Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 27 May 2016 14:20:00 +0000Inside the Effort to Digitize Medieval Monks' Chantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-effort-digitize-medieval-monks-chants-180959191/Scanning and interpreting centuries-old manuscripts is a challenge because musical notation wasn't formalized yetFri, 27 May 2016 14:20:00 +0000Rome Is Looking for People to Adopt Famous, Falling-Apart Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rome-looking-people-adopt-famous-falling-apart-sites-180959236/When in Rome, pony up some cash for cultural preservation Thu, 26 May 2016 18:16:31 +0000Tune Into the Smashing Sounds of Large Hadron Collider Data in Real Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tune-smashing-sound-large-hadron-collider-data-real-time-180959240/Grooves made by groundbreaking physicsThu, 26 May 2016 17:40:00 +0000Doctors Diagnose Diseases of Subjects in Two Famous Paintingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doctor-will-frame-you-now-mds-diagnose-diseases-two-famous-paintings-180959227/The doctor will frame you nowThu, 26 May 2016 13:14:18 +0000A Painting Georgia O’Keeffe Wanted Destroyed Is on Display for the First Time in Nearly 60 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painting-georgia-okeeffe-wanted-destroyed-display-first-time-nearly-60-years-180959229/O’Keeffe’s watercolor returns to the town where she painted itWed, 25 May 2016 15:16:26 +0000This Startup Wants to Open the 2020 Olympics With a Man-Made Meteor Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/startup-wants-open-2020-olympics-man-made-meteor-shower-180959219/Could the only thing better than fireworks be fireworks launched from space?Wed, 25 May 2016 14:50:32 +0000These Are America’s Most Well-Read Citieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-americas-most-well-read-cities-180959224/Did your bookish burg make Amazon.com's list? Wed, 25 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Young Adults Are More Likely to Live at Home Than With Significant Othershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/young-adults-are-more-likely-live-home-significant-others-180959223/Is Mom's basement the battlefield for a new social groundswell? Tue, 24 May 2016 20:03:14 +0000Five Fascinating Details About the Media Mogul Who May Have Written “Mary Had a Little Lamb”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-fascinating-details-about-media-mogul-who-might-have-written-mary-had-little-lamb-180959212/Everywhere that Sarah Josepha Hale went, success was sure to goTue, 24 May 2016 12:30:00 +0000Houston Opens Up Its Huge "Underground Cathedral" to Visitorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/houston-opens-its-huge-underground-cathedral-visitors-180959204/A haunting 1920's city reservoir full of 25-foot columns and shafts of light is now open to the public Mon, 23 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000When It Rains in Boston, the Sidewalks Reveal Poetryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-it-rains-boston-sidewalks-reveal-poetry-180959205/Water-resistant spray paint creates hidden poems on Beantown’s streetsMon, 23 May 2016 16:40:00 +0000A Giant Flock of Pigeons Is Lighting up New York’s Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-giant-flock-pigeons-lighting-new-yorks-night-sky-180959192/The show is meant to illustrate that pigeons aren't rats with wingsMon, 23 May 2016 14:42:52 +0000The World's Longest Pizza Took 250 Chefs More Than Six Hours to Makehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-longest-pizza-took-250-chefs-more-six-hours-make-180959177/No surprise, the record-holding pie was created in NaplesFri, 20 May 2016 16:00:00 +0000Five of the Most Iconic State Sandwicheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-most-iconic-state-sandwiches-180959180/Choosing a state sandwich is hard workFri, 20 May 2016 15:34:43 +0000Get Ready for the “Summer of Hamilton”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-ready-summer-hamilton-180959166/A new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society focuses on the "$10 Founding Father"Thu, 19 May 2016 16:48:49 +0000Thousands of People Are Trying to Save BBC’s Recipe Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-people-are-trying-save-bbcs-recipe-archive-180959144/Cost-cutting measures may nix the broadcaster's online recipe databaseWed, 18 May 2016 17:03:30 +0000Listen to Robert Frost Read His Poemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-robert-frost-read-his-poems-180959150/Recordings offer a chance to really listen to the meaning behind classics like "The Road Not Taken"Wed, 18 May 2016 16:10:43 +0000A Brief History of Taking Books Along for the Ridehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-brief-history-of-taking-books-along-for-the-ride-180959116/Have books, will travelTue, 17 May 2016 15:28:08 +0000Why You Might Start Seeing Disney And Other Brands in National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-you-might-start-seeing-disney-other-brands-in-national-parks-180959106/Relaxed