Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 16 Apr 2021 18:40:20 +0000Why Poetry Is Experiencing an Awakeninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-poetry-experiencing-awakening-180977530/Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of April’s National Poetry Month with these workshops from the National Museum of African American History and CultureFri, 16 Apr 2021 18:40:20 +0000How Do We Remember Selena?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/04/15/memories-of-selena/On the anniversary of her 50th birthday, honoring the legacy of the first Tejana singer to top the U.S. Billboard charts with her Spanish-language albumFri, 16 Apr 2021 14:20:33 +0000This Library in Brooklyn Is Home to the World's Largest Sketchbook Collectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/this-library-in-brooklyn-is-home-to-the-worlds-largest-sketchbook-collection-180977341/With more than 50,000 sketchbooks, the Brooklyn Art Library in Williamsburg is still accepting submissionsThu, 15 Apr 2021 16:22:05 +0000Groundbreaking New Center Unveils World's Largest Collection of Inuit Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/groundbreaking-new-center-unveils-worlds-largest-collection-of-inuit-art-180977469/More than 20,000 works from artists across the Canadian Arctic are on display at Qaumajuq, a new museum-within-a-museum at the Winnipeg Art GalleryTue, 13 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000Celebrate National Library Week With Bibliophilic Backgrounds for Your Virtual Meetingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/04/09/celebrate-national-library-week-virtual-meeting-backgrounds/Smithsonian Libraries and Archives offers book lovers these nine stylish backdropsFri, 09 Apr 2021 16:21:50 +0000How the Arts Have Inspired Social Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/04/08/power-of-giving/Americans have a long tradition of inspiring and elevating movements for change using benefit concerts, song and other artistic traditionsFri, 09 Apr 2021 15:23:10 +0000Follow Dante's Footsteps Through Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/follow-dantes-footsteps-through-italy-180977029/For the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death, visit his birthplace, churches and tombWed, 07 Apr 2021 15:29:04 +0000From Books Bound in Human Skin to Occult Texts, These Are Literature's Most Macabre, Surprising and Curious Creationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/books-bound-human-skin-occult-texts-these-are-literatures-most-macabre-surprising-and-curious-creations-180977404/A new tome takes readers into collector Edward Brooke-Hitching's "madman's library"Tue, 06 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Did Shakespeare Base His Masterpieces on Works by an Obscure Elizabethan Playwright?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/did-shakespeare-base-his-literary-masterpieces-works-obscure-elizabethan-playwright-180977424/The new book "North by Shakespeare" examines the link between the Bard of Avon and Sir Thomas NorthTue, 06 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0000Why These Five Women Changemakers in American Art Deserve Reconsiderationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2021/03/31/artists-women-history-month/A rising scholar of equality issues in American Art dives into the Smithsonian collections to find dynamic stories for her upcoming webcomic seriesMon, 05 Apr 2021 14:50:22 +0000The Thorny Politics of Presidential Portraiturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thorny-politics-presidential-portraiture-180977400/In a new podcast, the National Portrait Gallery reveals that a portrait is being commissioned of the former president Mon, 05 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Time Travel Into Panama's Deep History With This Richly Illustrated New Graphic Novelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-tropical-research-institute/2021/03/31/young-comic-book-heroine-travels-through-panamas-deep-history/'Martina and the Bridge of Time' tells the story of the Isthmus' formation and evolution through the adventures of a young Panamanian girlThu, 01 Apr 2021 14:26:17 +0000These Are the Winners of Smithsonian Magazine's 18th Annual Photo Contesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-are-winning-photos-smithsonian-magazines-18th-annual-photo-contest-180977370/From India to Antarctica, these pictures capture the passion, solitude and surprise of a year unlike any otherThu, 01 Apr 2021 13:01:00 +0000In Search of the Authentic Ernest Hemingwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/search-authentic-ernest-hemingway-180977368/An upcoming PBS documentary prompts a deep-dive into the story behind this rarely published Smithsonian portrait of the legendary writer Thu, 01 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Women Resistance Fighters of WWII, the Secret