Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000In This New Portrait, George Washington Trades His Curls for a Man Bun first president turns hipster at a new D.C. restaurantFri, 06 Jan 2017 17:05:25 +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 +0000This Artist Creates Roses From Weapons Left Behind By War"Two Roses for Peace" brings together people on both sides of a 1982 conflictFri, 27 Jan 2017 14:45:00 +0000America Just Won the Olympics of Cooking You Probably Haven't Heard Of's the first time the USA has been awarded goldFri, 27 Jan 2017 13:30:00 +0000The LBD Gets an Update With the Debut of the First Dress Made with Graphene made from the world's thinnest, strongest material, lights on the dress change color based on the wearer's breathing rateThu, 26 Jan 2017 20:58:53 +0000Here’s What Happens in a "Comic Book" Drawn by Medieval Monks<i>Psychomachia</i> pits vice against virtue in a battle for human souls Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:50:26 +0000America’s First Immigration Center Was Also an Amusement Park Garden went from fort to pleasure grounds to precursor of Ellis Island Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Remembering Mary Tyler Moore and Her Groundbreaking Sitcom That Almost Wasn't iconic entertainer died today. She was 80 years oldWed, 25 Jan 2017 22:18:58 +0000New Exhibition Highlights Art Inspired by Standing Rock as a lens to understand the protestWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:21:37 +0000This Famous American Clown Was (Probably) a Model for Uncle Sam Rice was the John Oliver of the mid-nineteenth centuryWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Gung Haggis Fat Choy: This Canadian Celebration Combines Robert Burns Night and Chinese New Year by "Toddish McWong" in 1998, the annual dinner has grown and grownWed, 25 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000TV's Longest-Running Soap Opera Was First Broadcast 80 Years Ago Light had over 15,700 episodes between radio and televisionWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Mark Twain Fairy Tale Unearthed previously unknown—and unfinished—story was hiding in plain sightWed, 25 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Police Recover More Than 3,500 Stolen Artifacts in Europe 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 the 2017 Newbery, Caldecott and Printz award winnersMon, 23 Jan 2017 18:58:59 +0000This Necklace Contains All of the World’s Languages cultural preservation never goes out of fashion Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:46:48 +0000Remembering Paul Robeson, Actor, Sportsman and Leader 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 $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 Idea 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 Skirt belonged to a parish church for centuriesTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:00:12 +0000This Cuban Cartoonist Drew the Cold War for MAD Magazine 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 Day 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-Residence 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 Librarian Maria Arana has read more than 1,000 booksFri, 13 Jan 2017 19:23:31 +0000This 1951 Prison B-Movie Inspired “Folsom Prison Blues” 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 Library with Clemens in his historic homeFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:40:21 +0000Bruce Springsteen Is Getting His Own Archive 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 Headscarves U.S. Army just changed its grooming regulations to accommodate observant soldiersThu, 12 Jan 2017 20:46:19 +0000Norway Killed the Radio Star 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 Bill 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 was an eggstravaganzaFri, 06 Jan 2017 20:12:17 +0000After Nearly 70 Years, the India-Pakistan Partition Gets a Museum 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 Pole 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 Art 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 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 Online freewheeling art movement didn’t lend itself to posterityTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:18:31 +0000France Says "Au Revoir" to After-Hours Work Email 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 Korea’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 Discount 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 paintings hold clues to Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases?Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:30:39 +0000The Year in National Parks 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 Cartoons! Hanna-Barbera once dominated kids’ Saturday schedulesFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:58:01 +0000Artist Geocaches His Work Throughout Central Park 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 Jatta just smashed through one frescoed ceilingThu, 29 Dec 2016 19:50:07 +0000Rains Transform Australia's Uluru National Park Into a Waterfall Wonderland 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 Utopias 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, 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 Histories 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 Day 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 +0000