Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 25 Sep 2020 17:24:23 +0000Here's What's New to Explore as Smithsonian Museums Reopen more museums, the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian, open Friday Mon, 14 Sep 2020 19:38:41 +0000How Geraldine Ferraro's 1984 Campaign Broke the Vice-Presidential Glass Ceiling charismatic congresswoman from Queens forged a path for women in American politicsMon, 10 Aug 2020 15:55:59 +0000Why Are All Swedish Cottages Painted Red? company has exclusive rights to the source of the iconic pigment—a copper mine's supply of iron deposits that may last just a century moreFri, 25 Sep 2020 17:24:23 +0000How Do People Picnic Around the Globe? dining is having a moment. Let these traditions from eight different places help you put together the ultimate open-air mealWed, 23 Sep 2020 14:45:46 +0000The Women Writers Who Shaped 20th-Century American Literature new show at the National Portrait Gallery spotlights 24 authors, including Lorraine Hansberry, Sandra Cisneros and Maxine Hong KingstonWed, 23 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000How the Vampire Got His Fangs incisive history of a Halloween snarlTue, 22 Sep 2020 16:00:00 +0000Eight Works of Art Hiding in New York City her new book, author Lori Zimmer reveals some of the city’s best art pieces not found in museumsTue, 22 Sep 2020 12:30:00 +0000How NASA Marketed Its Space Program With Fantastical Depictions of the Future it came to exploring the stars, Americans had to see it to believe in itMon, 21 Sep 2020 17:00:00 +0000Germany May Have Banished Nazism, but Its Medieval Anti-Semitism Is Still in Plain Sight the city where Martin Luther revolutionized Christianity, a vile, 700-year-old sculpture openly denigrates Jews. Why is it still there?Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:45:20 +0000Photographs From the Last Quiet Places on Earth can compare to the healing power of silenceFri, 18 Sep 2020 16:04:28 +0000Nero, History's Most Despised Emperor, Gets a Makeover nearly 2,000 years, the Roman ruler has been depicted as an egotistical monster who fiddled while Rome burned. But is this image accurate?Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:30:40 +0000Why Robert Pirsig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Still Resonates Today author's meditation on technology treads a whole new path in the modern, digital worldFri, 18 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000Alexander von Humboldt: The Man History Forgot the 19th-century naturalist who traveled on four continents, wrote 2,500 letters, 36 books and hugely influenced early AmericaThu, 17 Sep 2020 19:00:27 +0000Saddle Up With Badger Clark, America's Forgotten Cowboy Poet unsung writer, known to many as "Anonymous," led a life of indelible verseThu, 17 Sep 2020 18:40:22 +0000The World’s First Entirely Virtual Art Museum Is Open for Visitors—the Virtual Online Museum of Art—is a free and fully immersive art experience Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:54:09 +0000How Will Covid-19 Change the Way Museums Are Built? global pandemic will have long-lasting effects on the form and function of future museumsWed, 16 Sep 2020 13:00:00 +0000Important Hudson River School Archive Is Now Fully Digitized artists like Edwin Austin Abbey, Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Eastman Johnson are featured in the Weir Family PapersTue, 15 Sep 2020 20:40:14 +0000A New Edition of 'Pride and Prejudice' Crosses Its T's and Dots Its I's Heller used period handwriting—and new material—to bring the novel’s colorful letters to lifeTue, 15 Sep 2020 17:53:35 +0000Why 'Glory' Still Resonates More Than Three Decades Later added to Netflix, the Civil War movie reminds the nation that black Americans fought for their own emancipationMon, 14 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000Japan's Love-Hate Relationship With Cats shapeshifters to demonic corpse eaters, supernatural cats have roamed for centuries in the country's folkloreFri, 11 Sep 2020 13:17:08 +0000Secretary Lonnie Bunch Discusses Music's Role in African American History and Culture Lead Belly to Kendrick Lamar, black musicians have long used song to share stories of struggle and triumphThu, 10 Sep 2020 21:04:14 +0000The Notre-Dame Crypt Reopens for the First Time Since the Fire mark the occasion, a new exhibition in the area under the cathedral's courtyard honors novelist Victor Hugo and architect Eugène Viollet-le-DucWed, 