Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenMon, 26 Sep 2016 18:13:33 +0000A Statue of Lenin Has Finally Come Down from Red Square...in New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-lenin-has-finally-come-down-red-square-new-york-city-180960568/One of Manhattan’s strangest buildings has lost its mascotMon, 26 Sep 2016 18:13:33 +0000 How Arnold Palmer and President Eisenhower Made Golf the Post-War Pastimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-arnold-palmer-and-president-eisenhower-made-post-war-pastime-180960585/The charismatic, working-class golfer and beloved president made golf the sport of elites and middle-class duffers for a generationMon, 26 Sep 2016 17:18:40 +0000Getty Instagram Grant Winners Document the Drama of the Everydayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getty-instagram-grant-winners-document-drama-of-everyday-180960577/From teen moms to slices of street lifeMon, 26 Sep 2016 16:29:02 +0000This Music Was Composed by Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/music-was-composed-climate-change-180960560/Dying forests make magnificently melancholy listeningFri, 23 Sep 2016 17:43:55 +0000This Group Celebrates Kenya’s Religious Diversity by Painting Religious Centers Yellowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-celebrates-kenyas-religious-diversity-painting-religious-centers-yellow-180960539/Painting for pluralismWed, 21 Sep 2016 18:52:05 +0000A British Jail Is Paying Artistic Tribute to Oscar Wilde, its Most Famous Inmatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-jail-paying-artistic-tribute-oscar-wilde-its-most-famous-inmate-180960510/Patti Smith, Ai Weiwei and others envision what it's like to be <i>Inside</i>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:41:25 +0000Amateur Archaeologist Discovers Significant Amount of Scotland's Ancient Rock Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archeologist-discovers-significant-amount-scotlands-known-rock-art-180960511/Musician and avid walker George Currie has catalogued 670 pieces of prehistoric rock art in the HighlandsMon, 19 Sep 2016 19:30:24 +0000Augmented Reality Art Imagines What Could Be Seattle’s Weird, Bleak Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/augmented-reality-art-imagines-what-could-beseattles-weird-bleak-future-180960403/Artist envisions mutant flowers and drone-like seaweed that may one day take over a post-climate change SeattleMon, 19 Sep 2016 15:24:37 +0000A New Choral Work Was Inspired by the Death of Matthew Shepardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-choral-work-was-inspired-death-matthew-shepard-180960484/“Considering Matthew Shepard” finds hope inside a story of hateMon, 19 Sep 2016 14:39:44 +0000Visit the Manuscript of 'Jane Eyre' in New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-manuscript-jane-eyre-new-york-180960483/The handwritten novel is in the United States for the first time—along with an exhibition of artifacts from Charlotte Brontë’s brief and brilliant lifeMon, 19 Sep 2016 13:49:19 +0000You Could Own F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-could-own-f-scott-fitzgeralds-house-180960474/Live in the Victorian rowhouse where a career was bornFri, 16 Sep 2016 18:19:26 +0000You’ll Want to Sit on Guggenheim’s Latest Piece, an 18-Karat Golden Toilethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/youll-want-sit-guggenheims-latest-piece-18-karat-golden-toilet-180960491/Maurizio Cattelan returns from retirement with this pretentious pottyFri, 16 Sep 2016 17:55:48 +0000Five Things to Know About the Most Recent Census Income Reporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-most-recent-census-income-report-180960462/Income’s up, but the picture is more complicated than thatThu, 15 Sep 2016 14:46:54 +0000Watch a 10-Ton Ice Cube Melt on a Seattle Squarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-10-ton-ice-cube-melt-seattle-square-180960377/It’s a different kind of block partyWed, 14 Sep 2016 15:30:00 +0000Four Finds from University of Kansas' Collection of Radical Zineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-finds-from-university-of-kansas-collection-of-radical-zines-180958761/The university's Solidarity! Radical Library boasts a collection of almost 1,000 alternative papersWed, 14 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The New York Public Library’s Radical Zine Collection Is Now on Displayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-public-librarys-radical-zine-collection-now-display-180960397/Check out pamphlets from people like Noam Chomsky and Mumia Abu-JamalTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:56:37 +0000What Will the Memorials of the Future Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-will-memorials-future-look-180960401/From underwater trees to mechanical parrots, the memorials of tomorrow don’t look much like the ones that exist todayTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:28:58 +0000Curators Are One Piece Closer to Solving the Mystery of Magritte’s Missing Paintinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curators-are-one-piece-closer-solving-mystery-magrittes-missing-painting-180960421/<i>The Enchanted Pose</i> is coming back from the dead—one painted-over quarter at a timeTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:00:30 +0000Here’s How the Oxford English Dictionary Chooses New Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-oxford-english-dictionary-chooses-new-words-180960423/“YOLO,” “uptalk” and “gender-fluid” have all made the cutTue, 13 Sep 2016 15:30:00 +0000Pew Research Shows Public Libraries Remain Vital to Communitieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pew-research-shows-public-libraries-remain-vital-communities-180960427/The latest poll shows that the majority of Americans think libraries have the resources they needTue, 13 Sep 2016 14:14:25 +0000Inside the 9/11 Museum’s First Art Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/911-museums-first-art-show-180960396/The exhibit marks the 15th anniversary of the attacksFri, 09 Sep 2016 17:18:40 +0000Even Napoleon Had an Unpublished Manuscript, and Now It’s up for Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-napoleon-had-unpublished-manuscript-and-now-its-auction-180960400/His handwritten novella captures his feelings toward love at age 26Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:45:37 +0000North America Is Crazy For Lego Toys and the Manufacturer Can’t Keep Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/north-america-is-crazy-for-lego-toys-and-manufacturer-cant-keep-up-180960395/The bricks keep kids and adults coming back for moreFri, 09 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Celebrate 50 Years of International Literacy Day With the British Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrate-50-years-international-literacy-day-british-library-180960392/Butterflies, rabbits and Shakespeare: there's something for everybodyThu, 08 Sep 2016 17:27:38 +0000Why Syrian Bakers Are Still Making Bread in Spite of the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-syrian-bakers-are-still-making-bread-spite-civil-war-180960207/Bakers are going to great lengths to preserve a little bit of normalcyWed, 07 Sep 2016 17:42:29 +0000Cleaning This Portrait Could Change the Way Historians See Shakespearehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cleaning-this-portrait-could-change-the-way-historians-see-shakespeare-180960374/The only portrait of the Bard made while he was alive might be getting touch-upsWed, 07 Sep 2016 17:09:27 +0000Fuel Your Design Obsession With 200,000 Newly Digitized Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fuel-your-design-obsession-200000-newly-digitized-artifacts-180960360/Explore 30 centuries of design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum without leaving your computerWed, 07 Sep 2016 15:00:10 +0000Don't Miss These Dazzling, Iconic Flower Festivalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-miss-these-dazzling-iconic-flower-festivals-180960328/No matter the time of year, it’s always time for a flower festivalTue, 06 Sep 2016 20:02:01 +0000One in Four Americans Didn’t Read a Book Last Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-four-americans-didnt-read-book-last-year-180960340/But don't mourn the death of the printed word just yetFri, 02 Sep 2016 18:31:38 +0000Alabama Library Plans to Enforce Strict Overdue Book Ordinancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alabama-library-plans-enforce-strict-overdue-book-ordinance-180960318/You could face a fine or even spend a night in jail for keeping books too longFri, 02 Sep 2016 17:48:14 +0000New Project Pairs Modern News Photos with Old Masters http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-project-pairs-modern-news-photos-old-masters-180960280/"Recognition," winner of Tate's IK Prize, uses machine learning to match artwork with images coming from the 24/7 news cycleFri, 02 Sep 2016 15:07:00 +0000What's With the People With Easels in Art Museums? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-people-easels-art-museums-180960261/Inside the longest-running program at the METFri, 02 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000New York's Highest Court Has Expanded the Definition of What it Means to Be a Parenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-highest-court-expanded-definition-of-what-it-means-to-be-a-parent-180960308/Under New York law, parental rights have now become more inclusiveWed, 31 Aug 2016 19:31:40 +0000New Exhibit Shows Manspreading Has Been Taking up Subway Space for Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-shows-manspreading-has-been-taking-up-subway-space-for-decades-180960291/Vintage ads show struggles with transit etiquette Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:20:00 +0000Could You Solve the Case of the Missing Mystery Heirs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-you-solve-case-missing-mystery-heirs-180960298/Are you related to Clifton Robbins? You could receive royalties from his 21st-century publisherWed, 31 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000The U.S. Government Is Buying Tons of Eggs and Cheesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-government-buying-tons-eggs-and-cheese-180960296/A Depression-Era program is helping bail out America’s egg and dairy farmersWed, 31 Aug 2016 15:29:00 +0000The U.K. Bans Queen Victoria’s Coronet From Leaving British Soilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-bans-queen-victorias-coronet-leaving-british-soil-180960281/The government has placed the artifact under an export ban in hopes a collector will keep it in-countryTue, 30 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000New Exhibition Shares Rare Ansel Adams Photos of the American Westhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-shares-rare-ansel-adams-photos-american-west-180960273/See breathtaking early works by the iconic photographerMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:11:45 +0000France’s Top Court Overturns Burkini Banhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frances-top-court-overturns-burkini-ban-180960266/French swimmers may keep wearing what they pleaseFri, 26 Aug 2016 16:00:05 +0000The Fight to Preserve Langston Hughes’ Harlem Home From Gentrificationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/langston-hughes-harlem-home-180960260/A new kind of Harlem renaissance is threatening the home of one of America's greatest poetsFri, 26 Aug 2016 15:16:11 +0000Help Crowdsource the History of Winehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-crowdsource-history-wine-180960201/The University of California, Davis, is looking for online volunteers to help catalog and describe 5,200 wine labelsFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000This Algorithm Lets You “Write” Like the Greatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-can-now-teach-computer-write-anyone-180960202/Your words, their handwritingFri, 26 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Hearst Castle Has a Brush With California's Wildfireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hearst-castle-has-brush-californias-wildfires-180960237/Curators were ready to evacuate the Hearst Estate, now a state park and museum full of priceless art, furniture