Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 28 Apr 2017 18:32:07 +0000Does Creativity Breed Inequality in Cities? Florida thinks so. In his new book, the urban theorist says sometimes the most innovative cities also have the worst social and economic disparityFri, 28 Apr 2017 18:32:07 +0000The World's Punniest Humans Are Heading to Texas 40th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships comes to Austin in MayFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +0000A New Poem is Commissioned to Honor the Soldiers Who Fight America’s Wars Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa writes “After the Burn Pits” for the National Portrait Gallery Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Six Artists Record the Vestiges of War in the Faces of Combatants look at a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, "The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now"Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Moscow Subway Car Brings an Art Museum to Commuters some of Russia’s most notable pieces of art while traveling by trainWed, 26 Apr 2017 23:33:30 +0000In the Early 20th Century, the Department of Tropical Research Was Full of Glamorous Adventure new exhibition features 60 works by artists the New York Zoological Society department hired to help communicate field biologyTue, 25 Apr 2017 14:11:52 +0000After Nearly a Century in Storage, These World War I Artworks Still Deliver the Vivid Shock of War from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Claggett Wilson's watercolors are in a traveling showTue, 25 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000When Artists Became Soldiers and Soldiers Became Artists rare opportunity to see works by the American Expeditionary Force's World War I illustration corps, and newly found underground soldier carvings Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:58:29 +0000How Jazz, Flappers, European Émigrés, Booze and Cigarettes Transformed Design new Cooper-Hewitt exhibition explores the Jazz Age as a catalyst in popular styleFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Reliving the Ebony Fashion Fair Off the Runway, One Couture Dress at a Time exhibition on the traveling fashion show memorializes the cultural phenomenon that shook up an industryFri, 21 Apr 2017 12:20:37 +0000Australia's Salt Ponds Look Like Beautiful, Abstract Art From Above Taking to the sky to show how industry shapes the earthThu, 20 Apr 2017 18:11:45 +0000A ‘Breaking Bad’ Writer and Producer Is Behind a New Anne of Green Gables might not recognize this Anne—and that’s exactly what showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett intendedWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:49:20 +0000The Unsavory History of Sugar, the Insatiable American Craving the nation got hooked on sweetsWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:24:21 +0000A Paean to PBS’ “Mercy Street”: The One Show That Got the Civil War Right short-lived show offered the best screen portrayal of the war the country has ever seenWed, 19 Apr 2017 14:14:24 +0000The Ceramicist Who Punched His Pots by avant-garde poets, writers and Pablo Picasso, Peter Voulkos experimented with the increasingly unconventionalWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Photos Offer a Glimpse Into the Racial Politics of the 1950s South he became a sports photographer, John G. Zimmerman captured a past that feels all too presentWed, 19 Apr 2017 12:00:45 +0000Learn the Secret History of Your State With These Addictive Podcasts this indispensable guide to find out which podcast will be next on your listen listTue, 18 Apr 2017 17:47:15 +0000The U.S. Is Too Ornery for Totalitarianism, According to Margaret Atwood author of <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> discusses the continued impact of the bleak 1985 novel, now being adapted into a series on HuluFri, 14 Apr 2017 12:27:04 +0000A Smithsonian Historian Wanders the “Bardo,” Exploring the Spiritual World of the 19th Century Saunders’ new novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo” recalls the melancholy that hung over a nation at war Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Director James Gray Discovered the Insanity Behind the Search for “The Lost City of Z” story of Victorian-age madness and exploration in the South American jungle is coming to a theater near youTue, 11 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Rare Display of a Japanese Triptych is Only Usurped by the Great Mysteries Surrounding It’t miss this singular showing of Kitagawa Utamaro's three works reunited at the Sackler GalleryThu, 06 Apr 2017 19:55:25 +0000Is Fungus the Material of the Future? in the Netherlands have found a way to make slippers and other household objects using fungiWed, 05 Apr 2017 13:35:47 +0000Stanford Researchers Map the Feelings Associated With Different Parts of London university's Literary Lab combed British novels from the 18th and 19th centuries to determine if areas elicited happiness or fearTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:09:00 +0000Fractal Patterns in Nature and Art Are Aesthetically Pleasing and Stress-Reducing researcher takes this finding into account when developing retinal implants that restore visionFri, 31 Mar 2017 14:55:31 +0000Never Mind Her Stellar Jazz Career, Young Ella Fitzgerald Just Wanted to Dance preeminent vocalist is remembered