Lives of Ants and Other New Books to Readhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-resistance-fighters-wwii-secret-lives-ants-and-other-new-books-read-180977363/These April releases elevate overlooked stories and offer insights on oft-discussed topicsThu, 01 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Illustrator Jessica Esch Fell Down a 'Rabbit Hole' and Hasn't Emerged Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2021/03/25/treasure-trove-archives-inspiration/ During the pandemic, the Archives of American Art provided refuge and a place for artistic inspirationWed, 31 Mar 2021 19:00:00 +0000Meet With an Egyptologist at Tell el-Amarna and 25 Other Smithsonian Associates Programs Streaming in Aprilhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2021/03/25/excavations-tell-el-amarna-and-25-other-smithsonian-associates-programs-streaming-april/Check out tapestry weaving, lunch with a curator and virtual study tours produced by the world’s largest museum-based educational programWed, 31 Mar 2021 18:04:54 +0000Men Have Feared Women for Millennia. Just Look at the Monsters of Greek Mythologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/meet-female-monsters-greek-mythology-medusa-sphinx-180977364/A new collection of essays considers how the villainous women of classical antiquity, from Medusa to the Sphinx, resonate in contemporary Western societyWed, 31 Mar 2021 15:38:16 +0000The Quarter-Century Reign of the All-Women Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-center-folklife-cultural-heritage/2021/03/30/reign-of-mariachi-reyna-de-los-angeles/Far from a “girl band” or pop novelty, the group’s success is a hard-earned triumph of gender justiceTue, 30 Mar 2021 17:24:20 +0000The Surprising Story of the Smithsonian Sunbursthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/03/29/surprising-story-smithsonian-sunburst/Crimilda Pontes was the Institution’s first official graphic designer and the designer of the iconic sunburst symbolTue, 30 Mar 2021 13:43:23 +0000Meet Sophia Kianni, the Young Climate Change Changemakerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/conservation-commons/2021/03/23/meet-sophia-kianni/The founder of Climate Cardinals assembled a team of global volunteers to breakdown language barriers by translating climate science and research Mon, 29 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000A Friendship Forged in the Archiveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2021/03/24/friendship-forged-archives/Maine writer and illustrator Jessica Esch happened upon the Archives of American Art by chance; but destiny followedFri, 26 Mar 2021 14:43:48 +0000Honor the Tradition of Viewing Cherry Blossoms in These Signature Japanese Works of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/honor-tradition-viewing-cherry-blossoms-signature-japanese-works-art-180977330/The timeless glory of the early spring bloom can be found In the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art Thu, 25 Mar 2021 19:22:56 +0000How Isabella Aiukli Cornell Made Prom Politicalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/03/22/making-prom-political/As citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a prom dress became the perfect vehicle to signal the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous womenThu, 25 Mar 2021 15:20:12 +0000Chicanx Graphic Artists Inexpensively Fomented Revolution, Using Recycled Materials https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2021/03/18/recycling-revolution-alternative-media-chicanx-protest-art/For protest artists, what receives the image is often of little importance; it is the image’s political message that is vitalTue, 23 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000The Press Made the Polio Vaccine Trials Into a Public Spectaclehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/press-made-polio-vaccine-trials-public-spectacle-180977304/As a medical breakthrough unfolded in the early 1950s, newspapers filled pages with debates over vaccine science and anecdotes about kids receiving shotsTue, 23 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Culinary Expert Grace Young Is Documenting the Toll of the Pandemic and Anti-Asian Hate on NYC's Chinatownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chinese-culinary-expert-grace-young-quest-save-chinatown-180977282/The award-winning cookbook author recently donated prized family heirlooms to the SmithsonianMon, 22 Mar 2021 14:48:30 +0000How Film Helps Preserve the World's Diversityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/03/18/how-film-helps-preserve-worlds-diversity/The Smithsonian's Human Studies Film Archive houses eight million feet of film which can help future generations reflect on the pastMon, 22 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000Looking at Leisure Through Early 20th-Century Trade Catalogshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/03/16/looking-leisure-through-early-20th-century-trade-catalogs/How did people a 100 years ago spend their free time outside? The Trade Literature Collection offers a few clues to some very recognizable pastimesFri, 19 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000This Summer, a New Smithsonian Exhibition Takes You Inside Béisbolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inside-beisbol-180977165/At the American History Museum, cover all the bases with Latino ballplayersFri, 19 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000How the Baseball Cap Went From Athletic Gear to Fashion Statementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/history-baseball-cap-180977162/A tip of the cap to the nation’s crowning accessoryFri, 19 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Harmonicahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/history-harmonica-180977157/How the world’s handiest instrument took over American musicFri, 19 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Is the Artwork of Sophie Taeuber-Arp Still Avant-Garde?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/it-still-avant-garde-180977156/Decades after she painted this canvas, a new show reconsiders a misunderstood Swiss artistFri, 19 Mar 2021 10:00:00 +0000Indian Country Weighs In on Deb Haaland's Confirmation as Secretary of the Interiorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2021/03/18/reactions-indian-country-deb-haalands-confirmation-secretary-interior/Seen as "one giant leap for Native women, "Haaland (Laguna and Jemez Pueblos) is hailed for her experience, strength and wisdom Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:34:49 +0000How Alicia D. Williams Is Reviving Storytelling for Black Childrenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-center-folklife-cultural-heritage/2021/03/16/alicia-d-williams-reviving-storytelling/Williams wanted a different story for her daughter—and for herself. So, she set out to write itTue, 16 Mar 2021 17:09:59 +0000A Dictionary of Science Fiction Runs From Afrofuturism to Zero-Ghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dictionary-science-fiction-runs-afrofuturism-zero-g-180977224/The long-running project found a new online home, one that showcases the literary genre’s outsized impact on popular culture Fri, 12 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000How One Farmer Is Introducing Americans to Sea Beanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-one-farmer-is-introducing-americans-to-sea-beans-180977215/In Charleston, South Carolina, Heron Farms is attempting to grow a gangly, salt-tolerant plant in the face of sea level riseThu, 11 Mar 2021 14:34:19 +0000Eight of Literature's Most Powerful Inventions—and the Neuroscience Behind How They Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/eight-literatures-most-powerful-inventions-and-neuroscience-behind-how-they-work-180977168/These reoccuring story elements have proven effects on our imagination, our emotions and other parts of our psycheWed, 10 Mar 2021 17:33:02 +0000Six Wonders Built by Pioneering Women Architectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-wonders-built-pioneering-women-architects-180977099/Virtually explore these groundbreaking designs around the world, from an Italian villa to an American castleTue, 09 Mar 2021 19:20:45 +0000How Scientist Jennifer Doudna Is Leading the Next Technological Revolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/walter-isaacson-180977196/A new book from Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson offers an incisive portrait of the gene editing field that is changing modern medicineTue, 09 Mar 2021 17:56:54 +0000Meet Barbara Dane and Her Proud Tradition of Singing Truth to Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-center-folklife-cultural-heritage/2021/03/08/barbara-dane-sings-truth-tower/From Mississippi Freedom Schools, to free speech rallies at UC Berkeley, and in the coffeehouses, her protest music took her everywhereMon, 08 Mar 2021 17:00:00 +0000Why Did Women Stop Dominating the Beer Industry?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-used-dominate-beer-industry-until-witch-accusations-started-pouring-180977171/Strict gender norms pushed them out of a centuries-long tradition Mon, 08 Mar 2021 15:07:51 +0000Did a Viking Woman Named Gudrid Really Travel to North America in 1000 A.D.?