Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Ruby Slippers Are Funded in the Museum's First Kickstarter Campaign http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ruby-slippers-take-center-stage-kickstarter-campaign-180960760/The 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” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/call-me-ishmael-only-melville-tradition-in-innovative-presentation-moby-dick-180961361/Visceral, 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 Heightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trump-tower-skyscraper-and-future-urban-development-180961358/The 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 Connectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evoking-ship-rippling-sail-new-sculpture-global-connections-180961091/The 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 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/best-books-about-innovation-2016-180961330/If 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/keep-eye-these-portraits-move-180961302/Noted 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 Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/increase-and-diffuse-knowledge-holidays-these-smithsonian-curated-books-180961282/Books recommended by Smithsonian Institution scholarsMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:08:37 +0000Dorothy's Ruby Slippers Were Originally Silverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-ruby-slippers/Bright 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? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-century-old-linguistic-hypothesis-center-film-arrival-have-any-merit-180961284/We 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 Winterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/must-see-new-winter-museum-exhibits-180961216/You'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 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-books-about-science-2016-180961274/Take 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 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-art-meets-science-books-2016-180961237/Eight 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 Truthshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-story-moana-and-maui-holds-against-cultural-truths-180961258/A 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 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-books-about-food-2016-180961263/Looking 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 Obscurityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-countless-hours-live-jazz-was-saved-obscurity-180961213/The 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 Oklahomahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-insiders-view-native-life-mid-20th-century-oklahoma-180961222/Horace 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 Winerieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/isolated-australian-region-home-over-100-wineries-180961184/An 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”?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-accurate-movie-allied-180961206/The 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 Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/short-heroic-rags-riches-life-jack-london-180961200/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 Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sonny-assu-graffiti-native-culture-180961143/The 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 Audiobookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/christmas-tale-first-audiobook-180961152/Narrated 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 Scientisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-cultures-unlikely-debt-british-scientist-180961189/A 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 Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/book-entry-point-civil-rights-movement-beyond-south-180961045/Public 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 Orcahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/whale-sculpture-was-modeled-after-beached-orca-180961155/Canadian 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 Originalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/modern-romantic-aziz-ansari-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-2016-performing-arts-180961122/The 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 Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ingenuity-ok-go-visual-arts-anti-gravity-180961102/To 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 Helmethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-folded-paper-fans-out-into-full-size-bike-helmet-180961118/The 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 Fatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/if-necessity-mother-invention-then-play-its-father-180961107/In 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 Brooklynhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/miniature-living-redwood-forest-springs-brooklyn-180961031/Artist 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 Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/street-photography-instagram-ballet-dancing-cuba-gabriel-davalos-cultural-travel-180960611/For 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 Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nine-things-luxury-unique-gift-guide-cuba-cultural-travel-180961004/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:59:36 +0000The Story Behind Che's Iconic Photohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/iconic-photography-che-guevara-alberto-korda-cultural-travel-180960615/Fashion 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 Studiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cuban-lithography-printmaking-tradition-cultural-travel-180960612/At the Taller Experimental de Gráfica in Havana, process is everythingThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Searching for Cuba's Pre-Columbian Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taino-indigenous-culture-pre-columbian-roots-archaeology-cuban-identity-cultural-travel-180960975/A 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 Starthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-how-mcdonalds-first-got-its-start-180960931/From the orange orchards of California, two brothers sought a fortune selling burgersTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Rumbahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/rumba-brief-history-slavery-cuba-music-dance-cultural-travel-180960934/Born 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 Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/new-photography-book-collects-relics-death-brings-cold-comfort-living-180960955/Placenta-wiping fetuses are only the tip of the frightbergMon, 31 Oct 2016 18:25:43 +0000Meet the 11-Year-Old Who Invented a Healthy Lollipophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-11-year-old-who-invented-healthy-lollipop-180960951/Made 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-unfortunate-history-racial-parody-america-180960947/Art historian Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw discusses the painful performative origins Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:01:59 +0000The Exorcist's Rule Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-exorcists-rule-book/A 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 Traditionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenia-wine-travel-tourism-viticulture-vineyards-180959986/An 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 Electionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/norman-lear-talks-art-activism-and-2016-election-180960946/For the famed showrunner, TV has always been a chance to make the political personalFri, 28 Oct 2016 20:18:07 +0000When the Mob Owned Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mob-havana-cuba-culture-music-book-tj-english-cultural-travel-180960610/Best-selling 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 Wanedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/black-panthers-were-founded-50-years-ago-and-their-influence-hasnt-waned-180960940/Group founder Bobby Seale reflects on the Panthers’ iconic Ten-Point ProgramFri, 28 Oct 2016 17:52:54 +0000Killers Don't Always Look the Parthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/killers-dont-always-look-the-part/The 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 Highlandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taste-wild-side-out-yerevan-and-armenias-local-dishes-180960889/ Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:32:58 +0000The Surprising History of Cuba's Patron Sainthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/surprising-history-cuba-patron-saint-cachita-virgin-mary-our-lady-charity-cultural-travel-180960606/Nicknamed "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 Dishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-mark-rothko-painting-common-ming-dynasty-dish-180960912/This 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 75http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/last-living-carver-mount-rushmore-reflects-monument-75-180960875/The 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 Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-photographs-space-show-what-humans-have-done-earth-180960924/In 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 Hirshhornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/icelands-top-performance-artist-rings-chords-us-180960901/The 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 Carshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/deep-cuba-cigars-vintage-cars-yoani-sanchez-cultural-travel-180960614/The 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 Heightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/this-million-bird-makes-african-american-art-collection-soar-to-new-heights-180960914/With 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rick-bayless-preaches-gospel-modern-mexican-cuisine-180960911/The 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 Killerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/inside-the-mind-of-a-killer/Hollywood 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reports-sea-monster-looked-like-monk-wearing-fish-scales-horrified-renaissance-europe-180960885/Something fishy this way comesTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:50 +0000Smithsonian Will Stretch to Save Scarecrow’s Costume, Too http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/smithsonian-will-stretch-save-scarecrows-costume-too-180960898/Turns 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 Societieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cuba-secret-societies-subculture-ritual-tradition-cultural-travel-180960895/From 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-pumpkin-beers-thank-god-finally-way-out-180960892/Some 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 Biographyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-2016-macarthur-genius-award-recipient-lauren-redniss-rethinking-biography-180960879/The 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 Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-dino-month-three-new-dinosaur-books-180960557/From PhDs to 4th graders, something for everyoneFri, 21 Oct 2016 20:42:19 +0000Looking at Nature Through Infrared Film Will Have You Seeing Redhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/looking-nature-through-infrared-film-seeing-red-180960777/See the world on a whole different spectrumWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:44:11 +0000This Champion Pumpkin Weighs More Than a U-Haulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/world-champion-pumpkin-weighs-1910-pounds-could-make-600-pies-180960829/At 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 Nazishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/curious-george-daring-escape-nazis-180960779/The 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 Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-make-marina-abramovic-godmother-performance-art-180960821/Is her body of work art, magic, theater or masochism?Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:22:54 +0000Homage to Havanahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/homage-havana-cuba-cultural-travel-180960812/A Smithsonian director ponders the allure of Cuba's capital cityTue, 18 Oct 2016 16:08:25 +0000The New Nightspots Transforming Havana's Social Scenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/havana-cuba-nightlife-going-out-social-scene-cultural-travel-180960609/Chic is rapidly replacing gritty in many of Havana's newly imagined gathering spotsMon, 17 Oct 2016 23:03:01 +0000Ajiaco, Cuba in a Cauldronhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ajiaco-cuba-food-history-atlas-of-eating-cultural-travel-180960688/With 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? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bob-dylan-poet-180960762/As 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 Gifshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-tool-american-life-will-make-audio-sharable-gifs-180960729/A 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