Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenTue, 15 Oct 2019 18:09:34 +0000How Food Brought Success to a Chef, a Cookbook Author and a Restaurateurhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-food-brought-success-chef-cookbook-author-and-restaurateur-180973292/Historian Ashley Rose Young shares research from the Smithsonian’s 23-year-long ‘American Food History Project’Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:09:34 +0000Who Were the Real 'Peaky Blinders'?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-were-real-peaky-blinders-180973328/The Shelby family is fictional, but a real street gang operated in Birmingham at the turn of the 20th centuryTue, 15 Oct 2019 17:29:51 +0000How a Generation Became Obsessed With Tracking Down Carmen Sandiegohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-generation-became-obsessed-with-tracking-down-carmen-sandiego-180973333/The globe-trotting thief of the popular 1985 computer game is back at it in a second season of an animated Netflix series Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Cultural History of 'The Addams Family'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/cultural-history-addams-family-180973315/As the spooky clan makes a new appearance on the big screen, a look back on the mystery of their longevityFri, 11 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000The Feminist History of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/feminist-history-take-me-out-ball-game-180973307/Trixie Friganza, an actress and suffragist, inspired the popular song of the seventh inning stretchThu, 10 Oct 2019 15:18:19 +0000Follow Ernest Hemingway’s Footsteps Through Havanahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/follow-ernest-hemingways-footsteps-through-havana-180967659/Sixty-five years after nabbing a Nobel, many of Papa Hemingway’s favorite haunts are still open to the publicThu, 10 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000How Susan Kare Designed User-Friendly Icons for the First Macintoshhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-susan-kare-designed-user-friendly-icons-for-first-macintosh-180973286/The graphic designer is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cooper Hewitt for her recognizable computer icons, typefaces and graphicsWed, 09 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000Designing Floating Buildings With an Eye to the Marine Species Living Underneathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-floating-buildings-with-eye-to-marine-species-living-underneath-180973285/A prototype deployed in San Francisco Bay imagines the underside of a floating building as an upside-down artificial reefMon, 07 Oct 2019 14:46:52 +0000The Behind-the-Scenes Quest to Find Mister Rogers’s Signature Cardiganshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/behind-scenes-quest-find-mister-rogers-signature-cardigans-180973283/The USPS, a $70 soup pot and whole lot of effort went into finding the perfect zip-up cardigan for Fred RogersMon, 07 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000How the Beatles Took Recording Technology to a New Level in 'Abbey Road'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-beatles-took-recording-technology-new-level-abbey-road-180973262/An expert in sound recording details how the band deployed stereo and synthesizers to put a unique artistic stamp on this iconic albumWed, 02 Oct 2019 17:51:37 +0000Lee Ufan's Transformative Sculptures Are in Dialogue With the Spaces They Inhabithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lee-ufan-transformative-sculptures-dialogue-spaces-inhabit-180973261/For the first time in the Hirshhorn Museum's history, the 4.3-acre outdoor gallery is devoted to a single artistWed, 02 Oct 2019 14:18:45 +0000A Botanical Painting and Printing Class and 21 Other Things to Do at the Smithsonian in Octoberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2019/09/25/botanical-painting-and-printing-and-21-other-smithsonian-associates-events-october/The month is packed with art classes, food tastings, craft shows, theater and other must-seesTue, 01 Oct 2019 18:12:10 +0000Here’s Why A.I. Can’t Be Taken at Face Valuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-why-ai-cant-be-taken-face-value-180973235/Cooper Hewitt’s new show drills down into the inherent biases lurking within computer intelligence systemsMon, 30 Sep 2019 16:47:09 +0000Viewing Iran and Its Complexities Through the Eyes of Visual Artistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/viewing-iran-and-its-complexities-through-eyes-visual-artists-180973209/Compelling works from six female photographers tell stories of revolution, displacement and longing for homeThu, 26 Sep 2019 13:55:10 +0000How Composer John Cage Transformed the Piano—With the Help of Some Household Objectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-composer-john-cage-transformed-piano-with-help-some-household-objects-180973206/With screws and bolts placed between its strings, the 'prepared piano' offers up a wide range of soundsTue, 24 Sep 2019 18:31:18 +0000Using Art to Talk About the Holocaust in ‘The Evidence Room’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/using-art-talk-about-holocaust-evidence-room-180973201/Museum staff discuss the reception of a difficult work that showed the vivid and painful documentation of a Nazi death camp Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:26:55 +0000Lonnie Bunch Sizes Up His Past and Future at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lonnie-bunch-sizes-his-past-and-future-smithsonian-180973198/Bunch’s new memoir details the tireless work it took to build NMAAHC and offers insights into his priorities as Smithsonian SecretaryMon, 23 Sep 2019 18:33:44 +0000Paul Simon Has 50 Ways to Charm an Audiencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/paul-simon-has-50-ways-charm-audience-180973193/As the 2019 recipient of the Smithsonian’s Great Americans Medal, the musician divulged he still has one more song to write Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:04:59 +0000Could Eating Sea Urchins Help Revive Kelp Forests?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-eating-sea-urchins-help-revive-kelp-forests-180973187/A Norwegian 'urchin ranching' company wants to take the echinoderms from the wild, fatten them up and sell them to restaurantsFri, 20 Sep 2019 16:07:21 +0000How the New Movie 'Ad Astra' Offers a Plausible Vision of Late-21st Century Space Travelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/new-movie-emad-astraem-writer-director-james-gray-and-producerstar-brad-pitt-offer-plausible-vision-late-21st-century-space-travel-180973168/Shuttle astronaut Garrett Reisman helped writer-director James Gray make his space adventure authentic(ish)Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:43:54 +0000How Lonnie Bunch Built a Museum Dream Team https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-lonnie-bunch-built-museum-dream-team-1-180973132/An exclusive excerpt from the Smithsonian Secretary’s new book, ‘A Fool’s Errand’Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:34:49 +0000How Peter Wayne Lewis Infuses His Artwork With the Spirit of Jazzhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/peter-wayne-lewis-artwork-spirit-jazz-180973085/A new exhibit explores bebop and the BuddhaThu, 19 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000Is the Future of Entertainment the 40-Years-Old 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Series?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/choose-your-own-adventure-40-years-old-180973084/Forty years ago, a beloved paperback series set the stage for today's obsession with interactive entertainmentThu, 19 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000From Skinning Coconuts to Tire Recycling, This Photographer Captures Vietnam at Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/skinning-coconuts-tire-recycling-photographer-captures-vietnam-work-180972987/Huynh Thanh Huy presents a striking portrait of a nation undergoing a dramatic shift from agriculture to manufacturingWed, 18 Sep 2019 20:07:12 +0000Here's the Guitar That Prince Revolutionized Music With in 'Purple Rain'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/guitar-prince-revolutionized-music-purple-rain-180973083/The artist gave the "cloud" guitar to the Smithsonian in 1993, but only now do we know it's the same instrument used in the iconic movieWed, 18 Sep 2019 14:00:00 +0000Cherokee Indians Can Now Harvest Sochan Within a National Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cherokee-indians-harvest-sochan-national-park-180973089/For the first time, the indigenous community is allowed to gather the cherished plant on protected landWed, 18 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000From Bottles to Newspapers, These Five Homes Were Built Using Everyday Objectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/from-bottles-newspapers-these-five-homes-were-built-using-everyday-objects-180973002/Open for visitors, these houses model upcycling at its finestTue, 17 Sep 2019 14:06:03 +0000A Hymn to Notre-Damehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/hymn-gothic-beauty-notre-dame-180973088/In which the renowned author of thrillers and mysteries praises the Gothic beauty, damaged by fire but destined to inspire againTue, 17 Sep 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Rise of the Zombie Mallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rise-zombie-mall-180973086/Hundreds of big retail centers have gone under, but the shop-til-you drop lifestyle isn't dead yetTue, 17 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000A Century Ago, This Eerie-Sounding Instrument Ushered in Electronic Musichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/century-ago-this-eerie-sounding-instrument-ushered-in-electronic-music-180973126/Now, the theremin—a strange little invention that translates hand gestures into pitch and volume—could make a comebackMon, 16 Sep 2019 15:43:33 +0000This New Dye Changes Color When Exposed to UV Light