Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenWed, 04 May 2016 19:39:08 +0000Virtual Reality Film Will Simulate Anne Frank’s Hiding Placehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-reality-film-will-simulate-anne-franks-hiding-place-180958996/'Anne' will give audiences a sense of what it was like to be in the "Secret Annex"Wed, 04 May 2016 19:39:08 +0000The U.S. Has a Massive Cheese Surplushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-has-massive-cheese-surplus-180958985/Imagine 1.19 billion pounds of cached cheeseWed, 04 May 2016 15:45:56 +0000A Historic Cathedral in New York City Goes up in Flameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-cathedral-new-york-city-goes-flames-180958973/The Cathedral of St. Sava caught fire just hours after the Orthodox congregation celebrated EasterTue, 03 May 2016 15:55:11 +0000Five Things to Know About Megacitieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-to-know-about-megacities-180958937/Urbanization is happening fast—here's what to know about the world's largest citiesMon, 02 May 2016 19:12:41 +0000Biographer Uncovers Unsigned Feature Article by Harper Leehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/biographer-uncovers-unsigned-feature-article-harper-lee-180958935/The 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author published a profile of a Kansas investigator in an FBI magazine while helping Truman Capote research 'In Cold Blood'Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:02:58 +0000Prince’s Paisley Park Studios Will Become a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/princes-paisley-park-studios-will-become-museum-180958920/A la GracelandTue, 26 Apr 2016 20:02:22 +0000Indian Artists Are Protesting a Private Takeover of a Public Art Galleryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indian-artists-are-protesting-private-takeover-public-art-gallery-180958885/Local artists want the Venkatappa Art Gallery to stay publicTue, 26 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0000For the First Time, See Two Early Medieval Books Written By Women On Display Togetherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/for-the-first-time-see-two-early-medieval-books-written-by-women-on-display-together-180958884/The manuscripts detail the authors' experiencesTue, 26 Apr 2016 17:19:14 +0000Fire Devastates New Delhi's National Museum of Natural Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-devastates-new-delhis-national-museum-natural-history-180958914/A late night blaze guts one of India's favorite museums, destroying valuable collections and exhibitsTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:00:02 +0000An Israeli Brewery Recreated a 2,000-Year-Old Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/israeli-brewery-recreated-2000-year-old-beer-180958883/Beer brewed as in Biblical timesMon, 25 Apr 2016 18:13:04 +0000'Lost' Medieval Music Performed for the First Time in 1,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-medieval-music-performed-first-time-1000-years-180958892/Researchers and musicians at Cambridge reconstruct songs from 'The Consolation of Philosophy'Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:01:59 +0000This Artist Builds Tiny Rooms in Milan’s Forgotten Manholeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-builds-tiny-rooms-milans-forgotten-manholes-180958854/The seemingly whimsical project has a darker meaningFri, 22 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Beyond Raspberry Berets: What Prince Left Behind http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beyond-raspberry-berets-what-prince-left-behind-180958866/From portraits to guitars, The Artist’s legacy lives on at the SmithsonianThu, 21 Apr 2016 19:42:03 +0000Damien Hirst's Artworks May Leak Formaldehyde Gashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/damien-hirsts-artworks-may-leak-formaldehyde-gas-180958862/Where does art end and hazard begin?Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:40:02 +0000For the First Time in 800 Years, Rice and Beans Are Kosher for Passoverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-800-years-rice-and-beans-are-kosher-passover-180958856/The Jewish Conservative movement relaxes a 13th-century ban on rice, corn and beans during PassoverThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:57:12 +0000It's Official: Harriet Tubman Will Grace the $20 Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harriet-tubman-grace-20-dollar-bill-180958852/The famed Underground Railroad Conductor will appear on the front of the $20 bill, among other changes to U.S. currencyWed, 20 Apr 2016 20:42:13 +0000Los Angeles’ Skid Row Is Getting a Golf Coursehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/los-angeles-skid-row-getting-golf-course-180958730/It’s a hole-in-one for performers with a point to make about gentrificationTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:39:37 +0000Supreme Court Declines to Hear Copyright Challenge to Google Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supreme-court-declines-hear-copyright-challenge-google-books-180958818/By turning down the case, the Supreme Court made