Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000Why London's New Abstract Expressionism Show Is a Big Deal's a survey of luminaries from Pollock to De KooningTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000Harvard Just Launched a Fascinating Resource All About Bauhaus newly digitized collection is as ambitious as the art school it documentsTue, 23 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000How the Library of Congress Is Digitizing Its Braille Music Collection’s not as simple as putting it through a scannerTue, 23 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Love Truman Capote? Buy His Ashes the sale of Capote’s earthy remains a gauche publicity stunt or an act worthy of the audacious author?Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:38:11 +0000Gulp: The World's Highest, Longest Glass Bridge Opens in China new bridge in Hunan's Zhangjiajie Forest Park overlooks the mountains that inspired AvatarMon, 22 Aug 2016 19:10:34 +0000Johnny Cash’s Tennessee Ranch Is Now a Museum with a car built “one piece at a time”Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:47:04 +0000This Olympic Medal Is Even Harder to Win Than the Gold International Olympic Committee values sportsmanship above all elseFri, 19 Aug 2016 15:06:43 +0000Finland’s Hot New Karaoke Bar Is a Public Library’t stop believin’ in the power of musicTue, 16 Aug 2016 15:37:49 +0000Librarians Have an Olympics, Too met brawn in a bookish competition for the agesThu, 11 Aug 2016 18:45:01 +0000The Robe Volante, the First Comfortable Dress in France, Sells for $150,000 sweatpants of its day for courtiers, the style was a rebellion against the elaborate, corseted dresses of Louis XIV's courtThu, 11 Aug 2016 15:33:42 +0000Sorry, Sweetie: American Bar Association Bans Sexist Language in Court a new rule, attorneys could be fined or suspended for using derogatory language while they practice lawWed, 10 Aug 2016 19:16:38 +0000Germany Is Reworking the Commission That Handles Restitution for Nazi-Looted Art lackluster track record and controversial comments led to a shiftWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:47:10 +0000"New Lucy" Is Unveiled Nearby "Scary Lucy" in Lucille Ball's Hometown's a tale of two LucysTue, 09 Aug 2016 15:28:22 +0000Bookworms, Rejoice: You May Live Longer a new study, readers showed "a survival advantage" over those who don't ever crack open a book Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:19:53 +0000Last Journalists Exit the Birthplace of Modern News 300 years, Fleet Street, the London thoroughfare home to dozens of newspapers and thousands of reporters, becomes a tourist stopMon, 08 Aug 2016 16:07:04 +0000These Meals Are Made of Paper spaghetti? Yes, pleaseMon, 08 Aug 2016 15:25:33 +0000This Museum's Giant Collection of Paper Peepshows Offers a Pinhole into the Past art pieces were created during the 19th and earth 20th centuries to celebrate coronations, world events and illustrate children's storiesMon, 08 Aug 2016 14:39:31 +0000Navy Bids Goodbye to “Blueberry” Uniform is <i>so</i> 2010Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:34:35 +0000Original Pooh Bear Gets Makeover, Returns to New York Public Library and his friends are clean, fluffy and filled with stories Fri, 05 Aug 2016 15:16:31 +0000Scientists Uncover a “Hidden” Portrait by Edgar Degas powerful X-ray unveiled one of the painter’s rough draftsThu, 04 Aug 2016 20:31:47 +0000Thieves Are Making Off With Millions of Dollars in Stolen Nuts's a hard case to crackThu, 04 Aug 2016 15:14:01 +0000Sorry, Soda: The U.S. Is Just Not That Into You will buy more bottled water than soda for the first time ever in 2016Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000The First Armed Art Heist in History Is Being Made Into a Movie <i>Ocean’s 11</i>, this isn’tWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:48:03 +0000How Engineers Got a Vinyl Record to Play in the Stratosphere, it took notes from Carl SaganMon, 01 Aug 2016 18:51:46 +0000For Sale: 400 Awesome Vintage Boomboxes New Zealand aficionado is auctioning off his collection of iconic 1980s music machinesMon, 01 Aug 2016 18:00:00 +0000A New Installation Turns the L.A. River Into Art river’s surreal landscape is the perfect place to make a statement about water useMon, 01 Aug 2016 17:21:20 +0000Peru Cracks Down on Illegal Gold Miners boom in outlaw mining activity in the last five years is polluting rivers, poisoning people and destroying forests in the Peruvian AmazonMon, 01 Aug 2016 16:50:00 +0000Protesters Prevent Chinese Museum From Evicting a Family of Cats furry family is famous on the internetFri, 29 Jul 2016 18:37:13 +0000The Cosmos Sings in This Fusion of Astrophysics and Music<i>The Hubble Cantata</i> brings the stars down to earthThu, 28 Jul 2016 17:25:39 +0000Watch the Chincoteague Ponies Complete Their 91st Annual Swim nine decades, the local fire department has herded the horses from Assateague to Chincoteague Island to auction off the foals Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:02:05 +0000Civil Rights Legend John Lewis Won a Prestigious Comic Book Award <i>March</i>, Lewis brings his life story to a whole new generationTue, 26 Jul 2016 19:14:00 +0000The World Trade Center's Only Surviving Art Is Headed Back Home, but not broken, Fritz Koenig's "Sphere" will be reinstalled near its original location at Ground Zero Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:46:39 +0000Why VHS and Five Other Formats May Live Forever final VCRs will ship later this month, but if recent history is any indicator, it doesn't mean the VHS format will vanish for goodTue, 26 Jul 2016 14:24:53 +0000This App Puts a Museum in Your Phone out and get some culture with a newly released app that gives art a smart spinMon, 25 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0000An Artist