Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:17 +0000A Poem Dedicated to Earth in the Age of Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/poem-dedicated-to-earth-age-of-humans-180952814/National Portrait Gallery historian David Ward writes a new ode for the AnthropoceneTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:17 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/age-humans-living-anthropocene-180952866/A special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:06 +0000What Will We Leave in the Fossil Record?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-will-we-leave-in-the-fossil-record-180952666/Artist Erik Hagen considers the remnants of modern human life that may be found in rock strata millions of years from nowTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:23:04 +0000How the Artist Behind the Giant Landscape Portrait on the Mall Used a Super-Precise GPS Satellite System as a Paintbrushhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artist-behind-giant-landscape-portrait-mall-used-super-precise-gps-satellite-system-paintbrush-180952856/To create the National Portrait Gallery's "facescape," entitled <em>Out of Many, One,</em> artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada got some high-tech helpFri, 26 Sep 2014 18:58:04 +0000The Evolution of the Nurse Stereotype via Postcards: From Drunk to Saint to Sexpot to Modern Medical Professionalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/evolution-nurse-stereotype-postcards-drunk-saint-sexpot-modern-medical-professional-180952725/A postcard exhibit at the National Library of Medicine shows how the cultural perception of nurses has changed over the decadesWed, 24 Sep 2014 16:10:56 +0000The People’s Design Award Promises a Very Cyborg Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/peoples-design-award-and-your-cyborg-future-180952728/This year's nominees focus on wearable technologyWed, 24 Sep 2014 15:15:34 +0000Want to See the New Massive Portrait on the National Mall? Go Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/want-see-new-massive-portrait-national-mall-go-180952785/The project, made of soil and sand, will cover five acres between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II MemorialTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000This Artist Finds Strange Beauty in Google's Apocalyptic Glitcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/artist-finds-beauty-googles-apocalyptic-glitches-180952809/Clement Valla makes art out of Google Earth's surrealist irregularitiesTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Oscar-Winning Writer of <em>12 Years A Slave</em>, John Ridley, Talks About His New Jimi Hendrix Moviehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/john-ridley-oscar-winning-writer-em12-years-slaveem-talks-about-his-new-jimi-hendrix-biopic-180952808/The writer and director of <em>Jimi: All Is by My Side</em> speaks about making living history from legendTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:56:17 +0000Revisiting the Timeless Tracks of the Spanish Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/playlist-these-spanish-civil-war-classics-are-just-meaningful-today-180952512/Smithsonian Folkways is re-releasing its catalog of Spanish Civil War songsMon, 22 Sep 2014 18:20:59 +0000<em>Paris Match</em> Opens its Archives and Shares a Trove of Images of Artists in Their Studioshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/paris-match-opens-its-photographic-vaults-and-shares-trove-images-artists-their-studios-180952770/A traveling exhibition, curated by Picasso's grandson, reveals an intimate look at the places where artists craft their worksMon, 22 Sep 2014 17:20:13 +0000Ten Unusual National Animals That Rival the Unicornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-unusual-national-animals-rival-unicorn-180952804/Scotland doesn’t have the market cornered on exotic national symbols—check out the mouflon, the takin and the xoloitzcuintliMon, 22 Sep 2014 16:43:07 +0000Six Things You May Not Have Known About Fiddler on the Roofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/six-things-you-may-not-have-known-about-fiddler-roof-180952771/As the acclaimed musical turns 50 years old this week, relive the tradition with these interesting factoidsFri, 19 Sep 2014 16:11:47 +0000Six Artists In Search of Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/six-artists-search-themselves-180952739/With drama, theater, magical realism and a twist of the absurd, these artists give the self-portrait a makeover Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:20:36 +0000Best Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest Other Than Munichhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-celebrate-oktoberfest-outside-munich-180952714/If drinking beer and eating schnitzel alongside 6 million people doesn't appeal to you, here are places to celebrate while avoiding Munich's crowdsFri, 19 Sep 2014 12:40:00 +0000Secretive Victorian Artists Made These Intricate Patterns Out of Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/secretive-victorian-artists-made-these-intricate-patterns-out-of-algae-180952720/A new documentary profiles Klaus Kemp, the sole practicioner of a quirky art form that is invisible to the naked eyeThu, 18 Sep 2014 15:22:52 +0000Why is Ai Weiwei Breaking Into Alcatraz?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-ai-weiwei-breaking-into-alcatraz-180952742/China's most controversial artist selected America's most notorious prison as the home for his new showThu, 18 Sep 2014 13:54:34 +0000The Man Who Reclaimed Photography from Colonialism's Grasphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/man-who-reclaimed-photography-nigerian-people-180952721/A new exhibition at the African Art Museum honors Chief S.O. Alonge, the first Nigerian court photographer during colonial timesWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:17:02 +0000Industrial Espionage and Cutthroat Competition Fueled the Rise of the Humble Harmonica http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/industrial-espionage-and-cutthroat-competition-fueled-rise-humble-harmonica-180952733/How a shrewd salesman revolutionized the instrument industryWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:08:10 +0000Impressionism Into Modernism: Crafting America's Unique Style