a stand for fair useTue, 19 Apr 2016 14:23:59 +0000A New Exhibition Is All About Underwearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-all-about-underwear-180958809/From a queen's drawers to David Beckham's briefs, The Victoria and Albert Museum gets "Undressed"Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Perfume Smells Like the Apocalypsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfume-smells-apocalypse-180958728/Artists bottled blood and thunder to capture the heady scent of the end timesMon, 18 Apr 2016 14:19:23 +0000Five Fascinating Places to Visit This Obscura Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-fascinating-places-visit-obscura-day-180958762/<i>Atlas Obscura</i> celebrates all things weird and wonderful worldwide this SaturdayThu, 14 Apr 2016 17:07:12 +0000Lawyers Who Made the Birthday Song Public Domain Take Aim at Civil Rights Anthemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lawyers-who-made-birthday-song-copyright-take-aim-at-civil-rights-anthem-180958757/A group of filmmakers want to remove the copyright from "We Shall Overcome" Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:32:09 +0000A Canadian First Nation Community Is in the Grips of a Suicide Crisishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-first-nation-community-grips-suicide-crisis-180958755/Eleven suicide attempts took place in Attawapiskat First Nation on Saturday aloneWed, 13 Apr 2016 18:33:06 +0000Multi-Million Dollar Painting Found in Leaky French Attichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/multi-million-dollar-painting-found-leaky-french-attic-180958752/Homeowners may have found a lost Caravaggio masterpiece behind a sealed attic door in their home near ToulouseWed, 13 Apr 2016 16:02:31 +0000These Were 2015’s Most Challenged Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-were-2015s-most-challenged-books-180958749/This year's list includes S&M, LGBT content...and the Bible. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:25:51 +0000Celebrate Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday With a Trip to Her Sculpture Gardenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrate-beverly-clearys-100th-birthday-trip-her-sculpture-garden-180958724/Ramona's creator is even more timeless thanks to Portland's tribute in bronzeTue, 12 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Museum Building Is Booming in the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-building-booming-united-states-180958711/In a seven-year period, museums in the U.S. spent around $5 billionMon, 11 Apr 2016 18:31:25 +0000In "Solomonic Solution," Museum Returns Two Nazi-Looted Artworks to 95-Year-Old Descendanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vienna-museum-returns-two-works-of-art-stolen-nazis-180958705/After nearly 20 years of fighting, the Leopold Museum in Vienna has agreed to return the watercolorsFri, 08 Apr 2016 19:10:46 +0000A New Copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio Was Found in a Scottish Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-copy-shakespeares-first-folio-was-found-scottish-library-180958694/Only a few hundred copies still surviveThu, 07 Apr 2016 19:01:32 +0000How Booker T. Washington Became the First African-American on a U.S. Postage Stamphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-booker-t-washington-became-the-first-african-american-us-postage-stamp-180958689/At the time, postage stamps usually depicted white men Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:58:29 +0000Celebrate Shakespeare’s Legacy at Hamlet’s Castlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrate-shakespeares-legacy-hamlets-castle-180958685/Rest, rest, perturbed spirit! A bed awaits at “Elsinore”Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:54:56 +0000An Italian Senator Wants Kids to Learn About Wine in Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/italian-senator-wants-kids-learn-about-wine-school-180958681/A bill would add wine classes to elementary school curriculumsThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:41:42 +0000This Mural Honoring Garbage Collectors Covers More Than 50 Buildings in Cairohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mural-honoring-garbage-collectors-covers-more-50-buildings-cairo-180958636/An enormous painting brightens up one of Cairo’s poorest neighborhoodsWed, 06 Apr 2016 19:15:08 +0000"New" Rembrandt Created, 347 Years After the Dutch Master's Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-rembrandt-created-347-years-after-the-dutch-masters-death-180958664/The painting was created using data from more than 168,000 fragments of Rembrandt’s workTue, 05 Apr 2016 17:49:16 +0000Three Things to Know About Judi Dench's Theater Careerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-to-know-about-judi-denchs-theater-career-180958656/The acclaimed actor's career spans decadesTue, 05 Apr 2016 15:20:32 +0000Three Surprising Finds from the New Alan Lomax Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-surprising-finds-new-alan-lomax-archive-180958650/A new online database shares more than 17,000 recordings from the folk music archivistTue, 05 