Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:01:47 +0000Melt-Proof Chocolate, 3D Printed Gummies and Other Fascinating Candy Patents in time for Valentine's Day, a quick look at some of the world's most fascinating confectionery innovationsWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:01:47 +0000A Pop-up Museum Documents the Stories of Philadelphia's Black Women DuBois is looking to build community and pride in underserved neighborhoods, starting with her ownTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:51:20 +0000Who Are the Real Hollywood Figures Behind 'Hail, Caesar!'? Mannix, the film’s big studio fixer, was an MGM producer with a mean streakTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:45:00 +0000Mind (and Body) Bending Photos Pay Homage to Yoga's Classical Lineage Michael O'Neill spent a decade documenting the practice that saved his lifeTue, 09 Feb 2016 15:51:32 +0000Bite Back Against Invasive Species at Your Next Meal seaweed to lionfish, invasive species are appearing on menus throughout the U.S.Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:20:00 +0000New Software Can Actually Edit Actors' Facial Expressions can seamlessly blend several takes to create nuanced blends of emotions, potentially cutting down on the number of takes necessary in filmingMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:16:28 +0000Otherworldly Photos From Inside One of the World's Largest River Caves with cave pearls and home to elusive giant spiders, this cave is one of Laos' hidden treasuresFri, 05 Feb 2016 15:21:43 +0000Curators Discover New Details in the Etchings on a 6th-Century Chinese Sculpture headless figure, cloaked in a robe covered with complex illustrations, is now better understood thanks to 3D technologyThu, 04 Feb 2016 16:29:51 +0000Nine Unique Gifts You Should Buy in Delhi Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:27:04 +0000Podcast: Why Sky Burials Are Vanishing in Mongolia this episode of Generation Anthropocene, urbanization and environmental decline put a sacred ritual for the dead at riskWed, 03 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000Opening Day for the New African American History Museum Is Announced years in the making, the museum says it will open its doors September 24, 2016Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:01:56 +0000Science and Tradition Are Resurrecting the Lost Art of Wave Piloting Marshall Islanders’ unique heritage help them navigate a rising ocean? Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000The National Museum of African American History and Culture: Breaking Ground begins towards the historic opening of the new national museum on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:43:39 +0000Astronauts and Arugula: Using Space-Station Technology to Grow Food Harvest, an indoor vertical farm in Lakewood, Colorado, provides a glimpse into the future of global large-scale food productionFri, 29 Jan 2016 19:19:02 +0000Get Stuck on New York's Pop Culture With These Historic Stamps new exhibition at the National Postal Museum spotlights Gotham’s cultural impact Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:58:50 +0000The Beautiful Life Hacks in Hong Kong's Back Alleys a new book, photographer Michael Wolf captures the ways inhabitants of the ultra-dense city carve personal space out of grim alleywaysFri, 29 Jan 2016 15:18:42 +0000The Prehistoric Buzz Shark Has a Modern-Day Hero in Artist Ray Troll an Alaska-based artist helped solve a mystery that baffled paleontologists for over a centuryFri, 29 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000This Woman Was Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Muse wealth and candid charisma of Sara Murphy meant she inspired and was admired by many an artist in 1920s ParisThu, 28 Jan 2016 18:51:14 +0000New York City Is Paying Public Housing Residents to Paint Murals tenants will create public art that captures social issues at five housing projects, one in each boroughThu, 28 Jan 2016 15:50:20 +0000How Zildjian Cymbals Made It From the Ottoman Empire to Now 1622, Avedis Zildjian, an Armenian metalworker in Turkey, melted a top-secret combination of metals to create the perfect cymbal, still in use todayWed, 27 Jan 2016 18:02:19 +0000Can the Civil War Still Inspire Today's Poets? epic verse about the American past falls victim to modernism, a poet who is also a historian calls for a revivalWed, 27 Jan 2016 16:54:36 +0000Photographer Matt Henry's Obsession