Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenWed, 07 Dec 2016 19:58:08 +0000This Artist Wants to Send a Sculpture of Your Laughs Into Space is on orbit to become the first art piece created in spaceTue, 06 Dec 2016 16:03:37 +0000New U.K. Law That Would Pardon Gay Men Once Convicted of Sex Crimes Fails in Parliament private member's bill will not go aheadFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:46:20 +0000Historic Photos of Baltimore Show the Real-Life "Hairspray"<i>Hairspray Live!</i> fans, learn the history behind the beloved storyWed, 07 Dec 2016 19:58:08 +0000Paris Is Selling Old Love Locks to Raise Money For Refugees clipped locks to good useTue, 06 Dec 2016 18:39:06 +0000Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Are Over, For Now Army Corps of Engineers announced it will not issue an easement to complete the pipeline, but the incoming administration could change courseMon, 05 Dec 2016 21:57:00 +0000Comfort Foods Aren't Magic, But Memory Might Be National Comfort Food Day (yeah it's a thing), dig into the powers of food and how it makes us feelMon, 05 Dec 2016 19:16:06 +0000How Maps Shaped Shakespeare exhibition in Boston delves into historical maps to show how the Bard saw the wider world Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:24:58 +0000These Photos Bring the Women’s Movement to Life<i>Catching the Wave</i> dramatizes the large and small moments of second-wave feminism Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:44:11 +0000Ambitious New Public Art Project Will Turn the Thames Into an Illuminated Canvas <i>Illuminated River</i> launches in 2018, it will be the biggest such project ever undertaken Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:53:25 +0000Why Vegetarians Hate the U.K.'s New £5 Note new currency uses a polymer that contains some animal fat, and it turns out at least 24 other nations use the same productMon, 05 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000For 50 Years, This Swedish City Has Celebrated Christmas Season With a Giant Straw Goat most of the time it meets a fiery endMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Unesco Just Added Belgian Beer to Its Heritage List move celebrates the tiny country's huge love of sudsFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:39:32 +0000Goodbye, Barrow, Alaska. Hello, Utqiagvik most northerly city has officially reverted back to the Inupiaq name for the settlement on the Arctic seaFri, 02 Dec 2016 20:53:29 +0000The Beloved, Baffling 'A Wrinkle in Time' Was Rejected By 26 Publishers Madeleine L'Engle, whose birthday is today, almost quit writing before it was publishedTue, 29 Nov 2016 18:37:54 +0000Researchers Find Word Optimism Is Linked to National Misery Pollyanna changes her tune in times of war and economic hardshipTue, 29 Nov 2016 17:46:20 +0000Why Xenophobia Is’s Word of the Year word derived from Greek roots captured the zeitgeist of 2016Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:36:37 +0000There Are as Many Names for French Toast as Ways to Cook It have been enjoying the eggy bread treat since Roman timesMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:20:59 +0000New Doping Tests Are Turning Past Runners-Up Into Olympic Medalists 75 medal winners from the 2008 and 2012 games have been busted for doping, scrambling the Olympic record booksWed, 23 Nov 2016 18:59:52 +0000Police Spray Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters With Water and Tear Gas in Freezing Temperatures clash comes over access to a barricaded bridgeMon, 21 Nov 2016 21:39:02 +0000What Pilgrims Heard When They Arrived in America came to America seeking religious freedom, but what did their prayers, and those of the local Native Americans, sound like?Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:22:02 +0000World’s Largest Herd of Origami Elephants Takes Over the Bronx Zoo around the world folded the paper pachyderms to raise awareness of the elephants' plightFri, 18 Nov 2016 18:37:57 +0000Why a Congressional Commission Wants a National Women’s History Museum the American Museum of Women’s History ever become reality? Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:06:04 +0000Google Makes Ledger Art to Celebrate Legendary Native American Author James Welch an exclusive interview with, artist Sophie Diao talks about what inspired today's Google DoodleFri, 18 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000One of Rome’s Most Famous Sculptures Has Been Vandalized’s “Elephant and Obelisk” is missing part of its tuskWed, 16 Nov 2016 17:39:50 +0000Five Things to Know About Gwen Ifill late, great reporter turned curiosity into a career that changed journalism Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:03:35 +0000These Childhood Delights Just Made It Into the National Toy Hall of Fame<i>Dungeons & Dragons</i>, Little People and the humble swing are this year’s toy honorees Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:51:18 +0000A Brueghel Painting Long Thought to Be Made by a Copyist Is Going on Display for Pieter Brueghel the YoungerMon, 14 Nov 2016 15:06:12 +0000A Massive Collection of Cat Art Is up for Auction results of an art teacher’s passion project are for saleFri, 11 Nov 2016 19:57:21 +0000What Happens to Obama's Social Media Accounts When He Leaves Office? White House and National Archives have come up with a strategy to smoothly transition the POTUS Twitter and other communications channelsWed, 09 Nov 2016 21:02:29 +0000Four American Cities Voted for Taxes on Soda Last Night step forward in tackling obesity in AmericaWed, 09 Nov 2016 19:02:36 +0000The Louvre Has Restored "St. John the Baptist" clean, or not to clean?Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Explore the Flickering, Forgotten Past of African-Americans in Silent Film estimated 80 percent of silent movies with all-black casts are thought to be lost, but a new project is making sure the people who made them aren't Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:46:30 +0000Major Renaissance Painting Restored 50 Years After It Was Covered in Flood Waters Vasari's "Last Supper" was heavily damaged during Florence's 1966 flood. Conservationists finally figured out how to save it Tue, 08 Nov 2016 15:30:12 +0000Legal Dispute Over Maurice Sendak’s Epic Book Collection Gets Wild legal rumpus has concluded—but have concerns about the author's legacy only just begun? Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Library Launches Campaign to Preserve Shrines to Slain Dallas Police Officers fundraising effort looks to make remnants of the city's tragic shootings available for future generations Fri, 04 Nov 2016 17:49:48 +0000New Digital Collection Unveils the Other Stories of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Creator<i>KindredSpaces</i> brings together kindred spirits interested in the life and legacy of Lucy Maud MontgomeryFri, 04 Nov 2016 16:51:46 +0000Hi-Res Photography Reveals New Details of the Centuries Old Aberdeen Bestiary, wear marks and other details show the beautiful manuscript was once a teaching tool, not a royal collectibleFri, 04 Nov 2016 15:26:14 +0000Five Things to Know About Walter Cronkite four decades of TV broadcasting, “Uncle Walter” defined a nation’s newsFri, 04 Nov 2016 14:46:12 +0000How Experts Are Digitizing Ancient Manuscripts preservation is more work than it might seemThu, 03 Nov 2016 15:37:59 +0000Four Stunning Exhibitions From Scotland’s Recently Closed Inverleith House 30 years, funding cuts caused one of Edinburgh’s most popular public art galleries to shut its doorsWed, 02 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000Demand for Coffee Hits Record High as Global Supply Tightens have led the surge in java consumptionWed, 02 Nov 2016 17:44:58 +0000An Artist Is Building a Parthenon of Banned Books than 100,000 books will become a monument to intellectual freedom in Germany next yearWed, 02 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000Visually Impaired People Can Now Explore Andy Warhol’s Work With Their Ears and Fingers"Out Loud" adds depth to an artist obsessed with the surface of thingsWed, 02 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Britain’s First Robot Lives Again recreation of the spark-spitting Eric the Robot is once again delighting audiencesWed, 02 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Why Japan Is Asking Foreigners About Racism how widespread is racism in Japan? An unprecedented survey aims to find outTue, 01 Nov 2016 15:07:43 +0000Scientists Find That Frankenstein’s Monster Could Have Wiped