Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 26 May 2017 16:05:00 +0000Venice Has Been Married to the Sea for Over a Thousand Years anniversary, you crazy kidsFri, 26 May 2017 16:05:00 +0000Why Food Smells So Good When it’s Browning complex chemical reaction called the Maillard Reaction is responsibleFri, 26 May 2017 15:10:00 +0000Gardner Museum Offers $10 Million for Information About 1990 Heist museum believes that somebody, somewhere can shed light on the whereabouts of 13 missing masterpieces Thu, 25 May 2017 18:06:07 +0000Three Ways Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Changed Dance Forever worked throughout his career to make life better for black performersThu, 25 May 2017 18:01:28 +0000This Art Was Made from JFK’s Cape Cod Home Hyannis Port house was the stuff of family legend. Now it’s the source of new artThu, 25 May 2017 17:23:20 +0000North Carolina Has a House Cat Museum’ll want to paws for this roadside attractionThu, 25 May 2017 16:03:08 +0000Researchers Create Color Images With Bacteria art is done by inserting 18 genes into E. coliWed, 24 May 2017 16:00:11 +0000'Mary Had a Little Lamb' Is Based on a True Story a child, Mary Sawyer rescued a lamb. Then it followed her to school one dayWed, 24 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Blinged-Out Menorah Debuts at Pioneering Exhibit in Rome piece, which is encrusted with precious jewels, was gifted to the Jewish Museum in Rome by the artist Joel Arthur RosenthalWed, 24 May 2017 14:42:08 +0000Italy Is Giving Away 103 Historic Buildings, Free of Charge potential owners are required to transform the properties into tourist-friendly sites Tue, 23 May 2017 19:02:33 +0000Indonesian Village Turns Into a Rainbow to Attract Tourists house and business in Kampung Pelangi is painted in bright rainbow colorsTue, 23 May 2017 16:53:05 +0000Basquiat Painting Becomes Most Expensive American Work Ever Sold Japanese billionaire bought the piece for $110.5 millionTue, 23 May 2017 15:16:09 +0000The 1870s Dairy Lobby Turned Margarine Pink So People Would Buy Butter or butter? The question has deep roots, and you shouldn't even ask it in WisconsinTue, 23 May 2017 13:40:00 +0000Sprawling Contemporary Art Museum to Open in Bangladesh space will include a 100-acre sculpture park and a vast gallery devoted to South Asian artMon, 22 May 2017 17:52:47 +0000Enormous Chicken Painting Comes Home to Roost years overseas, Doug Argue’s iconic portrait is backMon, 22 May 2017 16:58:21 +0000New App Makes It Easier to Colorize Old Photos software combines human input and a sophisticated neural network to make historical images popMon, 22 May 2017 16:35:25 +0000A Brief History of White House Weddings weddings have taken place in the White House—the last in 1994Mon, 22 May 2017 13:03:00 +0000Japanese Princess Will Lose Her Royal Status When She Marries a Commoner say that the country should amend its imperial succession laws, which currently prohibit women from ascending to the throneFri, 19 May 2017 18:30:11 +0000Six Portraits on Display Deepen the Mystery of Jane Austen Austen demure, sardonic, or glamorous? Each portrait tells a different story about the beloved authorFri, 19 May 2017 14:26:23 +0000The Icelandic Translation of 'Dracula' Is Actually a Different Book mysteries of this Gothic classic aren't over yetFri, 19 May 2017 13:34:00 +0000Beads Made From Meteorite Reveal Ancient Trade Network have confirmed iron beads in Illinois come from a Minnesota meteorite, supporting a theory called the Hopewell Interaction SphereThu, 18 May 2017 16:43:17 +0000Iceland's Volcano and Earthquake Museum is Devoted to the Country's "Epic" Geology Lava Center is surrounded by three volcanoesThu, 18 May 2017 15:28:13 +0000See the Civil War Through the Lens of Its First Photographer Brady and the photographers he hired were the first to photograph a war zoneThu, 18 May 2017 15:20:00 +0000Drag Queens Are Public Libraries’ Newest Storytellers reading just got a lot more glamorous Thu, 18 May 2017 14:39:14 +0000Can Giving Paintings Their Own DNA Stop Art Forgery? is leading the charge