Will Slice Up a Peninsula to Remember Norway's 2011 Massacre"Memory Wound" will evoke the brutal losses of the July 22 tragedyMon, 25 Jul 2016 16:22:31 +0000Common African Union Passport to Allow Free Movement Across the Continent African Union unveiled a new passport earlier this week that will allow citizens to cross between its 54 member states without visasFri, 22 Jul 2016 17:55:35 +0000Alexander McQueen Is Being Turned Into Leather late designer's DNA is part of a bizarre experiment in fashion ethicsWed, 20 Jul 2016 13:53:08 +0000The World’s Largest Picnic Basket Faces an Uncertain Future fast decline of a kitschy landmarkTue, 19 Jul 2016 16:49:18 +0000Jane Austen’s Music Collection Is Now Online piano like a Darcy with nearly 600 Austen-approved tunesMon, 18 Jul 2016 14:28:44 +0000Unesco Names New World Heritage Sites art, irrigation and education add to the organization's growing list of sites worthy of protectionFri, 15 Jul 2016 19:27:29 +0000Anyone Can Contribute to This Giant Poem...if You Can Find This Typewriter roving typewriter tries to capture New York's subconsciousFri, 15 Jul 2016 14:41:22 +0000Go Inside New York’s Nearly Secret Botanical Library’s a gardener’s fragrant fantasyFri, 15 Jul 2016 13:53:20 +0000Did Rembrandt Have Help With His Most Famous Paintings? new study suggests the old master also knew his opticsFri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Meet Your New Librarian of Congress Hayden will make history as the first African-American in the role—and the first womanThu, 14 Jul 2016 17:30:00 +0000The Girl Scouts' Newest Badges Bring Art Outside designed and voted on the new badgesThu, 14 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000Meet William Merritt Chase, the American Master Coming Back into Fashion the turn of the century, Chase was one of the most well-known painters and teachers in the United States. A new exhibit revisits his revolutionary skillThu, 14 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +000010 Downing Street’s “Chief Mouser” Is Keeping His Job Despite Brexit the Cat will outlast David Cameron at the Prime Minister’s residenceThu, 14 Jul 2016 14:18:42 +0000New Zealanders Just Crowdfunded a New Addition to this National Park 40,000 people donated to buy Awaroa Beach and gift the site to Abel Tasman National ParkThu, 14 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Britain’s Most Famous Plundered Art Could Finally Go Home’s a new attempt to return the Parthenon marbles to GreeceWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:50:00 +0000Before Pokémon Go, These Scavenger Hunts Were All The Rage"X" marks the spotWed, 13 Jul 2016 14:10:16 +0000A Seattle Dump Just Got Some Clever Public Art rebar will make the Seattle North Transfer Station more beautifulTue, 12 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000 How an Anti-Lynching Banner From the 1920s and '30s Is Being Updated to Protest Modern-Day Violence artist took inspiration from the NAACP's iconic flagMon, 11 Jul 2016 17:53:21 +0000This Exhibit Captures the Magic of Being a Kid Metropolitan Museum of Art peeks into the idealized lives of kids pastMon, 11 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000This Renaissance Sculptor Is Getting His First U.S. Show della Robbia is finally getting a showcase in the StatesMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:30:00 +0000These Beatrix Potter Illustrations Were Found Tucked Inside a Mansion’s Books children’s book author found inspiration on vacationMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000The KGB’s Favorite Restaurant Reopens in Moscow, the haunt of Soviet-era celebrities and spies opens after a 13-year absence and $20 million renovation Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Captain America Is Getting a Real-Life Statue, But Some Say It’s in the Wrong Place Steve Rogers grow up in Brooklyn or the Lower East Side?Wed, 06 Jul 2016 19:20:30 +0000Transgender People Can Now Serve Openly in the U.S. Military of the last restrictions on who can serve in the military has been removedFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:51:56 +0000Researcher Unearths a Trove of New Shakespeare Documents papers show the Bard was interested in improving his social statusFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:40:53 +0000This Pass Might Help Get More Toddlers Into New York City’s Museums Cool Culture pass helps low-income families introduce their children to cultural institutionsThu, 30 Jun 2016 15:33:50 +0000A New Project Tells the Stories of the Women of Route 66 oral history project with the National Park Service follows women on the iconic highwayThu, 30 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Poster That Started the "Keep Calm" Craze is on Sale about the print that launched a thousand memesWed, 29 Jun 2016 17:45:00 +0000Take a Peek Inside the International Center for Photography’s New Home Center’s newest exhibition explores what it means to be constantly in front of the lensWed, 29 Jun 2016 14:44:56 +0000Smithsonian Curator on the Priceless Impact Pat Summitt Made on College Athletics winningest coach in NCAA Division I history left an incredible legacyTue, 28 Jun 2016 16:44:24 +0000Explore the Netherlands’ Most Iconic Museum Rijksmuseum is now the best-represented institution in the Google Cultural InstituteTue, 28 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Sculptor's New Show is a Riot of Color Chihuly sets out to "overwhelm with light and color" in 'Persian Ceiling'Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:25:00 +0000An Ancient Squash Dodges Extinction Thanks to the Efforts of Native Americans people carefully tended an ancient squash for thousands of years and now the seeds are seeing a resurgence in popularityMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:10:00 +0000