Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenMon, 25 Jul 2016 02:02:43 +0000Does 'The Last Supper' Really Have a Hidden Meaning?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/da-vinci-last-supper-hidden-meaning/Could the painting actually contain a message from Leonardo?Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:02:43 +0000Star Trek ’s Simon Pegg on Making an Alien Franchise Less Alienatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/simon-pegg-giving-her-all-shes-got-180959845/The actor/co-writer behind the new film envisions Star Trek as “the ultimate expression of humanity’s potential.”Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:27:10 +0000How to Avoid the Pitfalls in the Politics of Graphic Messaginghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-avoid-pitfalls-politics-graphic-messaging-180959860/The director of the National Portrait Gallery offers a few pointers on how to acquire visual intelligenceThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:31:47 +0000Should We Hate Poetry?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/should-we-hate-poetry-180959832/It was precisely because poetry wasn’t hated that Plato feared it, writes the Smithsonian’s senior historian David Ward, who loves poetryWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000Please Touch the Art: This Artist Creates Tactile Portraits for the Blindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/artist-making-tactile-art-blind-using-screws-180959716/Andrew Myers uses screws to make 3-D masterpieces for curious fingersTue, 19 Jul 2016 12:10:00 +0000The Best Night Markets for Midnight Snacking in Taipeihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-must-visit-night-markets-taipei-city-180959342/Go light on dinner, these magnificent markets add rich flavor to Taipei's nightlifeFri, 15 Jul 2016 14:32:43 +0000Taste-Testing the History of the Hamburgerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/taste-testing-history-hamburger-180959789/One intrepid reporter cooked three different versions of the burger to uncover just when, exactly, the sandwich was inventedFri, 15 Jul 2016 12:10:20 +0000Gotta Catch ‘Em All on the National Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gotta-catch-em-all-national-mall-180959794/Sergeant Nadia Tyler, a security guard at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, is collecting Pokémon creatures dailyWed, 13 Jul 2016 19:35:08 +0000Here's What Happens When Neuroscientists and Designers Team Up to Explain Scientific Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/heres-what-happens-when-neuroscientists-designers-team-up-explain-scientific-research-180959781/A new interdisciplinary project results in a moving sculpture, an animated piece, a song that evolves and moreWed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Gives "Seinfeld" Its Staying Power? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-seinfeld-show-about-nothing-changed-everything-180959780/In a new book, pop culture writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong analyzes how the show about nothing changed everythingTue, 12 Jul 2016 18:33:52 +0000Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on His Love of History, Youth Sports and Which Books Everyone Should Readhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/kareem-abdul-jabbar-his-love-history-youth-sports-which-books-everyone-should-read-and-more-180959753/The basketball legend has always had a writer's touchMon, 11 Jul 2016 17:15:54 +0000The Brain-Freezing Science of the Slurpeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-freezing-science-slurpee-180959750/More than 60 years ago, a broken soda fountain led to this cool inventionMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:32:49 +0000Eskimo Yo-Yos, Muskox Knitting Yarn and Other Unique Gifts to Buy in Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nine-things-luxury-gift-guide-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959430/ Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:18:12 +0000 The World Is Finally Ready to Understand Romaine Brookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-time-acknowledge-romaine-brooks-early-20th-century-artist-180959725/An early 20th-century artist, Brooks was long marginalized, her work overlooked, in part because of her fluid sexual and gender identityFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:32:33 +0000Photographer Captures the Enduring Grandeur of the Steinway Piano Factoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photographer-captures-enduring-grandeur-steinway-factory-180959632/Christopher Payne's new book strikes a chordFri, 08 Jul 2016 11:45:00 +0000The Most Diverse Neighborhood in the U.S. May Surprise Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mountain-view-alaska-diversity-immigration-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959441/Abundant housing and job opportunities have brought people from all over the world to Mountain View, AlaskaThu, 07 Jul 2016 17:31:27 +0000Which Great American Should Be Immortalized With the Next Big Broadway Musical?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/which-figure-american-history-should-be-subject-next-big-broadway-musical-180959714/<em>Hamilton</em> has caught the nation's attention. A panel of Smithsonian writers and curators suggest who's next.Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:43:01 +0000There’s a Lot More to This Basque Boat Than Meets the Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-lot-more-basque-boat-meets-eye-180959675/The lost story of the Basque heritage is just waiting to be discovered and could be revealed just by watching craftsmen rebuild an ancient whalerFri, 01 Jul 2016 18:40:02 +0000"Armenian Public Radio" Brings Nirvana Attitude to the Folklife Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/armenian-public-radio-brings-nirvana-attitude-festival-180959650/An Armenian-American trio performs traditional folk songs with a modern American sensibilityFri, 01 Jul 2016 16:00:53 +0000The Origin of the Coney Island Hot Dog Is a Uniquely American Story http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/origins-coney-island-hot-dog-uniquely-american-story-180959659/They also have very little to do with the New York City amusement parkThu, 30 Jun 2016 18:25:21 +0000What's the Difference Between Invasive and Nonnative Species? Plus, More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/difference-invasive-nonnative-species-questions-readers-180959500/You asked, we answeredThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:31:45 +0000A Maze of Palatial Icebergs Has Floated Into a Washington, D.C. Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/visit-maze-palatial-icebergs-new-installation-180959596/The new exhibition touches on design, landscape architecture, the life of icebergs and climate changeThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:14:53 +0000The Pioneers of Video Game Technology Are About to Become the Stuff of Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneers-video-game-technology-become-stuff-history-180959649/The American History Museum's Lemelson Center will record 20 oral histories from early video game innovatorsThu, 30 Jun 2016 15:54:52 +0000Why Twitter's "Poet Laureate" Has No Plans to Unmask His Real Identityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/twitter-poet-laureate-no-plans-unmask-real-identity-180959486/He tweets under the guise of @Brian_Bilston and uses the platform to reinvent the age-old form of writingWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:20:09 +0000Why Betty and Veronica Are the Real Stars of Riverdalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/betty-veronica-real-stars-riverdale-180959498/In a reboot of the classic Archie comics, the two female leads take chargeWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:12:13 +0000What Is Bertsolaritza and Who Are the Basque Poets Who Know It?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-bertsolaritza-and-who-are-basque-poets-who-know-it-180959591/At the Folklife Festival, be sure to catch the singing, improvisational poetry slam that’s keeping a language aliveWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:06:51 +0000For More Than 100 Years, the U.S. Forced Navajo Students Into Western Schools. The Damage Is Still Felt Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decades-us-government-forcibly-placed-native-students-western-schools-effects-felt-today-180959502/Photographer Daniella Zalcman explores how native populations had a new nation foisted upon themWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000American Exiles: Leaving Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-exiles-leaving-home-180959492/A series of three photo essays explores how America has treated its own people in times of crisisWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000Novelist Edna O'Brien Explores the True Nature of Evilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/novelist-edna-obrien-true-nature-evil-180959499/Celebrated for her books about love, the writer might finally win a Nobel Prize for something darkerTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:30 +0000Steven Spielberg on Why He Made The BFGhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/steven-spielberg-why-he-made-bfg-180959573/The director talks about the new adaptation, the cast and having John Williams compose the score of the filmMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:05:31 +0000The Fantastic Mr. Dahlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fantastic-roald-dahl-BFG-180959487/The British author’s world—antic, subversive, wildly inventive and monstrously humane—returns to the screen in Steven Spielberg’s <i>The BFG</i>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000See the Gutenberg Bible, 32,000 3D Mechanical Puzzles and a Lock of Edgar Allen Poe’s Hair at This Rare Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/indiana-university-lilly-library-collection-180959118/Curiosity is a credential at Indiana University Library’s Lilly LibraryThu, 23 Jun 2016 15:02:35 +0000Inventing the Beach: The Unnatural History of a Natural Placehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inventing-beach-unnatural-history-natural-place-180959538/The seashore used to be a scary place, then it became a place of respite and vacation. What happened?Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:34:06 +0000Nine Northern Italian Destinations to Visit After You View Christo's "Floating Piers" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/northern-italys-lake-district-is-cool-for-the-summer-180959425/Cultural and historical treasures abound near Lake Iseo Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:16:23 +0000How Photography Shaped America's National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-photography-shaped-americas-national-parks-180959262/Jamie M. Allen explores how conservation and consumerism have impacted America's natural heritageWed, 22 Jun 2016 18:09:15 +0000Immerse Yourself in Italian Cuisine at These Eight Cooking Schoolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/immerse-yourself-italian-cuisine-180959447/From local women to world-renowned chefs, here's a delicious way to get in touch with your inner ItalianTue, 21 Jun 2016 16:10:18 +0000This Painting Shows What It Might Look Like When Zika Infects a Cell http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/this-painting-shows-what-might-look-like-when-zika-infects-cell-180959507/David S. Goodsell's watercolor-and-ink artworks use the latest research to illustrate viruses, proteins and moreTue, 21 Jun 2016 14:25:55 +0000In a Historic First, a Large Collection of Islamic Qur'ans Travels This Fall to the U.S. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-historic-first-large-collection-islamic-qurans-travels-this-fall-to-the-us-180959421/The art of the ancient Qur'an is showcased with the loan of some 48 manuscripts and folios from Istanbul, Turkey, and on view at the SmithsonianTue, 21 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Will Skyscrapers of the Future Be Built From Wood?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-skyscrapers-future-be-built-wood-180959475/Why cross-laminated timber might become the newest trend in urban architectureMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:33:15 +0000Relive 'Don Quixote' With a Trip Through Miguel de Cervantes’ Spainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-miguel-de-cervantes-spain-180959013/Tilt at windmills for the 400th anniversary of the author's deathMon, 20 Jun 2016 15:13:52 +0000The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Bollywoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-bollywood-180959035/Learn the history of Mumbai's iconic "cut-to" Switzerland shotFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:48:24 +0000It's a Global Solstice Party and You're Invitedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-global-solstice-party-and-youre-invited-180959462/Sound artist Charlie Morrow organized artists and scientists from around the Earth to celebrate the solsticeFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:04:34 +0000For Rolling Stones Fans, This Book Is a Dream Come Truehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/rolling-stones-fans-book-dream-come-true-180959455/Journalist and author Rich Cohen first covered the Stones on tour in the 90s. Now he revisits that trip and the band’s epic historyThu, 16 Jun 2016 18:17:20 +0000What Will Future Monuments in the Nation's Capital Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-future-monuments-nations-capital-look-like-180959389/Changing times and tastes leave little room for monolithic marble on the Mall Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:51:48 +0000Amazon's Jeff Bezos Honored at Citizenship Ceremonyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/amazons-jeff-bezos-honored-citizenship-ceremony-180959418/The Smithsonian awarded the internet mogul during a ceremony welcoming newly naturalized citizens Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:46:12 +0000Something Super Cool Just Turned Up in Your Digital Toolboxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/something-super-cool-just-turned-your-digital-toolbox-180959426/The Smithsonian unveils a game-changing online tool designed to empower anyone to discover and use digital museum resourcesWed, 15 Jun 2016 18:45:46 +0000Smithsonian to Partner with Victoria and Albert Museum to Open a London Galleryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-partner-victoria-albert-museum-open-london-gallery-180959399/For the U.S. museum and research complex originally funded by Englishman James Smithson, the announcement brings the 19th-century gift full circleTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:52:09 +0000Architects Reimagine Detroithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/architects-reimagine-detroit-180959387/A new exhibition in Venice showcases how 12 teams would reinvent four sites in Detroit badly in need of faceliftsTue, 14 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Walker Evans Wrote the Story of America With His Camerahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/walker-evans-wrote-story-american-with-his-camera-180959353/One of the greatest historians of 20th-century America was a man who used his camera to stare, pry, listen, and eavesdropFri, 10 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000How a Museum Cancelling a Controversial Mapplethorpe Exhibition Changed My Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-museum-cancelling-controversial-mapplethorpe-exhibition-changed-my-life-180959311/As an intern at the Corcoran, I suddenly understood the power of artThu, 09 Jun 2016 12:34:38 +0000When the Painting Is Also Poetryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-painting-also-poetry-180959163/A sublime new show honors the Chinese tradition of the ‘Three Perfections’—poetry, painting