Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenTue, 28 Mar 2017 18:28:01 +0000The Budweiser Clydesdales’ First Gig Was the End of Prohibition Busch, born on this day in 1899, came up with the concept of the Budweiser Clydesdales to celebrate the repeal of anti-liquor lawsTue, 28 Mar 2017 18:28:01 +0000English-Speaking Cameroon Hasn’t Had Any Internet for 70 Days shutdown targets the country's two Anglophone regionsTue, 28 Mar 2017 15:10:39 +0000World’s Largest Gold Coin Stolen From Berlin Museum appear to have snuck through a window before making off with the almost 221-pound coinTue, 28 Mar 2017 13:35:31 +0000Gender-Neutral Pronoun “They” Adopted by Associated Press journalist’s bible will finally help reporters talk about non-binary people Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:23:23 +0000George Orwell Wrote '1984' While Dying of Tuberculosis, like thousands around the globe today, struggled with tuberculosis for many years before finally succumbing to the diseaseFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:11:12 +0000New Website Documents 100 Years of Japanese Animation propaganda to experimental cartoons, these films showcase the early days of a national art formFri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000India's Ganges and Yamuna Rivers Are Given the Rights of People few days after a New Zealand river gained the rights of personhood, an Indian court has declared that two heavily polluted rivers also have legal statusThu, 23 Mar 2017 19:03:13 +0000Vandals Deface Rock Art In Chad's Ennedi World Heritage Site were written in French and Arabic on some of the area's rock art, which can date back as far as 8,000 yearsThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:42:00 +0000San People of South Africa Issue Code of Ethics for Researchers much-studied population is the first indigenous people of Africa to develop such guidelinesThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:02:29 +0000The Mime Who Saved Kids From the Holocaust Marceau is history’s most famous mime, but before that, he was a member of the French ResistanceWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000The First Saxophone Was Made of Wood The instrument was patented by–you guessed it–Adolphe Sax, on this day in 1846Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Norwegians Are Named 2017's Happiest People countries take the top spots in the annual World Happiness ReportTue, 21 Mar 2017 20:49:27 +0000New Fund Pledges to Protect Cultural Heritage from War and Terror and philanthropists join together to safeguard one another’s priceless treasuresTue, 21 Mar 2017 19:50:23 +0000This Art Deco Office Tower Was the Master Work of 'The Architect of Detroit' Kahn designed numerous buildings and factories, this is the one that’s come to define his workTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Game Turns James Joyce’s Most Notorious Novel Into Virtual Reality will it make you want to finish <i>Ulysses</i>?Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:38:09 +0000Man Charged After Slashing Gainsborough Painting at the National Gallery, preliminary reports suggest that "The Morning Walk" can be repairedTue, 21 Mar 2017 13:12:35 +0000Why Puppets (and Puppeteers) Are Still Important aren't just children's toys, as this look into the Smithsonian's collection showsTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:20:00 +0000France’s Famous High School Exam Will Soon Feature Its First Woman Author da La Fayette will infuse a much-needed POV into France’s literary curriculumTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Sesame Street to Introduce Julia, a Muppet with Autism characters are confused by Julia’s behavior, but they come to embrace her differencesMon, 20 Mar 2017 18:29:17 +0000White Southerners Said “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Was Fake News its author published a “key” to what’s true in the novelMon, 20 Mar 2017 13:22:30 +0000So Is 'Mona Lisa' Smiling? A New Study Says Yes to other similar images, the masterpiece's mouth registered as happy to almost 100 percent of the participantsFri, 17 Mar 2017 19:07:47 +0000L.M. Montgomery’s Ontario Home Will Open As a Museum living in the village of Norval, the beloved author enjoyed stunning literary success. But this chapter of her life was tinged with darknessFri, 17 Mar 2017 17:41:53 +0000Did Catherine Parr Write a Propaganda Song for Henry VIII?'Gaude gloriosa Dei mater,' purportedly penned by the king’s sixth wife, will be performed in London for the first time in more than 470 yearsFri, 17 Mar 2017 14:24:12 +0000Utah Chooses New State Works of Art rock art and Robert Smithson's “Spiral Jetty” are poised to become state symbolsThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:26:45 +0000A Missing Oxford Comma Just Changed the Course of a Court Case it pedantic, but comma wars are a thingThu, 16 Mar 2017 17:29:52 +0000Netflix Will Finish Orson Welles’ Last Film <i>The Other Side of the Wind</i> live up to its iconic reputation? Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:01:40 +0000Contest Winners Capture the Eerie Beauty of Medical Imagery stained mice placenta to an implant in the eye, this year's Wellcome Image Award recipients highlight the beauty of scienceThu, 16 Mar 2017 13:45:42 +0000Five Things You Didn’t Realize Were Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities 1965, the agency has bestowed more than 63,000 humanities-related grantsWed, 15 Mar 2017 17:45:19 +0000Getting Married on Pi Day is a Thing, there are indications that couples who get married on special dates might not have the same chance of succeedingTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:30:00 +0000Researchers Float (Unlikely) Theory That Jane Austen Died of Arsenic Poisoning contested hypothesis says the author’s glasses may offer new insight into her deathMon, 13 Mar 2017 18:35:33 +0000Two New Exhibitions Celebrate a Long-Lost Painting "Tower of the Blue Horses" is gone, but not forgottenMon, 13 Mar 2017 16:16:44 +0000Man Crosses the Atlantic On a Stand-Up Paddleboard African surfer Chris Bertish spent 93 days paddling 4,050 miles between Morocco and AntiguaFri, 10 Mar 2017 22:20:13 +0000“Pink Noise” May Improve Sleep and Memory in Older Adults new study has found that sound stimulation at night can lull people into a deep sleepFri, 10 Mar 2017 19:09:29 +0000Don't Judge the Book-of-the-Month Club By Its Cover today you might associate its name with staid offerings, the club’s first book was by an openly queer authorFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000History Film Forum Hashes Out Truth and Myth in Hollywood four-day Forum looks into time travel, black America, Poe and other depictions of history in the mediaThu, 09 Mar 2017 19:22:42 +0000California’s Bunny Museum Hops to a New Home previous location could not contain the museum’s 33,000 “artifacts”Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:09:34 +0000Sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn, Mistakenly Attributed to Her Brother, Premieres Under Her Name Royal College of London performed the Easter Sonata in honor of International Women's DayWed, 08 Mar 2017 15:23:15 +0000Is This the Happiest Place in America? For the second time in a row, Gallup-Healthways ranked this Florida city first for overall well-beingTue, 07 Mar 2017 20:55:46 +0000What Killed More Than Half a Dozen of the Bahamas' Swimming Pigs? and sand-tainted snacks might be the reason for the recent deathsTue, 07 Mar 2017 18:42:29 +0000The Letters of Abigail and John Adams Show Their Mutual Respect still have 1,160 of their letters, written across the years of their marriageTue, 07 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Grey Gardens Estate Is on the Market for $20 Million feline tenants have been evictedTue, 07 Mar 2017 16:24:39 +0000Censored Iranian Film Gets First Public Release, 27 Years After Its Debut mysterious plan to steal <i>The Nights of Zayandeh-rood</i> from government archives helped bring the film to a London theaterTue, 07 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0000Five-Year Photo Project Captures the Sistine Chapel in High-Res Detail in a new set of books, the 1:1 photos will be used by restorers to restore and assess damage to Michaelangelo's masterpiecesFri, 03 Mar 2017 19:24:48 +0000George W. Bush Displays Portraits of Military Veterans former president honors 66 members of the armed services in the show "Portraits of Courage," which just opened at the George W. Bush CenterFri, 03 Mar 2017 17:52:16 +0000Oldest-Known Image of Confucius Found in Tomb of Disgraced Emperor hand-painted mirror, decorated with a painting of the philosopher, was discovered in the tomb of short-lived ruler Liu HeThu, 02 Mar 2017 20:32:17 +0000Lou Reed’s Papers Have Found a Home vicious Velvet Underground frontman will live on at the New York Public LibraryThu, 02 Mar 2017 18:09:03 +0000Researchers Decipher