Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:22:59 +0000This Ambitious Landmark Hip-Hop and Rap Anthology Was Successfully Funded'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 Library 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 Gallery museum is showcasing 25 new artworks through next autumnFri, 17 Nov 2017 18:54:41 +0000The Blessing and the Curse of Being Bill Nye 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? 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 Photography 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? 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 Protest 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 Manuscripts 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.com 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 Apart 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 Spaces 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 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.com 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.com 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 Name 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 Smithsonian 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 Guantánamo 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.com 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 KKK 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 Sandwiches 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 Age 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 Thor 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’ 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? 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 Photography 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 Country“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 Vampires 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.com 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 Motion Rock ’n’ Roll maverick was a true New Orleans originalThu, 26 Oct 2017 20:27:52 +0000Who Really Wrote "Merry Christmas, Baby" 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 WWII 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 Keg is this insane thing really a pumpkin?Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:26:27 +0000How Kara Walker Boldly Rewrote Civil War History 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, Austria 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.com 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.com series of conversations about one of our nation's most intractable concernsWed, 25 Oct 2017 17:13:34 +0000The Healing Power of Greek Tragedy 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 Arrive 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? 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 Museum 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 Change 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 Art 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" Movement 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 Trip 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 Food 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 America 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 Change 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 History 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 Scenes Glessner Lee's ‘Nutshell Studies’ exemplify the intersection of forensic science and craftMon, 16 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Inside Taiwan’s Craft Beer Renaissance 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 Autumn 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 Relevance the 133rd anniversary of her birth, "ER"'s influence lives onWed, 11 Oct 2017 13:55:16 +0000Why the Ancient Egyptians Loved Their Kitties 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 Smithsonian 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 Island students are giving leftover rice wara a second lifeTue, 10 Oct 2017 18:31:36 +0000How Artificial Intelligence Is Improving Magic Tricks 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 Pavilion<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 Library 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 Innovation 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 Before 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 Collector new documentary focuses on the incredible story of Frank BrintonWed, 04 Oct 2017 12:54:25 +0000New Sackler Buddhist Exhibition Doubles the Immersive Experiences 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 Thoughts 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 Again 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 Maps 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 66 <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"? 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 Languages 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 Captivates 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 Coffee 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 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 Stage 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 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 Child 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 Sport 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” 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 Mysteries 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 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 Eternal 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 War 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 Craze athletic movements may have inspired modern break dancingThu, 21 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000