Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:22:59 +0000This Ambitious Landmark Hip-Hop and Rap Anthology Was Successfully Fundedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/funding-landmark-hip-hop-and-rap-anthology-was-community-effort-180965243/Smithsonian's nonprofit record label launched a Kickstarter for help and got itTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:22:52 +0000Rare Magical Manuscripts Go on Display at the British Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/rare-magical-manuscripts-exhibit-180967185/The exhibition, which will also travel to New York, explores the history of magic to mark the 20th anniversary of Harry PotterFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:22:59 +0000Check Out These Thought-Provoking Additions to the National Portrait Galleryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/check-out-thought-provoking-national-portrait-gallerys-new-additions-180967255/The museum is showcasing 25 new artworks through next autumnFri, 17 Nov 2017 18:54:41 +0000The Blessing and the Curse of Being Bill Nyehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-blurse-of-being-bill-nye-180967244/The zany scientist talks about his recent transformation into the public—and controversial—face for scienceThu, 16 Nov 2017 18:50:56 +0000Can the Museum of the Bible Deliver on Its Promise?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/museum-of-bible-deliver-promise-180967239/The highly anticipated museum hopes to offer something for visitors of all faiths, but on a topic as fraught as religion, that may not be possibleThu, 16 Nov 2017 16:36:58 +0000How Pete Souza Fits Into the Storied History of Presidential Photographyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-pete-souza-changed-publics-relationship-president-180967201/In his new book, the former White House photographer frames a clear picture of the Obama yearsWed, 15 Nov 2017 13:54:02 +0000Why Don't We Eat Turkey Tails?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-dont-we-eat-turkey-tails-180967195/The strange story speaks volumes about our globalized food system—you'll be surprised where the unwanted parts end upTue, 14 Nov 2017 15:56:25 +0000Why Making a Portrait of a Black Woman Was a Form of Protesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-making-portrait-black-woman-was-form-protest-180967158/For Emma Amos, an African-American artist working in the 1970s, the personal was often politicalMon, 13 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000After 100 Years, This Entire Forest Will Be Turned into Mystery Manuscriptshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-norways-future-library-currently-baby-forest-form-180967056/Hike through Norway’s future library, currently in the form of baby treesFri, 10 Nov 2017 15:35:32 +0000Why It’s So Crucial to Let Immigrants Tell Their Own Storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/why-its-so-crucial-let-immigrants-tell-their-own-stories-180965196/The director of the Smithsonian Latino Center believes that every immigrant has a unique narrative to shareThu, 09 Nov 2017 14:37:26 +0000Two Enigmatic Nigerian Figures Reunited After a Century Aparthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-enigmatic-nigerian-figures-reunited-after-century-apart-180967087/One of many highlights in a new exhibition at the National Museum of African ArtWed, 08 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Instagram Is Changing the Way We Design Cultural Spaceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-instagram-changing-way-we-design-cultural-spaces-180967071/As neighborhoods, restaurants and museums become more photogenic, are we experiencing an "Instagramization" of the world?Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Sleek Portable Toilet and Other Design Solutions for Disaster Victims https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sleek-portable-toilet-and-other-design-solutions-disaster-victims-180967096/The toilet kit, from a Japanese design studio, is part of wave of interest in design fixes for the problems created by disastersTue, 07 Nov 2017 16:26:09 +0000Watch This Musical Celebration of Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Borderhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/musical-celebration-border-180965163/Take in the cultural experience of a “fandango” with this lively, international gatheringTue, 07 Nov 2017 15:39:19 +0000Laurene Powell Jobs Believes Immigrants Have an Inextricable Place in American Life and Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/laurene-powell-jobs-believes-immigrants-have-inextricable-place-american-life-and-culture-180965173/The founder of the Emerson Collective, Powell Jobs has worked in education and the arts to promote cultural understandingTue, 07 Nov 2017 14:40:07 +0000How Winnie-the-Pooh Became a Household Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/winnie-pooh-became-household-bear-180967090/The true story behind the new movie, "Goodbye Christopher Robin"Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:09:52 +0000A Portrait of Eliza Hamilton and a Costume