ArtistsVisionaries in art, literature, dance, music and design who define the creative tradition
Arrested and harassed by the Chinese government, artist Ai Weiwei makes daring works unlike anything the world has ever seen
September 2012 | By Mark Stevens
A new exhibit at the Freer examines the adoption of Buddhism in China through richly detailed paintings
August 29, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
With 2012's national party conventions and subsequent coverage upon us, curator Amy Henderson from the National Portrait Gallery looks back at the most trusted man in news
August 27, 2012 | By Amy Henderson
This week, see the latest from Barbara Kruger, crafting contemporaries and the Zoo's baby boom
August 27, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
The final part in our series introduces you to the work of five more artists, from giant roses to combat video games to surrealist assemblages
August 22, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
The Chinese government has long tried to contain the artist and activist but his ideas have spread overseas and he's got plenty more to say
August 22, 2012 | By Christina Larson
This week, learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen, test your Olympic trivia and learn how to care for your heirlooms
August 20, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
This week's look at five more names from the prestigious short list and where to see their work
August 15, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
This week at the Smithsonian, learn about emerging green jobs, celebrate Julia Child's birthday and unwind with a tribute to Thelonious Monk
August 13, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Start the weekend off with a date night at the Freer Gallery, then enjoy Super Science Saturday at the Udvar-Hazy Center and learn about the Earth with author Robert Hazen.
August 09, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
We help you sort out who's who from the museum's recent announcement, in a series of three posts
August 08, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
The artist behind "I shop therefore I am" has plastered her monumental statements all over the Hirshhorn
August 06, 2012 | By Jeanie Riess
This week, sketch like a master, catch a concert that blends Native American and Celtic sounds and stitch in the presence of greatness
August 06, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Virginia Mecklenburg offers a Wednesday lecture on the artists from "Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond"
July 31, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Before you settle into your couch to watch the Olympics, get down to the Smithsonian for exhibits, games and more.
July 24, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
This weekend, celebrate Earth, have a movie day and check out some super cool planes at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
July 19, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
Winners of the museum's Teen Portrait Competition discuss their portraits and the stories behind them.
July 18, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
As NBC's "Parks and Recreation" prepares to shoot its season five opener in D.C., we offer up five must-sees for the newest city councilmember of Pawnee, Indiana
July 17, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
This week at the Smithsonian: take a virtual tour beneath the earth's surface, see the Air Force Strings perform and honor the genius of Thelonius Monk.
July 16, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Events July 13-15: After Hours at the Museum of African Art, Cranes and Clouds, “Don Juan” Screening
This weekend, hit up the Museum of African Art after hours, create Korean art and view a screening of "Don Juan."
July 12, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith