Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenWed, 27 May 2015 15:00:28 +0000Seven Works of Art to Visit That Use Discarded Junk to Create Masterpieceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/trash-treasure-seven-works-art-visit-use-discarded-junk-create-masterpieces-180955239/One person's trash is another person's artistic inspiration Wed, 27 May 2015 15:00:28 +0000Iranian Exile Shirin Neshat's New Exhibition Expresses the Power of Art to Shape Political Discoursehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/shirin-neshat-new-exhibition-expresses-power-art-shape-political-discourse-180955389/An exhibition of the artist's work at the Hirshhorn is an allegorical narrative framed against historical and political realities Wed, 27 May 2015 14:15:04 +0000The Classy Rise of the Trench Coathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trench-coat-made-its-mark-world-war-i-180955397/World War I brought with it a broad array of societal changes, including men's fashionWed, 27 May 2015 13:32:19 +0000Eat Like a Parisian in a Parisian Apartmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eat-parisian-parisian-apartment-180955410/An Internet-based service allows visitors an authentic taste of food, friendship, and cultureWed, 27 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000Six Architectural Ideas That Could Change the Way We Live in Citieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/Six-architectural-ideas-could-change-way-we-live-cities-180955311/Whether in response to polluted air or shrinking space, architects keep coming up with novel approaches to reshaping urban lifeTue, 26 May 2015 20:16:58 +0000This Obscura Day, Discover the Curiosities in Your Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/discover-local-wonders-on-obscura-day-180955270/Creepy dolls, KGB secrets and unexpected pinball troves—media startup Atlas Obscura invites readers to explore their own hometowns on May 30Thu, 21 May 2015 15:22:14 +0000The Brief History of the Ferris Wheelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-ferris-wheel-180955300/Originally the American answer to the Eiffel Tower, the summertime amusement became a hallmark of summer funWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The World's Largest Picture Frame?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/worlds-largest-picture-frame-180955302/The government of Dubai is taking this abstract structure to the next levelWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Scenes From the Calgary Stampedehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/scenes-calgary-stampede-180955304/Noted photographer Richard Phibbs has a new book that sends him back home on the rangeWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000American History Museum Scholar on the History of the "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" Advertisementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-history-museum-scholar-coke-advertisement-180955318/The commercial that closed out the series finale of "Mad Men," explainedMon, 18 May 2015 19:25:26 +0000Watch As a Real-Life Hoverboard Whirs to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/watch-real-life-hoverboard-whirs-life-180955316/At Smithsonian magazine's Future is Here festival, a few lucky attendees got to take a rideMon, 18 May 2015 18:38:55 +0000Meet the Prize-Winning Spiders From the British Tarantula Society's Annual Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-in-show-spiders-british-tarantula-society-180955306/Now in its 30th year, the arachnid-equivalent of the Westminster Dog Show showcases the strange beauty of an eight-legged obsessionMon, 18 May 2015 15:58:35 +0000New Photo Book Explores Places the Dead Don’t Resthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-photo-book-explores-places-dead-dont-rest-180955265/From mossy burial caves to bone-filled churches, photographer Paul Koudounaris spent a dozen years documenting sites where the living and dead interactFri, 15 May 2015 14:01:18 +0000How Food Truck Parks Are Making America More Like Southeast Asiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-food-truck-parks-are-making-america-more-southeast-asia-180955264/Pushing for nutritious options, as public officials in Singapore are doing, could boost the health of cities and their residentsThu, 14 May 2015 19:54:39 +0000Meet the Iconic Japanese-American Artist Whose Work Hasn't Been Exhibited in Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/iconic-japanese-american-artist-work-exhibited-decades-180955169/A reexamination of the inventive artist, who blended American and Japanese traditions, brings rarely seen works from around the world to the Smithsonian Thu, 14 May 2015 12:28:45 +0000How His'n'Her Ponchos Became A Thing: A History Of Unisex Fashionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/his-her-ponchoes-became-thing-history-unisex-fashion-180955240/"Unisex" was rarely used before the fashion trend hit it big in the late 1960sWed, 13 May 2015 14:57:31 +0000Haute Stuff: Nine Unique Gifts to Buy in Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nine-unique-gifts-to-buy-paris-180955233/Leave room in your suitcase for these irresistible items made by French artisansTue, 12 May 2015 17:47:43 +0000For Your Next Party, Rent a Kitchen the Size of Your Apartmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/for-your-next-party-rent-kitchen-size-your-apartment-180955230/With living space shrinking, urbanites are paying for kitchen space to host special occasionsTue, 12 May 2015 17:29:48 +0000What Makes Bourbon Uniquely American?