At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 22 Sep 2017 15:31:54 +0000The True Story Behind Billie Jean King's Victorious “Battle of the Sexes”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/true-story-behind-billie-jean-king-battle-sexes-180964985/Smithsonian sports curator Eric Jentsch offers a look at her legacy beyond the legendary matchFri, 22 Sep 2017 15:31:54 +0000How U.S. and German Art Experts Are Teaming Up to Solve Nazi-Era Mysterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-us-and-german-art-experts-are-teaming-solve-nazi-era-mysteries-180964955/Specialists in WWII art loss and restitution will discuss provenance research in BerlinFri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000In This Quiet Space for Contemplation, a Fountain Rains Down Calming Waters http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/quiet-space-contemplation-fountain-rains-down-calming-waters-180964981/One year after the Nation’s first black president rang in the opening of the African American History Museum, visitors reflect on its impactThu, 21 Sep 2017 19:11:11 +0000The Color-Changing Marvel of Tree Frogs Looking for Lovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/color-changing-marvel-tree-frogs-looking-love-180964976/A new study sheds light on the wild world of "dynamically dichromatic" amphibiansThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:53:15 +0000When Did East Asian Countries Adopt the Western Calendar and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-did-east-asian-countries-adopt-western-calendar-ask-smithsonian-180964764/You asked, we answeredThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Brazilian Capoeira Evolved From a Martial Art to an International Dance Crazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/capoeira-occult-martial-art-international-dance-180964924/The athletic movements may have inspired modern break dancingThu, 21 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How This Washington, D.C. Museum Redefined What Museums Could Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-anacostia-community-museum-redefined-what-museums-could-be-180964941/Fifty years after its founding, the Smithsonian's beloved Anacostia Community Museum continues to tell stories heard nowhere elseWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Freer|Sackler: Reopenedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/freersackler-reopened-180964919/The Smithsonian reopens the Freer and Sackler Galleries to the public in OctoberTue, 19 Sep 2017 13:57:07 +0000Children Used to Learn About Death and Damnation With Their ABCshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/children-used-learn-about-death-and-damnation-their-abcs-180964938/In 19th-century New England, the books that taught kids how to read had a Puritanical morbidity to themTue, 19 Sep 2017 12:08:24 +0000Here’s What It Takes to Turn a Museum into a Movie Screenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-it-takes-turn-museum-movie-screen-180964931/On October 14, the façade of the newly renovated Freer Gallery makes its cinematic debutTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000This Former Soviet Art Duo Crafts Worlds of Whimsy and Delight http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-former-soviet-art-duo-crafts-worlds-whimsy-delight-180964914/Miniature models, the wellspring of the celebrated large installations of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, are at the HirshhornMon, 18 Sep 2017 11:42:41 +0000Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Diving Into Google's Huge Latino Art and History Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-launches-huge-digital-collection-latino-art-and-history-180964913/It features more than 2,500 new works and 69 new exhibits Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:23:30 +0000Fans of Minecraft Are Sure to Dig this Nationwide Museum Festhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/minecraft-fans-dig-museum-fest-180964888/The indie hit is the perfect game for a day devoted to unearthing knowledgeFri, 15 Sep 2017 13:37:27 +0000No Panda Cub From the Zoo's Mei Xiang This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/no-panda-cub-from-zoo-mei-xiang-this-year-180964581/After a summer of close monitoring, zoo officials announced the 19-year-old animal wouldn't be giving birthThu, 14 Sep 2017 21:03:03 +0000Why the Artist Ragnar Kjartansson Asked his Mother to Spit On Himhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-artist-ragnar-kjartansson-asked-his-mother-spit-him-180964861/The Icelandic performance piece <em>Me and My Mother</em> is latest Hirshhorn acquisitionWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Juggling Genius of Paul Cinquevallihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/juggling-genius-paul-cinquevalli-180964874/Remembering a showman who gave his life to his craftWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:01:14 +0000Acclaimed Musicians Sting and J. Ralph Spread Social Justice Through Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/acclaimed-musicians-sting-j-ralph-spread-social-justice-through-song-180964853/The