Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenTue, 24 Jan 2017 17:23:25 +0000In This New Portrait, George Washington Trades His Curls for a Man Bun http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-portrait-george-washington-trades-his-curls-man-bun-180961715/The first president turns hipster at a new D.C. restaurantFri, 06 Jan 2017 17:05:25 +0000This Artist Wants to Send a Sculpture of Your Laughs Into Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-wants-send-sculpture-your-laughs-space-180961295/#Laugh is on orbit to become the first art piece created in spaceTue, 06 Dec 2016 16:03:37 +0000Police Recover More Than 3,500 Stolen Artifacts in Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/police-recover-more-than-3500-stolen-artifacts-europe-180961894/Operation Pandora involved 18 nations and pan-European police agencies to recover paintings, coins and artifiactsTue, 24 Jan 2017 17:23:25 +0000American Librarians Just Chose 2017’s Best Books for Children and Young Adults http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-librarians-just-chose-2017s-best-books-children-and-young-adults-180961889/Meet the 2017 Newbery, Caldecott and Printz award winnersMon, 23 Jan 2017 18:58:59 +0000This Necklace Contains All of the World’s Languages http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/necklace-contains-all-worlds-languages-180961876/Because cultural preservation never goes out of fashion Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:46:48 +0000Remembering Paul Robeson, Actor, Sportsman and Leaderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-paul-robeson-actor-sportsman-and-leader-180961834/Among other things, Robeson transformed one of history’s most famous showtunes into a protest song Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Grants Give Out Millions to Preserve African-American History http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-grants-give-out-millions-preserve-african-american-history-180961848/A $7.5 million grant program will fund 39 projects in over 20 statesThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:22:15 +0000Who Was the Poe Toaster? We Still Have No Ideahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-was-poe-toaster-we-still-have-no-idea-180961820/In Baltimore, they’re keeping the tradition of visiting Edgar Allan Poe’s grave for his birthday—but without the mysteryThu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Altar Cloth Might Have Been Elizabeth I’s Skirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/altar-cloth-might-be-elizabeth-is-skirt-180961756/It belonged to a parish church for centuriesTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:00:12 +0000This Cuban Cartoonist Drew the Cold War for MAD Magazinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-cuban-cartoonist-drew-cold-war-mad-magazine-180961787/The Black Spy and the White Spy have been chasing each other around in <i>MAD</i> Magazine for 56 yearsTue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Some States Celebrate MLK Day and Robert E. Lee’s Birthday on the Same Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-states-celebrate-mlk-day-and-robert-e-lees-birthday-same-day-180961772/Martin Luther King, Jr. has been celebrated on the third Monday in January since the federal holiday was first observed in 1986Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Austin Is Looking for Its First Artist-in-Residencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austin-is-looking-for-first-artist-residence-180961789/Winning artists will be embeded in city agencies to help bring in new eyes to reconsider old problemsFri, 13 Jan 2017 20:30:22 +0000A Four-Year-Old Bibliophile Is the Library of Congress' Latest Guest Librarianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-four-year-old-bibliophile-is-library-congress-latest-guest-librarian-180961801/Daliyah Maria Arana has read more than 1,000 booksFri, 13 Jan 2017 19:23:31 +0000This 1951 Prison B-Movie Inspired “Folsom Prison Blues”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1951-prison-b-movie-inspired-folsom-prison-blues-180961740/Johnny Cash's live prison concert made him the voice for rehabilitation over punishmentFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:25:25 +0000You Can Write Inside Mark Twain’s Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-write-inside-mark-twains-library-180961790/Commune with Clemens in his historic homeFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:40:21 +0000Bruce Springsteen Is Getting His Own Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bruce-springsteen-getting-his-own-archive-180961758/A new center will celebrate the glory days of Boss and other American musical iconsFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Muslim and Sikh Troops Can Now Wear Beards, Turbans and Headscarveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/muslim-and-sikh-troops-can-now-wear-beards-turbans-and-headscarves-180961743/The U.S. Army just changed its grooming regulations to accommodate observant soldiersThu, 12 Jan 2017 20:46:19 +0000Norway Killed the Radio Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-killed-radio-star-180961761/The Scandinavian country began a controversial phase out of FM radio broadcasts this week in favor of Digital Audio BroadcastingThu, 12 Jan 2017 19:20:18 +0000New York State Once Introduced an Anti-Flirting Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-state-once-introduced-anti-flirting-bill-180961687/The law aimed to crack down on public displays of affection of all kindsMon, 09 Jan 2017 20:15:58 +0000Tens of Thousands of Plastic Eggs Washed Up on a German Beach http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tens-thousands-plastic-eggs-washed-german-beach-180961713/It was an eggstravaganzaFri, 06 Jan 2017 20:12:17 +0000After Nearly 70 Years, the India-Pakistan Partition Gets a Museum http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-nearly-70-years-india-pakistan-partition-gets-museum-180961682/The Partition Museum is unrelenting in its portrayal of a brutal eraWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:22:06 +0000Swedish Woman Smashes Record for Skiing Solo to the South Polehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swedish-woman-skis-south-pole-record-time-180961636/Skiing for 38 days, 23 hours and 5 minutes Johanna Davidsson beat the previous record by almost 10 hoursWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:21:18 +0000Strike It Rich (Without Marrying for Money) by Finding Hidden Jane Austen Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strike-it-rich-without-marrying-for-money-by-finding-hidden-jane-austen-art-180961647/A British artist has sparked a nationwide scavenger hunt for £5 notes worth thousandsTue, 03 Jan 2017 21:13:40 +0000Germany’s Controversial New Version of ‘Mein Kampf’ Is Now a Bestseller http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germanys-controversial-new-version-mein-kampf-now-bestseller-180961637/Once kept under lock and key, the book is now available in a critical editionTue, 03 Jan 2017 19:18:18 +0000One of the World’s Largest Dada Collections Can Now Be Viewed Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-worlds-largest-dada-collections-can-now-be-viewed-online-180961626/The freewheeling art movement didn’t lend itself to posterityTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:18:31 +0000France Says "Au Revoir" to After-Hours Work Emailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-says-au-revoir-after-hours-work-email-180961631/A new "right to disconnect" law lets employees negotiate communication rules in order to reduce stress and exhaustion from workTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:05:31 +0000"Comfort Woman" Statue Stokes Old Tensions Between Japan and South Koreahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comfort-woman-statue-stokes-old-tensions-between-japan-and-south-korea-180961628/She’s a silent reminder of the plight of hundreds of thousands of women forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War IITue, 03 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Poland Gets a da Vinci at a Big Discounthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poland-gets-davinci-big-discount-180961624/The world famous Princes Czartoryski Foundation was recently acquired by the Polish government for a fraction of its valueMon, 02 Jan 2017 18:32:06 +0000Scientists Spot Cognitive Decline in Famous Artists’ Brushstrokes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-spot-cognitive-decline-famous-artists-brushstrokes-180961625/Could paintings hold clues to Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases?Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:30:39 +0000The Year in National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-national-parks-180961615/From people stealing baby bison and Yosemite trademarks to epic blooms in Death Valley, 2016 has been an eventful centennial year for the NPSFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:51:42 +0000Meet the Men Behind Saturday Morning's Most Memorable Cartoonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-men-behind-saturday-mornings-most-memorable-cartoons-180961596/Zoinks! Hanna-Barbera once dominated kids’ Saturday schedulesFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:58:01 +0000Artist Geocaches His Work Throughout Central Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-geocaches-his-work-throughout-central-park-180961604/Brad Troemel's Freecaching is a tongue-in-cheek response to New York's high rent and a new way to "store" artworkFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Vatican Names Its First Woman Museum Director http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-names-its-first-woman-museum-director-180961591/Barbara Jatta just smashed through one frescoed ceilingThu, 29 Dec 2016 19:50:07 +0000Rains Transform Australia's Uluru National Park Into a Waterfall Wonderlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rains-transform-australias-uluru-waterfall-wonderland-1-180961602/Record storms flooded roads and swelled rivers near the park's iconic natural featureThu, 29 Dec 2016 19:27:24 +0000This Art Show Looks at 500 Years of Failed Utopiashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-show-looks-500-years-failed-utopias-180961587/So far, the ideal has yet to work outThu, 29 Dec 2016 17:53:49 +0000Lawyer Wants to Make Harper Lee’s Hometown a Haven for Tourists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lawyer-wants-make-harper-lees-hometown-haven-tourists-180961584/Monroeville, Alabama, could change with a proposed Harper Lee TrailThu, 29 Dec 2016 16:35:34 +0000Navajo Nation Library Wants to Digitally Preserve Thousands of Hours of Oral Historieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-library-wants-digitally-preserve-thousands-hours-oral-histories-180961576/The library is looking for help protecting its tapesWed, 28 Dec 2016 20:21:23 +00002016 Got You Down? Trash All Your Woes on Good Riddance Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2016-got-you-down-trash-all-your-woes-good-riddance-day-180961583/Inspired by a Latin American tradition, Good Riddance Day is one way to say goodbye to this year’s bad memoriesWed, 28 Dec 2016 19:53:01 +0000New York City’s Long-Awaited Second Avenue Subway Is Packed With Public Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-citys-long-awaited-second-avenue-subway-packed-public-art-180961575/The city’s four newest subway stations are covered in colorful mosaicsWed, 28 Dec 2016 15:30:08 +0000You Can Hear Hagia Sophia’s Sublime Acoustics Without a Trip to Istanbulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-hear-hagia-sophias-sublime-acoustics-without-trip-istanbul-180961563/Stanford scientists have digitally created the building’s unique sound, taking listeners back to the Middle AgesTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000 Why There’s A 30-Foot Menorah on the National Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-theres-30-foot-menorah-national-mall-180961553/The tradition of the National Menorah was begun under President Jimmy Carter in 1979Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000Why Do People Tell Ghost Stories on Christmas?