Out Humanity goodness his creator never finished his proposed girlfriendFri, 28 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000Retro-Futuristic "House of Tomorrow" Declared a National Treasure property in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is seeking $2 million to return it to its 1933 World's Fair gloryFri, 28 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Five Things to Know About Evangelical Cartoonist Jack Chick controversial artist died after 50 years of publishing comicsFri, 28 Oct 2016 14:24:41 +0000National Geographic’s Iconic “Afghan Girl” Arrested in Pakistan Gula was recently detained on charges of having a fake I.D.Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:42:00 +0000A Brief History of Wizard Rock Halloween, check out a genre devoted to Harry Potter's Wizarding WorldThu, 27 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Vatican Just Banned Scattering Ashes new doctrinal rule requires Roman Catholics to store cremains at cemeteriesTue, 25 Oct 2016 19:19:08 +0000What to Know About Shakespeare's Newly Credited Collaborator Christopher Marlowe analysis convinced the editors of <i>The New Oxford Shakespeare</i> to make Marlowe a co-author on the "Henry VI" plays, parts 1, 2 and 3Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:34:53 +0000Italian Preservationists Save 900 Artworks From the Ruins of Earthquake-Struck Amatrice “Blue Helmets” spent months scouring rubble for priceless piecesTue, 25 Oct 2016 17:04:55 +0000Smithsonian Will Stretch to Save Scarecrow’s Costume, Too out the Ruby Slippers were just the beginning of an epic journey of cultural preservation Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:08:44 +0000Kids Ditch Princess Costumes in Favor of Superheroes This Halloween the first time in over a decade, princesses falter on the chartsMon, 24 Oct 2016 14:40:42 +0000If You Want to Adopt a Black Cat, You May Have to Wait Until Halloween Is Over some adoption centers wait till after the spooky season to give some kitties a homeMon, 24 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Iggy Pop Bares More Than Abs in New Art Exhibition About Masculinity meets pencil in an art show that examines the portrayal of masculinity throughout the centuriesFri, 21 Oct 2016 17:58:54 +0000How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War I blooms help the world commemorate a bloody warThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:26:25 +0000Prize-Winning Photos Capture the Big Beauty of a Microscopic World's Small World Photography Competition celebrates the gorgeous details of natureWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:01:00 +0000An Artist Blanketed Bogota’s Bolívar Square With the Names of Victims of Colombia’s Civil War the dead as the country struggles to make peaceMon, 17 Oct 2016 18:59:09 +0000China Now Has a 20th-Century Architectural Heritage List country with an uneasy relationship to its past will preserve 98 buildings of the 20th century for future generationsMon, 17 Oct 2016 17:27:44 +0000Reach Out And Touch This Version of Klimt’s “Kiss” 3-D printed version of the classic painting lets blind people appreciate the artworkMon, 17 Oct 2016 16:08:52 +0000New Art Exhibition Celebrates 5,000 Years of Syria's History is more than just a refugee crisisMon, 17 Oct 2016 14:46:52 +0000What to Know Now That the King of Thailand Has Died uncertainty and potential unrest follows the death of the beloved Bhumibol AdulyadejFri, 14 Oct 2016 15:09:32 +0000Five Things to Know About Bob Dylan it comes to awards, the times are a' changin'—and now the iconic musician is a Nobel laureateThu, 13 Oct 2016 18:13:37 +0000It’s 2016. Here’s How Hungry the World Is than 21 percent of the developing world is in “serious” need of food, according to a new reportThu, 13 Oct 2016 16:06:35 +0000Obama Just Signed a Law Mandating Diaper Changing Tables in Men's Restrooms BABIES Act will put changing tables in men's rooms in public, federal facilities Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:08:51 +0000Landmark Settlement Seeks to Address Decades of Harassment Faced by Female Mounties historic apology to women in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police comes with steps to prevent future abuseTue, 11 Oct 2016 17:50:35 +0000