Worn by Lin-Manuel Miranda for 'Hamilton' Arrives at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/portrait-eliza-hamilton-and-one-lin-manuel-mirandas-hamilton-costumes-arrives-smithsonian-180967093/Paying homage to the spirit of philanthropy, the museum honors the Eliza Project and the Graham Windham orphanageMon, 06 Nov 2017 15:52:48 +0000These Photographs Capture the Complexities of Life at Guantánamohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-photographs-capture-complexities-life-guantanamo-180967089/In a new book, photographer Debi Cornwall casts the naval base as "Camp America"Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:23:10 +0000These Five Artists Will Help You Better Understand American Immigrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/these-five-artists-will-help-you-better-understand-american-immigration-180965179/Selected by a Smithsonian curator, these brilliant minds give the salient topic a new lookFri, 03 Nov 2017 18:17:56 +0000In Defense of Keeping the Indiana University Mural That Depicts (But Doesn't Glorify) the KKKhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/misguided-campaign-remove-thomas-hart-benton-mural-180967080/American artist Thomas Hart Benton thought it crucial to highlight the dark spots in the state's historyFri, 03 Nov 2017 17:03:28 +0000The History of Five Uniquely American Sandwicheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-five-uniquely-american-sandwiches-180967078/From tuna fish to the lesser-known woodcock, food experts peer under the bread and find the story of a nationFri, 03 Nov 2017 16:02:47 +0000How a Ripped-Off Sequel of Don Quixote Predicted Piracy in the Digital Agehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-ripped-off-sequel-don-quixote-predicted-piracy-digital-age-180967048/An anonymous writer's spinoff of Cervantes' masterpiece showed the peril and potential of new printing technologyFri, 03 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000What a Smithsonian Folklorist Thinks about Marvel's Cleaned-Up Version of Thorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-smithsonian-folklorist-thinks-about-marvels-cleaned-version-thor-180967052/In Hollywood’s hands, the Thor of ‘Ragnarok’ is a hunk with a heart compared to the brutish thug of loreWed, 01 Nov 2017 20:38:07 +0000The Mysterious Murder Case That Inspired Margaret Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mysterious-murder-case-inspired-margaret-atwoods-alias-grace-180967045/At the center of the case was a beautiful young woman named Grace Marks. But was she really responsible for the crime?Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:38:19 +0000Where Do New Ideas Come From?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/where-do-new-ideas-come-from-180965202/With close study, the genealogies of even the most original ideas can be tracedTue, 31 Oct 2017 16:50:42 +0000These Breathtaking Images Are the Cat’s Meow in Nature Photographyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-breathtaking-images-are-cats-meow-nature-photography-180967015/Sixty incredible outdoor scenes are now on view at the National Museum of Natural HistoryMon, 30 Oct 2017 20:30:27 +0000How Mobile Wine-Tasting Rooms Could Revolutionize Armenian Wine Countryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-mobile-wine-tasting-rooms-could-revolutionize-armenian-wine-country-180966988/“Wine Cubes” will be popping up on Armenian vineyards—and building up the country’s enotourism industry Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:32:20 +0000Burials Unearthed in Poland Open the Casket on The Secret Lives of Vampireshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deviant-burials-poland-open-casket-secret-lives-vampires-180966970/What people actually did to prevent the dead from rising again was very different than what Hollywood would have you think Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:37:38 +0000Six Books to Read About the History of Immigration in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/six-books-read-about-history-immigration-america-180965198/A curator at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum selects some must-reads Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:58:25 +0000Fats Domino's Infectious Rhythms Set a Nation in Motionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fats-dominos-infectious-rhythms-set-nation-motion-180966984/This Rock ’n’ Roll maverick was a true New Orleans originalThu, 26 Oct 2017 20:27:52 +0000Who Really Wrote "Merry Christmas, Baby"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-wrote-merry-christmas-baby-180965207/The co-author of a classic holiday song still can’t catch a breakThu, 26 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Hidden in a Basement for 70 Years, Newly Discovered Documents Shed Light on Jewish Life and Culture Before WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cache-newly-discovered-documents-sheds-light-jewish-art-and-resistance-during-wwii-180966972/The 170,000 pages found might be “the most important collection of Jewish archives since the Dead Sea Scrolls.”Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:46:02 +0000How Elysian Brewing Company Turns a 1,790-Pound Pumpkin Into a Keghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-elysian-brewing-company-turns-1790-pound-pumpkin-keg-180966963/And is this insane thing really a pumpkin?Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:26:27 +0000How Kara Walker Boldly Rewrote Civil War Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-kara-walker-boldly-rewrote-civil-war-history-180965367/The artist gives 150-year-old illustrations a provocative update at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumThu, 26 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000How to Eat Like a Local in Vienna, Austriahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eat-like-local-vienna-austria-180966971/Instagrammer Sothany Kim dishes on nicotine breakfasts, third-wave coffee houses and enemy bakers in Austria’s capitalThu, 26 Oct 2017 11:23:00 +0000VIDEO: Conflict, Insight, Hope -- A Conversation About Immigration in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/what-does-it-mean-be-american-today-180965160/Read the full transcript from the latest Second Opinion roundtableWed, 25 Oct 2017 17:15:53 +0000An Open, Candid Conversation About Immigration in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/immigration-america-180965144/A series of conversations about one of our nation's most intractable concernsWed, 25 Oct 2017 17:13:34 +0000The Healing Power of Greek Tragedyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/healing-power-greek-tragedy-180965220/Do plays written centuries ago have the power to heal modern day traumas? A new project raises the curtain on a daring new experimentWed, 25 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000At This Spectral Subway Platform, Trains Approach But Never Arrivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/spectral-subway-platform-trains-approach-never-arrive-180965363/An otherworldly art installation debuts at the Renwick just in time for HalloweenWed, 25 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Did So Few Novels Tackle the 1918 Pandemic?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/flu-novels-great-pandemic-180965205/Surprisingly few U.S. writers touched by the 1918 pandemic wrote about it. But flu lit appears more popular today than everTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000A Fresh Look for Smithsonian's Oldest Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fresh-look-smithsonians-oldest-art-museum-180965346/The Freer's renovation comes with a new thematic presentation of Asian Art—and the Peacock Room is reopened, as wellTue, 24 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0000What a Pair of Empty Blackboards Can Teach Us About Art and Social Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-pair-empty-blackboards-can-teach-us-about-art-social-change-180965304/Can art alter the course of history? Should artists even try? Joseph Beuys said yes and yesMon, 23 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000These Collegiate Innovators Are at the Vanguard of Technology and Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-collegiate-innovators-are-vanguard-technology-and-art-180965298/A massive three-day festival spotlights the achievements of the Atlantic Coast ConferenceThu, 19 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000How This Vienna Suburb Became the Center of the "Raw Art" Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visiting-epicenter-art-brut-movement-austria-180964812/Once a psychiatric clinic, the Art Brut Center Gugging now serves as a museum exhibiting the works of some of the world’s best self-taught artistsWed, 18 Oct 2017 18:40:50 +0000Every Modern Architecture Lover Should Take This Three-Day Road Triphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/every-architecture-lover-should-take-three-day-road-trip-180965292/In Connecticut, works by some of the most notable architects of the 20th century are hiding in plain sight. Take the wheel for this sightseeing tourWed, 18 Oct 2017 15:46:14 +0000How Korean Fried Chicken, AKA "Candy Chicken" Became a Transnational Comfort Foodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/forklife-korean-fried-chicken-transnational-comfort-food-180965128/A new Smithsonian Folklife Project, Forklife, traces the journeys of immigrant food traditions taking root in the United StatesWed, 18 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Minister Who Invented Camping in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/religious-roots-of-americas-love-for-camping-180965280/How William H.H. Murray accidental bestseller launched the country's first outdoor crazeTue, 17 Oct 2017 14:33:41 +0000Inventing a Vocabulary to Help Inuit People Talk About Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inventing-vocabulary-to-help-inuit-people-talk-about-climate-change-180965062/One team is working with Inuvialuit elders to come up with a renewable energy terminology—and maybe revive a dying languageTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Never-Before-Seen Photos From "The