting-180954589/These tiny corridors around the world invite you in with their charm and surprising level of bustleThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000See Street Art Around the World via Googlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-street-art-around-world-google-180954605/Thousands of new images help preserve the art formTue, 17 Mar 2015 19:41:35 +0000Should We Be Wearing Blue on St. Patrick’s Day? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/should-st-patricks-day-be-blue-180954572/Before green came on the scene, blue was the color associated with the Saint and the Emerald IsleTue, 17 Mar 2015 16:34:14 +0000No One Really Knows What a Shamrock Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/no-one-really-knows-what-shamrock-180954578/The three-leaf clover is what everyone wears, but what species is it?Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:09:44 +0000A Ghostbusters Board Game, Lights That Respond to Music and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ghostbusters-board-game-lights-that-respond-to-music-and-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954564/Also, a sensor that uses thermal technology to track the amount of gas left in a tankFri, 13 Mar 2015 19:44:58 +0000It Was Only a Matter of Time: Drones Get Their Own Film Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/it-was-only-matter-time-drones-get-their-own-film-festival-180954560/Hoping to clean up the tarnished image of drones, a filmmaker shifts the focus to their potential for changing how movies are madeFri, 13 Mar 2015 15:02:59 +0000Indiana Almost Made Pi Equal to 3.2, and Other Pi Day Factshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/indiana-almost-made-pi-equal-32-and-other-pi-day-facts-180954521/As you celebrate the mathematical holiday, here's a history of notable moments in the irrational number's pastFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why the Story of Cinderella Endures and Resonateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-world-need-yet-another-cinderella-180954549/A Smithsonian folklorist follows the ancient tale with a particularly American twistFri, 13 Mar 2015 12:52:39 +0000Why Can’t Romance Novels Get Any Love?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-cant-romance-novels-get-any-love-180954548/The genre is long overdue to be the focus of serious study from academicsThu, 12 Mar 2015 17:19:34 +0000The World is Full of Circleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/world-full-circles-180954529/In honor of a very special Pi Day, enjoy this map that explores the human-made and natural structures that come closest to a perfect circleThu, 12 Mar 2015 15:09:35 +0000The Amazing Results of Putting a Light Inside Fruits and Vegetableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/radu-zaciu-fruit-light-180954435/Romanian photographer Radu Zaciu makes these farmers' market foods glow from withinWed, 11 Mar 2015 16:05:21 +0000Are We Re-Entering a Golden Age of American Bartending?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-we-re-entering-golden-age-american-bartending-180954474/At the turn of the century, America was a hotbed of cocktail innovation—then Prohibition happened. Now, bartenders are trying to reclaim the golden age.Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:47:46 +0000The Ridiculous World of Magna Carta Kitschhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ridiculous-world-magna-carta-kitsch-180954515/Throughout the United Kingdom, retailers are going mad over an 800-year-old documentTue, 10 Mar 2015 16:38:37 +0000New Drawings Show the Strange Beauty of Phages, the Bacteria Slayershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-drawings-show-strange-beauty-phages-bacteria-slayers-180954507/Phage viruses rearrange genes, prey on bacteria and maintain microbial diversity. Can we harness them to do our bidding?Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:54:56 +0000Holi 2015: Stunning Photos of Holi, the Festival of Colorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/holi-2015-stunning-photos-holi-festival-colors-180954496/Celebrated all over India and around the world, the Hindu festival heralds the beginning of springMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:39:08 +0000A Goat's Stomach Never Looked So Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wellcome-image-awards-2015-goats-stomach-never-looked-so-good-180954475/Eleven venues worldwide will exhibit these 20 striking micrographs, MRI scans and illustrations—all winners of this year's Wellcome Image AwardsMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:27:35 +0000These Cosmic Visions Include a Mars Ocean and a Supernova Quartethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-cosmic-visions-include-mars-ocean-and-supernova-quartet-180954498/The red planet's deep blue sea and a rare Einstein cross feature among the week's best space imagesFri, 06 Mar 2015 19:27:16 +0000How Close Are We to Creating a Real-Life Chappie?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-close-are-we-creating-real-life-chappie-180954495/Despite the potential danger, some scientists believe it’s only a matter of time before autonomous sentient robots walk among us Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:22:47 +0000Announcing the Finalists of the 12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/12th-annual-smithsonian-photo-contest-finalists-180954445/See the finalists of our 2014 photo contest and vote for the Readers' Choice winnerWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:26:12 +0000The Beautiful Canadian Rockies Shine in the Photography of Chris Burkardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/beautiful-canadian-rockies-shine-photography-chris-burkard-180954417/Known for his work with surfers, Burkard traveled to a much colder climate to immerse himself in a new worldMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:15:10 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Reflects on Leonard Nimoy's Passing and Why "Star Trek" Fans Loved Himhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curator-reflects-leonard-nimoy-passing-why-star-trek-fans-loved-him-180954430/Nimoy, who was best known for his role as the deeply logical Mr. Spock, dies at age 83Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:51:08 +0000Please Touch the Art: 3-D Printing Helps Visually Impaired Appreciate Paintingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/please-touch-art-3-d-printing-helps-visually-impaired-appreciate-paintings-180954420/The new "Touching the Prado" exhibit in Madrid showcases 3-D replicas of paintings, so blind visitors can feel key works of artThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:03:04 +0000Chuck Brown's Guitar Drove the Musician's Persuasive "Wind Me Up" Rhythmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chuck-browns-guitar-drove-wind-me-up-rhythm-180954351/The Godfather of Go-Go's family recall how the musician crafted the innovative sound that would define a local traditionTue, 24 Feb 2015 16:19:47 +0000The Courageous Photography of Lynsey Addariohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/courageous-photography-lynsey-addario-180954386/The award-winning photojournalist has spent her adult life capturing the world in crisis, but now she chronicles her own life storyTue, 24 Feb 2015 14:15:00 +0000The Incomparable Legacy of Lead Belly http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/incomparable-legacy-of-lead-belly-180954390/This week a new Smithsonian Folkways compilation and a Smithsonian Channel show highlight the seminal blues man of the centuryMon, 23 Feb 2015 22:49:35 +0000This Dutch Wind Wheel Is Part Green Tech Showcase, Part Architectural Attractionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-dutch-wind-wheel-part-green-tech-showcase-part-architectural-attraction-180954377/A giant structure proposed in Rotterdam puts cutting-edge energy tech inside a rotating observation wheel, with room for a hotel and apartmentsMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:11:25 +0000Building Libraries Along Fiber-Optic Lines in Sub-Saharan Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/building-libraries-along-fiber-optic-lines-in-sub-saharan-africa-180954192/The Washington, D.C.-based startup, Librii, is rethinking what a library looks likeMon, 23 Feb 2015 16:13:13 +0000Previously Seen on a Tiny Postage Stamp, These Beautiful Portraits of African-Americans Go on Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beautiful-portraits-african-americans-postage-stamp-180954352/The artists who made them bring enormous dedication and talent to the artwork that adorns the nation's mailFri, 20 Feb 2015 17:27:56 +0000In the Freezing Cold of Siberia, One Photographer Sought to Mix Oil and Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/in-freezing-cold-siberia-one-photographer-sought-mix-oil-water-180954364/In his latest project, British photographer Alexander James captures crude oil encased in frozen blocks of river waterFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:59:09 +0000Charming and Unusual Bookstores Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-most-interesting-bookstores-180954202/Curl up with a new book—or catch a reading or concert—at these thriving independent bookstores from Mexico City to MelbourneThu, 19 Feb 2015 20:57:51 +0000Were the Terracotta Warriors Based on Actual People?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/were-terracotta-warriors-based-on-actual-people-180954321/To answer that question, archaeologists are looking at variations in the soldiers' ears Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000When Steve Fossett Became the Magellan of the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-steve-fossett-became-magellan-of-skies-180954323/Ten years ago, the pioneering adventurer took off in pursuit of a new record in circumnavigationThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Who Can Save the Grand Canyon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-can-save-the-grand-canyon-180954329/A holy war is being fought over a proposal to build a $500 million commercial development, on the rim of America's natural treasureThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Someone Built a Bold New Font Out of Buildingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/someone-built-new-font-out-of-buildings-180954330/Created out of aerial photography, you'll never guess where the "O" comes from Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Killer Whales Belong in the Ocean, Not SeaWorldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-killer-whales-belong-in-the-ocean-not-seaworld-180954333/ A former orca trainer makes the case against the theme parkThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Bjork Is Getting a Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/bjork-retrospective-museum-modern-art-180954320/The Icelandic singer's iconic style will be on view at the New York institutionThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000What Is the Most Influential Oscar Dress of All-Time?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-most-influential-oscar-dress-all-time-180954356/Far from being a sideshow of the awards hoopla, the fashion of the Academy Awards means big business for designersThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:42:15 +0000The Human Right to Speak Whatever Language You Want is Worth Celebratinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/human-right-to-speak-whatever-language-you-want-worth-celebrating-180954341/With an ever increasing lack of language diversity, There Needs to Be More Recognition of February's International Mother Language dayWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:42:10 +0000D.C.'s Artisan Chocolate Makers Show Off Their Sweet Labor of Lovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/making-chocolate-proves-labor-of-love-180954240/Leaving no task undone, this husband-and-wife team demonstrate their process for producing chocolateFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Ten