Recipe Believed to Treat Medieval Mystic find came to light thanks to a multi-spectral analysis on the manuscript of Margery Kempe's autobiographyThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:58:36 +0000Dr. Seuss Had an Imaginary Daughter Named Chrysanthemum-Pearl Seuss Geisel created the character with his first wife, Helen Palmer GeiselThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:33:09 +0000Heirs of Holocaust Victim Invoke New Law in Suit Over Two Schiele Drawings family of Fritz Grunbaum claims the works were stolen by NazisThu, 02 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Foundation is Looking to Level Up Video Game Culture non-profit aims to preserve game code and the magazines, marketing materials and culture surrounding video gamesWed, 01 Mar 2017 16:27:06 +0000Bad News, Pet Lovers: Teacup Pigs Are a Hoax’s a descriptor, not the term for a breed of pig, and it’s hurting animalsWed, 01 Mar 2017 15:45:00 +0000Why Is This 25-Year-Old Pinball Machine Still the Most Popular? can even play a video-game version of this table Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000As “Dord” Shows, Being in the Dictionary Doesn’t Always Mean Something’s a Word dictionaries can make mistakes, although Merriam-Webster maintains this is their only oneTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000Five Things to Know About Little Golden Books to know as the iconic series of children's books celebrates 75 yearsTue, 28 Feb 2017 16:38:47 +0000The Illustrator of Alice in Wonderland Also Drew Abraham Lincoln. A Lot Tenniel was a well-known editorial cartoonist as well as the man who gave Lewis Carroll’s books their visual charmTue, 28 Feb 2017 16:30:12 +0000View Daily Life in a Japanese-American Internment Camp Through the Lens of Ansel Adams 1943, one of America’s best-known photographers documented one of the best-known internment campsTue, 28 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000New Exhibition Lets You Look at Art While Playing Pinball<i>Kings and Queens</i> tracks the game’s influence on a group of Chicago artistsMon, 27 Feb 2017 19:45:04 +0000When Freud Met Jung meeting of the minds happened 110 years agoMon, 27 Feb 2017 16:10:53 +0000This Supreme Court Justice Was a KKK Member after the story came out in 1937, Hugo Black went on to serve as a member of the Supreme Court into the 1970sMon, 27 Feb 2017 14:35:00 +0000Byron Was One of the Few Prominent Defenders of the Luddites later he even wrote them a poem, “Song for the Luddites”Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This African-American Artist’s Cartoons Helped Win World War II Alston knew how to turn art into motivationMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Oscars Are Held in a Mall takes two weeks to dress the venue (which is in a mall, remember) for the occasion each yearFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000That Time the U.S. Government Won an Oscar, the award is kept on permanent display in the National ArchivesThu, 23 Feb 2017 21:48:45 +0000A Graduate Student Just Discovered a Lost Work of Fiction by Walt Whitman serialized novella was first published anonymously in 1852Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:12:04 +0000Tootsie Rolls Were WWII Energy Bars candies were included in rations because they stayed fresh for a long timeThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:24:23 +0000Watch the Oldest-Known Surviving Film by an African-American Director<i>Within Our Gates</i> was Oscar Micheaux’s response to a racist classicThu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Here’s How To Make the Margarita’s (Possible) Predecessor, the Daisy cocktail has its roots in the nineteenth century, and some of its first recipes are made with brandy, not tequilaWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000Girl Scouting Was Once Segregated the Girl Scouts of the USA initially declared itself a space for all girls, the reality was different for girls of colorTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:50:36 +0000Four Things That Happen When a Language Dies World Mother Language Day, read about why many say we should be fighting to preserve linguistic diversityTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000The Inventors of Upcycling Published Their Manifesto In a Plastic Book. Why? might have heard the term in relation to crafting, but it means a lot moreTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:05:00 +0000A Leaky Roof Has Forced the Johannesburg Art Gallery to Temporarily Close there’s some good news to comes out of this soggy situationFri, 17 Feb 2017 17:59:04 +0000The Statue of Liberty Was Once Patented the original patent documents can help us learn more about this history of this American iconFri, 17 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000How 13th-Century “Mermaid Bones” Came to Be Displayed in a Japanese Temple to legend, the ningyo washed ashore on the Japanese island of Kyushu in 1222Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:39:06 +0000American Girl Announces Boy toy titan’s newest doll is a boy named Logan Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:19:15 +0000Five Cool Finds From Google Arts & Culture's Presidents' Day Collection platform is sharing more than 2,000 items steeped in political historyThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:08:06 +0000The Pioneer of Graphic Adventure Games Was a Woman House was the first home computer game ever to include graphics as well as textThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Nick Offerman’s Character in “The Founder” Is Based on This Real Historical Figure “Dick” McDonald’s story in the film is true — to a degreeThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Aww-Inspiring Origins of Clifford the Big Red Dog Bridwell, Clifford’s creator, was also a lot like his creationWed, 15 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Important (and Cutest) Teddy Bear Moments of the Past 114 Years American toy was introduced in 1903, and almost immediately made its markWed, 15 Feb 2017 15:30:00 +0000Thieves Rappelled Into a London Warehouse in Rare Book Heist burglars made out with more than 160 books worth an estimated $2.5 millionTue, 14 Feb 2017 20:46:21 +0000Winning Nature Photos Capture Triumph and Turmoil in the Animal Kingdom poaching to panda recovery, the winners of the World Press Photo competition chronicle human interactions with natureTue, 14 Feb 2017 19:03:46 +0000How a Pompeiian Bakery Became This Year's Hot Date Destination romance never dies at the House of the Chaste LoversTue, 14 Feb 2017 18:18:08 +0000These Photos Show Just How Colossal the World's Tallest Sandcastle Is new Guinness World Record holder is a 48.8-foot creation on Puri Beach that celebrates world peace. It's <i>shore</i> to impress Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:46:00 +0000Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art Triumphantly Re-Opens museum has restored 160 artifacts damaged by a 2014 truck bomb and has expanded, putting three times as many artworks on displayTue, 14 Feb 2017 16:32:30 +0000How to Make an Authentic Civil War Valentine Valentine cards were popularized (and commercialized) in the U.S. during the Civil War yearsTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Win a Stay at a Castle Fit for "Beauty and the Beast" it's a Scottish castle, not French château, it's sure to be a fairytale tripTue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Rare Photographs Could Show Paul Gauguin in Tahiti newly discovered photos are from the summer of 1896Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:55:45 +0000When Some 1920s Garbage Was Mistaken for an Ancient Artifact "Coso Artifact" was fuel for those who want to believe that the truth is out thereMon, 13 Feb 2017 15:17:45 +0000Newly Discovered Photo May Depict a Younger Harriet Tubman late 1860s carte-de-visite comes from fellow abolitionist Emily Howland's albumFri, 10 Feb 2017 20:15:08 +0000What Is the Congressional Review Act? U.S. Congress is wiping away rules and regulations finalized in the last months of the Obama administration through a little-used 1996 lawFri, 10 Feb 2017 19:08:00 +0000Meet the Historically Accurate Mr. Darcy team of experts on fashion and social culture offer their take on Jane Austen's brooding heroFri, 10 Feb 2017 17:04:11 +0000Computers Are Great at Chess, But That Doesn't Mean the Game Is 'Solved' this day in 1996, the computer Deep Blue made history when it beat Garry KasparovFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000New Exhibit Reveals 8,000 Years of London's History Museum of London Docklands highlights 500 finds unearthed by the Crossrail ProjectFri, 10 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Archive Is Digitizing the History of the Circus a bid to preserve circus culture, Illinois State University's Milner Library is making more than 300 