Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenWed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Book of Photographs Recalls the Trauma of American History back at a lynching that shocked America and galvanized the civil rights movementWed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Dave Eggers’ Animals Might Be “Ungrateful,” But They Go to a Good Cause author discusses a return to art and his forthcoming book <em>Ungrateful Mammals</em>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000How This Washington, D.C. Museum Redefined What Museums Could Be years after its founding, the Smithsonian's beloved Anacostia Community Museum continues to tell stories heard nowhere elseWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Photographer Reconstructs 1,400-Mile Route Along the Underground Railroad'Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad' traces a plausible path a freedom seeker could have taken NorthTue, 19 Sep 2017 18:08:03 +0000The Making of the Modern American Recipe methods, rising literacy and an increasingly mobile society were key ingredients for a culinary revolutionTue, 19 Sep 2017 16:06:39 +0000How Alexander Calder Became America's Most Beloved Sculptor an exclusive excerpt from his new book, Calder: The Conquest of Time, Jed Perl reveals a hidden side of the artistTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World's Biggest Pumpkin? most symbolic squash is now taking over the worldTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Freer|Sackler: Reopened Smithsonian reopens the Freer and Sackler Galleries to the public in OctoberTue, 19 Sep 2017 13:57:07 +0000Here’s What It Takes to Turn a Museum into a Movie Screen October 14, the façade of the newly renovated Freer Gallery makes its cinematic debutTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Seven Must-See Museums in Norway institution celebrates a different aspect of this Scandinavian country’s historyMon, 18 Sep 2017 19:42:07 +0000This Former Soviet Art Duo Crafts Worlds of Whimsy and Delight models, the wellspring of the celebrated large installations of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, are at the HirshhornMon, 18 Sep 2017 11:42:41 +0000Fans of Minecraft Are Sure to Dig this Nationwide Museum Fest indie hit is the perfect game for a day devoted to unearthing knowledgeFri, 15 Sep 2017 13:37:27 +000012 Must-See Fall Exhibits Around the World, science and magic draws us to museums this fallThu, 14 Sep 2017 16:04:15 +0000What Does the Gender Reveal Fad Say About Modern Pregnancy? new ritual speaks to anxieties surrounding the medicalization of childbearingThu, 14 Sep 2017 14:34:14 +0000These Massive Land Art Constructions Are Actually Ancient Fishing Weirs tidal traps were built off the coast of Taiwan as early as the Qing DynastyWed, 13 Sep 2017 20:24:41 +0000Armenia Might Be One of the Oldest and Youngest Beer-Making Countries in the World Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:03:22 +0000See the Sounds of the Amazon in This Mesmerizing Video Andy Thomas helps people experience nature in a new wayWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:52:16 +0000Why the Artist Ragnar Kjartansson Asked his Mother to Spit On Him Icelandic performance piece <em>Me and My Mother</em> is latest Hirshhorn acquisitionWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Juggling Genius of Paul Cinquevalli a showman who gave his life to his craftWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:01:14 +0000Acclaimed Musicians Sting and J. Ralph Spread Social Justice Through Song Smithsonian honors two composers whose work and philanthropy are inextricably linkedWed, 13 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000The Transformation of the American Shopping Mall claim malls are dying, and some are. But many others are having second lives as churches, schools, hospitals, even farmsTue, 12 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Five Architects on the One Building They Wish Had Been Preserved an elegant solution to urban density to a magnificent financial hubTue, 12 Sep 2017 12:10:30 +0000New Startup WildKale Lets Farmers Sell Directly to Customers Through an App, it's like "Uber for farmer's markets." Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:57:30 +0000Did Edvard Munch Find a Supernatural Power in Color? new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art places Munch’s palette in contextMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:16:51 +0000This Replica of a Tlingit Killer Whale Hat Is Spurring Dialogue About Digitization between museums and indigenous groups provides educational opportunities, archival documentation—and ethical dilemmasMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +000012 of the Best Food Festivals Happening This Fall to eat, drink and play across the U.S. this autumnFri, 08 Sep 2017 18:43:20 +0000From Egyptian Cats to Crime Scenes, Here's a Preview of the Smithsonian's Upcoming Shows in D.C. and NYC are in for a mental workout with shows that deliver on everything from the experimental to the traditionalFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:42:51 +0000Are Craft Breweries the Next Coffeehouses? springing up across the country are cultivating communities and helping to revitalize entire neighborhoodsThu, 07 Sep 2017 20:18:27 +0000The Titan Who Founded L'Oréal Prospered Under the Nazis the head of the world’s top cosmetic firm fell in with the Nazi-sympathizers of German-occupied France and emerged from the war as successful as everThu, 07 Sep 2017 19:11:21 +0000An Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Funeral Fit for a King the first time in more than 70 years, Thailand is saying farewell to its monarchThu, 07 Sep 2017 17:28:36 +0000These Design Champs Are Having Their Moment in the Sun Cooper-Hewitt award winners share secrets and stories with design critic Owen EdwardsThu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How We Can Support the World's Rich Musical Diversity music thrives, while other musical traditions are on the verge of disappearingWed, 06 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Why the Works of Visionary Artist Jacob Lawrence Still Resonate a Century After His Birth vibrant and bold paintings tell stories of liberation, resistance and resilience Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000'Rumble' Aims to Upset the Rock 'n' Roll Canon documentary based on a Smithsonian exhibition is wowing festival audiencesFri, 01 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Book Burning, From the Printing Press to Internet Archives long as there have been books, people have burned them—but over the years, the motivation has changedThu, 31 Aug 2017 17:05:33 +0000Flexible Batteries May Soon Be Printed Right On Your Clothes supercapacitors, printed directly on textiles, could power medical devices, wearable computers, even phone-charging shirtsThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:14:57 +0000The Mystique of the American Diner, From Jack Kerouac to “Twin Peaks”, fear and friendliness mingle in these emblematic eateriesThu, 31 Aug 2017 14:13:04 +0000Milk and Sugar Pods That Dissolve in Coffee Could Replace Single-Serve Containers use plastic when you can use sugar?Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:47:17 +0000This Cleveland DJ Popularized Rock 'n' Roll – and dancing shows – became a teenage craze in the 1950s, spurred by figures like Cleveland DJ, Alan FreedMon, 28 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta Offers Advice to a New Generation of Activists new documentary charts the 87-year-old leader's advocacy across the decadesFri, 25 Aug 2017 18:24:37 +0000Jean-Michel Basquiat's Artwork Is Appreciated Now More Than Ever later, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s complex works are increasingly prescient—and valuableThu, 24 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000At the Smithsonian's First Asian-American Lit Fest, Writers Share Falooda, Politics and Poetry than 80 award-winning and aspirational writers shared work across multiple genresThu, 24 Aug 2017 11:49:09 +0000Esperanza Spalding’s Pop Culture Loves may not own a television, but the Grammy-award winning musician definitely has her favorite books and filmsWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:38:57 +0000Why 'Happy Days' — and the Fonz — Never Truly 'Jumped the Shark' Fonz was the epitome of ’50s chill on TV’s family-friendly “Happy Days.” And then he went over the topWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:00:29 +0000The Fused History of Two of Washington, D.C.'s Beloved Museums new exhibition sheds light on the enduring legacy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait GalleryTue, 22 Aug 2017 11:08:07 +0000There's More to Classic Tiki Than Just Kitsch Martin Cate reveals eight fun facts about the past, present and future of tiki cultureMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Meet the Artists Displaying at This Year’s Santa Fe Indian Market, the Largest Juried Native Art Show in the World annual show brings together some of the country’s best traditional and contemporary artistsFri, 18 Aug 2017 20:01:34 +0000Visit the Real-Life Winterfell Castle for a 'Game of Thrones' Festival Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:06:58 +0000Eclipse 2017: In Pursuit of Totality’ve made plans, packed bags, obtained glasses. Here's what to read to fully appreciate this event in all its gloryFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:30:48 +0000How Artists and the LGBTQ Community Made Wearing Trash Cool hipsters descended on your local thrift store, repurposing discarded goods was a subversive art formThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:18:46 +0000Dine 21 Stories Underground in This 345-Million-Year-Old Cavern Grotto, a new restaurant in Arizona, opens inside the largest dry cavern system in the countryTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:46:11 +0000The Big Unsexy Problem With Tiger Selfies drugging and caging the cats for Tinder photos is even more messed up than it soundsTue, 15 Aug 2017 13:12:00 +0000What Folklore Tells Us About Eclipses multiple cultures, says a Smithsonian folklorist, a darkening of daytime skies provokes a foreboding of evil Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Fuzzy History of the Georgia Peach a feral resource for planters, the stone fruit got a marketing makeover in the late 19th century—and a boost from the segregated labor marketMon, 14 Aug 2017 15:29:44 +0000Hollywood Loved Sammy Davis Jr Until He Dated a White Movie Star decade before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of interracial marriage, the Rat Packer risked losing his career—and his lifeWed, 09 Aug 2017 14:09:36 +0000A Brief History of Eclipse Chasers also go by umbraphiles, coronaphiles, eclipsoholics and ecliptomaniacsThu, 03 Aug 2017 20:30:00 +0000Christylez Bacon on Finding His Voice through Music The Grammy-nominated artist takes inspiration from weaving together seemingly disparate musical forms Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Food Historian Reckons With the Black Roots of Southern Food his new book, Michael Twitty shares the contributions that enslaved African-Americans and their descendants have made to southern cuisineTue, 01 Aug 2017 19:01:34 +0000The Fascinating, Regal History Behind Britain's Swans aristocratic bird's has a legacy as a luxury status symbol that dates back centuriesMon, 31 Jul 2017 15:47:53 +0000Take an Exclusive Sneak Peek Inside the Renovated Freer Gallery, Reopening in October Lang Freer gifted this meditative haven for art lovers to the nation and was James McNeill Whistler's friend and patronMon, 31 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Does the Narwhal's Majestic Tusk Have a Point? Connecticut dentist, turned curator of a new exhibition, has long worked to solve the secrets of the whale's characteristic hornFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:09:17 +0000The Secret Ingredient in Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Is Seventh-Day Adventism’s favorite processed breakfast was once the pinnacle of healthfulness—and spiritual purityFri, 28 Jul 2017 13:46:46 +0000¡Salud! to the Mexican-American Wine Revolution Vineyards breathes new life into Napa Valley’s wine industryWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:42:33 +0000What Kind of Footage Do Historical Colorists Like Best? to the historians and art directors from Composite Films who worked meticulously on America in Color, these were some of their favorite subjectsWed, 26 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows peering at babies through glass became a feel-good staple of American maternity wardsTue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000Three Generations of Inuit Women Defy Exploitation by Visualizing Resilience and Love grandmother, a mother and a daughter, all took up pen and ink to tell their storiesMon, 24 Jul 2017 16:26:19 +0000Jackie Kennedy Was the Undisputed Style Icon of her Era Jackie Kennedy, appearance was everythingMon, 24 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000