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-makes-bourbon-uniquely-american-180955231/A new book examines everything that makes the spirit special to the United StatesTue, 12 May 2015 13:33:28 +0000How Katharine Hepburn Became a Fashion Iconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-katharine-hepburn-became-fashion-icon-180955228/Celebrate the Hollywood star with a look at her stellar costumesTue, 12 May 2015 11:06:27 +0000Paper Turtles and Frisky Skates Bring This Indoor Seashore to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paper-turtles-and-frisky-skates-bring-indoor-seashore-life-180955202/A new exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore takes visitors on a trip to the beach and into the dark depths of the AtlanticMon, 11 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000In this Exhibition You Can Play with the Artworks, Or Even Be the Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-exhibition-you-can-play-with-artworks-be-the-art-180955170/A dizzying array of wildly unorthodox works from video games to computer codes makes up this summer's blockbuster "Watch This!" show Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Tenacious Woman Who Helped Keep Mother’s Day Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/tenacious-woman-who-helped-keep-mothers-day-alive-180955205/For Anna Jarvis, a holiday devoted to moms was not sentimental fluff, but a practical exercise in patriotismFri, 08 May 2015 12:30:46 +0000Why Elaine de Kooning Sacrificed Her Own Amazing Career for Her More-Famous Husband'shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-elaine-de-kooning-sacrificed-her-own-amazing-career-her-more-famous-husbands-180955182/A new show prompts a rediscovery of the work of the free-thinking Abstract Expressionist, who in her partner's shadow captured an era with skill and élanFri, 08 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000Is There a Proper Way to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/there-proper-way-celebrate-cinco-de-mayo-180955173/In one California town, the holiday co-opted by beer companies takes on a flavor of its ownTue, 05 May 2015 15:13:00 +0000Is the Croissant Really French?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/croissant-really-french-180955130/A brief history of the croissant – from kipfel to CronutThu, 30 Apr 2015 16:27:24 +0000Where to Celebrate the History of American Jazzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/jazz-tour-america-180955127/These six spots are just a short riff on what makes the musical genre particular to the United StatesThu, 30 Apr 2015 15:39:13 +0000The Radical Conservatism of Bluegrasshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/radical-conservatism-bluegrass-180955121/At MerleFest, the banjo-pickers and guitar strummers bridge the old and newWed, 29 Apr 2015 14:13:26 +0000Growing a Digital Garden Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/growing-digital-garden-archive-180955080/The Smithsonian issues a call to preserve American garden heritage with a website that collects personal stories, photos, video and audio Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:51:17 +0000One Way to Visit Bhutan Is By Way of El Pasohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/one-way-to-visit-bhutan-is-by-way-el-paso-180955065/After making its debut at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a temple from the Himalayan kingdom is uniquely reincarnated on a Texan university campusFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:41:17 +0000Personal Writings of Arthur C. Clarke Reveal the Evolution of "2001: A Space Odyssey"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/personal-writings-arthur-c-clarke-reveal-evolution-2001-space-odyssey-180954967/Works donated from the author's archives in Sri Lanka include letters to Kubrick and an early draft of his most famous novelThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Filipino Cuisine Was Asian Fusion Before "Asian Fusion" Existedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/filipino-cuisine-asian-fusion-180954947/A wave of Filipino families in Las Vegas is putting a Pacific spin on fried chicken, hot dogs and Sin City itselfThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Taking Stock of 75 Years of McDonald'shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/taking-stock-75-years-mcdonalds-180954950/Has the original fast-food restaurant finally reached the end of its success?Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Nylons' Run is Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-nylon-run-over-180954954/They were a craze when they debuted 75 years ago, but have since been replaced by new social normsThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Russell Crowe Takes a New Look at an Old Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/russell-crowe-takes-new-look-at-battle-gallipoli-180954962/The Australian actor/director's controversial film views the legendary Gallipoli from the Turkish sideThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Finding a Voice for Iranian Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-voice-iranian-women-180954963/Artist Shirin Neshat uses Persian poetry to reveal the conflict between tradition and modernityThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Is Paris Still a Haven for Black Americans?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/paris-still-haven-black-americans-180955082/The City of Light once drew thousands of black expats across the Atlantic, but does it still have the same appeal?Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:52:22 +0000Inuit Wisdom and Polar Science Are Teaming Up to Save the Walrushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inuit-wisdom-and-polar-science-are-teaming-save-walrus-180955078/Traditional knowledge and scientific study are helping us begin to understand what a changing Arctic means for the marine mammalThu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why We Should Teach Music History Backwardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-we-should-teach-music-history-backwards-180955053/Rock fans do their own investigative work to understand their favorite groups’ influences. So why can’t the rest of us get with the program?Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:28:48 +0000Tactical Urbanists Are Improving Cities, One Rogue Fix at a Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tactical-urbanists-are-improving-cities-one-rogue-fix-at-a-time-180955049/And city governments are paying attention, turning homemade infrastructure changes into permanent solutionsMon, 20 Apr 2015 17:35:11 +0000The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-small-towns-2015-180954993/From sea to shining sea, our top picks for the most amazing American small towns to see this yearThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +000010 Gorgeous Mosaics Made From Real Animal Specimenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/10-gorgeous-mosaics-made-from-real-animal-specimens-180954976/Artist Christopher Marley's meticulous arrangements capture the incredible variety within families, genera and species Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:30:07 +0000As Part of a Museum Dance Off, National Museum of American History Breaks it Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/second-annual-museum-dance-off-national-museum-american-history-breaks-down-180954992/Twenty-eight museums around the world vie for the ultimate honorWed, 15 Apr 2015 12:22:26 +0000Only a Handful of People Can Enter the Chauvet Cave Each Year. Our Reporter Was One of Them.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/only-handful-people-can-enter-chauvet-cave-each-year-our-reporter-was-one-them-180954981/A rare trip inside the home of the world’s most breathtaking cave painting leaves lasting memoriesTue, 14 Apr 2015 17:07:08 +0000The World's Most Interesting (and Accessible) Library Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/libraries-world-eight-most-interesting-and-accessible-collections-180954974/From the Magna Carta to Winnie the Pooh, what you can see at some of the world's great librariesTue, 14 Apr 2015 16:40:18 +0000Why We Have a Civic Responsibility to Protect Cultural Treasures During Wartimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-civic-responsibility-protect-cultural-treasures-during-wartime-180954887/With the recent deliberate destruction of cultural treasures in the Middle East, we remember the measures taken in the past to preserve our heritageFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:57:36 +0000The Set Designer From Game of Thrones Hints at What's to Come in Season Fivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/on-set-game-of-thrones-building-the-kingdoms-sketch-screen-180954919/Production Designer Deborah Riley discusses the influences behind the intricate and imposing sets of the hit HBO showFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:18:31 +0000Kyrgyzstan’s Otherworldly Cities of the Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/kyrgyzstan-ancestral-cemeteries-180954829/Photographer