Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenTue, 24 Jan 2017 17:23:25 +0000In This New Portrait, George Washington Trades His Curls for a Man Bun first president turns hipster at a new D.C. restaurantFri, 06 Jan 2017 17:05:25 +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 +0000Police Recover More Than 3,500 Stolen Artifacts in Europe Pandora involved 18 nations and pan-European police agencies to recover paintings, coins and artifiactsTue, 24 Jan 2017 17:23:25 +0000American Librarians Just Chose 2017’s Best Books for Children and Young Adults the 2017 Newbery, Caldecott and Printz award winnersMon, 23 Jan 2017 18:58:59 +0000This Necklace Contains All of the World’s Languages cultural preservation never goes out of fashion Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:46:48 +0000Remembering Paul Robeson, Actor, Sportsman and Leader other things, Robeson transformed one of history’s most famous showtunes into a protest song Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Grants Give Out Millions to Preserve African-American History $7.5 million grant program will fund 39 projects in over 20 statesThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:22:15 +0000Who Was the Poe Toaster? We Still Have No Idea Baltimore, they’re keeping the tradition of visiting Edgar Allan Poe’s grave for his birthday—but without the mysteryThu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Altar Cloth Might Have Been Elizabeth I’s Skirt belonged to a parish church for centuriesTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:00:12 +0000This Cuban Cartoonist Drew the Cold War for MAD Magazine Black Spy and the White Spy have been chasing each other around in <i>MAD</i> Magazine for 56 yearsTue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Some States Celebrate MLK Day and Robert E. Lee’s Birthday on the Same Day Luther King, Jr. has been celebrated on the third Monday in January since the federal holiday was first observed in 1986Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Austin Is Looking for Its First Artist-in-Residence artists will be embeded in city agencies to help bring in new eyes to reconsider old problemsFri, 13 Jan 2017 20:30:22 +0000A Four-Year-Old Bibliophile Is the Library of Congress' Latest Guest Librarian Maria Arana has read more than 1,000 booksFri, 13 Jan 2017 19:23:31 +0000This 1951 Prison B-Movie Inspired “Folsom Prison Blues” Cash's live prison concert made him the voice for rehabilitation over punishmentFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:25:25 +0000You Can Write Inside Mark Twain’s Library with Clemens in his historic homeFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:40:21 +0000Bruce Springsteen Is Getting His Own Archive new center will celebrate the glory days of Boss and other American musical iconsFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Muslim and Sikh Troops Can Now Wear Beards, Turbans and Headscarves U.S. Army just changed its grooming regulations to accommodate observant soldiersThu, 12 Jan 2017 20:46:19 +0000Norway Killed the Radio Star Scandinavian country began a controversial phase out of FM radio broadcasts this week in favor of Digital Audio BroadcastingThu, 12 Jan 2017 19:20:18 +0000New York State Once Introduced an Anti-Flirting Bill law aimed to crack down on public displays of affection of all kindsMon, 09 Jan 2017 20:15:58 +0000Tens of Thousands of Plastic Eggs Washed Up on a German Beach was an eggstravaganzaFri, 06 Jan 2017 20:12:17 +0000After Nearly 70 Years, the India-Pakistan Partition Gets a Museum Partition Museum is unrelenting in its portrayal of a brutal eraWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:22:06 +0000Swedish Woman Smashes Record for Skiing Solo to the South Pole for 38 days, 23 hours and 5 minutes Johanna Davidsson beat the previous record by almost 10 hoursWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:21:18 +0000Strike It Rich (Without Marrying for Money) by Finding Hidden Jane Austen Art British artist has sparked a nationwide scavenger hunt for £5 notes worth thousandsTue, 03 Jan 2017 21:13:40 +0000Germany’s Controversial New Version of ‘Mein Kampf’ Is Now a Bestseller kept under lock and key, the book is now available in a critical editionTue, 03 Jan 2017 19:18:18 +0000One of the World’s Largest Dada Collections Can Now Be Viewed Online freewheeling art movement didn’t lend itself to posterityTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:18:31 +0000France Says "Au Revoir" to After-Hours Work Email new "right to disconnect" law lets employees negotiate communication rules in order to reduce stress and exhaustion from workTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:05:31 +0000"Comfort Woman" Statue Stokes Old Tensions Between Japan and South Korea’s a silent reminder of the plight of hundreds of thousands of women forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War IITue, 03 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Poland Gets a da Vinci at a Big Discount world famous Princes Czartoryski Foundation was recently acquired by the Polish government for a fraction of its valueMon, 02 Jan 2017 18:32:06 +0000Scientists Spot Cognitive Decline in Famous Artists’ Brushstrokes paintings hold clues to Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases?Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:30:39 +0000The Year in National Parks people stealing baby bison and Yosemite trademarks to epic blooms in Death Valley, 2016 has been an eventful centennial year for the NPSFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:51:42 +0000Meet the Men Behind Saturday Morning's Most Memorable Cartoons! Hanna-Barbera once dominated kids’ Saturday schedulesFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:58:01 +0000Artist Geocaches His Work Throughout Central Park Troemel's Freecaching is a tongue-in-cheek response to New York's high rent and a new way to "store" artworkFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Vatican Names Its First Woman Museum Director Jatta just smashed through one frescoed ceilingThu, 29 Dec 2016 19:50:07 +0000Rains Transform Australia's Uluru National Park Into a Waterfall Wonderland storms flooded roads and swelled rivers near the park's iconic natural featureThu, 29 Dec 2016 19:27:24 +0000This Art Show Looks at 500 Years of Failed Utopias far, the ideal has yet to work outThu, 29 Dec 2016 17:53:49 +0000Lawyer Wants to Make Harper Lee’s Hometown a Haven for Tourists, Alabama, could change with a proposed Harper Lee TrailThu, 29 Dec 2016 16:35:34 +0000Navajo Nation Library Wants to Digitally Preserve Thousands of Hours of Oral Histories library is looking for help protecting its tapesWed, 28 Dec 2016 20:21:23 +00002016 Got You Down? Trash All Your Woes on Good Riddance Day by a Latin American tradition, Good Riddance Day is one way to say goodbye to this year’s bad memoriesWed, 28 Dec 2016 19:53:01 +0000New York City’s Long-Awaited Second Avenue Subway Is Packed With Public Art city’s four newest subway stations are covered in colorful mosaicsWed, 28 Dec 2016 15:30:08 +0000You Can Hear Hagia Sophia’s Sublime Acoustics Without a Trip to Istanbul scientists have digitally created the building’s unique sound, taking listeners back to the Middle AgesTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000 Why There’s A 30-Foot Menorah on the National Mall tradition of the National Menorah was begun under President Jimmy Carter in 1979Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000Why Do People Tell Ghost Stories on Christmas? ghost stories are a tradition going back much farther than "A Christmas Carol"Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Someday, Maybe We’ll Have Hanukkah in July and Christmas fall on the same day this year because not everyone follows the same calendarThu, 22 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000This Year Marks the 50th Kwanzaa week-long holiday is a celebration of African-American cultureThu, 22 Dec 2016 15:01:00 +0000New Yorkers’ Post-Election Post-its Will Be Preserved<i>Subway Therapy</i> captured a city's outpouring of emotion. Now, the notes New Yorkers left behind will be archivedWed, 21 Dec 2016 19:50:19 +0000A Huge Bronze Hippo in a Tutu Is Coming to Lincoln Center name is <i>Hippo Ballerina</i>, and she’s sure to make theatergoers do a double-take Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:41:33 +0000The Crazy Tricks Early Filmmakers Used To Fake Snow, flour and, uh, asbestos were all used in early moviesWed, 21 Dec 2016 18:03:00 +0000Why Crossword Puzzles Are Still Mostly Written By Humans can write sports articles, replace stock brokers and help diagnose patients. But they can’t write good crosswordsWed, 21 Dec 2016 14:45:00 +0000Poland Has Lifted Its Media Ban’s the latest in an ongoing saga about press freedoms in the populist-led countryWed, 21 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Morbid Anatomy Museum Closes Its Doors the museum that delights in the dead will have an afterlifeMon, 19 Dec 2016 21:44:00 +0000Why Charles Dickens Wrote "A Christmas Carol" beloved story sold 6,000 copies in its first week in print and 15,000 in its first yearMon, 19 Dec 2016 19:30:11 +0000Each Christmas, Iceland’s Yule Cat Takes Fashion Policing to the Extreme Jólakötturinn will make you thankful for those Christmas socksMon, 19 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000Most Expensive Science Book Sells for $3.7 Million anonymous buyer paid triple the estimated sale price for this first-edition copyFri, 16 Dec 2016 19:00:04 +0000How Mozart Outsold Beyonce in CD Sales in 2016 massive new box set catpulted the classical superstar to the top of the chartsFri, 16 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000This Artist Is the Only Person Banned From Using the World’s Pinkest Pink's a brightly colored revenge for restricting the world’s blackest blackFri, 16 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Pinball Is Finally Legal Again in This Indiana City, Indiana, has reversed a 61-year-old ban on the game Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:40:31 +0000Why Do We Love Period Dramas So Much? With The Wind, the highest-grossing period drama ever, premiered on this day in 1939Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:14:26 +0000Researchers Found a Long-Lost Christmas Song"Crown Winter With Green" has some serious archival cred—and a sad story to tell Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:42:52 +0000Wonder Woman's UN Ambassadorship Is Already Coming to an End super hero's tenure as an advocate for empowering women and girls ends after less than two monthsThu, 15 Dec 2016 17:59:51 +0000 Prize-Winning Videos Capture Mesmerizing, Microscopic World looks cooler when it's viewed through the lens of a microscopeWed, 14 Dec 2016 18:07:15 +0000One of the First Female Rock Critics Battled Sexism and Obscurity To Document the 1970s was The New Yorker’s first pop music critic, but to her, everything was open for criticismWed, 14 Dec 2016 14:20:00 +0000Reclaiming Nazi-Looted Art Is About to Get Easier Act removes legal loopholes that prevented victims of Nazi art plunder to restore what’s rightfully theirsMon, 12 Dec 2016 19:45:55 +0000Why You Should Know Trailblazing Architect Paul Revere Williams four decades after his death, the African-American architect whose work came to define Los Angeles gets his due Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:16:41 +0000Austria’s Word of the Year Has 52 Letters<i>Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung</i> isn’t just a mouthful—it tells an annoying political storyFri, 09 Dec 2016 20:33:47 +0000Help the BBC Close Wikipedia’s Gender Gap Beeb’s hosting an edit-a-thon to improve the online encylopedia’s coverage of women Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:59:07 +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 +0000