Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenWed, 07 Dec 2016 19:58:08 +0000This Artist Wants to Send a Sculpture of Your Laughs Into Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-wants-send-sculpture-your-laughs-space-180961295/#Laugh 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 Parliamenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alan-turing-law-that-would-pardon-gay-men-once-convicted-sex-crimes-fails-parliament-180960874/The private member's bill will not go aheadFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:46:20 +0000Historic Photos of Baltimore Show the Real-Life "Hairspray"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-photos-baltimore-show-real-life-hairspray-180961342/<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 Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paris-selling-old-love-locks-raise-money-refugees-180961315/Putting clipped locks to good useTue, 06 Dec 2016 18:39:06 +0000Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Are Over, For Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dakota-access-pipeline-protests-are-over-now-180961296/The 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 Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comfort-foods-arent-magic-memory-might-be-180961300/On 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 Shakespearehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-maps-shaped-shakespeare-180961194/An 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-photos-bring-womens-movement-life-180961283/<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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ambitious-new-public-art-project-will-turn-thames-illuminated-canvas-180961087/When <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 Notehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-vegetarians-hate-uks-new-five-pound-note-180961261/The 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 Goathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/50-years-swedish-city-has-celebrated-christmas-season-giant-straw-goat-180961259/And most of the time it meets a fiery endMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Unesco Just Added Belgian Beer to Its Heritage List http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unesco-just-added-belgian-beer-its-heritage-list-180961260/The move celebrates the tiny country's huge love of sudsFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:39:32 +0000Goodbye, Barrow, Alaska. Hello, Utqiagvikhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goodbye-barrow-alaska-hello-utqiagvik-180961273/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beloved-baffling-wrinkle-time-was-rejected-26-publishers-180961227/Author 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 Miseryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-link-national-misery-negative-language-180961212/Even Pollyanna changes her tune in times of war and economic hardshipTue, 29 Nov 2016 17:46:20 +0000Why Xenophobia Is Dictionary.com’s Word of the Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-xenophobia-dictionarycoms-word-year-180961225/The 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 Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-many-names-french-toast-ways-cook-it-180961221/People 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 Medalistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doping-tests-turning-past-runners-up-into-olympic-medalists-180961205/Over 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/police-spray-dakota-access-pipeline-protesters-water-and-tear-gas-180961179/Latest clash comes over access to a barricaded bridgeMon, 21 Nov 2016 21:39:02 +0000What Pilgrims Heard When They Arrived in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/documentary-theater-program-brings-back-sacred-sounds-pilgrims-and-native-americans-180961164/They 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 Zoohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-herd-origami-elephants-takes-over-bronx-zoo-180961161/People 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-congressional-commission-wants-national-womens-history-museum-180961156/Will 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 Welchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-makes-ledger-art-celebrate-legendary-native-american-author-james-welch-180961153/In an exclusive interview with Smithsonian.com, 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 Vandalizedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-romes-most-famous-sculptures-has-been-vandalized-180961112/Bernini’s “Elephant and Obelisk” is missing part of its tuskWed, 16 Nov 2016 17:39:50 +0000Five Things to Know About Gwen Ifill http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-gwen-ifill-180961088/The 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 Famehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-childhood-delights-just-made-it-national-toy-hall-fame-180961079/<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 Displayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brueghel-painting-long-thought-be-made-copyist-going-display-180961072/Vindication for Pieter Brueghel the YoungerMon, 14 Nov 2016 15:06:12 +0000A Massive Collection of Cat Art Is up for Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-collection-cat-art-auction-180961074/The 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-happens-obamas-social-media-accounts-when-he-leaves-office-180961053/The 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 Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-american-cities-voted-taxes-soda-last-night-180961048/One step forward in tackling obesity in AmericaWed, 09 Nov 2016 19:02:36 +0000The Louvre Has Restored "St. John the Baptist"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-louvre-has-restored-st-john-baptist-180961037/To clean, or not to clean?Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Explore the Flickering, Forgotten Past of African-Americans in Silent Filmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-the-flickering-forgotten-past-african-americans-silent-film-180961034/An 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 Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-renaissance-painting-restored-50-years-after-it-was-covered-flood-waters-180961028/Giorgio 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/legal-dispute-over-maurice-sendaks-epic-book-collection-gets-wild-180961018/A 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 Officershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-launches-campaign-to-preserve-shrines-to-slain-dallas-police-officers-180961017/A 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’ Creatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-digital-collection-unveils-other-stories-anne-green-gables-creator-180961015/<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 Bestiaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hi-res-photography-reveals-new-details-aberdeen-bestiary-180961011/Fingerprints, 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 Cronkitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-walter-cronkite-180961012/Over four decades of TV broadcasting, “Uncle Walter” defined a nation’s newsFri, 04 Nov 2016 14:46:12 +0000How Experts Are Digitizing Ancient Manuscriptshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-experts-are-digitizing-ancient-manuscripts-180960685/Digital preservation is more work than it might seemThu, 03 Nov 2016 15:37:59 +0000Four Stunning Exhibitions From Scotland’s Recently Closed Inverleith Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-stunning-exhibitions-scotlands-recently-closed-inverleith-house-180960847/After 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 Tightenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/demand-coffee-record-high-global-supply-tightens-180960987/Millennials have led the surge in java consumptionWed, 02 Nov 2016 17:44:58 +0000An Artist Is Building a Parthenon of Banned Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-building-parthenon-banned-books-180960923/More 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 Fingershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visually-impaired-people-can-now-explore-andy-warhols-work-their-ears-180960935/"Out Loud" adds depth to an artist obsessed with the surface of thingsWed, 02 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Britain’s First Robot Lives Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/britains-first-robot-lives-again-180960886/A 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 Racismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-japan-asking-foreigners-about-racism-180960956/Just 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 Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-frankensteins-monster-could-have-wiped-out-humanity-180960936/Thank goodness his creator never finished his proposed girlfriendFri, 28 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000Retro-Futuristic "House of Tomorrow" Declared a National Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/retro-futuristic-house-tomorrow-declared-national-treasure-180960893/The 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 Chickhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-jack-chick-evangelical-cartoonist-180960917/The controversial artist died after 50 years of publishing comicsFri, 28 Oct 2016 14:24:41 +0000National Geographic’s Iconic “Afghan Girl” Arrested in Pakistanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-geographics-iconic-afghan-girl-arrested-180960928/Sharbat Gula was recently detained on charges of having a fake I.D.Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:42:00 +0000A Brief History of Wizard Rockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-wizard-rock-180960888/This Halloween, check out a genre devoted to Harry Potter's Wizarding WorldThu, 27 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Vatican Just Banned Scattering Asheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-just-banned-scattering-ashes-180960907/A 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 Marlowehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-know-shakespeares-newly-credited-collaborator-chistopher-marlowe-180960902/Textual 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 Amatricehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/italian-preservationists-save-900-artworks-ruins-earthquake-struck-amatrice-180960899/The “Blue Helmets” spent months scouring rubble for priceless piecesTue, 25 Oct 2016 17:04:55 +0000Smithsonian Will Stretch to Save Scarecrow’s Costume, Too http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/smithsonian-will-stretch-save-scarecrows-costume-too-180960898/Turns 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 Halloweenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kids-ditch-princess-costumes-favor-superheroes-180960871/For 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 Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-you-want-adopt-black-cat-you-may-have-wait-until-halloween-is-over-180960868/Why 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 Masculinityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iggy-pop-bares-more-than-abs-in-new-art-exhibition-about-masculinity-180960876/Punk 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 Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-poppy-came-symbolize-world-war-i-180960836/Red blooms help the world commemorate a bloody warThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:26:25 +0000Prize-Winning Photos Capture the Big Beauty of a Microscopic Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/awesome-photos-show-how-science-intersects-art-microscopic-level-180960814/Nikon'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 Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-blanketed-bogotas-bolivar-square-names-victims-colombias-civil-war-180960798/Remembering the dead as the country struggles to make peaceMon, 17 Oct 2016 18:59:09 +0000China Now Has a 20th-Century Architectural Heritage Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-now-has-20th-century-architectural-heritage-list-180960805/A 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”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reach-out-and-touch-version-klimts-kiss-180960769/A 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 Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-art-exhibition-celebrates-syrias-history-180960683/Syria is more than just a refugee crisisMon, 17 Oct 2016 14:46:52 +0000What to Know Now That the King of Thailand Has Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-to-know-now-king-thailand-has-died-180960773/Political uncertainty and potential unrest follows the death of the beloved Bhumibol AdulyadejFri, 14 Oct 2016 15:09:32 +0000Five Things to Know About Bob Dylanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-bob-dylan-180960763/When 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 Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-2016-heres-how-hungry-world-180960755/More 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 Restroomshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-just-signed-law-mandating-diaper-changing-tables-mens-restrooms-180960753/The 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 Mountieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/landmark-settlement-addresses-decades-of-harassment-faced-by-female-mounties-180960739/The historic apology to women in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police comes with steps to prevent future abuseTue, 11 Oct 2016 17:50:35 +0000