Margaret Morton traveled to the remote corners of the Central Asian nation to document its city-like ancestral cemeteriesThu, 09 Apr 2015 19:33:43 +0000Where to Go to Visit the Oldest Breweries in America http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/celebrate-national-beer-day-visiting-oldest-breweries-america-180954894/To commemorate National Beer Day, throw back a cold one for historyTue, 07 Apr 2015 16:30:31 +0000What Makes Billie Holiday's Music So Powerful Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-makes-billie-holiday-so-powerful-today-180954893/Musicians including Cassandra Wilson pay homage to the jazz legend with new albums for Lady Day's 100th birthdayTue, 07 Apr 2015 14:18:38 +0000How the India Pale Ale Got Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-india-pale-ale-got-its-name-180954891/A look to the hoppy brew’s past brings us to the revolution in craft beer todayTue, 07 Apr 2015 12:50:43 +0000Planned Afghan Cultural Center Will Honor Ancient Statues Destroyed by the Talibanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/winning-design-honors-ancient-statues-taliban-destroyed-180954840/The winning design will memorialize two ancient Buddha statues demolished in 2001Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19:17:05 +0000The Year of Jackie Robinson's Mutual Love Affair With Montrealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/year-jackie-robinsons-mutual-love-affair-montreal-180954878/Before he became a major leaguer, Robinson spent a formative year in the more hospitable environs of CanadaMon, 06 Apr 2015 14:13:59 +0000These Breathtaking Photos of Vietnam’s Caves Bring Out the Armchair Spelunker in Everyonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-breathtaking-photos-vietnams-caves-bring-out-armchair-spelunker-everyone-180954879/Photographer Ryan Deboodt discovers beauty in this subterranean realmMon, 06 Apr 2015 14:12:20 +000014 Easter Inventions That Never Quite Took Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/14-easter-inventions-that-never-quite-took-off-180954816/This holiday take a look at these products, from egg coloring devices to tomb pendantsFri, 03 Apr 2015 13:37:48 +0000The Passion of Christ, As Seen in Murals Around Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/passion-christ-seen-murals-around-america-180954861/Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara looks at depictions of Jesus in murals across AmericaFri, 03 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Where to See the Fabled Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-you-can-see-fabled-imperial-russia-faberge-eggs-180954863/Remnants of a vanished past, Fabergé Easter eggs live on in museums and collections across the worldFri, 03 Apr 2015 12:05:43 +0000Why I Still Skydivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-i-still-skydive-180954844/The author found a new life’s calling in skydiving and continues to jump to this day, despite losing her life partner to the sportThu, 02 Apr 2015 18:23:19 +0000This New Collection of 12,000 Photographs Chronicles the American Jazz Scenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sneak-peek-new-collection-stunning-photos-chronicle-american-jazz-scene-180954831/A donation from the family of photographer and historian Duncan Schiedt captures the music's "essence"Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:41:20 +0000LeRoy Nieman Pulled Together a Dream Band for His Epic Portrait of Jazz Greatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jazz-appreciation-month-dream-band-and-25-million-keep-music-alive-180954811/The iconic artist's large-scale painting of this century's music greats debuts at the American History Museum, kicking off Jazz Appreciation MonthTue, 31 Mar 2015 20:01:41 +0000Farmers Can Shell Coffee in a Fraction of the Time With This Bike-Powered Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/farmers-can-shell-coffee-fraction-time-with-this-bike-powered-machine-180954806/A team at an MIT International Development Design Summit is making coffee production a little easier for small-scale farmers in TanzaniaTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:19:35 +0000What to Listen to and Watch for When Enjoying Jazzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-to-listen-to-and-watch-for-when-enjoying-jazz-180954723/For Jazz Appreciation Month, a guide to understanding the nuances, subtleties and surprises of America's unique musicTue, 31 Mar 2015 11:58:20 +0000There's More to This Towering Pink Easter Bunny Than Kitsch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nick-caves-towering-pink-easter-bunny-theres-more-to-it-than-kitsch-180954774/Evoking springtime and rebirth, African burial ritual, rhythm, and identity, the "soundsuit" by artist Nick Cave is packed with iconic themesMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:17:38 +0000