09 Sep 2020 19:49:23 +0000Artist Maren Hassinger Has Spent Her Entire Career Mediating the Current Moment Dorothy Moss and Charlotte Ickes explore the artist’s story ahead of her arrival in the Capital CityWed, 09 Sep 2020 14:59:27 +0000This Norwegian Island Claims to Be the Fabled Land of Thule of Smøla believe they live in the northernmost location mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman literature. Other contenders say not so fast.Tue, 08 Sep 2020 18:01:21 +0000The Papers of Artist Chiura Obata Chronicle Life Inside World War II Incarceration Camps the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the artist's story is one of resilience amidst the upheaval Fri, 04 Sep 2020 16:22:46 +0000Catherine the Great's Lost Treasure, the Rise of Animal Rights and Other New Books to Read five September releases may have been lost in the news cycleFri, 04 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000How to Make Clothing Dye With Excess Fruits and Vegetables From Your Garden are step-by-step instructions for giving your clothes and food scraps a second lifeThu, 03 Sep 2020 14:57:48 +0000The Complicated Legacy of 'My Old Kentucky Home' each year at the Kentucky Derby, the tune's original meaning has long been lost to historyThu, 03 Sep 2020 14:49:27 +0000How the Death of George Floyd Sparked a Street Art Movement group of Minnesota faculty and students is documenting and archiving the phenomenon Thu, 03 Sep 2020 13:00:00 +0000How Illustrators Brought the Spunky Ramona Quimby to Life different artists have depicted the beloved character in Beverly Cleary's books, making her relatable to generations of childrenThu, 03 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000In Washington, D.C., Towering Candles Shine as a Beacon of Hope in Dark Times Sterling Ruby reflects on the recent installation of his sculpture <em>Double Candle</em> at the Hirshhorn Wed, 02 Sep 2020 15:43:47 +0000The Remarkable Life and Work of Guitar Maker Freeman Vines nearly half a century, the North Carolina native has created instruments out of found wood—including some from a notorious hanging treeTue, 01 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000Anthony Fauci and Alan Alda Talk Science and 26 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in September month drop in on events about global climate justice, Picasso's 'Guernica,' bird brains, the Supreme Court, William Faulkner, orchids and moreMon, 31 Aug 2020 14:10:15 +0000See 12 Stunning Portraits of World War II Veterans Zach Coco has spent the past five years documenting more than 100 men and women's storiesMon, 31 Aug 2020 13:55:10 +0000How the Desolate Architectural Paintings of Emilio Sanchez Were Crafted From the Artist's Travel Snapshots In the Archives of American Art, a scholar pieces together the Cuban-born painter's complex artistic practice Thu, 27 Aug 2020 15:01:27 +0000'Ammonite' Is Historical Fan Fiction About the World's First Great Fossil Hunter new trailer previews the period drama featuring Kate Winslet as pioneering paleontologist Mary AnningWed, 26 Aug 2020 13:31:19 +0000A Brief History of the Mason Jar since 1858, the home canning classic is a sought after item for pandemic gardeners this summerWed, 26 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000Take a Deep Dive Into This Awesome Example of 1970s Photorealism's Carolyn Russo says to study this 1973 artwork by photorealist painter Audrey Flack is like looking at a plane spotting puzzleTue, 25 Aug 2020 15:07:07 +0000The Little-Known Role of Slavery in Viking Society new book looks at the legendary Scandinavians through their own eyesTue, 25 Aug 2020 14:00:00 +0000Taking a Closer Look at a Mural From 1968's Resurrection City makeshift wall in Washington, D.C. speaks to a heroic struggle to overcome inequalityThu, 20 Aug 2020 13:37:52 +0000Sanford Biggers' Quilts Carry Secret Messages by antique “freedom quilts,” the artist stitches encoded icons into his own textured piecesThu, 20 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000How the Smithsonian Is Documenting and Preserving Video Games the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a researcher develops strategy for digital preservationWed, 19 Aug 2020 13:52:41 +0000The Man Who Swam the Full Length of the Mississippi River Fred Newton found himself neck-deep in history Wed, 19 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000The 70 Million-Year-Old History of the Mississippi River into the secret