Smithsonian honors two composers whose work and philanthropy are inextricably linkedWed, 13 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000We Legitimize the 'So-Called' Confederacy With Our Vocabulary, and That's a Problemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/we-legitimize-so-called-confederacy-vocabulary-thats-problem-180964830/Tearing down monuments is only the beginning to understanding the false narrative of Jim CrowTue, 12 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000With Smart Planning, Coffee and Bees Can Survive Climate Change http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tropical-bees-and-coffee-will-survive-climate-change-smart-planning-180964836/In a new study, a Smithsonian scientist says coffee-growers have optionsMon, 11 Sep 2017 19:50:43 +0000Baby Tiger Travels by Southwest Jet, in Search of a Better Life in San Diegohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/baby-tiger-travels-southwest-jet-search-better-life-san-diego-180964839/Incompatible with his birthmother, a National Zoo cub seeks friendship in San DiegoMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:17:47 +0000This Replica of a Tlingit Killer Whale Hat Is Spurring Dialogue About Digitization http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/replica-tlingit-killer-whale-hat-spurring-dialogue-about-digitization-180964483/Collaboration between museums and indigenous groups provides educational opportunities, archival documentation—and ethical dilemmasMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000From Egyptian Cats to Crime Scenes, Here's a Preview of the Smithsonian's Upcoming Showshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/from-egyptian-cats-to-crime-scenes-smithsonian-upcoming-shows-180964748/Gallery-goers in D.C. and NYC are in for a mental workout with shows that deliver on everything from the experimental to the traditionalFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:42:51 +0000The World's Parasites Are Going Extinct. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/parasites-are-going-extinct-heres-why-thats-a-bad-thing-180964808/Up to one-third of parasite species could vanish over the next few decades, disrupting ecosystems and even human healthThu, 07 Sep 2017 20:12:37 +0000These Design Champs Are Having Their Moment in the Sunhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-design-champs-are-having-their-moment-sun-180964654/Three Cooper-Hewitt award winners share secrets and stories with design critic Owen EdwardsThu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How We Can Support the World's Rich Musical Diversityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-we-can-support-worlds-rich-musical-diversity-180964724/Some music thrives, while other musical traditions are on the verge of disappearingWed, 06 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Youngest of the Little Rock Nine Speaks About Holding Onto Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/youngest-little-rock-nine-speaks-about-holding-onto-history-180964732/Carlotta Walls LeNier, whose school dress is in Smithsonian, says much was accomplished and now we need to hold onto itTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:41:25 +0000Why the Works of Visionary Artist Jacob Lawrence Still Resonate a Century After His Birthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-works-visionary-artist-jacob-lawrence-still-resonate-century-after-his-birth-180964706/His vibrant and bold paintings tell stories of liberation, resistance and resilience Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Forty Years Later, the Voyager Spacecraft Remain Beacons of Human Imaginationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/forty-years-later-voyager-spacecraft-remain-beacons-human-imagination-180964722/Remembering the mission that opened Earth’s eyes to the vastness and wonder of spaceFri, 01 Sep 2017 18:45:56 +0000A Whale’s Baleen Bristles Reveal the Story of Its Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/history-toothless-whales-180964717/Like tree rings, these layered plates hold chemical clues to how the animals adapt to a changing worldFri, 01 Sep 2017 17:41:37 +0000Ruth Odom Bonner, Who Rang the Freedom Bell With President Obama, Passes Away at 100http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ruth-odom-bonner-who-rang-freedom-bell-president-obama-passes-away-100-180964714/Looking back on the redoubtable woman who helped inaugurate the African American History MuseumFri, 01 Sep 2017 14:55:00 +0000'Rumble' Aims to Upset the Rock 'n' Roll Canonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rumble-aims-upset-rock-and-roll-canon-180964681/A documentary based on a Smithsonian exhibition is wowing festival audiencesFri, 01 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Secret Lives of Cannibal Stars Revealed, Thanks to 15th Century Korean Astronomershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secrets-cannibal-stars-revealed-thanks-korean-astronomers-180964696/For the first time ever, astrophysicists observe the entire life cycle of a binary star systemThu, 31 Aug 2017 16:24:53 +0000Once You See These Brand New "Screaming Armadillo" Pups, You'll Be Screaming Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/once-you-see-these-brand-new-screaming-armadillo-pups-you-be-screaming-too-180964687/No armor is impervious to this cuteness now at the National ZooThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:36:32 +0000Prying Apart the Mighty Bite of a Malaysian Trap-Jaw Anthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/prying-apart-mighty-bite-malaysian-trap-jaw-ant-180964655/Its mandibles strike in a fraction of a blink of an eye, but how does it do it?Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:05:00 +0000This Video Breaks Down the ABCs of Intersectionalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-intersectionality-video-breaks-down-basics-180964665/The National Museum of African American History and Culture explores the long legacy of women who shaped the feminist sociological theoryTue, 29 Aug 2017 21:28:13 +0000A Moonwalk Did Not Destroy Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit, Now Time Won't Eitherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-moonwalk-did-not-destroy-neil-armstrong-spacesuit-now-time-wont-either-180964598/Conservators are bringing new innovations to save the 80-pound suit that allowed the first astronaut on the moon to take that giant leapMon, 28 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta Offers Advice to a New Generation of Activistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/civil-rights-icon-dolores-huerta-offers-advise-new-generation-activists-180964630/A new documentary charts the 87-year-old leader's advocacy across the decadesFri, 25 Aug 2017 18:24:37 +0000How Many Ways Can Snake Venom Kill You and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ways-snake-venom-kill-you-180964405/You asked, we answeredThu, 24 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000At the Smithsonian's First Asian-American Lit Fest, Writers Share Falooda, Politics and Poetry http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-first-asian-american-lit-fest-writers-share-falooda-politics-and-poetry-180964569/More than 80 award-winning and aspirational writers shared work across multiple genresThu, 24 Aug 2017 11:49:09 +0000Bei Bei the Panda Cub Celebrates his Second Birthday in Stylehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bei-bei-panda-cub-celebrates-his-second-birthday-style-180964604/The notorious sleepyhead manages to rouse himself for fansWed, 23 Aug 2017 16:56:11 +0000Esperanza Spalding’s Pop Culture Loveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/esperanza-spalding-pop-culture-loves-180964396/She may not own a television, but the Grammy-award winning musician definitely has her favorite books and filmsWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:38:57 +0000Why 'Happy Days' — and the Fonz — Never Truly 'Jumped the Shark'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/happy-days-fonz-jumped-the-shark-180964399/The Fonz was the epitome of ’50s chill on TV’s family-friendly “Happy Days.” And then he went over the topWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:00:29 +0000The Fused History of Two of Washington, D.C.'s Beloved Museumshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fused-history-two-dc-beloved-museums-180964573/A new exhibition sheds light on the enduring legacy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait GalleryTue, 22 Aug 2017 11:08:07 +0000There's More to Classic Tiki Than Just Kitsch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-more-to-classic-tiki-than-just-kitsch-180964473/Bartender Martin Cate reveals eight fun facts about the past, present and future of tiki cultureMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Smithsonian's African American History Museum Releases Statement on Charlottesville and Confederate Memorialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/director-smithsonians-african-american-history-museum-releases-statement-charlottesville--180964576/The events, says director Lonnie Bunch, are part of a 'long legacy of violence intended to intimidate and marginalize African Americans and Jews'Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:56:52 +0000Eclipse 2017: In Pursuit of Totalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eclipse-2017-pursuit-totality-180964563/You’ve made plans, packed bags, obtained glasses. Here's what to read to fully appreciate this event in all its gloryFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:30:48 +0000Fifty Years Later, Remembering Sci-Fi Pioneer Hugo Gernsbackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifty-years-later-remembering-sci-fi-pioneer-hugo-gernsback-180964554/Looking Back on a Man Who Was Always Looking ForwardFri, 18 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000Newly Uncovered Documents Address the Mystery of One Slave’s Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-uncovered-documents-address-mystery-one-slaves-life-180964218/New details surrounding the identity of the enslaved man who once lived in the storied Ipswich house at the American History MuseumFri, 18 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Seen the Hope Diamond? Check Out These Treasures from the Baseball Diamondhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/seen-hope-diamond-check-out-these-treasures-baseball-diamond-180964530/Smithsonian acquires priceless emblems of America's national pastimeThu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Events?