Genevieve Jones got an early start as a birder. Born in the 1850s, the 6-year old would accompany her father on egg collecting trips to fill the family’s curiosities shelf. She wanted to create a book illustrating different nests and eggs of bird species, but her family discouraged her since producing such a book would [...]
June 27, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
"African Cosmos: Stellar Arts" opens today at the African Art Museum.
June 21, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
Welcome to Threaded, your go-to fashion blog for all things historical and sartorial
June 20, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Update: This story originally discussed a prototype camera capable of capturing 50 gigapixel images. Though a design has been laid out for such a camera, the existing prototype takes one gigapixel shots. A brand new photography system uses 98 synchronized camera to capture a gigapixel photo in an instant. If this were a normal camera, [...]
June 20, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Photo: NASA/GSFC/Suomi NPP Scientists working with data collected by NASA’s new Suomi NPP satellite put together this absolutely gorgeous view of the Earth’s icy north. The image, which shows the Arctic polar ice cap, a green Europe poking out of the clouds on the left, and northern Africa, the middle east, and Asia, was made [...]
June 19, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
This week, explore the history of political advertising, talk to designer Jackie Flanagan of Nana Boutique, and find the intersection of art and astronomy with Karel Nel and Nick Scoville of the COSMOS project.
June 18, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the museum debuts a curated collection of portraits and artifacts
June 15, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Events June 12-14: Temple of Invention Tour, A Healthy Future in Renewable Energy, and Painting with Maya-Mam
This week, take a tour of the Old Patent Office Building, learn about renewable energy sources, and paint with Mayan artist Ubaldo Sánchez.
June 11, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
A history of caricatures exposes the inside jokes
June 08, 2012 | By Henry Adams
This weekend celebrate World Oceans Day, 100 Years of Girl Scouts and hat designer, Lula Mae Reeves
June 07, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
This week, watch the transit of Venus, take a "living portrait," and explore the work of Chinese dissident artist Ai WeiWei.
June 04, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
Richard Field was an undergrad with gumption when he visited the painter at his Long Island home. Nearly 60 years later, Field recalls the memorable affair
June 01, 2012 | By Henry Adams
Sculptor Danh Vo deconstructs the American icon
June 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
This week, watch a tarantula feeding, test your Hollywood knowledge at the National Portrait Gallery's trivia night, and learn about the extraordinary phenomenon of bird migration.
May 29, 2012 | By Aviva Shen
This post is part of our ongoing series in which ATM invites guest bloggers from among the Smithsonian Institution’s scientists, curators, researchers and historians to write for us. The National Portrait Gallery’s cultural historian Amy Henderson recently wrote about Louis Armstrong’s last recorded performance at the National Press Club. A front page article in May [...]
May 25, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
A talented painter who died poor and forgotten may have inspired the influential American artist's work in ceramics
May 24, 2012 | By Henry Adams
This weekend, air out your dirty laundry, live the life of "aloha" and check out the American Art Museum's latest exhibit.
May 24, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
Through January 2013, the Natural History Museum is home to stunning photographs of wildlife around the world
May 24, 2012 | By Smithsonian.com
One enthusiast's collection, on exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California, offers a sweeping look at grass-roots movements since the 1960s
May 23, 2012 | By Jeff Greenwald
This weekend celebrate Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, do the Mambo at the National Museum of African Art and witness Tom Stone carve a traditional Hawiian surfboard.
May 17, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith