Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenThu, 19 Jan 2017 13:49:34 +0000The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/short-heroic-rags-riches-life-jack-london-180961200/Jack London State Historic Park, home to the rough and tumble troublemaker with a prolific penTue, 22 Nov 2016 21:19:48 +0000To Bear Witness to Japanese Internment, One Artist Self-Deported Himself to the WWII Campshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/bear-witness-japanese-internment-one-artist-self-deported-himself-wwii-camps-180961853/The inhumanity brought on by Executive Order 9066 spurred Isamu Noguchi to actionThu, 19 Jan 2017 13:49:34 +0000This Hollywood Titan Foresaw the Horrors of Nazi Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/this-hollywood-titan-foresaw-horrors-nazi-germany-180961828/Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Pictures, wrote hundreds of affidavits to help refugees escape EuropeTue, 17 Jan 2017 21:12:18 +0000Meet the Michelin-Starred Chef Pushing the Limits of Vegetarian Cuisine in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/master-chef-tony-lu-restaurant-vegetarian-china-cultural-travel-kitchen-stories-food-180961613/Master chef Tony Lu discusses China’s changing tastes and his own innovative approach to 'Vegetarian Fusion'Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:06:28 +0000A Brief History of Food as Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/food-art-cultural-travel-180961648/From subject to statement, food has played a role in art for millenniaFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:20:05 +0000You've Been Slurping Ramen All Wrong http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ramen-atlas-of-eating-cultural-travel-food-history-180961651/In Japan, ramen is a culinary touchstone that goes way beyond foodFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:10:46 +0000Smithsonian Artifacts and Music Legends Share the Stage in Tonight's Star-Studded Television Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-artifacts-music-legends-share-stage-180961764/Notable African-American performing artists commemorate the opening of the National Museum of African American HistoryThu, 12 Jan 2017 16:44:52 +0000Michael Jackson, Donald Trump and Other Famous Americans Who Escaped Brushes With Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/michael-jackson-donald-trump-and-other-famous-americans-who-escaped-brushes-death-180961707/The roads not taken for these 13 lucky souls saved their livesFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:30:44 +0000The Everyday Struggle of a Child Whose Parents Are Incarceratedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/everyday-struggle-child-parents-incarcerated-180961438/With more American men and women in prison than ever before in our history, millions of children are struggling with the effects of a fractured family lifeThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Far-Reaching Effects of American Incarcerationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/far-reaching-effects-american-incarceration-180961435/Three photo essays explore the history and modern-day consequences of the world's highest incarceration rateThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000A Portrait of Obama in the Final Days of His Presidencyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/portrait-obama-prepares-leave-white-house-180961430/Commissioned for <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine, this painting shows a leader at a crossroadsThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Feel the Music—Literally—With Some Help From New Synesthesia Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feel-the-music-with-help-from-synesthesia-research-180961660/How one artist created a show inspired by the neurological experience of synesthesia Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:09:02 +0000The Couple Who Saved China's Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lovers-shanxi-saved-chinas-ancient-architectural-treasures-before-lost-forever-180961424/As the nation teetered on the brink of war in the 1930s, two Western-educated thinkers struck out for the hinterlands to save their country's richesWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:32:43 +0000A New Documentary Conceived by David Byrne Explores the Wonder of the Color Guardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-documentary-david-byrne-explores-wonder-color-guard-180961431/The dazzling offshoot of the marching band gets its moment in the spotlightWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:31:26 +0000March to the Joyous, Raucous Beat of the Sonic Boom of the Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/march-joyous-raucous-beat-sonic-boom-south-180961436/College football seasons come and go, but the joyous thunder of Jackson State's iconic marching band rolls onWed, 04 Jan 2017 16:20:38 +0000How Disney Came to Define What Constitutes the American Experiencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-disney-came-define-what-constitutes-american-experience-180961632/The entertainment company has been in the business of Americana since its inceptionTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:21:01 +0000This Is the "Jass" Record That Introduced Millions of Americans to a New Kind of Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/first-jazz-record-introduced-millions-records-jass-180961427/The