Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 30 Sep 2016 18:20:48 +0000How Did Smithsonian Curators Pack 200 Years of African-American Culture in One Exhibition?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-did-smithsonian-curators-pack-200-years-african-american-culture-one-exhibition-180960619/The 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 Americanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photographers-new-book-shares-peace-his-mind-180960554/John 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" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hyperreal-magnetism-truly-huge-big-man-180960633/Sculptor 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 Volumeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-smithsonian-museum-history-grabs-headlines-quiet-authority-artwork-speaks-volumes-180960603/In 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 Marvelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/king-of-the-playground-spencer-luckey-builds-climbers-that-are-engineering-marvels-180960572/The 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 Famoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/stories-these-objects-owned-celebrities-could-tell-180960597/Photographer 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 Ceremonyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/live-watch-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-grand-opening-dedication-ceremony-180960581/Watch the live stream of today's museum opening Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:25:40 +0000The $10 Million Race to Invent Star Trek's Tricorderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/new-label/the-10-million-race-to-invent-star-treks-t/Star 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 Moneyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-black-music-to-your-eyes-180960565/The 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 Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-thinnest-burmese-gold-leaf-is-made/In Burma, goldworking skills have been passed down over generationsThu, 22 Sep 2016 15:52:27 +0000Is Timber the Future of Urban Construction?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/timber-future-wood-construction-180960455/A 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 Presenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-langston-hughes-powerful-poem-i-too-americas-past-present-180960552/Smithsonian 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 Truehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/many-futuristic-predictions-hg-wells-came-true-180960546/Born 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 Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/adrien-broom-sheds-light-old-structures-180960456/An eerie vision of the luminous magic we find in ourselvesWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:18:54 +0000Get Face to Face With the Tribes of Tanzaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/tribes-tanzania-180960444/As 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 Borderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/myth-reason-mexican-border-180960357/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mural-view-african-american-history-museum-recalls-rise-resurrection-city-movement-180960525/The 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 Rushmorehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sordid-history-mount-rushmore-180960446/The 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 Coffeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/founder-smithsonian-institution-how-brew-better-cup-coffee-180960208/Almost 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)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/breeding-better-chicken-name-art-and-science-180960436/For 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 Comehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/see-new-museum-through-lens-architecture-photographer-jason-flakes-180960464/Architecture 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 Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-google-changing-3d-tech-museum-african-american-history-180960438/Next 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 Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rivalrous-art-world-was-picasso-trying-put-one-over-matisse-180960348/Smithsonian 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 Renaissancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rarely-seen-photographs-whos-who-harlem-renaissance-180960343/Carl 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 Trekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-brains-behind-star-trek/Sci-fi 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 Beautyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-photos-deconstructed-devices-reveal-their-hidden-beauty-180960316/Engineer-artist Todd McLellan finds marvel in blowing out the mundaneThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:23:57 +0000These 12 New Museum Exhibitions Are Fall Must-Seeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/must-see-new-fall-exhibitions-180960285/Shrunken heads, punk rock and robots make for an action-packed autumnThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:00:26 +0000It’s Sherbet, Not Sherbert, You Dilettanteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/its-sherbet-not-sherbert-you-dilettantes-180960347/The 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 Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/national-eagle-repository-eagles-go-to-native-american-tribes-and-science-180960306/The 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 Phaserhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/laser-scientists-are-developing-star-treks-phaser/Some 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 Enterprisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-mission-to-restore-the-original-starship-enterprise-180960339/The 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 Buoyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/story-weber-grill-begins-buoy-180960335/When 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 Thriveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/russian-easter-pascha-photography-old-believers-sect-russian-orthodox-church-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959440/Residents 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 Prizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/children-civil-rights-leaders-follow-path-parents-180960289/The next generation is following in the footsteps of its forebearsThu, 01 Sep 2016 13:02:09 +0000Black Tweets Matterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/black-tweets-matter-180960117/How 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 Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-interactive-tour-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-180960303/What to expect when you visit the Smithsonian’s newest museumWed, 31 Aug 2016 14:55:57 +0000Here's a Food Wrapper You Can Eathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/heres-food-wrapper-you-can-eat-180960287/Made 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 Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/definitive-story-national-museum-african-american-history-culture-came-be-180960125/From 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 Stylehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-new-museum-michael-jackson-unapologetic-enduring-style-receives-curtain-call-180958922/Outfits 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 +0000How