against copycatsWed, 17 May 2017 15:25:55 +0000Street Art Will Soon Take to the Skies with Graffiti-Painting Drone Swarms quadcopters can turn any vertical space into a canvas Tue, 16 May 2017 16:25:36 +0000Walt Disney’s Original Map of Disneyland Is Headed to Auction created the map with the artist Herb Ryman while trying to secure funds for his theme parkTue, 16 May 2017 14:26:52 +0000The MP3 Format is Music History's Latest Casualty Institute that licenses MP3 tech recently stopped, but the format that began the digital music era may live on indefinitelyMon, 15 May 2017 19:49:40 +0000Newly Digitized Archives Reveal the Inner Lives of Artists Delaware Art Museum just put 500 rare documents online Mon, 15 May 2017 18:50:46 +0000Chinese Tomb Murals Paint Colorful Picture of 1000-Year-Old Fashions of vibrant clothing and tables laden with fineries are depicted on the walls of the Liao Dynasty tombMon, 15 May 2017 16:47:51 +0000The First “Chocolate Chip” Was a Molasses Candy name "chocolate chip" goes back much farther than the Toll House cookiesMon, 15 May 2017 14:10:00 +0000Download 200 Free Art Books, Courtesy of the Guggenheim devoted to Picasso, Rothko, Lichtenstein, Klimt and more are now available for your reading pleasureMon, 15 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000An Upcoming Art Exhibition Caters to Canine Critics (and licking and sniffing) the art is allowedMon, 15 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000Handwritten 'Harry Potter' Prequel Stolen and J.K. Rowling have urged fans not to buy the magical manuscript Fri, 12 May 2017 17:06:59 +0000Battle the Bard in Shakespeare Remix Competition$25,000 is on the line—along with some serious bragging rightsFri, 12 May 2017 16:15:53 +0000Apple Pie Is Not All That American apples nor the pie originally came from America, but Americans have made this dish their ownFri, 12 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Massive Royal Atlas Gets Digitized magnificent Klencke Atlas is now available online courtesy of the British LibraryFri, 12 May 2017 15:03:54 +0000Listen to This First 1920s Recording By One of the Kings of Jazz Bechet was one of the first big jazz soloists, and brought the soprano saxophone into the jazz foldFri, 12 May 2017 13:35:35 +0000Why Does Every Tourist Attraction Sell Fudge? thing that places as different as Niagara Falls, Disneyland and Ellis Island have in common? FudgeFri, 12 May 2017 12:55:00 +0000American Journalists Used Nazi-Provided Photos During World War II new report reveals more details about the Associated Press’ secret deal with the Third ReichThu, 11 May 2017 18:38:21 +0000Ornate Tiara, Once Worn by a Grand Duchess, Stolen From German Museum headpiece is adorned with 367 diamonds and has been valued at $1.31 millionThu, 11 May 2017 16:47:57 +0000Songwriter Irving Berlin’s Interfaith Marriage Caused 1920s Gossip songwriter made headlines when he and writer Ellin Mackay got married against her millionaire father's wishesThu, 11 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why People Love Southern Gothic the 19th century to S-Town, it’s a compelling genre that’s as flawed as its most grotesque charactersThu, 11 May 2017 14:03:00 +0000Tomatoes Have Legally Been Vegetables Since 1893, so it's technically a fruit. But we don't eat it like oneWed, 10 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000Study Challenges the Supremacy of Stradivarius Violins French researcher set out to solve a long-standing fiddle riddle: do these infamous violins project sound better than new ones?Wed, 10 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000The Eurovision Song Contest Rocks Europe This Week. Here’s How It All Got Started was the idea of the European Broadcasting Union, who wanted to put the relatively new technology of television through its pacesTue, 09 May 2017 18:03:01 +0000Found: Pages From One of the First Books Printed in England librarian at the University of Reading discovered the 15th-century text buried in a boxTue, 09 May 2017 17:53:48 +0000Minnesota Town Gets Veterans Memorial Covered With