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-climate-change-cause-extreme-weather-events-180964506/It's a challenge to attribute any one storm or heat wave to climate change, but scientists are getting closer Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:51:39 +0000A Brief, 500-Year History of Guamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/brief-500-year-history-guam-180964508/The Chamorro people of this Pacific island have long been buffeted by the crosswinds of foreign nationsTue, 15 Aug 2017 17:38:23 +0000What Folklore Tells Us About Eclipseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-folklore-tells-us-about-eclipses-180964488/Across multiple cultures, says a Smithsonian folklorist, a darkening of daytime skies provokes a foreboding of evil Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Using This Collection of Wood Samples to Combat Illegal Logging http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientists-are-using-collection-wood-samples-combat-illegal-logging-180964305/Archie F. Wilson loved wood enough to amass the country’s premiere private collection. Now scientists are using it as a weapon against illegal loggingFri, 11 Aug 2017 13:02:22 +0000A Scholar Follows a Trail of Dead Mice and Discovers a Lesson in Why Museum Collections Matterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/trail-dead-mice-scholar-discovers-lesson-why-museum-collections-matter-180964365/A former Smithsonian curator authors a new book, <i>Inside the Lost Museum</i> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Conservationists Hatch a Kiwi Cutie-Pie http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-conservationists-hatch-cutie-pie-kiwi-180964421/For an endangered species, every kiwi countsWed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000A New Memorial Will Soon Honor the Heroism of Native American Veteranshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-memorial-will-soon-honor-heroism-native-american-veterans-180964391/For design ideas and funding, the National Museum of the American Indian turns to its communityWed, 09 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000How Fly Guts Are Helping Researchers Catalog the Rainforest http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fly-guts-help-researchers-catalog-rainforest-180964347/These tiny, buzzing lab assistants provide scientists with a treasure trove of conservation dataMon, 07 Aug 2017 16:35:12 +0000How the Narwhal Got Its Tuskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-narwhal-got-its-tusk-180964331/ According to Inuit storytelling tradition, the narwhal was once an evil stepmother, who wove her hair into a tuskMon, 07 Aug 2017 14:53:47 +0000Christylez Bacon on Finding His Voice through Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/christylez-bacon-finding-his-voice-through-music-180964219/ The Grammy-nominated artist takes inspiration from weaving together seemingly disparate musical forms Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Algae to Revitalize America’s Waterwayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scientists-are-using-algae-revitalize-americas-waterways-180964293/Walter Adey’s algal turf scrubber filters pollutants to clean waterWed, 02 Aug 2017 13:34:12 +0000Take an Exclusive Sneak Peek Inside the Renovated Freer Gallery, Reopening in Octoberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-exclusive-sneak-peek-inside-renovated-freer-gallery-reopening-october-180964222/Charles Lang Freer gifted this meditative haven for art lovers to the nation and was James McNeill Whistler's friend and patronMon, 31 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Does the Narwhal's Majestic Tusk Have a Point? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-narwhals-majestic-tusk-have-point-180964245/A Connecticut dentist, turned curator of a new exhibition, has long worked to solve the secrets of the whale's characteristic hornFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:09:17 +0000The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-painful-history-police-brutality-in-the-us-180964098/A 1963 protest placard in the Smithsonian collections could almost be mistaken for any of the Black Lives Matter marches of todayThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000¡Salud! to the Mexican-American Wine Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/salud-mexican-american-wine-revolution-180964217/Ceja Vineyards breathes new life into Napa Valley’s wine industryWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:42:33 +0000Understanding Detroit’s 1967 Upheaval 50 Years Laterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/understanding-detroits-1967-upheaval-50-years-later-180964212/For five days in July, the Motor City was under siege from looters and soldiers alikeWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:39:53 +0000