and calligraphyThu, 09 Jun 2016 11:35:29 +0000How One Woman Helped End Lunch Counter Segregation in the Nation’s Capitalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-one-woman-helped-end-lunch-counter-segregation-nations-capital-180959345/Mary Church Terrell’s court case demanded the district’s “lost laws” put an end to racial discrimination in dining establishmentsWed, 08 Jun 2016 16:46:00 +0000The Smithsonian Gets Experimental and Field-Tests a New Forum for Bringing Artists to the Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/smithsonian-gets-experimental-and-field-tests-new-forum-bringing-artists-public-180959330/A Two-Day Festival in the historic Arts & Industries Building brings community, artists and scholars together for a “Culture Lab”Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000What the Politics of Andrew Jackson’s Era Can Tell Us About Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-politics-andrew-jacksons-era-can-tell-us-about-today-180959316/NPR correspondent Steve Inskeep speaks about his book <em>Jacksonland</em> and what it says about America’s democratic traditionWed, 08 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Would You React If We Discovered Alien Life?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-would-you-react-if-we-discovered-alien-life-180959286/Experts weigh in on what the detection of other life forms might mean to the human raceTue, 07 Jun 2016 13:27:06 +0000These Drone-Lit Photos of the American West Are Straight Out of a Science Fiction Novelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/reuben-wu-lux-noctis-american-west-landscapes-featured-photographer-180959250/Photographer Reuben Wu casts new light on a familiar worldTue, 07 Jun 2016 12:53:46 +0000Martin Puryear’s Hometown Retrospective Brings the World Renowned Artist Back to His Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/martin-puryears-hometown-retrospective-brings-world-renowned-artist-back-his-roots-180959304/After treks to Africa, Scandinavia and Japan, Puryear’s works go on display at the Smithsonian, where he first developed his curiosity for world culturesMon, 06 Jun 2016 18:23:59 +0000Before There Was “Hamilton,” There Was “Burr”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-was-hamilton-there-was-burr-180959295/Although Gore Vidal’s book never became a hit on Broadway, the novel helped create the public personae of Alexander Hamilton’s nemesisMon, 06 Jun 2016 13:07:06 +0000There’s a Bunch of Animals at the Zoo this Summer Made Out of Ocean Garbagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-bunch-animals-zoo-summer-made-out-ocean-garbage-180959303/Delightfully whimsical, the sculptures drive home the message that there’s a whole lot of trash washing ashoreMon, 06 Jun 2016 12:03:07 +0000Six Critically Acclaimed African Artists Explore the Dimensions and Complexities of Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/six-critically-acclaimed-african-artists-explore-dimensions-and-complexities-time-180959226/Much more abstract than seconds, minutes and hours, time in the hands of artists becomes even more perplexingFri, 03 Jun 2016 16:07:29 +0000Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor Dig Into the History of Food at the Supreme Courthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ruth-bader-ginsburg-and-sonia-sotomayor-dig-history-food-supreme-court-180959292/The American History Museum and the Supreme Court Historical Society brought the justices together to share tales from the highest courtThu, 02 Jun 2016 19:41:14 +0000Is the Internet an Enormous Work of Realist Art?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-internet-enormous-work-realist-art-180959272/Journalist Virginia Heffernan makes a compelling case that it is in a new bookThu, 02 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Ferris Bueller's Day Off Perfectly Illustrates the Power of Art Museums http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-ferris-buellers-day-perfectly-illustrates-power-art-museums-180959279/Three decades after it premiered, the coming-of-age film remains a classicWed, 01 Jun 2016 16:45:33 +0000Reimagining Portraiture Through Dancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reimagining-portraiture-through-dance-180959267/Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess joins forces with the National Portrait GalleryWed, 01 Jun 2016 12:35:14 +0000From Sticks and Stones, Two Artists Make Pinhole Camerashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/from-sticks-stones-two-artists-make-pinhole-cameras-180959246/David Janesko and Adam Donnelly are using materials found in nature to photograph natureThu, 26 May 2016 19:02:58 +0000Native Americans Decry the Auctioning-Off of Their Heritage in Paris http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/native-americans-decry-auctioning-their-heritage-paris-180959244/Community leaders convene at the National Museum of the American Indian to push for changeThu, 26 May 2016 15:58:25 +0000The Public Puts Great Trust in Museums, and Now It’s Time Museums Trust the Public http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/public-puts-great-trust-museums-and-now-its-time-museums-trust-public-180959237/A new exhibition, curated by the community, debuts this weekend at the SmithsonianThu, 26 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000