With the 1960s Led to These Amazing Images by the movies of the era, he brings together elaborate sets and casts to make his scenesMon, 25 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Slaves of the White House Finally Get to Have Their Stories Told ignored by historians, the enslaved people of the White House are coming into focus through a new book by Jesse J. HollandMon, 25 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why You Should Visit Europe's Two New Capitals of Culture, Poland and San Sebastian, Spain just joined the EU list—and for good reasonFri, 22 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Fall and Rise of a Modern Maharaja to a palace but stripped of his livelihood in the 1970s, Gaj Singh II created a new life dedicated to preserving royal RajasthanThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:44:41 +0000Local Lens: Life on the Streets of Old Delhi photographer Arjun Chhabra captures raw moments in the city's alleyways and courtyardsThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:42:29 +0000Looking for Delicious, Authentic Cooking in India? Head to a Truck Stop as dhabas, these roadside eateries serving classic meals offer a glimpse into India's culture and customsThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:41:01 +0000Walk the World's Most Meditative Labyrinths meets harmony on these time-worn pathsWed, 20 Jan 2016 17:00:58 +0000Is Ai Weiwei the Andy Warhol of Our Time? new exhibition in Melbourne delves into the connections between the artists who define their generationsTue, 19 Jan 2016 15:54:55 +0000Sylvester Stallone Joins an Oscars Elite Team: Actors Nominated Twice for the Same Role actor and writer who gave us Rocky Balboa (again and again and again) is the sixth member of this exclusive clubThu, 14 Jan 2016 14:00:46 +0000Portraits of Canada’s Ice Fishing Huts a look at some of Canada's coziest ice fishing hutsWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:46:00 +0000Could Pop-up Social Spaces at Polls Increase Voter Turnout? the Vote, one of the finalists in the Knight Cities Challenge, wants people to hang out at their polling placesWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:30:04 +0000What It Means to Live Life Working in the U.S. on a Visa piece of paper affixed to a passport is the subject of a new Smithsonian online exhibitWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:02:33 +0000The True History of Suffragette Wilding Davison was a tireless and ingenious activist for the cause of women's suffrage in BritainWed, 13 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000It's Been 50 Years Since Batman Went "Bam!" and "Pow" original Catwoman, Julie Newmar recalls fitting into that distinctive costume—now at the Smithsonian Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:32:08 +0000How Contacting the Dead Became a Family Game the Civil War, one man decided there was money to be made in contacting the dead. So he invented a popular, occult board game that lives on todayFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:20:44 +0000Go Behind the Scenes at America's Most Lucrative Elvis Presley Tribute Contest all shook up with the winners of this year's Tribute to the KingFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:07:29 +0000The Earliest Memoir by a Black Inmate Reveals the Long Legacy of Mass Incarceration story of "Rob Reed" is finally published, 150 years after his releaseThu, 07 Jan 2016 17:08:20 +0000Does This Sculpture Depict a Coral Reef Collapsing or Recovering? Courtney Mattison's spiral-shaped piece explores the uncertain future for coral reefsThu, 07 Jan 2016 16:22:24 +0000How Frida Kahlo's Love Letter Shaped Romance for Punk Poet Patti Smith with a kiss, the 1940 note reflects the "earthly human love" between Kahlo and fellow artist Diego RiveraThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000How the Phonograph Changed Music Forever like streaming music services today are reshaping our relationship with music, Edison's invention redefined the entire industryWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:55:08 +0000Why Robert Redford Loves America's National Parks famed actor and director celebrates the great outdoors of the United States in a new dcoumentaryWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:17:57 +0000Seven of the Most Innovative Gyms in the World way beyond free weights and stationary bikes at these clever workout facilitiesWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:43:26 +0000A Journey to the Oldest Cave Paintings in the World discovery in a remote part of Indonesia has scholars rethinking the origins of art—and of humanityWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:35:20 +0000How "The Sound of Silence" Became a Surprise Hit Simon and Garfunkel song catapulted the duo to stardomWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000New Exhibition Featuring Picasso, O'Keeffe, Hopper and Many Others Brings Modernism Into Focus artistic risk and adventure of 20th-century modernism is explored at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:37:29 +0000Richard Dreyfuss on Being Bernie Madoff versatile actor opens up about playing the banker in a new television miniseries and his close encounters with sharks and space aliensTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000How Are Horoscopes Still a Thing?, there’s no science behind an astrologer’s prediction for 2016, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be accurateTue, 05 Jan 2016 15:45:14 +0000Seven Must-See Museums in Austria, music and open-air delightsThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:32:32 +0000Our Top Ten Videos of 2015 Hitler's home videos to the suffocating upbringing of an American princess, here are the most-watched videos on this yearTue, 29 Dec 2015 20:43:53 +0000How Native American Artist Fritz Scholder Forever Changed the Art World exhibit in Denver looks at why we should all be grateful that Scholder broke his wordTue, 29 Dec 2015 14:44:06 +0000An Underwater Museum in Egypt Could Bring Thousands of Sunken Relics Into View proposed site might revive tourism in Alexandria and also further research into the ancient ruinsTue, 29 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Why Ellsworth Kelly Was a Giant in the World of American Art artist’s minimalism put the essence of his subjects above allMon, 28 Dec 2015 19:51:14 +0000All the World's a Frozen Sculpture at China's Ice and Snow Festival flock to one of the country's coldest regions to see the stunning displaysThu, 24 Dec 2015 15:04:07 +0000The Enduring Mystique of the Venetian Lagoon islands barely emerging from the water, you find yourself in an ageless worldWed, 23 Dec 2015 19:04:52 +0000Giant Christmas Displays Are Taking Over Malls Throughout Asia malls know how to get into the holiday spiritWed, 23 Dec 2015 16:32:34 +0000Have Bad Handwriting? The U.S. Postal Service Has Your Back’t worry, your Christmas gifts and cards will make it to their destination, even if your writing looks like chicken scratchWed, 23 Dec 2015 15:55:33 +0000Our Top Ten Stories of 2015 treasures buried in glaciers to the racial history of a vanished city in Oregon, here are the most-read stories on this yearWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:58:32 +0000From Teeth to Toilets, This Dazzling Exhibit of Gold Artifacts Has the Midas Touch exhibit at New York City's Museum of American Finance tracks the allure of gold through the centuriesTue, 22 Dec 2015 20:07:53 +0000Afghanistan’s Artisans Are Experiencing a New Age of Recognition and Prosperity for a lost city, Turquoise Mountain, an organization that is reviving an ancient craft industry, is bringing artists to the SmithsonianFri, 18 Dec 2015 15:36:27 +0000The Best History Books of 2015 the boldface names are these chronicles from the past year that are well worth your timeThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:51:55 +0000These Are the "Star Wars" Exhibitions You Are Looking For your light saber and celebrate the art of the movie series at museums around the worldThu, 17 Dec 2015 15:36:14 +0000Cuba’s Fascinating Babalú-Ayé Procession Honors African and Catholic Traditions December 17, Cubans perform a ritual pilgrimage for a powerful deity that can bring good health or can take it awayWed, 16 Dec 2015 16:39:59 +0000A Renowned, But Forgotten, 17th-Century Japanese Artist Is Once Again Making Waves neglected, the 17th-century Japanese artist Tawaraya Sōtatsu influenced Western art 400 years laterTue, 15 Dec 2015 15:42:23 +0000American Children Faced Great Dangers in the 1930s, None Greater Than “Little Orphan Annie” for Ovaltine were just part of the problemTue, 15 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Hateful Whale That Haunted Melville 22, Herman Melville is lent a copy of "Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex," a true story about a vengeful whale that will capture his imaginationMon, 14 Dec 2015 18:37:35 +0000