Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenWed, 20 Sep 2017 14:30:18 +0000After Fans Rallied Around App, Windows Announces It Will Save Microsoft Painthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/windows-announced-it-will-save-microsoft-paint-180964180/The classic Windows program responsible for so many wobbly works is getting a new home in the Windows StoreMon, 24 Jul 2017 15:00:59 +0000The Story of Muckraker Upton Sinclair’s Dramatic Campaign for Governor of Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-muckraker-upton-sinclairs-dramatic-campaign-governor-california-180964897/Sinclair was as famous in his day as any movie-star candidate who came laterWed, 20 Sep 2017 14:30:18 +0000Researchers Want to Revive These 30 Antique English Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-want-revive-these-30-antique-english-words-180964949/The public can vote on their favorite from a list including hugger-mugger, rouzy-bouzy, nickum and sillytonianTue, 19 Sep 2017 20:48:07 +0000Celebrate 150 Years of the Illustrator Who Brought Children's Books to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-reshaped-illustration-180964954/Arthur Rackham's work defined the style of his era and beyondTue, 19 Sep 2017 20:27:08 +0000Look Into the Creepy-Cute Eyes of This Reconstructed, 500-Million-Year-Old Creaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silicon-sculptures-depict-half-billion-year-old-creature-180964943/The depictions of Agnostus pisiformis are part of comprehensive review of the Cambrian-era arthropodTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:04:26 +0000Stunning 'Field of Light' Surrounds Iconic Australian Rockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/field-light-surrounds-iconic-australian-rock-180964906/As the Sun sets at Uluru, a landscape of lit glass flowers awakensMon, 18 Sep 2017 19:57:06 +0000Three Things to Know About Francesca Caccini, the Renaissance Musical Genius You’ve Never Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/francesca-caccini-sixteenth-century-musical-genius-youve-never-heard-180964884/The first female opera composer, Caccini worked for the super-rich-and-powerful Medici familyMon, 18 Sep 2017 14:31:56 +0000Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Diving Into Google's Huge Latino Art and History Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-launches-huge-digital-collection-latino-art-and-history-180964913/It features more than 2,500 new works and 69 new exhibits Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:23:30 +0000‘Spinster’ and ‘Bachelor’ Were, Until 2005, Official Terms for Single Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-did-spinster-and-bachelor-come-180964879/Being single is hard enough without these pejoratives.Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:20:00 +0000Since It's 2017, New Broadway Play Plans to Keep Up With the Newshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-2017-new-broadway-play-plans-keep-news-180964876/From the creator of 'House of Cards,' 'The Parisian Woman' plans to capture the political zeitgeist of the momentThu, 14 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000400 Children May Be Buried in Mass Grave at Notorious Scottish Orphanagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/400-children-may-be-buried-mass-grave-notorious-scottish-orphanage-180964841/Death certificates indicate that the children died of illness, malnutrition and blunt force trauma Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:55:27 +0000Christopher Columbus Monument Defaced in Central Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christopher-columbus-monument-defaced-central-park-180964883/Vandals covered the statue’s hands in red paint and wrote “Hate will not be tolerated” on its base Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:23:47 +0000What to Know About Iconic Gay Rights Activist Edith Windsorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iconic-lgbt-activist-edith-windsor-has-died-88-180964878/The trailblazing activist has died at age 88Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:03:17 +0000Settlement Reached in Bananas “Selfie Monkey” Lawsuithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/settlement-reached-bananas-selfie-monkey-lawsuit-180964867/Prior to the settlement, the courts had been tasked with deciding whether or not U.S. copyright law applies to animalsWed, 13 Sep 2017 18:09:45 +0000Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Hit By an Electric Taxihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/henry-bliss-americas-first-pedestrian-fatality-was-hit-electric-taxi-180964852/The driver was arrested but released after hitting BlissWed, 13 Sep 2017 17:48:26 +0000A Brief History of Chocolate in the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-chocolate-united-states-180964827/Eating chocolate is a relatively new innovationWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:01:34 +0000How 'Mortal Kombat' Changed Video Gameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mortal-kombat-changed-video-games-180964835/According to one of its creators, the infamously gory game got caught up in a transitional moment in video gamingWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:16:53 +0000Palestinian Museum's First Exhibit Openshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/palestinian-museums-first-exhibit-opens-180964649/In four sections, 'Jerusalem Lives' uses a variety of mediums to look at Jerusalem's history, political status and daily lifeWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:42:12 +0000'We Shall Overcome' Verse Now in the Public Domainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/copyright-struck-down-we-shall-overcome-180964865/A judge recently struck down the copyright for the first verse of the iconic Civil Rights songWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:37:45 +0000How the Nauga and its Fictional Friends Helped Make Synthetic Fabric Cuddlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nauga-belgian-velcro-and-other-synthetic-creatures-180964811/What started out as an advertising ploy turned into a low-key cultural phenomenonTue, 12 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Art Monet Ownedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-monet-owned-180964833/A new exhibit looks inside the mind of this influential Impressionist through the lens of the works he collectedTue, 12 Sep 2017 15:30:00 +0000Here's What You Need to Know About the Mysterious Voynich Manuscripthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/6-things-know-about-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-180964847/The book has been confounding scholars, cryptologists and sleuths for centuries Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How a "Snowman" Lasted the Entire Summer In Chicagohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snowman-lasted-entire-summer-chicago-180964823/The icy Fischli/Weiss art installation on top of the Art Institute survived the swelter of the Windy City and will go on display next in San FranciscoMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:24:50 +0000Why 30,000 People Came Out to See a Swedish Singer Arrive in New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-30000-people-came-out-see-swedish-singer-arrive-new-york-180964793/Most of them had never even heard Jenny Lind singMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000Before She Was an Etiquette Authority, Emily Post Was a Road Warriorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/she-was-etiquette-authority-emily-post-was-road-warrior-180964806/Post didn't drive herself, but she laid claim to her own authority on the road in other waysMon, 11 Sep 2017 15:03:29 +0000Denver Airport...Where the Bison Might Soon Roamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/denver-airport-considers-opening-space-bison-180964797/Flyers through this large airport could be greeted by America's official mammalFri, 08 Sep 2017 19:34:06 +0000Two Centuries of Dinosaur Art Come Alive in This Gorgeous New Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-book-beautiful-history-dinosaur-art-180964712/<i>Paleoart</i> traces historic depictions of T. rex, mastodons and other ancient creatures through an artistic lens Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:24:32 +0000Dallas Gets Go-Ahead to Remove Robert E. Lee Statuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dallas-gets-go-ahead-remove-robert-e-lee-statue-180964825/A federal judge has lifted a restraining order that briefly halted the planned removalFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:46:53 +0000Now You Can Read the Earliest-Known Latin Commentary on the Gospels in Englishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-latin-commentary-gospels-translated-english-first-time-180964804/The commentary of Italian bishop Fortunatianus of Aquileia was lost for 1,500 years before it was rediscovered in 2012Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:10:00 +0000New Book Unearths the Earliest Sketch of Winnie-the-Poohhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-book-unearths-earliest-sketch-winnie-pooh-180964807/The rotund little drawing, based on E.H. Shepard's son's teddy bear Growler, was found in a pile of the artist's 'rubbish'Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:07:23 +0000This Nineteenth-Century Genealogist Argued Norse God Odin Was George Washington’s Great-Great-Great... Grandfatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nineteenth-century-genealogist-argued-norse-god-odin-was-george-washingtons-great-great-great-grandfather-180964742/Albert Welles's ideas about whiteness were a reflection of his time, and would be continued into the futureFri, 08 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Kate Millett, Pioneering Feminist Author, Has Died at 82http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kate-millett-pioneering-feminist-author-has-died-82-180964810/Her book 'Sexual Politics' was a defining text of second-wave feminism Thu, 07 Sep 2017 20:19:19 +0000Washington National Cathedral Will Remove Windows Honoring Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Leehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-national-cathedral-will-remove-windows-honoring-stonewall-jackson-and-robert-e-lee-180964802/Officials said the windows are "an obstacle to worship in a sacred space"Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:11:07 +0000In the 19th Century, You Wouldn’t Want to be Put on the Treadmillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-you-wouldnt-want-be-put-treadmill-180964716/This grueling nineteenth-century punishment was supposed to provide a torturous lesson about hard workThu, 07 Sep 2017 16:50:22 +0000There Are Museums For Everything–Even Salamihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-museums-everythingeven-salami-180964721/Take a tour of a few places showcasing this international favoriteThu, 07 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Brush up on Your Ancient Akkadian With New Online Dictionaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brush-your-akkadian-new-online-dictionary-180964725/The dead language was once the dominant tongue in MesopotamiaThu, 07 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000How to Busk the London Undergroundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getting-license-busk-london-underground-180964727/It's a lucrative gig, but it means passing a strenuous process of auditions to find the very best subway musiciansWed, 06 Sep 2017 19:52:32 +0000The Bizarre Story of Piggly Wiggly, the First Self-Service Grocery Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-story-piggly-wiggly-first-self-service-grocery-store-180964708/What's in a name?Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:56:06 +0000Lost Languages Discovered in One of the World's Oldest Continuously Run Librarieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-lost-languages-found-manuscripts-egyptian-monastery-180964698/The centuries-old texts were erased, and then written over, by monks at Saint Catherine’s Monastery in EgyptTue, 05 Sep 2017 17:47:53 +0000Why Peter the Great Established a Beard Taxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-tsar-peter-great-established-beard-tax-180964693/Between 1697-1698, the tsar visited Europe in disguise to learn about shipbuilding and Western culture. His verdict? ShaveTue, 05 Sep 2017 16:32:50 +0000Freddie Mercury, Musical Genius and Stamp Collectorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/freddie-mercury-musical-genius-and-stamp-collector-180964702/The singer-songwriter's childhood stamp album offers an insight to his characterTue, 05 Sep 2017 15:57:05 +0000Prize-Winning Images Capture Birds in All Their Feathered Gloryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prize-winning-images-capture-birds-feathered-glory-180964720/The Best Bird Photographer of the Year Awards displays the dynamic lives of the amazing avianTue, 05 Sep 2017 15:49:13 +0000 A Generation Before ‘On the Road,’ This Classic Championed the American Road Triphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/generation-road-classic-championed-american-road-trip-180964699/‘Free Air’ was a classic of the interwar generationTue, 05 Sep 2017 15:20:00 +0000Notre-Dame Is in Desperate Need of Repairshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notre-dame-desperate-need-repairs-180964719/The archbishop of Paris has launched a fundraising campaign in the hopes of saving the historic structureFri, 01 Sep 2017 17:40:21 +0000Why Internet Ads Are Taking Over New Zealand's Real-Life Wild Spaceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-internet-ads-are-taking-over-new-zealands-real-life-wild-spaces-180964711/‘People who liked this also like...'Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:42:23 +0000The 1919 Black Sox Baseball Scandal Was Just One of Manyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1919-black-sox-baseball-scandal-wasnt-first-180964673/They say baseball "lost its innocence" after 1919, but betting and other improper behavior was rampant in early-20th-century baseballFri, 01 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000European Summit to Discuss the Return of Looted West African Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-museums-discuss-returning-looted-african-art-180964555/Treasures taken by a British invasion in 1897 could return to Nigeria as a permanent exhibitionThu, 31 Aug 2017 20:53:17 +0000Parisian Nudists Get Designated Area to Frolic "au Naturel"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/parisian-nudists-get-designated-area-local-park-180964703/An increasing number of people in France espouse a clothing-free lifestyle Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:56:53 +0000Terry Pratchett's Unfinished Novels Got Steamrolledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/terry-pratchetts-unfinished-novels-got-steamrolled-180964691/Literally. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:46:22 +0000Courageous WWII Spy Jeannie Rousseau Has Died at 98http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-spy-jeannie-rousseau-has-died-98-180964677/Using charm and cunning, she helped uncover Nazi plans to build deadly V-1 and V-2 rocketsWed, 30 Aug 2017 21:17:19 +0000Medieval Graveyards Unearth London’s Violent Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-graveyards-reveal-londons-violent-past-180964652/A new analysis of hundreds of ancient skulls shows how often violent trauma affected the poor and the richWed, 30 Aug 2017 18:34:51 +0000New Letters Show Alan Turing Wasn't a Fan of the U.S.A.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-letters-show-alan-turing-wasnt-fan-us-180964662/The groundbreaking mathematician and computer scientist who spent 2 years at Princeton wrote that he 'detests America' in newly found documents Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:33:12 +0000The Author of ‘Frankenstein’ Also Wrote a Post-Apocalyptic Plague Novelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/author-frankenstein-also-wrote-post-apocalyptic-plague-novel-180964641/‘The Last Man’ was derided in its time for being too grim, but today it would fit in with a growing genre of dystopian fictionWed, 30 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Case Thurgood Marshall Never Forgothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/case-thurgood-marshall-never-forgot-180964637/Fifty years ago today, Thurgood Marshall became a Supreme Court justice. He kept telling the story of the Groveland