rules on donor recognition could allow corporate sponsors to fund items within National ParksMon, 16 May 2016 18:03:23 +0000Astronomers Recreate Ancient Skies to Date a Nearly 2,600-Year-Old Greek Poemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-recreate-ancient-skies-date-nearly-2600-year-old-greek-poem-180959135/Researchers narrow down the dates for when the lonely poet Sappho wrote "Midnight Poem"Mon, 16 May 2016 16:23:11 +0000Wander About an Art Installation Inspired by the Large Hadron Colliderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wander-about-art-installation-inspired-large-hadron-collider-180959117/Art from scienceMon, 16 May 2016 15:40:35 +0000Meet the Man Who Helped Define How Science Fiction Lookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-the-man-who-helped-define-how-science-fiction-looks-180959080/The renowned cartoonist Jean Giraud had a hand in some of science fiction’s most iconic filmsFri, 13 May 2016 17:07:43 +0000For the First Time in 150 Years, Anyone Can Buy One of the World’s Rarest Teashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-150-years-anyone-can-buy-one-worlds-rarest-teas-180959099/Go straight to the sourceFri, 13 May 2016 16:22:40 +0000Madame de Pompadour's Legacy as a Patron of Arts Is Often Overlookedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madame-de-pompadours-legacy-patron-arts-often-overlooked-180959062/A new exhibit explores the creative works of one of history's most famous mistressesThu, 12 May 2016 16:38:15 +0000Help London's Science Museum Bring Britain's First Robot Back to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-museum-rebuilding-eric-britains-first-robot-180959055/Eric impressed crowds in the 1920's by standing up, bowing, and shooting sparks from his teethThu, 12 May 2016 15:45:13 +0000Central Park Opens Up Its "Secret Sanctuary"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/central-park-opens-its-secret-sanctuary-180959058/Closed for 80 Years, the Park recently announced it will open the restored Hallett Nature Sanctuary to vistorsWed, 11 May 2016 16:37:53 +0000A Dalit Man Dug His Own Well When He Was Denied Water During a Droughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dalit-man-dug-his-own-well-when-he-was-denied-water-during-drought-180959051/India’s “untouchables” still face daily discriminationWed, 11 May 2016 15:14:01 +0000Five Things to Know About the Diamond Sutra, the World’s Oldest Dated Printed Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Five-things-to-know-about-diamond-sutra-worlds-oldest-dated-printed-book-180959052/Printed over 1,100 years ago, a Chinese copy of the Diamond Sutra at the British Library is one of the most intriguing documents in the worldWed, 11 May 2016 13:58:00 +0000Early Rembrandt Found in Basement Goes On Displayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-rembrandt-found-in-basement-goes-on-display-180959036/The painting is one of five in a series about the senses that the Dutch master created as a teenagerTue, 10 May 2016 15:47:56 +0000Super 8 Said Farewell to Its Kitschy Motel Art With a Gallery Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/super-8-said-farewell-its-kitschy-motel-art-gallery-show-180959028/Sending mediocre art off in styleMon, 09 May 2016 14:52:34 +0000Scientific A-Team Plans to Reconstruct Leonardo da Vinci's Genomehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientific-team-plans-reconstruct-leonardo-da-vincis-genome-180959022/Art historians, geneticists and other researchers are working together to compile the great artist's DNA Mon, 09 May 2016 13:58:11 +0000Want to Browse Some National Park Maps? There’s a Site For Thathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/want-browse-some-national-park-maps-theres-site-180959021/Can you guess the most popular map?Mon, 09 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Build Your Own Library at the First-Ever Little Library Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/build-your-own-library-first-ever-little-library-festival-180959017/The book-sharing stations have popped up all across the United StatesFri, 06 May 2016 17:57:07 +0000A Modernist Sculpted Ceiling Was Uncovered in a U-Haul Showroomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modernist-sculpted-ceiling-was-uncovered-u-haul-showroom-180959016/The Isamu Noguchi work is being shown once againFri, 06 May 2016 16:26:56 +0000 'The Shining' Looks to Raise Hairs and Octaves in Its Opera Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-shining-looks-raise-hairs-and-octaves-in-opera-debut-180958997/The Minnesota Opera will debut its take on the horror novel in a new production by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Paul MoravecThu, 05 May 2016 19:23:46 +0000Why Making “Derby-Pie” Might Land You a Lawsuithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-making-derby-pie-might-land-you-lawsuit-180959007/The Kentucky Derby’s traditional dessert has a tangled legal historyThu, 05 May 2016 18:32:41 +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 +0000