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000I Scream, You Scream: A Vanilla Ice Cream Shortage Is Loominghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/i-scream-you-scream-a-vanilla-ice-cream-shortage-is-looming-180958642/Just in time for the summerMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:10:46 +0000Museum Programs Affect Teens for a Lifetimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-programs-affect-teens-for-a-lifetime-180958638/A first-of-its-kind study shows that the effects of arts programs can last well into adulthoodFri, 01 Apr 2016 17:14:26 +0000Here are Seven of Zaha Hadid's Most Stunning Structures http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-seven-zaha-hadids-most-stunning-structures-180958635/The architect leaves behind an astonishing legacyFri, 01 Apr 2016 16:52:26 +0000UC Irvine Becomes the First American Public University To Offer E-Sports Scholarshipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uc-irvine-becomes-first-american-public-university-to-offer-e-sports-scholarships-180958623/The university jumps into the world of competitive gamingThu, 31 Mar 2016 18:24:05 +0000German Brewery Pulls Beer Accused of Having Nazi and Anti-Immigrant Sentimentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-brewery-pulls-beer-accused-of-having-nazi-and-anti-immigrant-sentiments-180958606/“Grenzzaun halbe" referenced the country's debate on whether or not to seal its bordersThu, 31 Mar 2016 16:45:41 +0000How Hearst Tried to Stop ‘Citizen Kane'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-hearst-tried-stop-citizen-kane-180958602/The newspaper mogul hated the film more than previously thoughtWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:45:00 +0000The Library of Congress Will Ditch the Subject Heading “Illegal Aliens”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-will-ditch-subject-heading-illegal-aliens-180958599/Student activists are to thank for the changeTue, 29 Mar 2016 19:06:49 +0000Competitive Book Collecting Is a Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/competitive-book-collecting-thing-180958573/Young bibliophiles duke it out in the National Collegiate Book Collecting ContestTue, 29 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000Johnny Rotten's Graffiti Made These Buildings Historic Landmarkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/johnny-rottens-graffiti-made-these-buildings-historic-landmarks-180958558/The Sex Pistols’ home and recording studio are now protected as a cultural heritage sitesThu, 24 Mar 2016 19:09:06 +0000This Could Be the World’s Most Colorful Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-be-worlds-most-colorful-library-180958560/Harvard’s Forbes Pigment Collection preserves some of history’s most precious colors—and helps conserve the world’s greatest artThu, 24 Mar 2016 16:32:38 +0000The Strange Career of “Mack the Knife”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-career-mack-knife-180958557/As old Macheath is inducted into the National Recording Registry, here's a look back at his long musical lifeThu, 24 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000This Polish Museum Exhibit Was Completely Curated By Kidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polish-museum-exhibit-was-completely-curated-kids-180958512/“Anything Goes” took six months and 69 children to createTue, 22 Mar 2016 14:19:23 +0000Roald Dahl’s Iconic Illustrator Inspired This New Fonthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roald-dahls-iconic-illustrator-inspired-new-font-180958489/Quentin Blake’s handwriting has elements of spontaneity and joyMon, 21 Mar 2016 18:48:27 +0000Flesh-Toned Ballet Shoes Will Soon Be Available for People of Colorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flesh-toned-ballet-shoes-will-soon-be-available-people-color-180958475/At long last, there are options for non-white dancersFri, 18 Mar 2016 17:26:10 +0000Watch a Statue of Lenin Being Torn Down in Real Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-statue-lenin-being-torn-down-real-time-180958471/It’s hard to topple a 66-foot statue—or contend with the symbols of Ukraine’s communist pastFri, 18 Mar 2016 14:59:08 +0000Researchers Seek Silly Sherlocks to Dig up Victorian-Era Jokeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Researchers-seek-silly-sherlocks-dig-victorian-era-jokes-180958476/Joke detectives are using the British Library to uncover what made Victorians chuckleFri, 18 Mar 2016 14:24:58 +0000MAD Magazine’s Iconic Alfred E. Neuman Turns 60 This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mad-magazines-iconic-alfred-e-neuman-turns-60-year-180958466/The impish mascot has had a long, colorful lifeThu, 17 Mar 2016 16:29:06 +0000A High-Tech "Nose" Will Protect Mickey Mouse and Simba During Their Visit to Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-tech-nose-will-protect-mickey-mouse-and-simba-during-visit-china-180958457/A new sensor detects tiny amounts of pollutants that can ruin artworkWed, 16 Mar 2016 18:30:00 +0000Heir to Punk Royalty Will Burn $7 Million Worth of Punk Memorabiliahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heir-punk-royalty-will-burn-7-million-worth-punk-memorabilia-180958460/Son