Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:04:19 +0000British Monks Discovered a Curry Recipe in a 200-Year-Old Cookbook Portuguese brought the dish to Europe when they began colonizing IndiaFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:04:19 +0000A Museum Courtyard Will Be Taken Over by a Colorful Web“Weaving the Courtyard” will bring a kaleidoscopic of color to MoMA PS1Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:30:00 +0000Snow White Wasn’t the First Disney Princess, meet PersephoneThu, 04 Feb 2016 19:33:16 +0000This Company Transforms Indian Taxicabs Into Original Artworks designed fabrics help taxi drivers stand out from the crowdThu, 04 Feb 2016 13:30:00 +0000Archaeologists Discovered a Roman Fresco Beneath the Streets of London ornate, hand-painted wall was once considered to be the height of fashion in LondiniumWed, 03 Feb 2016 17:45:57 +0000The Original Cat Video Returns to Times Square month long, Times Square will be under the gaze of a familiar, indifferent kittenWed, 03 Feb 2016 13:30:00 +0000Digital Projections Show the Vivid Colors That Once Decorated an Egyptian Temple Metropolitan Museum of Art is adding a bright flourish to the Temple of DendurTue, 02 Feb 2016 19:35:41 +0000Take a Course on Taco Literacy at the University of Kentucky, the homework is deliciousMon, 01 Feb 2016 20:35:19 +0000This Library System Is Willing to Forgive Your Fine…Just This Once scofflaws take note: Amnesty programs are gaining steam throughout the U.S.Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:08:47 +0000Lavishly Illustrated Medieval Playing Cards Flouted the Church and Law and religious officials alike frowned on card playing in Europe's Middle AgesMon, 01 Feb 2016 17:48:14 +0000Step Inside a Dalí Painting at This Virtual Reality Exhibit meets real life in an exploration of a Dalí masterworkThu, 28 Jan 2016 20:03:18 +0000Here Are the World's Most Corrupt Countries is everywhere, but some nations are more corrupt than others Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:02:03 +0000You Can Get an Antarctic Passport your loyalty to the southernmost continent—and to the ideals of peace, equality and sustainabilityWed, 27 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Cabin Could be the World’s Smallest Palace it ever so humble, Peter the Great once briefly called it homeTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000These Drawings of Historic Places Were Just Honored by the Library of Congress back in time with architectural drawings of buildings steeped in historyTue, 26 Jan 2016 16:15:00 +0000Egyptian Museum Employees Face Fines for Botched Repair on King Tut's Mask accident knocked the beard off the boy king's distinctive mask, prompting a hasty repairTue, 26 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Visit New York’s Guggenheim Museum Without Leaving Your House's easier than ever to immerse yourself in the iconic, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museumMon, 25 Jan 2016 20:45:00 +0000Listen to J.R.R. Tolkien Read Songs and Poems from 'The Lord of the Rings' rare recording captures the famed author's voiceMon, 25 Jan 2016 18:32:22 +0000You Can Help Build the World’s First Go-Go Archive are calling for the preservation of Washington, D.C.'s iconic musical genreFri, 22 Jan 2016 14:45:00 +0000These Little-Known Photographs Put an Eerie Face on Child Labor photos taken by Lewis Wickes Hine make a haunting case against the conditions experienced by many working children in the early 20th centuryThu, 21 Jan 2016 21:30:00 +0000See the World Like a Paleolithic Cave Dweller With This Replica of the Lascaux Cave Paintings back in time with the help of some talented French artistsThu, 21 Jan 2016 20:06:43 +0000Inside Iran’s Budding Video Game Industry Iranian video game industry, shaped around piracy and economic sanctions, is slowly growingThu, 21 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Fairy Tales Could Be Older Than You Ever Imagined may have been climbing that beanstalk for more than 5,000 yearsWed, 20 Jan 2016 20:30:00 +0000One of the Most Popular Pieces of Street Art in Brooklyn Is Coming Down“Love Letter Brooklyn” will soon be gone foreverWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:03:36 +0000Seattle Is Seeking a Writer to Work on a Bridge studio space in a bridge tower is up for grabsWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:45:00 +0000Syrian Refugees Are Recreating Demolished Monuments in Miniature artists are recapturing the iconic landmarks destroyed by militantsTue, 19 Jan 2016 19:45:00 +0000How a Hidden Figure Emerged From One of Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebooks imaging reveals the approximately 500-year-old sketchTue, 19 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Painting of John Dee, Astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, Contains a Hidden Ring of Skulls life and work of John Dee contained a strange mix of science and magicMon, 18 Jan 2016 21:03:12 +0000Here’s What Military Rations From Around the World Are Made Of bibimbap to beansMon, 18 Jan 2016 18:15:00 +0000Only Five Works From the Gurlitt Art Nest Have Been Confirmed As Art Stolen By Nazis task force took two years and nearly $2 million to investigate more than 1,200 pieces found in a Munich apartmentMon, 18 Jan 2016 17:30:00 +0000Take a Turn at the Flippers This Weekend at the World’s Largest Pinball Museum you didn't win the lottery: why not try your hand at a game of pinball? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:30:00 +0000This Postmodern Art Captures a Tiny Moment of Hope During Romania’s Communist Years about Romania's “unfrozen years” at Bucharest’s Postmodernism MuseumFri, 15 Jan 2016 15:45:00 +0000Meet the Winner of Architecture's Most Prestigious Prize architect Alejandro Aravena is the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureateFri, 15 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000Get a Big View of the World’s Largest Miniature Train Set aboard the Cute Train to TinytownThu, 14 Jan 2016 18:45:00 +0000These UFO-Like Buildings Are a Space-Age Tourist's Dream future is now—follow this tour of UFO architecture found all around the world Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000These Are the American Library Association's Picks for Best Children's Literature the 2016 Caldecott and Newbery Award winners, among othersWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:00:00 +0000The French Castle That May Have Inspired "Sleeping Beauty" Is Filled With Creepy Mannequins honor of Charles Perrault's birthday, explore the Chateau d'UsseTue, 12 Jan 2016 18:40:06 +0000New York Village Votes to Keep Official Seal Depicting a White Settler Strangling a Native American's a story that might as well have been ripped from a plotline on "Parks and Recreation"Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:31:36 +0000Watch 100 Drones Dance Their Way to a World Record swarm recently took to the skies to Beethoven's Fifth SymphonyTue, 12 Jan 2016 17:15:00 +0000Pennsylvania Libraries Will Let You Check Out a Ukulele, strum, repeatTue, 12 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000How David Bowie Helped Shape Science Fiction as We Know It “Space Oddity” to “Lazarus,” Bowie gave voice to the anxiety of science fictionMon, 11 Jan 2016 21:02:33 +0000How Museums Are Helping People With Memory Loss the community means changing museum offerings for guests with Alzheimer's Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:58:48 +0000Mumbai Is Getting a Museum Designed For and About Its Slums is a museum showcasing objects created by slum residents ethical or exploitative?Fri, 08 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000What's Inside this Artistic Capsule Headed to the Moon? how these artists captured a portrait of humanity in just six ouncesFri, 08 Jan 2016 17:15:00 +0000Instead of Cheesy Pickup Lines, 19th-Century Americans Gave Out Calling Cards it the Victorian-era version of OKCupidFri, 08 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Grief May Not Make Artists Better research shows that bummed-out artists aren't necessarily better ones Fri, 08 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Prestigious Comics Festival Comes Under Fire For Excluding, Then Denying Existence of, Women Creators Angoulême International Comics Festival drops its shortlist for its top award after more than half its nominees withdrew their names in protestThu, 07 Jan 2016 18:45:00 +0000The New York Public Library Just Made More Than 180,000 Items Available Online gratification for curious mindsThu, 07 Jan 2016 15:00:00 +0000Shakespeare’s First Folio Goes on Tour in the U.S. copies of the tome, containing 36 of the Bard’s plays, will visit every state for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s deathThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000Chinese Capitalists Built a Gigantic, Golden Statue of Chairman Mao the Chairman's legacy, this 121-foot statue is hard to ignoreWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:05:12 +0000The Second Amendment Protects Knives as Long as They’re Not Made For Cooking Washington Supreme Court does consider things like police batons, billy clubs, dirks and switchblades as “arms”Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:15:00 +0000Create Your Own Delightful, Excessive Version of 18th-Century Women’s Hairstyles museum’s interactive tool gives the powdered styles of the French Court of the 1700s some fierce competitionWed, 06 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000You Can Only See a Fraction of These Publicly Owned British Artworks official says thousands of government-owned artworks belong in a galleryTue, 05 Jan 2016 18:20:52 +0000A Sculpture of Abraham Lincoln’s Hand Has Been Stolen From an Illinois Museum 150-year-old plaster art piece went missing sometime before December 11Mon, 04 Jan 2016 20:00:00 +0000Meet the New National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Library of Congress' decision to appoint graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang to the post reflects a growing acceptance of comic booksMon, 04 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Get Excited for This Year's Space-Themed Stamps Postal Service honors NASA’s New Horizons Mission and Star Trek's premiereMon, 04 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000An Expert Has Figured Out the Real-Life Location of Vermeer’s “Little Street” Painting painter probably had a personal connection with the house that figures prominently in the painting.Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Here’s Why New York Celebrates New Year’s Eve by Dropping a Ball Year’s Eve wasn’t always a riotous partyThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:51:11 +0000Caffeine Junkies, Rejoice! Coffee Just Got Cheaper global surplus of coffee is causing bean prices to bottom out Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:44:45 +0000Adult Coloring Books Were Popular (and Subversive) in the 1960s books made fun of corporate culture, conspiracy theorists and Communist fearsTue, 29 Dec 2015 20:00:00 +0000India's Newest Internet Sensation: Cow Dung Patties recent migrants to the country's booming megacities, nothing says nostalgia like a pile of cow pooMon, 28 Dec 2015 19:15:00 +0000Through This New Crowdfunding Site, a Lucky Few Can Make a Living Just by ... Living make around $1,100 a month—just for being aliveMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:13:14 +0000Craft Brewers Are Desperate for Beer Cans beverages are so popular that makers face a can shortage Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:00:55 +0000What Exactly Was the Christmas Star? Star of Bethlehem may not have actually been a starThu, 24 Dec 2015 15:00:20 +0000Listen to Bob Dylan Read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” favorite voice interprets a classicWed, 23 Dec 2015 20:30:30 +0000Tied Up in Knots? Call a Yarn Detangler niche group of knitters specializes in wrangling disobedient skeinsWed, 23 Dec 2015 18:00:14 +0000Virginians Can Now Legally Smile for Their Licenses trip to the DMV is about to get a little less awful Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:00:05 +0000Archivists Are Trying to Preserve Paris’ Post-Attack Memorials generations will know how Parisians responded to attacks in their cityWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:00:25 +0000Nicholas Cage Returned a Stolen Dino Skull actor paid $270,000 for the skull of one of T. rex's cousinsTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:30:46 +0000Catalonian Nativity Scenes Feature a Man Pooping in the Manger Scene’s Corner also celebrate Christmas by beating a log until it poops out treatsTue, 22 Dec 2015 16:30:28 +0000A New San Francisco Overpass Could Be Bedecked With Demonic-Looking Cats"Catbridge": Unnerving or adorable? Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:30:29 +0000Montenegro Will Get a Women’s-Only Art Museum museum was proposed by feminist punk collective Pussy RiotFri, 18 Dec 2015 21:00:03 +0000Mother Teresa Will Become an Official Saint champion of India's poorest has sprinted to sainthood since her 1997 deathFri, 18 Dec 2015 17:35:23 +0000In Japan, Couples Are Still Legally Required to Have the Same Surname Supreme Court upheld a century-old law that was challenged by equal rights activitstsFri, 18 Dec 2015 16:00:27 +0000Bestselling Books Are Getting Longer are they getting better? Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:30:24 +0000Skaters Turned a 100-Year-Old Church Into a Mural-Covered Skatepark about holy rollersThu, 17 Dec 2015 15:30:40 +0000The Capitol’s Christmas Tree Is (Partially) Made of Trash debris bedecks a 74-foot tree from Alaska Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:30:09 +0000Watch a NASA Scientist School the Empire on How to Build a Better Death Star Vader could have saved a few dollars by building it around an asteroidThu, 17 Dec 2015 12:00:07 +0000How to Prep Your Pooch to Win Best in Show hope the judge is in a good moodWed, 16 Dec 2015 15:15:49 +0000The Many Roads That Lead to Rome, Visualized not all cities named Rome are in ItalyMon, 14 Dec 2015 20:00:41 +0000Take a Tour of Postwar Tokyo in the 1940s archival footage makes a fascinating backdrop in a new music videoFri, 11 Dec 2015 19:00:00 +0000Tomorrow, Saudi Women Will Vote for the First Time than 130,000 women have registered to voteFri, 11 Dec 2015 18:30:00 +0000Test Your Smarts With the British Spy Agency's Christmas Card Puzzle you solve this head-scratcher?Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:10:00 +0000Abandoned Beatles Ashram Is Opened to the Public for the First Time in a Long, Long, Long Time back to the site of the Fab Four's disastrous meditation retreatThu, 10 Dec 2015 20:05:14 +0000Why Does Moby-Dick (Sometimes) Have a Hyphen? hunt for the true story behind Melville's hyphen is as mysterious as the famous white whaleThu, 10 Dec 2015 19:00:00 +0000When Rock Was Banned in the Soviet Union, Teens Took to Bootlegged Recordings on X-Rays snuck jazz and rock into the U.S.S.R. on records made of old x-raysThu, 10 Dec 2015 17:10:53 +0000There’s a ‘War and Peace’ Marathon Going On in Russia will take 1,300 readers four days and 60 hours to read the book out loudThu, 10 Dec 2015 14:59:33 +0000