Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:50 +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 +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 +0000Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols on Uhura's Radical Impact Trek's decision to cast Nichelle Nichols, an African American woman, as major character on the show was an almost unheard-of move in 1968Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Charles Osgood's Love Affair With the Bow Tie Began With a Dire Warning About Clip-Ons one of his iconic bow ties arrives at the Smithsonian, Osgood reflects on good and bad doggerel and how to tie a good knot Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:43:26 +0000Mapping the World's Great Cities in a Most Unusual, Yet Visually Arresting, Fashion urban planner, part cartographer, sculptor Norwood Viviano uses state-of-the-art mapping tools to make powerful works of art Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:27:42 +0000With Deformed Frogs and Fish, a Scientist-Artist Explores Ecological Disaster and Hope 20-year retrospective of Brandon Ballengée's artwork explores humans' connection to cold-blooded creaturesFri, 07 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Havana's Hidden Architectural Gems city's eclectic architecture is both extraordinary and imperiledThu, 06 Oct 2016 19:10:55 +0000The Sounds and Images of Black Power Take Center Stage in This Post-Civil Rights Exhibition Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, black leaders and cultural influencers encouraged community self-reliance and pride Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Here's What You Missed At the White House's First-Ever South By South Lawn Festival Monday, artists, musicians, tech enthusiasts and other innovators gathered in the president's backyard to celebrate a bright futureWed, 05 Oct 2016 15:22:37 +0000This Game of Monopoly Is Made Entirely of Clay Morgin’s playful illusions explore ideas of abandonment and the American dreamTue, 04 Oct 2016 14:44:02 +0000Bones and Blood Lurk Within These Stunning Works of Art Jennifer Trask sees a rich backstory in her materials Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000Steven Young Lee Crafts Perfectly Imperfect Pottery trained, this artist makes works that look woefully brokenMon, 03 Oct 2016 14:51:04 +0000How Did Smithsonian Curators Pack 200 Years of African-American Culture in One Exhibition? curators of the Cultural Expressions exhibition collected stories and artifacts and brilliantly packed 200 years into one round roomFri, 30 Sep 2016 18:20:48 +0000A Photographer's 40,000-Mile Journey to Find What Peace Means to Americans Noltner has driven across the country in an effort to document the many definitions of peaceFri, 30 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +0000The Hyperreal Magnetism of the Truly Huge "Big Man" Ron Mueck's showstopper returns to the exhibition floorThu, 29 Sep 2016 15:31:23 +0000History Grabs the Headlines, But the Quiet Authority of the Art Gallery in the New Smithsonian Museum Speaks Volumes the visual arts exhibition the tone and the ambience suddenly shift Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:13:46 +0000King of the Playground, Spencer Luckey, Builds Climbers That Are Engineering Marvels 46-year-old architect and his crew build multi-story climbing structures for museums and malls around the worldWed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000A New Photo Book Reveals the Objects That Tell the Stories of the Rich and Famous Henry Leutwyler usually shoots his camera at celebrities. For this book, he looked at their stuffTue, 27 Sep 2016 16:50:00 +0000Live: Watch the National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony the live stream of today's museum opening Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:25:40 +0000The $10 Million Race to Invent Star Trek's Tricorder Trek's fictional tricorder is far from becoming a reality. But a $10 million prize from the XPRIZE Foundation is hoping to motivate inventorsFri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The New Exhibition on Black Music Could Give Other Museums a Run for Their Money collections in the show "Musical Crossroads" at the African American History Museum are near encyclopedic in their scopeThu, 22 Sep 2016 19:56:18 +0000How the Thinnest Burmese Gold Leaf Is Made Burma, goldworking skills have been passed down over generationsThu, 22 Sep 2016 15:52:27 +0000Is Timber the Future of Urban Construction? celebrated architect goes out on a limb with a bold new take on building tallThu, 22 Sep 2016 15:12:47 +0000What Langston Hughes’ Powerful Poem “I, Too" Tells Us About America's Past and Present historian David Ward reflects on the work of Langston HughesThu, 22 Sep 2016 13:35:57 +0000The Many Futuristic Predictions of H.G. Wells That Came True 150 years ago, H.G. Wells predicted, and inspired, inventions from the laser to emailWed, 21 Sep 2016 17:40:59 +0000Photographer Adrien Broom Sheds Light on Old Structures in Her Work eerie vision of the luminous magic we find in ourselvesWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:18:54 +0000Get Face to Face With the Tribes of Tanzania safari parks encroach on their ancestral lands, indigenous groups struggle to maintain their ways of lifeWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000Myth and Reason on the Mexican Border renowned travel writer journeys the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at life along the blurry 2,000-mile lineWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Mural on View in the African American History Museum Recalls the Rise of Resurrection City 1968 Hunger Wall is a stark reminder of the days when the country's impoverished built a shantytown on the National MallWed, 21 Sep 2016 12:57:51 +0000The Sordid History of Mount Rushmore sculptor behind the American landmark had some unseemly ties to white supremacy groupsTue, 20 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Founder of the Smithsonian Institution Figured Out How to Brew a Better Cup of Coffee two hundred years ago, James Smithson devised a method for better brewing. We recreated it.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:12:38 +0000Breeding a Better Chicken in the Name of Art (and Science) 20 years, Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen has been selectively breeding chickens for his Cosmopolitan Chicken ProjectThu, 15 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Exclusive Photography From Inside the African American History Museum Offers a Hint of What Is to Come photographer Jason Flakes brings his unique lens to the Smithsonian's brand new museumWed, 14 Sep 2016 21:32:30 +0000Google Is Redefining 3D Tech at the New African American History Museum spring, visitors will interact with artifacts beyond those in the physical exhibitions Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:03:00 +0000Why It Takes a Great Rivalry to Produce Great Art historian David Ward takes a look at a new book by Sebastian Smee on the contentious games artists playFri, 09 Sep 2016 15:43:46 +0000These Rarely Seen Photographs Are a Who's Who of the Harlem Renaissance Van Vechten captured and archived images of most of the era’s great artists, musicians and thought leadersFri, 09 Sep 2016 14:07:18 +0000The Brains Behind Star Trek fan Gene Roddenberry was a freelance writer with a futuristic vision. He had high hopes for his script about a peacekeeping spaceshipThu, 08 Sep 2016 15:55:14 +0000These Photos of Deconstructed Devices Reveal Their Hidden Beauty Todd McLellan finds marvel in blowing out the mundaneThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:23:57 +0000These 12 New Museum Exhibitions Are Fall Must-Sees heads, punk rock and robots make for an action-packed autumnThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:00:26 +0000It’s Sherbet, Not Sherbert, You Dilettantes frozen treat has been mispronounced by generations of AmericansTue, 06 Sep 2016 16:01:07 +0000Inside a Remarkable Repository that Supplies Eagle Parts to Native Americans and Science repository, which has long provided feathers to tribes for traditional uses, also helps bird conservation researchersTue, 06 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Laser Scientists Are Developing Star Trek's Phaser of the technology from Star Trek is already coming to life in the Lockheed Martin labSun, 04 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Mission to Restore the Original Starship Enterprise beloved 1960s studio model stars in <em>Building Star Trek</em>, a documentary premiering on Smithsonian Channel this SundayFri, 02 Sep 2016 19:40:41 +0000The Story of the Weber Grill Begins With a Buoy metalworker George Stephen, Sr. put two halves of a buoy together, he didn't know he was making a charcoal grill that would stand the test of timeFri, 02 Sep 2016 14:56:20 +0000In a Remote Alaskan Town, a Centuries-Old Russian Faith Thrives of Nikolaevsk remain true to the traditions of their ancestors, who fled religious persecution in the 17th-centuryFri, 02 Sep 2016 13:50:16 +0000The Children of Civil Rights Leaders Are Keeping Their Eyes on the Prize next generation is following in the footsteps of its forebearsThu, 01 Sep 2016 13:02:09 +0000Black Tweets Matter the tumultuous, hilarious, wide-ranging chat party on Twitter changed the face of activism in AmericaWed, 31 Aug 2016 17:19:25 +0000Take an Interactive Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture to expect when you visit the Smithsonian’s newest museumWed, 31 Aug 2016 14:55:57 +0000Here's a Food Wrapper You Can Eat from milk protein, it not only keeps food from spoiling, but it also could keep a lot of plastic out of landfillsTue, 30 Aug 2016 14:30:51 +0000The Definitive Story of How the National Museum of African American History and Culture Came to Be courting Chuck Berry in Missouri to diving for a lost slave ship off Africa, the director's tale is a fascinating oneMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:50:35 +0000Michael Jackson's Costumes Show Why Nobody Can Beat the King of Pop When it Comes to Style from the Jackson's "Victory" tour will be part of an inaugural exhibition at the African American History MuseumMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:02:20 +0000