circus route books available onlineThu, 09 Feb 2017 20:05:09 +0000Mark Twain Museum Battles Mold malfunctioning HVAC system led to mold contaminating 5,000 artifacts in a storage room, which will be restored over the next four monthsThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Might Have Found Another Dead Sea Scroll Cave could be cave number 12Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:10:19 +0000375,000 Images From the Met Are Now Yours for the Taking’s a milestone for one of the world's most significant art collectionsWed, 08 Feb 2017 19:36:28 +0000Fans of Dorothy Parker Can Pay to Wear Her Mink Coat’s all in the name of preservationWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:10 +0000The Quest to Save Vincent van Gogh’s Grave final resting place is in disrepair, so fans of the tormented artist are pitching in to save itWed, 08 Feb 2017 17:25:34 +0000The Little House on the Prairie Was Built on Native American Land was Laura Ingalls Wilder's 150th birthday. It's time to take a critical look at her workWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:27:54 +0000#ColorOurCollections Is Back, Turning Your Favorite Cultural Institutions Into Coloring Books its second year, it's more vibrant than everWed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Fanatical Monk Inspired 15th-Century Italians to Burn Their Clothes, Makeup and Art told Florentines the apocalypse was coming, and to save themselves through self-censorshipTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:30:00 +0000Researchers Discover a 17th-Century "Emoji" classic smiley face has been around for a long timeMon, 06 Feb 2017 18:40:13 +0000Why Was Babe Ruth So Good At Hitting Home Runs? have been using science on the Great Bambino since the 1920sMon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Spool of “Holocaust Songs” Found in Mislabelled Container “Henonville Songs” are being heard for the first time in 70 yearsFri, 03 Feb 2017 20:59:24 +0000LiDAR Scans Reveal Maya Civilization's Sophisticated Network of Roads aerial images reveal a remarkably ambitious transportation network consisting of 17 roadsFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:39:38 +0000This Robotic Silver Swan Has Fascinated Fans for Nearly 250 Years preens, fishes and impressesFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:59:21 +0000Rachel Carson Wrote Silent Spring (Partly) Because of the Author of Stuart Little book was a turning point for the environmental movementFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:26:53 +0000WWII Songstress Croons Her Way to Age 100 With a New Album Vera Lynn "the Forces' Sweetheart" will make the history books with the releaseThu, 02 Feb 2017 19:53:34 +0000This Hell-Raising Suffragist’s Name Will Soon Grace an Oregon Hotel Scott Duniway staged a lifelong fight for women's rightsThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:00:06 +0000Lie Detectors Don’t Work as Advertised and They Never Did from use in U.S. court, lie detectors are still used today in other parts of the legal systemThu, 02 Feb 2017 14:50:42 +0000Google Doodle Sculpts a Tribute to Pioneering Artist Edmonia Lewis the first day of Black History Month by getting to know the 19th-century sculptorWed, 01 Feb 2017 20:49:50 +0000The House Where ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ Was Written Is for Sale 9.5-acre estate was once home to Christopher Robin and A.A. MilneWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:38:16 +0000How Langston Hughes’s Dreams Inspired MLK’s Hughes wrote about dreams at a time when racism meant that black people’s dreams were silencedWed, 01 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000Museum Displays the Weasel that Brought Down Particle Physics stone marten that disrupted the Large Hadron Collider in November goes on display in Rotterdam in an exhibit about human-animal mishapsWed, 01 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000World's Longest Running Streak Comes to an End running a mile a day for 52 years and 39 days, running legend Ron Hill finally took a day off due to heart problemsTue, 31 Jan 2017 19:21:57 +0000Co-Defendant in €100 Million Art Heist Claims He Threw Five Masterpieces in the Trash investigators are skepticalTue, 31 Jan 2017 18:35:23 +0000Boy Scouts Will Allow Transgender Children to Enroll in Boys-Only Programs decision is thanks to an 8 year old Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:00:18 +0000