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-ghost-stories-go-christmas-180961547/Christmas ghost stories are a tradition going back much farther than "A Christmas Carol"Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Someday, Maybe We’ll Have Hanukkah in Julyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someday-well-have-hanukkah-july-180961538/Hanukkah and Christmas fall on the same day this year because not everyone follows the same calendarThu, 22 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000This Year Marks the 50th Kwanzaahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-marks-50th-kwanzaa-180961532/The week-long holiday is a celebration of African-American cultureThu, 22 Dec 2016 15:01:00 +0000New Yorkers’ Post-Election Post-its Will Be Preserved http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-yorkers-post-election-post-its-will-be-preserved-180961534/<i>Subway Therapy</i> captured a city's outpouring of emotion. Now, the notes New Yorkers left behind will be archivedWed, 21 Dec 2016 19:50:19 +0000A Huge Bronze Hippo in a Tutu Is Coming to Lincoln Center http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-bronze-hippo-tutu-coming-lincoln-center-180961523/Her name is <i>Hippo Ballerina</i>, and she’s sure to make theatergoers do a double-take Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:41:33 +0000The Crazy Tricks Early Filmmakers Used To Fake Snowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crazy-tricks-early-filmmakers-used-fake-snow-180961522/Cornflakes, flour and, uh, asbestos were all used in early moviesWed, 21 Dec 2016 18:03:00 +0000Why Crossword Puzzles Are Still Mostly Written By Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-crossword-puzzles-are-still-mostly-written-humans-180961518/Computers can write sports articles, replace stock brokers and help diagnose patients. But they can’t write good crosswordsWed, 21 Dec 2016 14:45:00 +0000Poland Has Lifted Its Media Banhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poland-has-lifted-media-ban-180961520/It’s the latest in an ongoing saga about press freedoms in the populist-led countryWed, 21 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Morbid Anatomy Museum Closes Its Doorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/morbid-anatomy-museum-closes-its-doors-180961509/But the museum that delights in the dead will have an afterlifeMon, 19 Dec 2016 21:44:00 +0000Why Charles Dickens Wrote "A Christmas Carol"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-charles-dickens-wrote-christmas-carol-180961507/The beloved story sold 6,000 copies in its first week in print and 15,000 in its first yearMon, 19 Dec 2016 19:30:11 +0000Each Christmas, Iceland’s Yule Cat Takes Fashion Policing to the Extremehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/each-christmas-icelands-yule-cat-takes-fashion-policing-extreme-180961420/The Jólakötturinn will make you thankful for those Christmas socksMon, 19 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000Most Expensive Science Book Sells for $3.7 Millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-expensive-science-book-sells-37-million-180961488/An anonymous buyer paid triple the estimated sale price for this first-edition copyFri, 16 Dec 2016 19:00:04 +0000How Mozart Outsold Beyonce in CD Sales in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mozart-outsold-beyonce-2016-180961442/A massive new box set catpulted the classical superstar to the top of the chartsFri, 16 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000This Artist Is the Only Person Banned From Using the World’s Pinkest Pinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-only-person-banned-using-worlds-pinkest-pink-180961464/It's a brightly colored revenge for restricting the world’s blackest blackFri, 16 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Pinball Is Finally Legal Again in This Indiana Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pinball-finally-legal-again-indiana-city-180961472/Kokomo, Indiana, has reversed a 61-year-old ban on the game Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:40:31 +0000Why Do We Love Period Dramas So Much?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-we-love-period-drama-180961474/Gone With The Wind, the highest-grossing period drama ever, premiered on this day in 1939Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:14:26 +0000Researchers Found a Long-Lost Christmas Song http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-found-long-lost-christmas-song-180961465/"Crown Winter With Green" has some serious archival cred—and a sad story to tell Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:42:52 +0000Wonder Woman's UN Ambassadorship Is Already Coming to an Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wonder-woman-ambassadorship-already-coming-to-an-end-180961449/The super hero's tenure as an advocate for empowering women and girls ends after less than two monthsThu, 15 Dec 2016 17:59:51 +0000 Prize-Winning Videos Capture Mesmerizing, Microscopic Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-winners-worlds-smallest-photo-competition-180961444/Everything looks cooler when it's viewed through the lens of a microscopeWed, 14 Dec 2016 18:07:15 +0000One of the First Female Rock Critics Battled Sexism and Obscurity To Document