New York Times" Offer a New Glimpse Into African-American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-never-seen-photos-new-york-times-offer-new-glimpse-african-american-history-180965279/The editors of the new book, “Unseen” talk about recognizing the paper of record’s biasesTue, 17 Oct 2017 12:28:48 +0000Home Is Where the Corpse Is—At Least In These Dollhouse Crime Sceneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/home-where-corpse-frances-glessner-lees-miniature-dollhouse-crime-scenes-180965204/Frances Glessner Lee's ‘Nutshell Studies’ exemplify the intersection of forensic science and craftMon, 16 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Inside Taiwan’s Craft Beer Renaissancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taiwans-new-craft-beer-scene-brewing-some-world-class-pints-180965264/Once a state-run industry, beer-making in Taiwan is blending globally-minded brewing with local flavorsFri, 13 Oct 2017 20:20:20 +0000Take a Tour of the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific Collections this Autumnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-tour-smithsonians-asian-artwork-autumn-180965141/Diverse artifacts all across the Smithsonian Institution captivate and confound in equal measureThu, 12 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Collection of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Writing Captures the First Lady’s Lasting Relevancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/collection-eleanor-roosevelt-writing-captures-first-lady-lasting-relevance-180965229/On the 133rd anniversary of her birth, "ER"'s influence lives onWed, 11 Oct 2017 13:55:16 +0000Why the Ancient Egyptians Loved Their Kittieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-ancient-egyptians-loved-their-kitties-180965155/A show opening at the Sackler dramatizes the various meanings that the people of Egypt once associated with catsWed, 11 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000America's Undead Are Immortalized at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/americas-undead-are-immortalized-smithsonian-180965203/The cast of "The Walking Dead" donates a set of perfectly macabre Halloween giftsTue, 10 Oct 2017 21:38:54 +0000Check Out These Massive Straw Art Sculptures on Japan's Honshu Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/check-out-these-wara-art-sculptures-japan-180965197/Art students are giving leftover rice wara a second lifeTue, 10 Oct 2017 18:31:36 +0000How Artificial Intelligence Is Improving Magic Trickshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-artificial-intelligence-improving-magic-tricks-180965139/Computer scientists have designed a trick that uses an algorithm to search the internet for the words most associated with imagesFri, 06 Oct 2017 15:20:39 +0000Get Lost Inside These Golden Spires Transforming the Sackler Pavilionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/get-lost-inside-these-golden-spries-transforming-sackler-pavilion-180965129/<em>Terminal,</em>the work of acclaimed artist Subodh Gupta, recalls an urban cityscapeFri, 06 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Wondrous Complexity of the New York Public Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/wondrous-complexity-new-york-public-library-one-americas-largest-180965131/A new documentary captures the sweeping human impact of one of the country's largest library systemsThu, 05 Oct 2017 14:57:42 +0000A Rare Collection of Bronze Age Chinese Bells Tells a Story of Ancient Innovationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bronze-age-chinese-bells-tells-story-ancient-innovation-180964459/These rarely played ancient bells are newly analyzed with their acoustics remastered and digitized for a new exhibition at the Sackler GalleryThu, 05 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000You've Never Tasted "Street Food" Like This Beforehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/youve-never-tasted-street-food-180965106/For its grand reopening, a hub of Asian-American culture serves up a culinary wonderlandWed, 04 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Thought Lost to History, These Rare, Early Films Survived Thanks to a Crafty Showman and a Savvy Collectorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thought-lost-history-these-rare-early-films-survived-thanks-crafty-showman-and-savvy-collector-180965112/A new documentary focuses on the incredible story of Frank BrintonWed, 04 Oct 2017 12:54:25 +0000New Sackler Buddhist Exhibition Doubles the Immersive Experienceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-sackler-buddhist-exhibit-doubles-immersive-experiences-180965105/Film of Sri Lankan site joins popular shrine room as part of three-year exhibition and we finally learn why one Buddha’s hair is blueWed, 04 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Are Blade Runner’s Replicants “Human”? Descartes and Locke Have Some Thoughtshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-blade-runners-replicants-human-descartes-and-locke-have-some-thoughts-180965097/Enlightenment philosophers asked the same questions