to Get Timed-Entry Passes for National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-offer-timed-entry-passes-180960211/It's finally time to plan your trip to NMAAHCFri, 26 Aug 2016 20:00:38 +0000Keeping the Blues Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/keeping-blues-alive-180960128/Is blues music a thing of the past? A festival in Memphis featuring musicians of all ages and nationalities shouts an upbeat answerFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:24:54 +0000This Is What 3,000 Photos of Teddy Bears Look Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-3000-photos-teddy-bears-look-180960181/An exhibition at The New Museum takes collection obsession to an over-the-top (but adorable) extremeThu, 25 Aug 2016 17:32:09 +0000Here’s an Ingeniously Simple Method for Making Bakailaoa Pil-pilean, the Traditional Basque Mealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-ingeniously-simple-method-making-bakailaoa-pil-pilean-traditional-basque-meal-180960245/Digesting the lessons that the Basque chefs taught at this summer’s Folklife Festival Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:20:13 +0000Has the Incredible Accuracy of Art Reproduction Ruined the Way We Experience Masterpieces?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-replicas-changing-way-we-experience-art-180960224/Precise digital replicas allow more people to own and view great works of art, minus their soulTue, 23 Aug 2016 17:38:59 +0000These Five Museums Put the “Culture” in “Agriculture”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-five-museums-put-culture-agriculture-180960214/It's a lot more than just "tractor art"Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:57:42 +0000Jazz Has Never Looked Cooler Than It Does in This New Exhibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jazz-has-never-looked-cooler-than-it-does-new-exhibition-180960191/ These evocative images by photographer Herman Leonard call to mind a bygone eraMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:43:07 +0000These Mesmerizing Paper Sculptures Explore Nature’s Mirrored Structureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-mesmerizing-paper-sculptures-explore-natures-mirrored-structures-180960194/Artist Matt Shlian folds, cuts and glues paper to create faceted and curved works of artMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Acclaimed Chef Christian Puglisi’s New "Farm of Ideas" Might Be the Next Big Foodie Destinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/chef-christian-puglisis-ambitious-new-project-farm-ideas-180960175/The Danish restaurateur is creating a place for food producers, chefs and foodies from around the world to gather and learnMon, 22 Aug 2016 12:30:00 +0000Why We Have to Play Catch-up Collecting the Portraits of Female Athleteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-play-catch-collecting-portraits-female-athletes-180960179/As the “Summer of Women” unfolds in Rio, the Portrait Gallery is setting its sights on the futureFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:31:03 +0000The Rise of the Modern Sportswomanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rise-modern-sportswoman-180960174/Women have long fought against the assumption that they are weaker than men, and the battle isn’t over yetThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:18:39 +0000This Rio Restaurant Is Using Surplus Food From the Olympic Village to Feed the Homelesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-rio-restaurant-using-surplus-food-from-olympic-village-feed-homeless-180960163/At Refettorio Gastromotiva, top chefs from around the world are cooking five-star cuisine for the poorThu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Is This a Portrait of One of the World’s Most Influential Philosophers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/portrait-one-worlds-most-influential-philosophers-180960164/One Dutch art dealer is convinced that he owns the only portrait that Baruch Spinoza sat forWed, 17 Aug 2016 15:41:52 +0000The History of the American West Gets a Much-Needed Rewritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-american-west-gets-much-needed-rewrite-180960149/Artists, historians and filmmakers alike have been guilty of creating a mythologized version of the U.S. expansion to the westTue, 16 Aug 2016 16:58:14 +0000Move Over, Community Gardens: Edible Forests Are Sprouting Up Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/move-over-community-gardens-edible-forests-are-sprouting-across-america-180960024/These new urban forests let you pick your own produce. But will the concept take root?Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Unusual Origins of Pink Lemonade http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unusual-origins-pink-lemonade-180960145/It’s a pretty scary story. It does involve clowns, after allTue, 16 Aug 2016 13:15:09 +0000These Letters Written by Famous Artists Reveal the Lost Intimacy of Putting Pen to Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-letters-written-famous-artists-reveal-lost-intimacy-putting-pen-to-paper-180960047/Many of the letters included in a new book provide snapshots of especially poignant moments in the lives of American artistsFri, 12 Aug 2016 14:30:01 +0000Babe Ruth Hit a Home Run With Celebrity Product Endorsementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-babe-ruth-hit-home-run-celebrity-product-endorsements-180960038/The Great Bambino was one of the first athletes to be famous enough to require a publicity agent to handle his affairsWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:18:39 +00003D Print Your Own Breakfasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/3d-print-your-own-breakfast-180960048/A team of researchers at Columbia University has developed a 3D food printer capable of printing and cooking multiple ingredients at one timeTue, 09 Aug 2016 15:50:37 +0000Charlie Chaplin's Gold Rushhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/charlie-chaplin-klondike-gold-rush-silent-film-comedy-alaska-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959456/Two decades after the Klondike Gold Rush, Chaplin recast the hardships of prospectors as comedyMon, 08 Aug 2016 17:39:21 +0000This Sculpture Is Controlled by Live Honeybeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sculpture-controlled-live-honeybees-180960006/Artist Wolfgang Buttress collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to create a giant, metallic hiveFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:18:31 +0000Visit the Original Lorax Tree in Dr. Seuss's San Diegohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-seussical-san-diego-180959997/Check out these Seuss-related sites in Theodore Geisel's adopted hometownFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +0000Japan's Most Mouthwatering Dishes Are Made of Plastichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/meet-makers-plastic-food-180959989/Discover <i>sampuru</i>, the art of mind-blowingly realistic fake foodThu, 04 Aug 2016 17:01:52 +0000What Does a Beer Historian Do? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-does-beer-historian-do-180960000/The American History museum’s latest job opening made headlines. But what does the job actually entail?Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:47:03 +0000Forget the Hive, Now Wild Bees Can Check in to These Swanky Hotelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forget-hive-wild-bees-can-check-these-swanky-hotels-180959987/Don't six-legged guests also deserve the best bang for their buzz?Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:50:59 +0000