and historyThu, 25 Aug 2016 19:36:15 +0000Explore Some of America's Greatest National Parks in Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-some-americas-greatest-national-parks-virtual-reality-180960243/The next best thing to celebrating the Centennial in personThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:36:26 +0000Inside the Upcoming Memorial and Museum Dedicated to Lynching Victimshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-upcoming-memorial-and-museum-dedicated-to-lynching-victims-180960219/Spanning slavery to segregation to mass incarcerationWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:25:10 +0000Why London's New Abstract Expressionism Show Is a Big Dealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-londons-abstract-expressionism-show-big-deal-180960140/It's a survey of luminaries from Pollock to De KooningTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000Harvard Just Launched a Fascinating Resource All About Bauhaushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harvard-just-launched-fascinating-resource-all-about-bauhaus-180960156/The 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 Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-library-congress-digitizing-its-braille-music-collection-180960112/It’s not as simple as putting it through a scannerTue, 23 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Love Truman Capote? Buy His Asheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/love-truman-capote-buy-his-ashes-180960216/Is 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 Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gulp-worlds-highest-longest-glass-bridge-opens-china-180960215/The 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 Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/johnny-cashs-tennessee-ranch-now-museum-180960189/Complete 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 Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/olympic-medal-even-harder-win-gold-180960188/The International Olympic Committee values sportsmanship above all elseFri, 19 Aug 2016 15:06:43 +0000Finland’s Hot New Karaoke Bar Is a Public Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/finlands-hot-new-karaoke-bar-public-library-180960137/Don’t stop believin’ in the power of musicTue, 16 Aug 2016 15:37:49 +0000Librarians Have an Olympics, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/librarians-have-olympics-too-180960085/Brains 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 $150,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robe-volante-first-comfortable-dress-france-sells-150000-180960089/The 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 Courthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-sweetie-american-bar-association-bans-sexist-language-court-180960090/Under 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 Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-reworking-commission-handles-restitution-nazi-looted-art-180960087/A 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 Hometownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-lucy-is-unveiled-nearby-scary-lucy-in-lucille-balls-hometown-180960058/It's a tale of two LucysTue, 09 Aug 2016 15:28:22 +0000Bookworms, Rejoice: You May Live Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bookworms-rejoice-you-may-live-longer-180960052/In 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 Newshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-journalists-exit-birthplace-modern-news-180960051/After 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 Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-meals-are-made-paper-180960040/Stop-motion spaghetti? Yes, pleaseMon, 08 Aug 2016 15:25:33 +0000This Museum's Giant Collection of Paper Peepshows Offers a Pinhole into the Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museums-giant-collection-of-paper-peepshow-offers-pinhole-into-past-180960012/The 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” Uniformhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navy-bids-goodbye-blueberry-uniform-180960039/Aquaflage is <i>so</i> 2010Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:34:35 +0000Original Pooh Bear Gets Makeover, Returns to New York Public Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/original-pooh-bear-gets-makeover-returns-new-york-public-library-180960034/Winnie and his friends are clean, fluffy and filled with stories Fri, 05 Aug 2016 15:16:31 +0000Scientists Uncover a “Hidden” Portrait by Edgar Degashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-uncover-hidden-portrait-edgar-degas-180960031/A 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 Nutshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thieves-are-making-millions-dollars-stolen-nuts-180960015/It's a hard case to crackThu, 04 Aug 2016 15:14:01 +0000Sorry, Soda: The U.S. Is Just Not That Into Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-soda-us-just-not-you-180960009/Americans 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 Moviehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-armed-art-heist-made-into-movie-180959998/But <i>Ocean’s 11</i>, this isn’tWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:48:03 +0000How Engineers Got a Vinyl Record to Play in the Stratospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-engineers-got-vinyl-record-play-stratosphere-180959974/Fittingly, it took notes from Carl SaganMon, 01 Aug 2016 18:51:46 +0000For Sale: 400 Awesome Vintage Boomboxeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sale-400-awesome-vintage-boomboxes-180959961/A 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 Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-installation-turns-l-river-art-180959965/The 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 Minershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peru-cracks-down-on-illegal-gold-miners-180959954/A 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 Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/protesters-prevent-chinese-museum-evicting-family-cats-180959953/The furry family is famous on the internetFri, 29 Jul 2016 18:37:13 +0000