past and uncertain future of the body of water that has defined a nationWed, 19 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000Two Women, Their Lives Connected by American Slavery, Tackle Their Shared History descended from an enslaver, the other from the people he enslaved. Together, they traveled to the Deep South to learn their families' pastsWed, 19 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000Why Sudan's Remarkable Ancient Civilization Has Been Overlooked by History African nation's pyramids and other archaeological sites are only now emerging from the shadow of its more storied neighbor to the northWed, 19 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Sixteen Snapshots of Life in New York City Under Quarantine outdoor photography exhibition at the New-York Historical Society is helping New Yorkers process the Covid-19 pandemicTue, 18 Aug 2020 17:53:20 +0000What 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage Looks Like Through the Eyes of 100 Women Artists new book fills its pages with an illustrated, intersectional exploration of the past centuryTue, 18 Aug 2020 17:30:36 +0000The Inside Story of the 25-Year, $8 Million Heist From the Carnegie Library maps, books and artworks vanished from the Pittsburgh archive, and the caper’s final chapter was just writtenTue, 18 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Two Monumental Sculptures Welcome Visitors Back to the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden artworks evoke peace in the time of pandemic Mon, 17 Aug 2020 17:54:37 +0000Here's What Going Back to School Looks Like in Indian Country During the Pandemic students, teachers, parents and school administrators share their concerns Fri, 14 Aug 2020 20:34:28 +0000How 12 Female Cookbook Authors Changed the Way We Eat new book examines the recipes of a dozen cooks who made groundbreaking contributions across the food industryFri, 14 Aug 2020 13:09:20 +0000A Brief History of the Cozy Coupe by a former auto designer, the foot-powered kids toy still outsells engine-powered carsThu, 13 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000What Can You Create With These Five Design Treasures From the Cooper Hewitt Collections? Access means you can share, remix and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s imagesWed, 12 Aug 2020 16:31:20 +0000Will America's Roadside Attractions Survive COVID-19? canceled bus tours and capacity limits, the country’s quirkiest stops are facing some serious challengesWed, 12 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000Ten American Towns That Feel Like Europe don’t have to travel far to get a taste of European culture right here in the United StatesTue, 11 Aug 2020 13:30:00 +0000Inspire Your Toddler’s STEM Career With This ‘Goodnight Moon’ Parody Kimberly Arcand releases her new children’s book ‘Goodnight Exomoon’Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:25:20 +0000How America Became Obsessed With Horses new book explores the meaning the animal holds for people—from cowboys to elite show jumpers—in this countryTue, 11 Aug 2020 12:30:00 +0000How a Once-Hidden Cache of Art and Archives Expands the Narratives of Mexican Modernism The works and writings of American artist and art critic Walter Pach are newly available to scholars and the resource is rich with historyMon, 10 Aug 2020 14:53:07 +0000Why the Black National Anthem Is Lifting Every Voice to Sing agree the song, endowed with its deep history of black pride, speaks to the universal human conditionMon, 10 Aug 2020 13:42:49 +0000How a Choral Director and Her Students Found Joy in the Folkways Archives this uplifting video giving voice to stalwarts of the American songbookFri, 07 Aug 2020 18:31:53 +0000Seven Ideas for Do-It-Yourself Backyard Pools a personal oasis with everything from hay bales to scrap wood to a shipping containerThu, 06 Aug 2020 17:57:33 +0000Will Rogers Was One of a Kind popular raconteur touched Americans with his humor, newspaper columns, movie star power, philanthropy and as political agitatorWed, 05 Aug 2020 18:13:06 +0000How the 1918 Pandemic Got Meme-ified in Jokes, Songs and Poems newspapers across the country, the public dealt with the heartache of the moment by turning to humorFri, 31 Jul 2020 14:58:51 +0000Exploring Underwater Caves and 22 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in August Underwater Caves, Battle of Midway, Economics + Harry Potter. 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