FourWed, 30 Aug 2017 13:20:00 +0000This Video Breaks Down the ABCs of Intersectionalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-intersectionality-video-breaks-down-basics-180964665/The National Museum of African American History and Culture explores the long legacy of women who shaped the feminist sociological theoryTue, 29 Aug 2017 21:28:13 +0000This Texas Museum Was Devastated by Ike. Here's How It Prepared For Harveyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-texas-art-museum-prepared-hurricane-harvey-180964661/The Galveston Arts Center sustained heavy losses when Hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008. This time around, staff members were readyTue, 29 Aug 2017 20:28:29 +0000Last Person Executed as a Witch in Europe Gets a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-witch-executed-europe-gets-museum-180964633/Beheaded in 1782, Anna Göldi fell victim to a system that prized the views of powerful men over justiceTue, 29 Aug 2017 19:10:00 +0000Chop Suey: An American Classichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chop-suey-american-classic-180964610/Nobody really knows exactly where this dish came from, but it's not ChinaTue, 29 Aug 2017 14:48:15 +0000Texas University Invites Fans to Scour George R.R. Martin’s Archives for Plot Clueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/texas-university-invites-fans-scour-george-rr-martins-archives-180964638/The author's vast collection is stored in Texas A&M’s Cushing LibraryFri, 25 Aug 2017 20:45:13 +0000Relive the Great American Eclipse With Art That's Out of This Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remember-solar-eclipse-interactive-art-180964634/The site-specific Wyoming exhibit uses the occasion of the Sun going dark over a small resort town to reckon with commercial tourism and historyFri, 25 Aug 2017 17:33:12 +0000How Mary Hemingway and JFK Got Ernest Hemingway’s Legacy Out of Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mary-hemingway-and-jfk-got-ernest-hemingways-legacy-out-cuba-180964593/1961, the year Hemingway died, was a complicated year for U.S.-Cuba relationsFri, 25 Aug 2017 15:25:30 +0000Canadian Town’s Swastika-Adorned Anchor Causes Anger and Confusion http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-towns-swastika-adorned-anchor-causes-anger-and-confusion-180964617/The anchor appears to predate the Nazi era, but an activist says it should nevertheless be removed from a public parkFri, 25 Aug 2017 15:24:03 +0000Why Amateur Radio Operators Are Watching Hurricane Harveyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-amateur-radio-operators-are-watching-hurricane-harvey-180964632/Ham radio underwent a resurgence in the United States after Hurricane KatrinaThu, 24 Aug 2017 21:16:11 +0000Bite Into the Whys Behind State Fair Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bite-whys-behind-state-fair-food-180964568/This American institution has changed a lot, but some things remain just the sameThu, 24 Aug 2017 15:46:48 +0000PSA: Do Not Place Your Child in an 800-Year-Old Coffinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/psa-do-not-place-your-child-800-year-old-coffin-180964609/A sarcophagus on display at the Prittlewell Priory Museum in England was damaged when visitors did just thatWed, 23 Aug 2017 20:35:49 +0000German Abstract Art Pioneer K.O. Götz Dies at 103http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-abstract-art-pioneer-ko-gotz-dies-103-180964608/His broad strokes and large-scale paintings helped re-establish Germany as post-war cultural hubWed, 23 Aug 2017 20:02:50 +0000A Decade Ago, the Hashtag Reshaped the Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/decade-ago-hashtag-reshaped-internet-180964605/From humble origins, this ancient punctuation mark has gained new life as a symbol to connect us all on social mediaWed, 23 Aug 2017 18:12:10 +0000Fannie Farmer Was the Original Rachael Rayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fannie-farmer-was-original-rachael-ray-180964564/Farmer was the first prominent figure to advocate scientific cookery. Her cookbook remains in print to this dayWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:46:32 +0000This Lab Replicates Weapons to Reveal Stone Age Feats of Engineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lab-replicates-weapons-early-feats-north-american-engineering-180964077/A Kent State archaeologist is testing the innovative engineering of the Clovis people, one of the earliest communities to inhabit North AmericaWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:03:56 +0000The Six-Day Hostage Standoff That Gave Rise to ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/six-day-hostage-standoff-gave-rise-stockholm-syndrome-180964537/Although it is widely known, 'Stockholm syndrome' is not recognized by the APAWed, 23 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000X-Rays Reveal Details of Portrait Once Hidden Under Vesuvius' Ashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-reveal-details-portrait-once-hidden-under-vesuvius-ash-180964592/Using X-ray fluorescence, researchers have mapped the pigments used on a crumbling painting in HerculaneumTue, 22 Aug 2017 21:03:53 +0000Indian Court Grants Woman Divorce Over Husband’s Refusal to Install a Household Toilethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indian-court-grants-woman-divorce-over-husbands-refusal-install-household-toilet-180964582/Relieving oneself in open fields is common practice in many parts of India, but the government is trying to change thatTue, 22 Aug 2017 