throughout April on the centennial of her birthThu, 30 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Mesmerizing World of Miniatures Will Soon Take Over 50,000-Square-Feet of Time Square magical new attraction spans an entire city blockTue, 28 Mar 2017 19:29:21 +0000The Simpson Family Made Its Television Debut 30 Years Ago they arrived on the Tracey Ullman show, their look was a little more raggedThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:33:34 +0000How Chuck Berry’s Cadillac and His Guitar, Maybellene, Came to the Smithsonian Kevin Strait from the African American History Museum details the day he met the great musicianThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:30:15 +0000A New Photo Book Showcases the Absurd Extravagance of the World’s Wealthiest Citizens recession or not, there are few limits on the ways the mega-rich will flaunt their fortunesTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Ballerina Misty Copeland on Working With Prince, Her Must-See Dances, and Why She Wants to Bring "Ballet Across America" of a performance in Washington, D.C., the prima ballerina talks about ballerina bodies and misconceptions about the art formMon, 20 Mar 2017 17:34:33 +0000Emily Dickinson Was Fiercer Than You Think new biopic shows the poet as more than a mysterious recluseMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:23:43 +0000A Photographer Captures Papier-Mâché and Politics on Parade in Haiti's Jacmel Magers photographs high art and cutting cultural critiques during the annual Kanaval celebrationMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:45:42 +0000Artist June Schwarcz Electroplated and Sandblasted Her Way Into Art Museums and Galleries Renwick hosts a 60-year career retrospective for the innovative California enamelistMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:24:41 +0000These Bold Illustrations Celebrate the Incredible Contributions of Women in Science designer's touch brings the achievements and faces of female pioneers to a wider audienceThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:11:58 +0000The Origins of Chicago's Green River, Shamrock Shakes and Other Surprising Trivia About St. Patrick's Day colonial patriots to mass-marketed milkshakes, the Irish religious holiday has morphed into a worldwide celebrationThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:27:47 +0000These Designs Showcase the Provocative World of Native Fashion contemporary designs by prominent or up-and-coming Native American designers are edgy and pulsing with relevance Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Storied, International Folk History of Beauty and The Beast about a bride and her animal groom have circulated orally for centuries in Africa, Europe, India and Central AsiaWed, 15 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Buddha's Hair Inspired Burma's Most Sacred Site Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred site in Burma. Its origins can be traced back to the first millenniumWed, 15 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000See Inside Graceland's $137-million Expansion complex fit for a kingTue, 14 Mar 2017 19:06:15 +0000One Writer Used Statistics to Reveal the Secrets of What Makes Great Writing his new book, data journalist Ben Blatt takes a by-the-numbers look at literary classics and finds some fascinating patternsTue, 14 Mar 2017 15:40:30 +0000The Beast's Enchanted Rose Lasted a Decade. How Long Can a Real One Last? Smithsonian expert says the film's was undoubtedly a hybrid tea roseTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Trashy Beginnings of “Don’t Mess With Texas” true story of the defining phrase of the Lone Star stateFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:55:35 +0000Photographs of America’s Eastern Treasures Finally Have Their Moment in the Limelight neglected period of American photographic history goes on display at the National Gallery of ArtFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:27:28 +0000America's First Writers Museum Is Slated to Open in May new home for celebrating American literary titans, titles and traditions takes root in ChicagoWed, 08 Mar 2017 20:29:26 +0000Where to Hunt for the World’s Smallest Monuments't overlook these tiny statues in cities around the worldWed, 08 Mar 2017 16:51:16 +0000This Medieval Knight’s Manor Houses Over 350 Mechanical Musical Instruments tiny music boxes to the bus-sized Orchestrion, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet in Germany's Rhineland is the perfect musical detourTue, 07 Mar 2017 21:21:08 +0000A New Exhibition Explores the Science and Math in Children's Book Illustrations 29 artworks on display capture the wonder in nature, engineering and discoveriesTue, 07 Mar 2017 15:33:26 +0000How Many Volunteers Does It Take to Transcribe Phyllis Diller's 53,000 Jokes? around in this massive joke file is like a crash course in brash humorMon, 06 Mar 2017 17:41:23 +0000The Romance and Promise of 20th-Century Radio Is Captured in This Mural the Cooper Hewitt, a rare opportunity to view "The World of Radio" with its masterful vignettes celebrating the Modern ageFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:06:35 +0000Finding Music Behind Prison Bars the Louisiana State Penitentiary and at a maximum-security prison in Malawi, the benefits of music are far-reachingThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:12:45 +0000