of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren says it’s to spite the QueenWed, 16 Mar 2016 18:03:25 +0000CERN Seeks International Artists For Full-Time Residencyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cern-seeks-international-artists-full-time-residency-180958448/The European Center for Nuclear Research is calling for art submissions for its annual awardWed, 16 Mar 2016 16:30:00 +0000Facing a Biscuit Shortage, British Citizens Get an Emergency Shipment Flown in From Dubaihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facing-biscuit-shortage-british-citizens-get-emergency-shipment-flown-dubai-180958429/The shortage isn’t the only biscuit-related scandal to strike teatime recentlyTue, 15 Mar 2016 19:38:15 +0000Thanks to the FCC, You Might Soon Have More Control Over Your Personal Datahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-fcc-you-might-soon-have-more-control-over-your-personal-data-180958401/Regulators are taking on internet service providers over targeted adsTue, 15 Mar 2016 18:06:51 +0000This Summer, the Louvre’s Pyramid Will "Disappear"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/summer-louvres-pyramid-will-disappear-180958402/A French street artist promises a tantalizing trick of the eyeTue, 15 Mar 2016 15:35:31 +0000A Prominent Street Artist Just Destroyed All of His Workshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prominent-street-artist-just-destroyed-all-his-works-180958408/Blu used a chisel and gray paint to make a pointMon, 14 Mar 2016 20:45:00 +0000Muggles Are Selling the Chair in Which 'Harry Potter' Was Createdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chair-which-harry-potter-was-created-auction-180958405/The decorated dining room chair J.K. Rowling used to write her iconic novels is going on saleMon, 14 Mar 2016 19:15:00 +0000The National Film Board of Canada Will Give 50 Percent of Its Production Budget to Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nfb-half-production-budget-women-180958398/The agency thinks it can achieve full gender parity in just three yearsMon, 14 Mar 2016 18:18:58 +0000These Mountains Are Made of Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-mountains-are-made-books-180958389/An interdisciplinary artist creates landscapes out of encyclopediasMon, 14 Mar 2016 14:22:46 +0000The Worcester Art Museum’s New Exhibit Is All Cats, All the Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worcester-art-museums-new-exhibit-all-cats-all-time-180958388/New art exhibit will trace humans' captivation with cats throughout historyFri, 11 Mar 2016 19:05:22 +0000These Eerie Civil War Photos Changed How the U.S. Saw Veteranshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-eerie-civil-war-photos-changed-how-us-saw-veterans-180958382/Reed Bontecou's groundbreaking photography used a new medium to bring attention to the wounds of warFri, 11 Mar 2016 17:03:27 +0000A New Production of "King Lear" Features 18th-Century Special Effectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-production-king-lear-features-18th-century-special-effects-180958380/The Bristol Old Vic’s thunder run hasn’t been used since 1942Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:30:00 +0000Found: The Biggest Collection of Ancient Oaks in Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-biggest-collection-ancient-oaks-europe-180958364/The massive, old trees were hiding in plain sight in the woods of a spectacular mansionThu, 10 Mar 2016 15:45:20 +0000Mr. Darcy’s Wet Shirt is Coming to the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mr-darcys-wet-shirt-coming-united-states-180958367/It’s the costume that launched an entire generation of Jane Austen loversThu, 10 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000Today’s Google Doodle Celebrates Electronic Music Pioneer Clara Rockmorehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/todays-google-doodle-celebrates-electronic-music-pioneer-clara-rockmores-180958368/The theremin virtuosa would have been 105 years old todayWed, 09 Mar 2016 18:30:00 +0000Italy Thinks Its 'Za Should Be a United Nations Cultural Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/italy-thinks-its-za-should-be-a-united-nations-cultural-treasure-180958322/Italy wants its Neapolitan pizza to be added to Unesco's cultural heritage listWed, 09 Mar 2016 15:48:59 +0000Plagiarism Scandal Checkers the World of Crossword Puzzles http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plagiarism-scandal-checkers-world-of-crossword-puzzles-180958303/Digital database points to puzzle plagiarismTue, 08 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000This Machine Makes Music With Marbleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/machine-makes-music-marbles-180958293/The absurd-looking device is a marble-powered, one-man bandMon, 07 Mar 2016 19:31:29 +0000This Designer Makes Animations With Naturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/designer-animations-earth-180958289/Paul Johnson turns Twin Cities landscapes into hypnotic stop-motion Mon, 07 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000