17:16:25 +0000The Mysterious Motives Behind the Theft of ‘The Scream’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-motives-behind-theft-scream-180964531/Two versions of ‘The Scream’ have been stolen and recovered in NorwayTue, 22 Aug 2017 13:35:56 +0000University of Texas at Austin Removes Three Confederate Statueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/university-texas-austin-removes-confederate-statues-180964578/Gregory L. Fenves, the president of the university, says the monuments “have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism” Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:59:20 +0000New Exhibit Captures Nearly Eight Decades of Protest Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/looking-back-how-artists-have-protested-new-exhibit-180964585/The show incorporates the various ways artists have responded to the politics and social problems of their times since the 1940sMon, 21 Aug 2017 21:47:44 +0000Virginia Museum's Historic Artmobile Will Hit the Road Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virginia-museum-fine-arts-will-re-launch-its-historic-artmobile-180964442/The original artmobile cruised through the state between 1953 and 1994, carrying immensely valuable masterworks in towMon, 21 Aug 2017 14:31:35 +0000Reach Out and Touch This Virtual Reality Art Installationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vr-technology-will-let-art-rotate-through-small-gallery-180964480/"The Sands," currently on view at Essex Flowers, projects elaborate creations in a physically empty spaceFri, 18 Aug 2017 20:29:26 +0000Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Disassembled Childhood Home Is for Sale... on eBayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harriet-beecher-stowes-childhood-home-sale-ebay-180964559/It has yet to receive any bidsFri, 18 Aug 2017 19:19:50 +0000Oldest Surviving Photograph of a U.S. President Has Surfacedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-original-photo-us-president-be-auctioned-180964565/The 1843 daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams was discovered by a descendant of Vermont Representative Horace EverettFri, 18 Aug 2017 18:16:34 +0000Statue of Roger B. Taney Removed From Maryland State House http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-roger-b-taney-removed-maryland-state-house-180964561/Taney, the fifth chief justice of the Supreme Court, wrote the majority opinion in the infamous Dred Scott caseFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:06:27 +0000Catch the Museum Floating Through the Chicago Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-will-float-through-chicago-month-180964481/On a converted barge, the Floating Museum reflects on Chicago's industrial past and cultural presentFri, 18 Aug 2017 16:09:27 +0000AI Is Edging Into the Art World in Psychedelic Wayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-ai-making-music-and-art-180964515/The team at Google is using neural networks to create tools that they hope will inspire and channel creativityFri, 18 Aug 2017 15:31:30 +0000England’s Witch Trials Were Lawfulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/englands-witch-trials-were-lawful-180964514/It might seem like collective madness today, but the mechanisms for trying witches in England were enshrined in lawFri, 18 Aug 2017 14:19:26 +0000The Science of Soft Servehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-soft-serve-180964516/It's just like regular ice cream–with a few big differencesFri, 18 Aug 2017 14:19:12 +0000Thirty Years Ago, People Tried to Save the World By Meditatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thirty-years-ago-people-tried-save-world-meditating-180964548/Believers in the Harmonic Convergence traveled to places like Chaco Canyon and Stonehenge to welcome aliens, the resurrected Maya and wait for world peaceThu, 17 Aug 2017 19:47:06 +0000German Art Museum Tackles Legacy of Colonialismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-museum-first-germany-tackle-colonial-legacy-180964484/Looking hard at its own collection, Kunsthalle Bremen aims to challenge the racism of colonialism that persists todayThu, 17 Aug 2017 18:34:01 +0000Yayoi Kusama Secretly Built a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yayoi-kusama-secretly-built-museum-180964533/Opening October 1, the Tokyo museum will showcase art and archives from the visionary avant-garde Japanese artistThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:48:22 +0000You Can Own Mark Twain's Connecticut Farmhousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/connecticut-farmhouse-owned-mark-twain-sale-185-million-180964517/The author gifted the property to his daughter in 1909. Not long after, tragedy struckThu, 17 Aug 2017 15:38:50 +0000The Romance of Fermat's Last Theoremhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-romance-fermats-last-theorem-180964509/Fermat left a lot of theorems lying around. Mathematicians proved them all–except oneThu, 17 Aug 2017 14:05:03 +0000Baltimore Quietly Removes Four Confederate Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baltimore-quietly-removes-four-confederate-monuments-180964522/Mayor Catherine Pugh said the statues “needed to come down”Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:04:35 +0000Artists Can Now Buy One of the World’s Blackest Blacks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artists-can-now-get-their-hands-worlds-blackest-paint-180964512/Singularity Black is not the blackest hue out there, but it is the darkest color currently