At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian feed for At the SmithsonianenTue, 24 Nov 2015 13:45:10 +0000Artist Chakaia Booker Gives Tires a Powerful Retread empowers her monumental sculptures with new life, shaped by the shearing and bending and folding of repurposed rubber Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:45:10 +0000How One Artist Learned to Sculpt the Wind Janet Echelman studied ancient craft, travel the world and now collaborates with a team of specialists to choreograph the movement of airFri, 20 Nov 2015 13:16:21 +0000When Did the Vice Presidency Stop Going to the 2nd Place Winner and More Questions From Our Readers up for discussion -- why are oceans seawater and not freshwater?Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000The Unceasing American Quest to Build a Better Mousetrap has always been some truth to the apocryphal Emerson quoteThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is a Freckle? adorable and charming spots splayed across the nose and cheeks might also be an indicator of sun damageTue, 17 Nov 2015 16:05:43 +0000Artist Gabriel Dawe Made a Rainbow Out of 60 Miles of Thread artwork is an optical illusion that delights the senses; as if the artist embroidered the airTue, 17 Nov 2015 15:46:57 +0000Rare Interviews With Hitler's Inner Circle Reveal What Truly Happened on "The Day Hitler Died" for the first time in the U.S., these exclusive clips from a Smithsonian Channel program feature recently unearthed archival footageMon, 16 Nov 2015 15:29:37 +0000Leo Villareal's 23,000 Points of Light Illuminate the Renwick Gallery tens of thousands of individual LEDS, a dangling light sculpture majestically redefines the grand staircase at the RenwickMon, 16 Nov 2015 15:26:11 +0000Why Does America Prize Creativity and Invention? politics encourage it, there's a high tolerance of failure, and we idealize the lone inventorThu, 12 Nov 2015 17:55:34 +0000Ancient Bees Were Voracious Snackers on Their Pollen-Gathering Treks from Germany could help researchers better understand modern bee eating habits and better protect the beloved pollinatorsThu, 12 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000How Crystal Meth Made it Into the Smithsonian (Along with Walter White’s Porkpie Hat) wildly popular television show, depicting the dark side of the American Dream, reflects on the struggles of a recession-era middle classThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:53:03 +0000This Artist Recreated a Magnificent 40-Foot-Tall Tree From the Cascade Mountains by Hand John Grade painstakingly built a 150-year-old giant hemlock out of half a million blocks of reclaimed wood Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:53:35 +0000This Tilting, Twirling Artwork, Sculpted Entirely of Sticks, Is Having a Shindig man Patrick Dougherty’s sculptures evoke a playful urge to crawl inside Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:01:54 +0000Appreciating the Art and Architecture of the World’s Airport Towers photographer Carolyn Russo traveled the world to capturing these surprisingly elegant structures Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:35:04 +0000What Do One Million Index Cards, Stacked Atop Each Other, Look Like? Artist Tara Donovan Does It Again artist's looming installation recalls the volcanic fairy chimneys of Turkey’s Cappadocia regionTue, 10 Nov 2015 15:02:34 +0000For 50 Years, Days of Our Lives Has Made History. Now, It's a Part of the Smithsonian show's iconic hourglass is among a host of donations the show's producer and cast members made to the American History MuseumMon, 09 Nov 2015 16:34:18 +0000Maya Lin Used 54,000 Marbles to Model the Chesapeake Bay artist’s highly imaginative waterway was created using satellite imagery from NASAMon, 09 Nov 2015 15:34:42 +0000The Dutch Designer Who Is Pioneering the Use of 3D Printing in Fashion a new exhibition, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta shows how Iris van Herpen started a high-tech movementFri, 06 Nov 2015 17:49:19 +0000How Thousands of Dead Bugs Become a Mesmerizing Work of Extraordinary Beauty much love for the insect world, artist Jennifer Angus crafts an installation made entirely out of beetles, cicadas, katydids and weevilsFri, 06 Nov 2015 17:20:13 +0000The Renwick's New Lighting Saves Energy, Money, Art, and Your Eyes, All at the Same Time’s way more to it than just screwing in the bulb and the museum’s chief lighting designer is turning it into an artform Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:48:16 +0000A Taste of "The Best of the Best" Nature Photography a trip around the world with these breathtaking images of natureThu, 05 Nov 2015 18:48:05 +0000The Renwick’s Curator-in-Charge On What it Means to Open Ourselves to Wonder the renovation, Nicholas Bell asked nine artists to tour the building and think deeply about public spaces dedicated to artThu, 05 Nov 2015 15:16:43 +0000The Renwick: Finally The Gem It Was Meant to Be the newly renovated museum reopens this month, one of Washington D.C.’s most storied buildings will be elegantly rebornWed, 04 Nov 2015 15:49:37 +0000The Renwick: America's Louvre everything you need to