about what makes humans, humans as we see in the cult classicTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:55:32 +0000How Cultural Resilience Made a Difference After Hurricane Hugo And Could Help Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-resilience-culture-helped-caribbean-nation-come-back-devastating-hurricane-and-might-help-again-180965093/When the 1989 hurricane devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands, Smithsonian folklorists were working on an upcoming Folklife FestivalTue, 03 Oct 2017 15:26:48 +0000Explore the Secret Lives of Animals With These Marvelous Mapshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/explore-secret-lives-animals-these-marvelous-maps-180965070/A new book considers how sophisticated tracking technology and the data it collects can improve conservation strategiesTue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Tom Petty, Standard-Bearer for Classic Rock, Dies at Age 66https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/tom-petty-standard-bearer-classic-rock-dies-age-66-180965092/In <i>Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen</i>, Bill Bentley remembers the singer-guitarist who forged a unique place in American rockTue, 03 Oct 2017 12:03:34 +0000What Can Cities Do to Go "Blue"?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-can-cities-do-to-go-blue-180965085/In a number of projects and proposals, architects and urban planners are working with water instead of against itMon, 02 Oct 2017 16:14:04 +0000Want to Learn Cherokee? How About Ainu? This Startup Is Teaching Endangered Languageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/want-learn-cherokee-how-about-ainu-startup-teaching-endangered-languages-180965076/Tribalingual founder Inky Gibbens explains how saving languages is a means of preserving different worldviewsFri, 29 Sep 2017 18:21:31 +0000One Hundred Years Later, the Tense Realism of Edgar Degas Still Captivateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/100-years-later-tense-realism-edgar-degas-still-captivates-180965050/For this groundbreaking artist, greatness was always one more horizon awayFri, 29 Sep 2017 14:50:21 +0000The Chemistry and Physics Behind the Perfect Cup of Coffeehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-brewing-great-cup-coffee-180965049/How science helps your barista brew your espresso perfectly every timeThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:26:03 +0000A Rainbow Shines Anew in National Portrait Gallery's Iconic George Washington Portrait https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rainbow-shines-anew-national-portrait-gallerys-iconic-george-washington-portrait-180965043/A glistening Lansdowne Portrait refresh harkens the reopening of "America's Presidents" Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Tom Brokaw’s Journey From Middle America to the World Stagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tom-brokaws-journey-middle-america-world-stage-180965021/The history-making path of the former NBC Nightly News anchor is honored with a Smithsonian Lewis and Clark compassWed, 27 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Summer of Yoko Ono Ends with Shrieks and Screams https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/summer-yoko-ono-ends-shrieks-and-screams-180965006/A concert, a broken vase and unfettered adoration for the avant-guard artist marks the Hirshhorn’s finale to its appreciation Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000These Origami Clothes Grow With Your Childhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/origami-clothes-grow-your-child-180965010/Designer Ryan Yasin is creating pleated garments that could save on money and wasteMon, 25 Sep 2017 16:24:59 +0000Check Out These Stunning Photographs of a Tibetan Horseback Sporthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/check-out-stunning-photographs-tibetan-horseback-sport-180964925/Kings in ancient Tibet promoted the sport to save money on military trainingMon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000The True Story Behind Billie Jean King's Victorious “Battle of the Sexes”https://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 Mysterieshttps://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 https://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 ABA Was Short-Lived, but Its Impact on Basketball Is Eternalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/aba-short-lived-impact-on-court-eternal-180964775/The spectacular play you see today owes a mighty debt to the revolutionary, slam-dunking basketball leagueThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Comics Captured America’s Opinions About the Vietnam Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-comics-captured-americas-opinions-about-vietnam-war-180964964/More than any other medium, comics closely followed the narrative arc of the conflict, from support to growing ambivalenceThu, 21 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Brazilian Capoeira Evolved From a Martial Art to an International Dance Crazehttps://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 +0000