of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/impressionism-into-modernism-180952705/After the Civil War, Americans became more interested in European art—and creating a kind of art completely their ownWed, 17 Sep 2014 14:44:25 +0000The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/origin-story-wonder-woman-180952710/ The history of the comic-book superhero's creation seven decades ago has been hidden away—until nowTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:26:06 +0000Long Before Emojis, the Picassos of Persian Calligraphy Brought Emotion to Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-before-emojis-picassos-persion-caligraphy-bought-emotion-writing-180952693/The world's first exhibition devoted to <em>nasta’liq</em>, a Persian calligraphy, is now on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:05:47 +0000Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama, Finally Open for Businesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/frank-gehrys-biomuseo-panama-finally-open-business-180952677/The eye-popping structure devoted to the nation’s vibrant ecosystems makes its grand debutThu, 11 Sep 2014 18:12:13 +0000The Fight for Catalonian Independence Took the Form of a Giant "V" in the Streets of Barcelonahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-would-550000-people-make-giant-v-streets-barcelona-today-180952673/Hundreds of thousands of protestors formed a giant red and yellow V, symbolizing the "Way Forward" and marking the region's national holidayThu, 11 Sep 2014 17:30:55 +0000Adorable Portraits Put Nocturnal Animals in the Spotlighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/adorable-portraits-nocturnal-animals-spotlight-180952670/A new photo book showcases animals we humans rarely see—while a new study says we may have more in common with night-dwellers than thoughtThu, 11 Sep 2014 17:24:09 +0000Capturing First Impressions of a City in Transitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/capturing-city-transition-view-museum-day-live-180952630/William Greiner's photographs are on view at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GAWed, 10 Sep 2014 12:37:07 +0000Vote for the Winner of the 2014 People's Design Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/vote-winner-2014-peoples-design-award-180952652/Marvel at these breakthroughs in innovative design and select your favoriteWed, 10 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000What Does "Deep Time" Mean to You? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-deep-time-mean-to-you-180952603/An art exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences offers perspective on our geological past and future Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:51:08 +0000Google Doodle Honors the Genius of Leo Tolstoyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/google-doodle-honors-genius-leo-tolstoy-180952639/On what would be his 186th birthday, see the author's famous works digitally brought to lifeTue, 09 Sep 2014 04:01:09 +0000Egypt’s Mammal Extinctions Tracked Through 6,000 Years of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/egypts-mammal-extinctions-tracked-through-6000-years-art-180952641/Tomb goods and historical texts show how a drying climate and an expanding human population took their toll on the region’s wildlifeMon, 08 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000Software Creates One Picture That Says It Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-software-creates-one-picture-says-it-all-180952632/Researchers at UC Berkeley have created software that averages image searches into one artistic resultMon, 08 Sep 2014 18:25:23 +0000Garry Winogrand’s Photographs Capture ‘America’s Busy, Teeming, Intricate Whirl’ After World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/garry-winogrands-photographs-capture-americas-busy-teeming-intricate-whirl-after-world-war-ii-180952628/An exhibition takes a look at the mix of optimism and unease that permeated the post-war nation’s populaceMon, 08 Sep 2014 14:41:24 +0000Smithsonian Curators Remember Joan Rivershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curators-remember-joan-rivers-180952622/Entertainment curators from the Institution discuss the legendary comic who died yesterdayFri, 05 Sep 2014 16:19:53 +0000How the Voyage of the Kon-Tiki Misled the World About Navigating the Pacifichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-voyage-kon-tiki-misled-world-about-navigating-pacific-180952478/Smithsonian geographer Doug Herman explains the traditional science of traversing the ocean seasThu, 04 Sep 2014 20:21:12 +0000College Students Studied These Mail-Order Sea Creatures in the Late 1800shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/college-students-studied-these-mail-order-sea-creatures-in-the-late-1800s-180952499/Restored glass models of marine invertebrates, made by artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, are on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryWed, 03 Sep 2014 19:54:44 +0000See Jewish Life Before the Holocaust Through a Newly Released Digital Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/see-jewish-life-before-holocaust-newly-released-digital-archive-180952582/Roman Vishniac’s extensive work, now open to the public, is ready for some crowd-sourced historical detective workTue, 02 Sep 2014 15:40:25 +0000What's In a Shoe? Japanese Artist Chiharu Shiota Investigateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-shoe-japanese-artist-chiharu-shiota-investigates-180952458/An artist takes on the soul in the sole of your shoes in an exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of ArtThu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +00007 Ways Technology is Changing How Art is Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/7-ways-technology-is-changing-how-art-is-made-180952472/Technology is redefining art in strange, new ways. Works are created by people moving through laser beams or from data gathered on air pollution Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:17:24 +0000Designers Remake Our Oldest Tool Using Our Newest Toolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/designers-remake-our-oldest-tool-using-our-newest-tool-180952451/More than a million years old, the hand axe is over due for an updateWed, 27 Aug 2014 13:53:17 +0000Rethinking Rockwell in the Time of Fergusonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/rethinking-rockwell-time-ferguson-180952485/An illustrator adapted Rockwell’s The Runaway based on images of contemporary policeTue, 26 Aug 2014 21:02:51 +0000Kennewick Elegyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/kennewick-elegy-180952463/A new poem about the famous skeleton by Amit MajmudarMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000Blondie Guitarist Chris Stein Shares His Secret Photographs of the 1970s and 1980shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/blondie-guitarist-chris-stein-shares-his-secret-photographs-1970s-and-1980s-180952468/Hearken back to the era of punk and new wave music with these snapshotsMon, 25 Aug 2014 15:57:06 +0000Commemorate the War of 1812 With These Bicentennial Eventshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/commemorate-war-1812-bicentennial-events-180952421/Gain new insight into the events of 1814 by attending these reenactments, concerts, walking tours and mealsFri, 22 Aug 2014 15:57:39 +0000Here's What Happens When You Put Instant Film in a Microwavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/heres-what-happens-when-you-put-instant-film-microwave-180952184/A German photographer made a name for himself by treating his photos like last night's leftoversThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Amid the Heated Debates, Iraqi Immigrants Struggle to Make a Living in Arizonahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/amid-heated-debates-iraqi-immigrants-struggle-make-living-arizona-180952433/ Familiar fare—qeema, biryani, dolma—offers comfort to the thousands of refugees starting life over in PhoenixThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Famed Illustrator Maira Kalman Takes on the Cooper Hewitt’s Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/Famed-Illustrator-Maira-Kalman-Takes-on-the-Cooper-Hewitts-Collections-180952440/In her latest book, the noted artist juxtaposes treasured personal objects with items from the Smithsonian design museumThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000What New Wave Brought to Rock ‘n’ Rollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-new-wave-brought-rock-n-roll-180952447/There will always be a new music craze out to getcha, getcha, getchaThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Blockbuster World War I Film that Brought Home the Traumatic Impact of Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/blockbuster-world-war-i-film-brought-home-traumatic-impact-wa-180952418/The blockbuster silent film <em>The Big Parade</em> is among the first to explore the psychological trauma of war Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:33:02 +0000These Sculptures of Giant Tomatoes Are Ripe For the Pickinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-sculptures-of-giant-tomatoes-are-ripe-for-the-picking-180952188/What physical traits do humans find desirable? Artist Jessica Rath looks in her grocery store's produce section for answers Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:33:02 +0000A Proud Day at American History Museum as LGBT Artifacts Enter the Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/will-grace-affirms-role-american-history-180952400/The creators of "Will & Grace" and others donated objects related to gay historyTue, 19 Aug 2014 21:03:14 +0000How Dinner at a Food Court Has Become Something Exciting, not Excruciatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-dinner-food-court-has-become-something-exciting-not-excruciating-180952367/A new trend across America’s urban centers has reinvigorated the nation’s taste budsMon, 18 Aug 2014 15:44:56 +0000To Redesign a Design Museum Start with the Typefacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/redesign-design-museum-start-typeface-180952040/The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum is renovating and rebranding with a tailor-made typefaceThu, 14 Aug 2014 17:15:55 +0000Hear How Robin Williams Woke Up the Space Shuttle Discovery Crew in 1988http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/hear-how-robin-williams-woke-space-shuttle-discovery-crew-1988-180952336/The actor and comedian provided a special message for astronauts during the first flight after the Challenger disasterTue, 12 Aug 2014 22:01:13 +0000The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-wants-you-help-transcribe-its-collections-180952333/A massive digitization and transcription project calls for volunteers at the Smithsonian Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:51:45 +0000The National Portrait Gallery Memorializes Robin Williamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remember-robin-williams-smithsonian-installing-his-portrait-180952332/The National Portrait Gallery installed a photograph of Robin Williams today following his unexpected deathTue, 12 Aug 2014 18:41:37 +0000Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Smithsonian In Motion Video Contesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/announcing-winners-2014-smithsonian-in-motion-video-contest-180952315/Watch the best of our submissionsMon, 11 Aug 2014 21:34:45 +0000These Smart Bricks Mean the Time Has Finally Arrived: Adults Have Legos of Their Ownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/no-more-playing-around-smart-bricks-are-architectural-legos-180952215/A construction company aims to build more efficiently with modular connecting bricksThu, 07 Aug 2014 18:25:53 +0000At 90, Ella Jenkins, the First Lady of Children’s Music Has a New Albumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/90-first-lady-childrens-music-has-new-album-180952261/Celebrate her birthday with her latest, a compilation of children's songs from around the worldWed, 06 Aug 2014 15:35:02 +0000Where is Your Closest Farmers’ Market?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-your-closest-farmers-market-180952238/Farmers’ markets are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Use this map to find the one nearest your homeTue, 05 Aug 2014 14:48:07 +0000Your Guide to Shopping at the Farmers' Market and Keeping Your Purchases Fresh at Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-pick-and-keep-your-summer-farmers-market-finds-fresh-180952224/The summer is prime time for shopping at the farmers market, yet, making those finds last can be a challenge Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:39:54 +0000