Satanic Imagery’s America’s first satanic monument on public groundsTue, 09 May 2017 16:40:58 +0000Crayola to Debut Crayon Inspired by New Shade of Blue YInMn pigment was accidentally discovered by a chemist in 2009Tue, 09 May 2017 14:04:23 +0000These Groceries Are Made of Felt artist Lucy Sparrow is opening an entire bodega full of themMon, 08 May 2017 14:51:15 +0000This Unassuming NYC Home is the Legacy of America's First Foodie Beard’s culinary philosophy helped shape American cuisineFri, 05 May 2017 15:10:43 +0000Paris’ Infamous Love Locks Will Now Help Migrants pesky padlocks are now removed from the bridge—and up for auctionThu, 04 May 2017 19:14:24 +0000Norwegian TV Series on Migrating Reindeer Impeded After Animals Stop Migrating animals are not moving fast enough for Norway’s "slow TV" crazeThu, 04 May 2017 18:25:05 +0000Asian-American Superhero The Green Turtle Returns! character, created in the 1940s and revived in a 2014 graphic novel, stars in a new comic book to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Thu, 04 May 2017 16:18:49 +0000Who Is the Mysterious Subject of This Alice Neel Portrait? journalist has cracked the caseThu, 04 May 2017 15:08:36 +0000Shipwreck Identified as Rare Canal Boat boats once fueled trade in the Erie CanalThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Rosa Parks’ Detroit House Finds a Home in Berlin abandoned and decrepit, the house has been restored overseasThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000"Get Your Kicks" at This Route 66 Museum Mill Restaurant, which once served hungry travelers, now hosts a shrine to the highway's roadside attractionsWed, 03 May 2017 18:10:43 +0000Project Is Making 3D Scans of Ancient Handprints Handpas Project is looking to unlock who made the prehistoric art and whyWed, 03 May 2017 17:02:57 +0000UK Appoints First Woman as Official Artist of General Election Parker will create a piece for the Parliamentary Art CollectionWed, 03 May 2017 15:39:47 +0000Tasmanian Art Festival to Host Controversial Hermann Nitsch Performance festival has decided to proceed with the avant-garde artist's work, despite public outrageTue, 02 May 2017 16:41:20 +0000Museum of Migration Opens in London ambitious museum brings new perspective to a city shaped by immigrantsTue, 02 May 2017 15:04:06 +0000Music or Animal Abuse? A Brief History of the Cat Piano the early 1800s, the katzenklavier was hailed as a treatment for distracted peopleTue, 02 May 2017 13:26:34 +0000Model Looms Are Missing Link in China's Textile History miniature pattern looms found in a burial in Chengdu show how the Han Dynasty produced cloth to trade on the Silk RoadMon, 01 May 2017 17:08:58 +0000New Exhibit Highlights the Art of the Courtroom Sketch decades, these drawings offered the public its only glimpse into high-profile court casesMon, 01 May 2017 16:12:51 +0000Latest National Report Card Shows Little Student Improvement in Music and Art is the third time that the National Center for Educational Statistics has assessed eight-graders in music and visual artsMon, 01 May 2017 14:24:58 +0000Check Out This Year's Entries to the RobotArt Competition teams have submitted almost 200 artworks painted by robots, many guided by artsy artificial intelligence Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:16:08 +0000A Nude Sculpture of George Washington Is Coming to New York work was made in preparation for a larger, clothed statue by the Italian artist Antonio Canova Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:47:29 +0000Times Square's Glitzy Look was One Man's Bright Idea Leigh's ability to imagine new kinds of advertising shaped the signs of the cityFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +0000The Essential I.M. Pei century-old architect changed the way the world sees itselfThu, 27 Apr 2017 16:42:42 +0000Sold: Diary of 28-Year-Old JFK recorded his impressions of a formative trip through post-War EuropeThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:34:26 +0000“The Scream” Might Have Been Inspired By a Rare Type of Cloud mother-of-pearl clouds stoke a painter's angst? Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:02:55 +0000This Building Is Covered in Emoji raising both hands in celebration-Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:56:43 +0000Cult Filmmaker John Waters Is Hosting a Summer Camp for Adults’s as kooky as you might imagineWed, 26 Apr 2017 14:43:29 +0000Cleveland Museum of Art will Return Stolen Roman Sculpture to Italy have long voiced concerns about origins of the portraitWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000MIT’s ‘Treepedia’ Shows How Green Your City Grows data from Google Street View, researchers created an interactive map that measures tree density on city streetsTue, 25 Apr 2017 19:53:58 +0000'The Outsiders' Was Groundbreaking, But It Didn't Create YA Fiction have claimed that “young adult” fiction didn’t exist before S.E. Hinton wrote her cult classic–but it did, sort ofMon, 24 Apr 2017 13:41:56 +0000Check Out These Rare Color Images of World War II photos are part of a new book from the Imperial War Museums which includes many images published for the first timeFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:24:12 +0000A New Museum in Sweden Is All About Failure the many examples of products that were short-sighted, short-lived or just sillyFri, 21 Apr 2017 16:16:21 +0000Germany Will Research Stasi Art Seizures Nazis weren’t the only group that looted German treasuresFri, 21 Apr 2017 14:38:43 +0000Researchers Work to Take the Bias Out Of Facial Reconstruction of relying on European-centric data sets, researchers used a global database to help image a 13,600-year-old woman from ThailandThu, 20 Apr 2017 15:59:51 +0000Without Edgar Allan Poe, We Wouldn't Have Sherlock Holmes Auguste Dupin, Poe's main character, was the first genius detectiveThu, 20 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Technique Shows San Rock Art Is 5,000 Years Old a highly refined form of carbon dating, researchers were able to date the pigments in art in Botswana, Lesotho and South AfricaWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:56:56 +0000A Minnesota Home Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Is For Sale, Original Furniture And All from the floor color to the light fixtures is as the architect designed itTue, 18 Apr 2017 18:53:23 +0000The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and Some Other Guys midnight ride wasn’t so much a solo operation as it was a relayTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:18:27 +0000Ancient Architectural Science is Coming to a Renowned Indian Engineering School of alignment with the sun and magnetic fields in vastu shastra stretch back 8,000 yearsTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:02:41 +0000 A Look Back at the 1925 Woman’s World Fair the success of the Chicago World's Fair, women made their own eventTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:58:29 +0000Thousands of Lego Daffodils Are Blooming in Britain brick-built botanicals celebrate the UK’s 2017 City of CultureFri, 14 Apr 2017 17:44:41 +0000Ireland May End Its Historic Good Friday Alcohol Ban 1927 prohibition restricted the sale of booze on Good Friday, Christmas Day and St. Patrick’s DayFri, 14 Apr 2017 17:21:19 +0000Last Surviving Animals of Mosul Zoo Transported to Safety the bear and Simba the lion have been evacuated to a wildlife shelter in JordanFri, 14 Apr 2017 17:01:09 +0000The Curious History of the White House Easter Egg Roll of families enter the lottery each year to take part in this White House traditionFri, 14 Apr 2017 16:13:52 +0000Aromatic New Museum Celebrates the Art and History of Perfume the ancient Egyptians to Elizabeth Taylor, the Grand Musée du Parfum tells the story of fragranceFri, 14 Apr 2017 15:05:39 +0000Fashion Made From Cow Poo Wins Innovation Award looks to manure to produce bioplastic, paper and fashion-forward textilesThu, 13 Apr 2017 17:45:04 +0000Slumber With Skeletons at This New York Museum, mummies and adults are invited to a special sleepoverThu, 13 Apr 2017 15:46:28 +0000Digital Tombstone Brings the Dead Back to Life is eternal—but