Fascinating Presidential Facts to Impress on President's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-fascinating-bits-of-presidential-trivia-180954227/Learn a new side of the Commanders-in-Chief, from whiskey seances and magazine cover boysFri, 13 Feb 2015 13:25:20 +0000How to Save the Chocolate Tree Without Sacrificing Flavorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-save-chocolate-tree-without-sacrificing-flavor-180954148/Demand, disease and climate change are threatening cocoa, but a new breed of clones could keep the treat abundant and tastyThu, 12 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000How Chocolate and Valentine's Day Mated For Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-chocolate-and-valentines-day-mated-life-180954228/Tracing the lovers, the leaders and the ladies responsible for the pairing of chocolate to Valentine's DayThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:48:21 +0000Blood Clots, Liver Cells and Bird Flu Are Surprisingly Beautiful Under a Microscopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/blood-clots-liver-cells-and-bird-flu-are-surprisingly-beautiful-under-a-microscope-180954209/The brightly-colored micrographs and scans in a new book, <i>Science is Beautiful</i>, answer big questions about the human bodyThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Economics of Chocolatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/economics-chocolate-180954224/Before becoming a kiss, bar, or hot drink, cocoa gets shipped, stashed, smashed, and, most critically for producers and consumers alike, commodifiedWed, 11 Feb 2015 19:04:13 +0000Ten Restaurants the Best Chefs Say Are Worth Traveling Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ten-restaurants-chefs-would-travel-any-distance-visit-180954178/These establishments are always worth the trip, according to some of the top chefs in the worldWed, 11 Feb 2015 15:03:30 +0000Chocolate Destinations Around the World to Drool Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/world-travel-chocolate-countries-destinations-factory-tour-180954203/These five places from Belgium to Hong Kong offer their own enticing takes on the confectionWed, 11 Feb 2015 14:45:22 +0000You Wouldn't Have Chocolate Without Invisible Flies and Extreme Yeasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/you-wouldnt-have-chocolate-without-invisible-flies-and-extreme-yeast-180954172/It takes a wild and temperamental menagerie to bring the beloved candy to store shelves. Bon appétit!Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:52:22 +0000A Taste Test to Find the Best Chocolate Beershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/taste-test-find-best-chocolate-beers-180954173/Perfect for a cold, winter day – or as an alternative to red wine on Valentine’s Day – we took measure of these stouts, ales and lagersTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:37:49 +0000The Art of Chocolate (and Soap)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/art-chocolate-and-soap-180954180/Conservators went on a scientific journey to discover the best ways to preserve artist Janine Antoni's landmark "Lick and Lather"Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:37:30 +0000What is the Most Important Innovation in the History of Rock 'n' Roll?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-most-important-innovation-history-rock-n-roll-180954190/Musicians, historians and critics tell us what they consider to be the greatest game changers for the industryTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:42:53 +0000The Electric Guitar's Long (And Louder), Strange Triphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/electric-guitars-long-and-louder-strange-trip-180954193/From its gentle 16th-century acoustic origins to the souped-up ‘Frankenstein,’ a Smithsonian scholar strums the historic chords of the guitarTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:29:14 +0000The World of Chocolatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/world-chocolate-180954163/Both within the Smithsonian and in the broader world, the story of chocolate has many fascinating morselsMon, 09 Feb 2015 21:22:37 +0000Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for Unesco World Heritage Statushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/frank-lloyd-wright-buildings-nominated-unesco-world-heritage-status-180954155/It's the first time the United States has nominated works of modern architecture Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:43:53 +0000Designing Buildings For Hot Climates, Cold Ones and Everything in Betweenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-buildings-for-hot-climates-cold-ones-and-everything-in-between-180954003/A decade's worth of sustainable projects by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm, BIG, are now on display at the National Building MuseumThu, 05 Feb 2015 21:02:57 +0000What Exactly is Duck Sauce? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-is-duck-sauce-180953993/Trying to get to the bottom of this Chinese food mystery sends our writer on a wild goose chaseThu, 05 Feb 2015 15:02:48 +0000New Exhibit Showcases the Power of Light in Our Everyday Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-photography-exhibit-light-lives-nasa-chandra-beyond-bulb-iyl2015-180954118/The open-source show "LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb" crosses disciplines to show the many ways photonics has improved our livesTue, 03 Feb 2015 19:15:27 +0000Which of These Comedians Should the Portrait Gallery Put on Display?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-these-comedians-should-portrait-gallery-display-180954121/This is no laughing matter for the Smithsonian museumMon, 02 Feb 2015 21:53:25 +0000Why this 14th-Century Chinese Artist Is Having a Rebirthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-this-14th-century-chinese-artist-is-having-rebirth-180954080/The rare works of Wang Meng, an artist with a brilliance for brushstrokes, bring millions at auctionMon, 02 Feb 2015 15:37:26 +0000