the 1970shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrating-ellen-willis-feminist-rock-critic-who-was-there-everything-1-180961413/Willis was The New Yorker’s first pop music critic, but to her, everything was open for criticismWed, 14 Dec 2016 14:20:00 +0000Reclaiming Nazi-Looted Art Is About to Get Easierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-law-will-make-it-easier-reclaim-nazi-looted-art-180961394/HEAR Act removes legal loopholes that prevented victims of Nazi art plunder to restore what’s rightfully theirsMon, 12 Dec 2016 19:45:55 +0000Why You Should Know Trailblazing Architect Paul Revere Williamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-know-paul-revere-trailblazing-architect-180961378/Almost four decades after his death, the African-American architect whose work came to define Los Angeles gets his due Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:16:41 +0000Austria’s Word of the Year Has 52 Letters http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austrias-word-year-has-52-letters-180961375/<i>Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung</i> isn’t just a mouthful—it tells an annoying political storyFri, 09 Dec 2016 20:33:47 +0000Help the BBC Close Wikipedia’s Gender Gap http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-bbc-close-wikipedias-gender-gap-180961353/The Beeb’s hosting an edit-a-thon to improve the online encylopedia’s coverage of women Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:59:07 +0000Historic Photos of Baltimore Show the Real-Life "Hairspray"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-photos-baltimore-show-real-life-hairspray-180961342/<i>Hairspray Live!</i> fans, learn the history behind the beloved storyWed, 07 Dec 2016 19:58:08 +0000Paris Is Selling Old Love Locks to Raise Money For Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paris-selling-old-love-locks-raise-money-refugees-180961315/Putting clipped locks to good useTue, 06 Dec 2016 18:39:06 +0000Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Are Over, For Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dakota-access-pipeline-protests-are-over-now-180961296/The Army Corps of Engineers announced it will not issue an easement to complete the pipeline, but the incoming administration could change courseMon, 05 Dec 2016 21:57:00 +0000Comfort Foods Aren't Magic, But Memory Might Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comfort-foods-arent-magic-memory-might-be-180961300/On National Comfort Food Day (yeah it's a thing), dig into the powers of food and how it makes us feelMon, 05 Dec 2016 19:16:06 +0000How Maps Shaped Shakespearehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-maps-shaped-shakespeare-180961194/An exhibition in Boston delves into historical maps to show how the Bard saw the wider world Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:24:58 +0000These Photos Bring the Women’s Movement to Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-photos-bring-womens-movement-life-180961283/<i>Catching the Wave</i> dramatizes the large and small moments of second-wave feminism Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:44:11 +0000Ambitious New Public Art Project Will Turn the Thames Into an Illuminated Canvas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ambitious-new-public-art-project-will-turn-thames-illuminated-canvas-180961087/When <i>Illuminated River</i> launches in 2018, it will be the biggest such project ever undertaken Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:53:25 +0000Why Vegetarians Hate the U.K.'s New £5 Notehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-vegetarians-hate-uks-new-five-pound-note-180961261/The new currency uses a polymer that contains some animal fat, and it turns out at least 24 other nations use the same productMon, 05 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000For 50 Years, This Swedish City Has Celebrated Christmas Season With a Giant Straw Goathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/50-years-swedish-city-has-celebrated-christmas-season-giant-straw-goat-180961259/And most of the time it meets a fiery endMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Unesco Just Added Belgian Beer to Its Heritage List http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unesco-just-added-belgian-beer-its-heritage-list-180961260/The move celebrates the tiny country's huge love of sudsFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:39:32 +0000Goodbye, Barrow, Alaska. Hello, Utqiagvikhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goodbye-barrow-alaska-hello-utqiagvik-180961273/The most northerly city has officially reverted back to the Inupiaq name for the settlement on the Arctic seaFri, 02 Dec 2016 20:53:29 +0000The Beloved, Baffling 'A Wrinkle in Time' Was Rejected By 26 Publishers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beloved-baffling-wrinkle-time-was-rejected-26-publishers-180961227/Author Madeleine L'Engle, whose birthday is today, almost quit writing before it was publishedTue, 29 Nov 2016 18:37:54 +0000Researchers Find Word Optimism Is Linked to National Miseryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-link-national-misery-negative-language-180961212/Even Pollyanna changes her tune in times of war and economic hardshipTue, 29 Nov 2016 17:46:20 +0000Why Xenophobia Is Dictionary.com’s Word of the Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-xenophobia-dictionarycoms-word-year-180961225/The word derived from Greek roots captured the zeitgeist of 2016Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:36:37 +0000There Are as Many Names for French Toast as Ways to Cook Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-many-names-french-toast-ways-cook-it-180961221/People have been enjoying the eggy bread treat since Roman timesMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:20:59 +0000