know about the National Historic Landmark building as it reopens after a $30 million renovationWed, 04 Nov 2015 15:47:47 +0000Smithsonian’s Kirk Johnson Steps Up to Be the Rock Star of Geology new PBS science series “Making North America” features the director of the National Museum of Natural HistoryTue, 03 Nov 2015 19:29:27 +0000A Major Retrospective of Photographer Irving Penn Includes Previously Unseen Works the Smithsonian American Art Museum, view works from the master photographer’s 70-year careerTue, 03 Nov 2015 15:14:49 +0000How the African American History Museum Became a Five-Story-Tall Movie Screen (Video) state-of-the-art projection imagerie, acclaimed filmmaker Stanley J. Nelson's 3D video transformed the museum for three nights in NovemberFri, 30 Oct 2015 19:16:32 +0000The Grisly Details of Early Anatomy Textbooks images detail the inner workings of human bodies in all their gruesome gloryThu, 29 Oct 2015 13:31:04 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do You Make a Mummy? has been practiced for eons and the Egyptians are the best known, but not the only practionersTue, 27 Oct 2015 19:25:12 +0000To Stop an Endless Cycle of Corruption, History Says Fix the System, Not the Politician turn-of-the-century muckraker named Lincoln Steffens understood the true problem with a "throw the bums out" strategyTue, 27 Oct 2015 15:40:56 +0000There's No Stopping The Craft Beer Craze innovations in the craft brewing industry have changed (and improved) our taste in beerFri, 23 Oct 2015 16:36:21 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Is the World Due for Another Massive Plague Outbreak? is highly unlikely, experts say, but a plague-based bioterror assault is another matterThu, 22 Oct 2015 18:48:51 +0000Where Will Our Future Food Come From? Ask a Farmer farmers with different viewpoints talk about organic farming, GMOs and farm technologyThu, 22 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Dead Star Shredding a Rocky Body Offers a Preview of Earth's Fate stellar corpse spotted by a NASA telescope backs up a theory that white dwarf stars eat planetary remnantsWed, 21 Oct 2015 17:51:29 +0000Unraveling the Many Mysteries of Tituba, the Star Witness of the Salem Witch Trials one really knows the true motives of the character central to one of America's greatest secretsWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Why Do Astronauts on the International Space Station Float and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Jacques Pépin Donates a Hand-Painted Menu From His Last Supper With Julia Child month the modern traditionalist chef is honored with the first-ever Julia Child AwardTue, 20 Oct 2015 14:17:09 +0000The Art and Design Behind Pixar’s Animation new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt in New York City draws on the rich backstory of what it takes to give computer-animated life to pen and ink sketchesMon, 19 Oct 2015 13:13:29 +0000Poet and Musician Patti Smith’s Endless Search in Art and Life National Portrait Gallery’s senior historian David Ward takes a look at the rock 'n' roll legend's new memoirFri, 16 Oct 2015 13:27:19 +0000Gary Powers Kept a Secret Diary With Him After He Was Captured by the Soviets American fighter pilot who's the focus of Bridge of Spies faced great challenges home and abroadThu, 15 Oct 2015 14:48:18 +0000The Smithsonian’s New Secretary David Skorton Takes Questions From the Crowd secretary is creating a new teen advisory board, networking with D.C. arts and science leaders and getting to know the collectionsWed, 14 Oct 2015 16:13:47 +0000Playful Artworks at the Hirshhorn Get the Better of One Mystified Observer group of international mid-century artists built a number of kinetic experiments into their abstract artTue, 13 Oct 2015 13:08:50 +0000Alexander Gardner Saw Himself as an Artist, Crafting the Image of War in All Its Brutality National Portrait Gallery’s new show on the Civil War photographer rediscovers the full significance of Gardner's careerThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:23:34 +0000A Man With a Lot of Heart Valves Donates His Unusual Collection entrepreneur Manny Villafana says his collection at the American History Museum is filled with stories of both failure and successTue, 06 Oct 2015 13:37:07 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does Night Vision Work? ability to see in the dark is becoming more accurate and more portable Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Space Rock Hunters Are About to Invade Antarctica with the ANSMET program will endure six weeks near the South Pole during an annual field trip to find meteoritesMon, 05 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000Even Desert Lizards Are Feeling the Heat Due to Climate Change Smithsonian scientists are probing the flat-tail horned lizard's DNA to save the rare speciesMon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000When T. Rex Meets Triceratops in the New Dino Hall, It Will Be a Violent Affair Natural History Museum's dinosaur display highlights the “red in tooth and claw” nature of the Cretaceous way of lifeThu, 01 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000