https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-new-dye-changes-color-when-exposed-to-uv-light-180973099/Color-change shoes, jewelry, cars, furniture and more could be possible with this new MIT technologyFri, 13 Sep 2019 18:22:30 +0000Exploring Roald Dahl’s Wondrous Wales https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/exploring-roald-dahls-wondrous-wales-180972906/Follow in the footsteps of the beloved children’s book author by visiting these four locales in the United KingdomFri, 13 Sep 2019 10:00:00 +0000Move Over Fake Meat, It's Time for Veggie Seafoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/move-over-fake-meat-its-time-veggie-seafood-180973080/Here are six companies bringing you animal-free fish products, from tomato-based sushi to "Fysh Sauce"Wed, 11 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000These Wild Sculptures Could Bring Sustainable Energy to the Deserthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-wild-sculptures-could-bring-sustainable-energy-desert-180973030/Winners of this year's Land Art Generator Initiative competition proposed beautiful, power-generating works of public art for Abu DhabiTue, 10 Sep 2019 13:31:31 +0000How Photographer Stephen Wilkes Captures a Full Day in a Single Imagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-photographer-stephen-wilkes-captures-full-day-single-image-180972935/In his new book 'Day to Night,' the photographer uses technology to play tricks on the eyeFri, 06 Sep 2019 12:52:14 +0000How College Dorms Evolved to Fit America's Gender and Racial Politicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-living-college-dorms-american-rite-passage-180973050/Ever since the 17th century, educators and architects designed university housing with societal mores in mindFri, 06 Sep 2019 10:00:00 +0000The History of How School Buses Became Yellowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-how-school-buses-became-yellow-180973041/Rural educator Frank Cyr had the vision and pull to force the nation to standardize the color of the ubiquitous vehicleWed, 04 Sep 2019 15:54:28 +0000What the Restoration of Iraq’s Oldest University Says About the Nation's Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-restoration-iraqs-oldest-university-says-about-iraqs-future-180973039/The Mustansiriya has withstood centuries of war, floods and architectural butchery, but can it survive its own restoration? Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:00:00 +0000Follow the Ancient Amber Roadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/follow-ancient-amber-road-180970609/See the remnants and relics of key routes between Venice and St. Petersburg for transporting amber through the ancient worldWed, 28 Aug 2019 16:55:00 +0000A Brief History of the Waffle Ironhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-waffle-iron-180972980/Cornelius Swartwout’s invention, patented 150 years ago, helped feed America’s passion for wafflesFri, 23 Aug 2019 15:46:05 +0000Sculptor Edmonia Lewis Shattered Gender and Race Expectations in 19th-Century Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sculptor-edmonia-lewis-shattered-gender-race-expectations-19th-century-america-180972934/As the orphaned child of a black father and a Native-American mother, Lewis rewrote the 19th-century definition of sculptorThu, 22 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000How to Read Like Mark Twainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-read-mark-twain-180972928/Step one: Pretend you don't like booksThu, 22 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000Dramatic New Photographs Recreate Scenes of Artists at Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dramatic-new-photographs-recreate-scenes-artists-work-180972855/Adrien Broom's series brings vitality to how we think about the likes of Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner or Mark TwainThu, 22 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000Why Americans Love Their Apple Piehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-americans-love-their-apple-pie-180972852/How did a humble dessert become a recipe for democracy?Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000Who Says Horses and Cows Can't Be Artists?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/who-says-horses-cows-cant-be-artists-180972638/The sculptures on display at the Great Salt Lick Contest in Oregon are the work of cattle, horses, sheep and deerWed, 21 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000John Steinbeck's Epic Ocean Voyage Rewrote the Rules of Ecologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ship-sent-john-steinbeck-epic-ocean-voyage-may-ride-again-180972847/A legendary writer, a quirky biologist and their jolly adventure in the Sea of CortezWed, 21 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000The New Treasures of Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-treasures-pompeii-180972829/From gorgeous artworks to grimacing corpses, archaeologists are still uncovering the truth about life—and death—in the doomed cityTue, 20 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000