record that introduced millions of Americans to a new kind of musicTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Top History Books of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/top-history-books-2016-180961616/Here are some of the best titles to hit shelves this past yearFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:34:32 +0000A Photographer Captures Emptiness and Longing in Longfellow's Nova Scotiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/evangeline-captures-emptiness-longing-nova-scotia-180961401/Photographer Mark Marchesi spent four years tracing images from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, "Evangeline"Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:45:00 +0000The Bug That Had the World Seeing Redhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bug-had-world-seeing-red-180961590/How a Mesoamerican insect once created the globe's most coveted colorThu, 29 Dec 2016 20:03:17 +0000The New Art Scene Transforming Santa Fehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/santa-fe-past-meets-future-180961498/The city's image as a mecca of Southwestern-themed art and folksy spiritualism has begun to evolve, thanks to artists and entrepreneursTue, 27 Dec 2016 16:19:39 +0000Natalie Portman's "Jackie" Reminds Us Why JFK's Assassination Became Our National Tragedyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/natalie-portman-jackie-reminds-us-why-jfk-assassination-national-tragedy-180961550/A Smithsonian scholar revisits those critical decisions Jacqueline Kennedy made following the death of her husband Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:24:22 +0000When the Serendipitously Named Lovings Fell in Love, Their World Fell Aparthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-serendipitously-named-lovings-fell-love-their-world-fell-apart-180961558/The new film captures the quiet essence of the couples’ powerful story, says Smithsonian scholar Christopher WilsonFri, 23 Dec 2016 15:57:26 +0000Why the Japanese Eat Cake For Christmashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-japanese-eat-cake-christmas-180961556/A tradition beginning in war and ending in cakeFri, 23 Dec 2016 15:45:47 +0000Time-Lapse Photos Reveal the Beauty of Metal Crystals Growinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/time-lapse-photos-reveal-beauty-metal-crystals-growing-180961539/Photographer Emanuele Fornasier spends hours capturing the intricacy of chemical reactionsThu, 22 Dec 2016 15:57:23 +0000Ten Exhibitions to See in Washington, D.C. Over the Holidayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-exhibits-see-washington-dc-over-holidays-180961529/Several innovative art shows, some which close early in the new year, are a must-seeWed, 21 Dec 2016 21:25:30 +0000How the Crusades Helped Create Your Gingerbread Lattehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-crusades-helped-create-your-gingerbread-latte-180961535/Spices have been shaping cuisine for thousands of years, especially around the Christmas seasonWed, 21 Dec 2016 20:03:11 +0000This Great Pumpkin Heralds the D.C. Arrival of Yayoi Kusama http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/great-pumpkin-washington-heralds-arrival-yayoi-kusama-180961478/The Hirshhorn's 65-year retrospective boasts six mirror rooms by this hugely popular artistWed, 21 Dec 2016 12:57:26 +0000After the Tragic Lindbergh Kidnapping, Artist Isamu Noguchi Designed the First Baby Monitorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/after-tragic-lindbergh-kidnapping-isamu-noguchi-designed-first-baby-monitor-180961454/The six-decade career of the artist and commercial designer is on view at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 20 Dec 2016 17:01:22 +0000Want to See Installation Artist Doug Aitken's Latest Work? Grab Your Scuba Gearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/underwater-sculptures-welcome-divers-coast-california-180961510/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:38:12 +0000The Suspect, the Prosecutor, and the Unlikely Bond They Forgedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/charming-story-homer-cummings-harold-israel-180961429/New evidence shows that Homer Cummings, who would later be FDR's attorney general, rescued an innocent man accused of murderTue, 20 Dec 2016 11:00:00 +0000In the Aftermath of Oakland’s Tragedy, How Museums Can Better Serve Local Arts and DIY Venueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/aftermath-oaklands-tragedy-how-museums-can-better-serve-local-arts-and-diy-venues-180961418/One Smithsonian curator weighs in on new best practices for outreach Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Intergalactic Battle of Ancient Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/intergalactic-battle-ancient-rome-180961416/Hundreds of years before audiences fell in love with Star Wars, one writer dreamt of battles in spaceWed, 14 Dec 2016 13:30:00 +0000The Painter Who Earned His Stripes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/painter-who-earned-his-stripes-180961348/Gene Davis, the leading member of the Washington Color School, is celebrated a half century after his striped paintings caught onTue, 13 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +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 +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 +0000