cemeteries are changing with the timesThu, 13 Apr 2017 14:30:00 +0000The Tournament Scrabble Dictionary Contains More Than A Hundred Slurs woman first raised the issue of the Scrabble dictionary containing offensive words in the 1990sThu, 13 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000Movie Palaces Let Everyday Americans Be Royalty were an important part of the studio system that flourished until the late 1940sWed, 12 Apr 2017 15:04:12 +0000One Million Internet Users Created This Piece of Art range from the juvenile to bizarre to strangely beautifulTue, 11 Apr 2017 20:44:48 +0000The Met Will Finally Integrate Some Native American Art Into Its American Wing now, indigenous art has lived in its own sectionTue, 11 Apr 2017 19:01:32 +0000This 3,500-Year-Old Statue of a Syrian Refugee Remains One of Archaeology’s Most Important Finds Idrimi is getting digitized and his autobiography is as relevant as everTue, 11 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000Graffiti Grudge Goes to Federal Court was once an international graffiti icon. Now, aerosol artists are fighting the developer who tore it downTue, 11 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000The Quest to Better Describe the Scent of Old Books a unique smell just got easier thanks to a pair of olfactory detectivesFri, 07 Apr 2017 16:13:32 +0000Smithsonian and Library of Congress Purchase Rare 1860s Photo of Harriet Tubman of an album of 44 photos of prominent abolitionists, the unique photo was recently acquired at auctionFri, 07 Apr 2017 14:44:16 +0000Moths Are Nibbling Away at England’s Heritage Sites “Operation Clothes Moths” commenceThu, 06 Apr 2017 19:28:41 +0000Only 30 Dutch Wooden Shoe Makers Remain traditional trade is in troubleThu, 06 Apr 2017 16:19:42 +0000The Secretary of the Interior Once Banned Rock Bands From the National Mall Watt, who was outed from office in the early 1980s, said the only songs he knew were 'The Star Spangled Banner' and 'Amazing Grace'Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Fans Hope to Preserve Jack Kerouac’s Florida Home modest house in St. Petersburg is now for sale, and may be turned into a museum Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:07:22 +0000The National Spelling Bee Adjusts Its Rules To Prevent Ties spellers will be required to take a written test on the final evening of the competitionWed, 05 Apr 2017 18:01:21 +0000This $71.2 Million Diamond Just Set a New World Record flawless stone has a new owner—and a new nameWed, 05 Apr 2017 15:54:56 +0000A Second Doomsday Vault—This One to to Preserve Data—Is Opening in Svalbard as the Arctic World Archive, it will store copies of books, archives and documents on special filmWed, 05 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000London's Parliament Square Will Get Its First Statue of a Woman leader Millicent Garrett Fawcett will join the ranks of 11 statesmen who have been honored with monuments thereTue, 04 Apr 2017 16:48:09 +0000Sriracha Sauce Is Finally Available in Vietnam happens when a cult staple heads to another country?Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:26:11 +0000Arsenic and Old Tastes Made Victorian Wallpaper Deadly were obsessed with vividly-colored wallpaper, which is on-trend for this year–though arsenic poisoning is never in styleMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000There’s a New World’s Blackest Black it’s really blackFri, 31 Mar 2017 17:11:40 +0000What Kind of Art is the Most Popular?'s not always in museums—and historic name recognition is starting to matter lessThu, 30 Mar 2017 16:04:38 +0000Museum Devoted to Camille Claudel, Long Overshadowed by Rodin, Opens in France work has long been obscured by her dramatic personal lifeThu, 30 Mar 2017 12:20:02 +0000N.W.A., NPR Among This Year’s National Recording Registry Inductees latest class of 25 also includes Judy Garland and Vin ScullyWed, 29 Mar 2017 16:12:57 +0000Bob Dylan Will (Finally) Collect his Nobel Prize for Literature the songwriter won't be delivering a Nobel Lecture at this timeWed, 29 Mar 2017 13:40:23 +0000