available to the general publicWed, 16 Aug 2017 16:13:53 +0000Cloth Smuggled Out of Syrian Prison Bears Witness to Atrocities Wrought by the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cloth-smuggled-out-syrian-prison-heads-us-holocaust-museum-180964467/The U.S. Holocaust Museum has received the cloth scraps, which bears the names of 82 inmates written in chicken bones, rust, and bloodTue, 15 Aug 2017 18:26:46 +0000Prince Now Has His Own Shade of Purplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prince-earns-his-own-shade-purple-180964510/The Pantone Color Institute has debuted “Love Symbol #2,” a deep purple based on the late star's custom-made piano Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:48:10 +0000If You Think ‘Bambi’ Seems Too Mature For Kids, You’re Not Wronghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-you-think-bambi-seems-too-mature-kids-youre-not-wrong-180964450/The popular novel was even a Book-of-the-Month Club selectionTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Big Ben to Fall Silent During Four-Year Renovation Projecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-ben-fall-silent-during-four-year-renovation-project-180964505/It is the longest time that Big Ben has been paused during its 157-year history Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000WWII Anti-Fascist Film Goes Viral After Charlottesvillehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-anti-fascist-film-goes-viral-after-charlottesville-180964495/“Don’t Be A Sucker,” which was released in 1943, urged viewers to take a stand against divisive, prejudicial rhetoricMon, 14 Aug 2017 18:33:04 +0000World's Oldest Man, a Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 113http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-man-holocaust-survivor-dies-113-180964492/Candy maker Yisrael Kristal survived Auschwitz and celebrated his bar mitzvah 100 years after turning 13Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:21:53 +0000‘Casey at the Bat’ Leaves a Lot of Unanswered Questionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/casey-bat-leaves-lot-unanswered-questions-180964383/Was there a Casey? Where did he strike out? Does it really matter? Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:56:22 +0000A Virtual Exhibit Unites Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-exhibit-reuniting-van-goghs-sunflowers-180964479/The global collaboration features five of the six surviving canvasesFri, 11 Aug 2017 20:36:06 +0000Cremation Rates Reach All-Time High in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cremation-rates-reach-all-time-high-us-180964478/The practice has surpassed burial rates for the second year in a rowFri, 11 Aug 2017 19:01:38 +0000Ruth Pfau, "Mother of Leprosy Patients," Has Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ruth-pfau-mother-teresa-pakistan-has-died-180964477/Over five decades, the German-born physician and nun treated thousand of patients and got the leprosy epidemic under control in PakistanFri, 11 Aug 2017 17:04:01 +0000Two ‘Lost’ Alberto Giacometti Drawings Found in Antique Dealer’s Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-lost-alberto-giacometti-drawings-found-antique-dealers-collection-180964472/The works were “buried under piles of dust-covered antiques, paintings and drawings”Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Georgia College Gifted Farm Where Flannery O'Connor Composed Southern Gothichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/farm-where-flannery-oconnor-composed-southern-gothic-donated-180964458/The author's alma mater will take over and maintain the Savannah-born author's final homeFri, 11 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000New Art Exhibit Remembers Trashy Tabloid Culture of 2000shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-art-exhibit-remembers-trashy-tabloid-culture-2000s-180964327/The Brooklyn show highlights art inspired by the age when celebrity scandals and gossip reigned supremeThu, 10 Aug 2017 18:32:26 +0000Tate Modern’s Modigliani Exhibition Ventures Into Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tate-moderns-modigliani-exhibition-ventures-virtual-reality-180964310/The upcoming retrospective couples works by the famed modernist with the museum's first VR experienceThu, 10 Aug 2017 17:26:02 +0000The Centuries-Old Tradition of Military Quilting Is Getting Its First Exhibition in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quilts-made-soldiers-go-display-first-time-180964215/The display celebrates the art and craft of soldiers at war and offers insight into life in the militaryThu, 10 Aug 2017 15:45:28 +0000Three Things to Know About the Louvre's Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-louvres-history-180964326/The home of the Mona Lisa has a history that's almost 1000 years longThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:01:00 +0000Lights Are Driving Bats From Their Belfrieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lights-are-driving-bats-their-belfries-180964449/The trend of pointing floodlights at churches in Sweden has driven some long-eared bat colonies out of their historic roostsWed, 09 Aug 2017 20:32:45 +0000The German Language Adds 5,000 New Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-language-adds-5000-new-words-180964394/The latest edition of the Duden dictionary includes <i>tindern,</i> or online dating, and <i>postfaktisch</i>, meaning post-truthWed, 09 Aug 2017 17:03:40 +0000Survey Finds Most People Are Biased Against Atheists, Including Atheistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-strong-bias-against-atheists-around-world-180964382/The findings revealed that the bias was strongest in more religious countries including the United States, United Arab Emirates and IndiaWed, 09 Aug 2017 16:14:04 +0000Eighty Years Later, Two Exhibits Confront the "Degenerate Art" Purgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibits-confront-degenerate-art-80-years-later-180964359/In 1937, the Nazis confiscated modernist art from museums and put it up for ridicule in an exhibit that still reverberates todayTue, 08 Aug 2017 18:28:16 +0000This Is What Global Dissent Sounds Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-projects-maps-sounds-global-dissent-180964361/A new project maps almost 200 recordings taken in 27 different countries over the past 26 yearsTue, 08 Aug 2017 15:14:30 +0000Two Pierogi Festivals Face Off Over Trademarkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-pierogi-festivals-face-over-trademark-180964355/It’s an epic battle for dumpling dominationTue, 08 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Taiwanese Museum Just Digitized Its Massive Collection of Chinese Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taiwanese-museum-just-digitized-its-massive-collection-chinese-art-180964257/70,000 images are available for download via the National Palace Museum's website Mon, 07 Aug 2017 20:42:35 +0000Brooklyn Museum’s ‘Legacy of Lynching’ Exhibition Confronts Racial Terrorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brooklyn-museums-legacy-lynching-exhibition-confronts-racial-terror-180964288/Video testimony and research findings supplement selections from the museum’s holdings Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:08:17 +0000Amid Soaring Produce Prices, Indian City Launches “State Bank of Tomato”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amidst-soaring-produce-prices-indian-city-launches-state-bank-tomato-180964319/The bank began as a tongue-in-cheek protest, but residents are taking it seriously Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:29:20 +0000What Does the Architecture of Anime Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-does-architecture-anime-180964304/A new exhibit brings together the creative design behind some of the most iconic cyberpunk anime filmsMon, 07 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000How the Bristol Sessions Created Country Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bristol-sessions-created-country-music-180964277/Ninety years ago, a yodeller named Jimmie Rodgers laid down two of the tracks he would be remembered for Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:03:31 +0000A Brooklyn Basketball Court Is Named After Notorious B.I.G.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brooklyn-basketball-court-named-after-notorious-big-despite-objections-180964316/Previous attempts to honor the rapper were stymied by community board members who took offense to Biggie’s lyrics, criminal history and even his weight Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:00:07 +0000NEH Announces Last Grants for 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neh-announces-last-grants-2017-180964315/Programs for digitization, preservation, education and more are supported with $39.3 million in fundingThu, 03 Aug 2017 20:45:57 +0000Aboriginal Rangers Uncover Trove of Rock Art in Northern Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rangers-fighting-fires-uncover-aboriginal-rock-art-180964276/Hundreds of examples of art dating back centuries were found by rangers while they were conducting burn offsWed, 02 Aug 2017 20:15:29 +0000Lost Play By J.M. Barrie Discovered in Texas Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-play-peter-pan-author-jm-barrie-discovered-texas-archive-180964294/The newly published <i>Reconstruction of the Crime</i> features comedic detective exploits and audience participationWed, 02 Aug 2017 18:36:25 +0000New Archival Donations Put Edward Hopper's Life in Sharp Focushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-archival-donations-put-edward-hoppers-life-sharp-focus-180964280/Thousands of drawings, letters and more are coming to the Edward Hopper House and the Whitney MuseumWed, 02 Aug 2017 15:18:14 +0000The First US Census Only Asked Six Questionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-us-census-only-asked-six-questions-180964234/America’s founders agreed that the census was important, but it wasn’t longWed, 02 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Dachau Survivor's Harrowing Art Is on Display for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dachau-memorial-site-displays-survivors-harrowing-depictions-camp-life-180964190/Georg Tauber’s paintings detail medical experiments, beatings and eventual liberationMon, 31 Jul 2017 20:03:44 +0000The Author of 'Robinson Crusoe' Used Almost 200 Pseudonymshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/daniel-defoe-published-under-almost-200-pseudonyms-180964227/Daniel Defoe honed his pen on political writing before he came to the novelMon, 31 Jul 2017 14:30:00 +0000Reasons Why the Royal Navy Bribed Sailors With Boozehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reasons-why-royal-navy-bribed-sailors-booze-180964223/The rum ration existed until 1970Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:07:25 +0000Legal Fight Over Nazi-Looted Painting Ends After 26 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/legal-fight-over-nazi-looted-painting-ends-after-26-years-180964244/Seized 80 years