Curators' Corner | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/curators-corner/RSS feed for Curators' CornerenThu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Catalan Folk Singer Refused to Bow to Oppression http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/catalan-folk-singer-refused-bow-oppression-180963436/The director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage recognizes the lifetime work of the singer activist RaimonThu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Langston Hughes Still Reigns as a Poet for the Unchampionedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-langston-hughes-still-reigns-poet-unchampioned-180963405/Fifty years after his death, Hughes’ extraordinary lyricism resonates with power to peopleMon, 22 May 2017 18:49:58 +0000A New Poem is Commissioned to Honor the Soldiers Who Fight America’s Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-poem-commissioned-honor-soldiers-who-fight-americas-wars-180963041/Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa writes “After the Burn Pits” for the National Portrait Gallery Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Would the Legendary Babe Ruth Still Be a Star if He Played Today?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/would-babe-ruth-still-be-a-star-if-he-played-today-180962935/ Award-winning sportswriter Jane Leavy says the Bambino would be as big a personality as he was in his own timeTue, 18 Apr 2017 19:03:29 +0000Meet Stinky ‘Bucky,’ the Bulbophyllum Orchid that Shutdown a Smithsonian Greenhousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-stinky-bucky-bulbophyllum-orchid-shutdown-smithsonian-greenhouse-180962924/Orchid expert Tom Mirenda says history records the stench of this plant as reminiscent of a thousand dead elephants rotting in the sunMon, 17 Apr 2017 20:27:24 +0000Reports on the Death of the Circus Have Been Greatly Exaggerated http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reports-death-circus-have-been-greatly-exaggerated-180962835/Celebrating the arts, business, history and culture of the circus, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival brings 400 performers to the National Mall this summerFri, 14 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000These 20th-Century Technologists Sure Knew How to Throw a Partyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-technologists-sure-knew-how-to-throw-a-party-180962747/To mark the centennial of the American Patent System in 1936, a group of innovators gathered to throw a deliciously creative celebrationThu, 13 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Historian Wanders the “Bardo,” Exploring the Spiritual World of the 19th Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-historian-wanders-bardo-exploring-spiritual-world-19th-century-180962795/George Saunders’ new novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo” recalls the melancholy that hung over a nation at war Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000