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-viking-woman-named-gudrid-really-travel-north-america-1000-years-ago-180977126/The sagas suggest she settled in Newfoundland and eventually made eight crossings of the North Atlantic SeaWed, 03 Mar 2021 13:50:04 +0000Theodore Roosevelt's North Dakota and 27 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in Marchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2021/02/23/theodore-roosevelts-north-dakota-and-27-other-smithsonian-programs-streaming-march/Multi-part courses, studio arts classes and virtual study tours produced by the world’s largest museum-based educational programTue, 02 Mar 2021 18:18:20 +0000This Hans Christian Andersen Museum Asks You to Step Into a Fairy Talehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hans-christian-andersen-museum-asks-you-step-fairy-tale-180977123/Opening soon in the storyteller's hometown of Odense, Denmark, the museum allows visitors to experience his multilayered storiesTue, 02 Mar 2021 13:30:00 +0000Calling All Bibliophiles: Here's How to Adopt a Bookhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/02/26/upcoming-adopt-book-salons-smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/Smithsonian Libraries and Archives invites you to a series of four Adopt-a-Book Salons in March and AprilMon, 01 Mar 2021 16:45:49 +0000The Fever That Struck New Yorkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fever-struck-new-york-180976997/The front lines of a terrible epidemic, through the eyes of a young doctor profoundly touched by tragedyFri, 26 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000The Tragic Irony of the U.S. Capitol's Peace Monumenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tragic-irony-peace-monument-us-capitol-180976998/An unfinished Civil War memorial became an allegory for peace—and a scene of insurrectionThu, 25 Feb 2021 16:44:25 +0000Looking Back at the Legacy of 'The Great White Hope' and Boxer Jack Johnsonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/looking-back-legacy-great-white-hope-180977089/The two stars of the play and movie reminisce about their experience adapting the life story of boxer Jack JohnsonThu, 25 Feb 2021 13:00:00 +0000From Floating Cities to Biodegradable Burial Pods and Flying Cars, the Smithsonian Envisions a Multitude of Futureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/floating-cities-biodegradable-burial-pods-and-flying-cars-smithsonian-envisions-multitude-futures-180977085/The Arts and Industries Building will reopen this November with a thought-provoking exploration of what lies ahead for humanityWed, 24 Feb 2021 15:02:35 +0000Why Cooper Hewitt Is Seeking Works by the Innovative Black Graphic Designer Laini Abernathyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum/2021/02/22/laini-abernathy-black-graphic-designer/Cooper Hewitt is collecting album covers designed by this important designer, who contributed to the Black cultural scene in the late 1960sWed, 24 Feb 2021 14:00:00 +0000How Navajo Physicians Are Battling the Covid-19 Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/healers-navajo-nation-pandemic-covid-19-180976994/Combining traditional medicine and modern science, these courageous doctors have risen to the challengeWed, 24 Feb 2021 13:00:00 +0000A New Exhibition Brings Artist Dusti Bongé Into the Lighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/exhibition-dusti-bonge-180977001/The overlooked Mississippi painter's strong connection to the South infused her workTue, 23 Feb 2021 16:00:00 +0000Pandemic Can't Stop the Mother Tongue Film Festivalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pandemic-cant-stop-mother-tongue-film-festival-180977064/The much-loved event kicks off this weekend online with the first indigenous film from Hawaii and extends through May with 45 offeringsFri, 19 Feb 2021 19:50:32 +0000Iraq's Cultural Museum in Mosul Is on the Road to Recoveryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/iraqs-mosul-cultural-museum-road-recovery-180977027/The arduous process, says the Smithsonian's Richard Kurin, is "a victory over violent extremism"Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:18:50 +0000Inside Naples' World-Famous Pizza Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/naples-pizza-original-fast-food-180976992/For hundreds of years, artisans in the southern Italian city have been cooking up the ultimate fast foodFri, 19 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000The Groundbreaking 1969 Craft Exhibit 'Objects: USA' Gets a Reboothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/groundbreaking-1969-craft-exhibit-objects-usa-gets-reboot-180977023/More than 50 years later, the new show combines the works of 100 established and emerging artistsThu, 18 Feb 2021 17:37:46 +0000Polar Bears Live on the Edge of the Climate Change Crisishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/polar-bears-live-cliate-change-crisis-180976995/On Hudson Bay's frigid shores, scientists track the animals to better understand how the environment is shaping their chances of survivalThu, 18 Feb 2021 16:39:21 +0000A Quest to Return the Banjo to Its African Rootshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-center-folklife-cultural-heritage/2021/02/16/quest-return-banjo-its-african-roots/The Black Banjo Reclamation Project aims to put banjos into the hands of everyday peopleWed, 17 Feb 2021 15:05:24 +0000