ago as a 'degenerate art,' the heirs of the Paul Klee masterpiece have finally reached a settlement with the city of MunichFri, 28 Jul 2017 20:50:07 +0000The Columnist Who Shaped Hollywood's Most Destructive Witch Hunthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hollywood-columnist-who-shaped-its-most-destructive-witch-hunt-180964208/Billy Wilkerson's complicated legacy has only been recently discussed by the magazine he founded Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000Three Things to Know About the Buffalo Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-buffalo-soldiers-180964199/These segregated regiments offered black soldiers a chance to fight for their rightsFri, 28 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Auschwitz Museum Announces First Traveling Exhibition of Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/auschwitz-museum-announces-first-international-exhibition-artifacts-180964209/More than 1,150 objects make up the exhibition, which will travel to 14 cities in Europe and North AmericaWed, 26 Jul 2017 20:18:32 +0000200 Objects Damaged After Lightning Sets Fire to French Museum http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/200-objects-damaged-after-lightning-sets-fire-french-museum-180964211/Three paintings on loan from the Louvre are among the destroyed worksWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:59:19 +0000 The First Pet Position in the Trump White House Will Remain Open—for Meowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-pet-post-trump-white-house-open-meow-180964200/Animals have served as companions and ambassadors for presidents dating back to George WashingtonWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:08:07 +0000A Brief History of American Dead Letter Officeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-american-dead-letter-offices-180964133/The United States postal system was established on this day in 1775, and mail started going "dead" very soon afterWed, 26 Jul 2017 15:20:00 +0000Vatican Shuts Off Its Historic Fountains in Midst of Scorching Droughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-shuts-its-historic-fountains-midst-scorching-drought-180964201/It is the first time that authorities can remember being forced to take such a stepWed, 26 Jul 2017 15:19:35 +0000Five Fascinating Facts About Carl Junghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-fascinating-facts-about-carl-jung-180964112/He thought he was two people (sort of) and more things you didn't know about the pioneering psychologistWed, 26 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Video Game Parodies What it Means to Be an Art World Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/video-game-no-formula-art-world-success-180964162/On Passpartout: The Starving Artist, you do everything from virtually impress collectors to dine on wine and baguettesWed, 26 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Meaty Secrets Behind the Record-Setting, 1,774-Pound Burgerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-gonna-need-bigger-bun-secrets-1774-pound-burger-180964197/The beefy behemoth was recently bestowed the title of world's largest commercially available burgerTue, 25 Jul 2017 19:08:11 +0000Facing an Uncertain Future, a Jane Austen Landmark Seeks the Public’s Helphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facing-uncertain-future-jane-austen-landmark-seeks-publics-help-180964179/Chawton House, which was once owned by Austen’s brother, has launched a crowdfunding campaign after losing the support of its main beneficiary Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:48:48 +0000Small Alaska Town Mourns Loss of Stubbs the Cat, Beloved Honorary Mayorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beloved-alaskan-cat-mayor-dies-180964188/Stubbs reigned with a light paw and a loyal followingTue, 25 Jul 2017 14:54:59 +0000The Dizzy History of Carousels Begins With Knightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dizzy-history-carousels-begins-knights-180964100/Practice makes perfect–but nobody said it couldn't be funTue, 25 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Forgotten Warhol Silkscreen Found in Alice Cooper’s Storage Lockerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forgotten-warhol-silkscreen-found-alice-coopers-storage-locker-180964171/The shock rocker acquired and then forgot about the work amid a “swirl of drugs and drinking”Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:23:21 +0000Buckingham Palace Remembers Princess Diana With New Exhibithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buckingham-palace-remembers-princess-diana-with-new-exhibit-180964150/Many of the objects on display were selected by Diana's sonsMon, 24 Jul 2017 16:27:39 +0000The British Library Will Release Two New Books Inspired by “Harry Potter”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-library-will-release-two-new-books-inspired-harry-potter-180964143/The editions are companions to an upcoming exhibition at the library, which will display rare artifacts related to J.K. Rowling’s magical universeMon, 24 Jul 2017 15:14:33 +0000Meet 10 Depression-Era Photographers Who Captured the Struggle of Rural Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-photographers-charged-documenting-depression-era-america-farm-security-administration-180964123/Two women and eight men were sent out with their cameras in 1930s America. What they brought back was an indelible record of a period of struggleMon, 24 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000