Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 19 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why Is Some Art So Bad That It’s Good? a work of art is characterized by a string of failures, but nonetheless ends up being a gorgeous freak accident of natureFri, 19 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000In 1968, When Nixon Said “Sock it To Me” on <i>Laugh-In,</i> TV Was Never Quite the Same Again show's rollicking one-liners and bawdy routines paved the way for <i>Saturday Night Live</i> and other cutting-edge television satireFri, 19 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Why Nancy Reagan's Sense of Style Wasn't Appreciated Jackie and Dolley before her, Nancy Reagan brought her own unique style to the White House. But economic times were toughThu, 18 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000The TV Show ‘Black Lightning’ Gives the Superhero World a Jolt of Social Justice the protagonist of WB’s new comic book show, community and family come firstWed, 17 Jan 2018 21:35:51 +0000The True Story of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” the designer meet his killer seven years earlier?Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:49:36 +0000What the Batmobile Tells Us About the American Dream of DC Comics will go batty for this new installation at the National Museum of American HistoryTue, 16 Jan 2018 20:23:34 +0000How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrations new exhibition at the Library of Congress highlights female artists and their contributions to comic strips, magazine covers and political cartoonsThu, 11 Jan 2018 18:24:26 +0000How Graffiti Artists Used iPhones and Paint to Transform the Beatles’ Ashram Miles Toland describes how he captured Indian street scenes on his phone and recreated them as giant murals that same dayThu, 11 Jan 2018 16:27:23 +0000Three Architecture Projects That Will Build Community and Address Inequality This Year projects set to be completed this year are geared toward strengthening communities that have been left out of the economic recoveryMon, 08 Jan 2018 15:36:52 +0000January Happenings At the Smithsonian away winter blues with our recommended list of film, lectures, concerts and moreFri, 05 Jan 2018 16:56:26 +0000Rage Against the Machine short story reimagines the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the chaos that shocked the worldFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:47:45 +0000America’s First “Food Spy” Traveled the World Hunting for Exotic Crops new book details the life of adventurer-botanist David FairchildFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Teen Idol Frankie Lymon's Tragic Rise and Fall Tells the Truth About 1950s America mirage of the singer's soaring success echoes the mirage of post-war tranquility at homeThu, 04 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000How Science is Peeling Back the Layers of Ancient Lacquer Sculptures rare Buddhist artworks were found to contain traces of bone and bloodThu, 04 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Remarkable Influence of <em>A Wrinkle in Time</em> the Madeleine L'Engle novel liberated young adult literatureWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000The Ashram Where the Beatles Sought Enlightenment Boys singer Mike Love recalls what it was like to be at the Indian locale, which remains a destination for fans of music and meditationWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000Thomas Edison’s Forgotten Sci-Fi Novel feeding his visions for the future to a well-regarded contemporary, the prolific inventor offered a peek into his brilliant mindWed, 03 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000It’s Still Christmas in Armenia holiday celebrations continue through January 13. Here's what to cook to keep the festivities going.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:30:00 +0000The Science of Silence in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' soundless lightspeed attack that baffled some fans was actually the film's most scientifically accurate momentTue, 02 Jan 2018 19:35:33 +0000Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took on the Miss America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement America pageant is under new leadership after a sexist email scandal. But the pageant has a long history of controversy—including the 1968 protestsTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000How Mickalene Thomas Is Ushering in a New Wave of Contemporary Art celebrated portraitist’s glittering images of black women upend traditionTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000'Armenian Pizza' Is the Comfort Food You Didn’t Know You Were Missing (Recipe) lahmacun may lack in cheese pulls it makes up for with juicy, spicy ground lambFri, 29 Dec 2017 22:22:19 +0000Photos Celebrate the Lives of Gender Non-Conforming Spirit Mediums in Southeast Asia pioneering photographer's latest book documents the welcoming community of transgender individuals who serve as spirit mediums in Burma and ThailandFri, 29 Dec 2017 22:02:38 +0000What <em>The Post</em> Gets Right (and Wrong) About Katharine Graham and the Pentagon Papers Smithsonian historian reminds us how Graham, a Washington socialite-turned-publisher, transformed the paper into what it is todayFri, 29 Dec 2017 21:57:03 +0000Learn to Speak the Language of the Universe With This Mindblowing New Book<i>Magnitude</i> helps you imagine the outer limits of time, speed and distance—without breaking your brainWed, 27 Dec 2017 19:56:46 +0000This 19th-Century Illustrator Found Beauty in the Slimiest of Sea Creatures new book chronicles Ernst Haeckel's life and his gorgeous renderings of wild things—scales, spikes, tentacles and allFri, 22 Dec 2017 15:54:45 +0000P.T. Barnum Isn't the Hero the "Greatest Showman" Wants You to Think path to fame and notoriety began by exploiting an enslaved woman, in life and in death, as entertainment for the massesFri, 22 Dec 2017 15:39:18 +0000Smithsonian Magazine's Most Powerful Photos of the Year photography editors select their favorites from a year full of stunning photojournalismFri, 22 Dec 2017 13:30:00 +0000The Remarkable Rebirth of the Button Accordion Gilberto Reyes redesigned the instrument to meet the needs of Latino musiciansFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Putting Miniature Museums Where You Are Likely To See Them nonprofit MICRO is on a mission to meet people where they are, staging small exhibitions in busy, public placesThu, 21 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Iceland's Christmas Witch Is Much Cooler (and Scarier) Than Krampus roots dating back to the 13th century, Gryla is not to be messed withWed, 20 Dec 2017 16:13:04 +0000This Cult Classic Christmas Special Is Quintessential Jim Henson it features few of the usual Muppets, ‘Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas’ brings the holiday spirit to the whole familyWed, 20 Dec 2017 15:39:50 +0000Around the Globe, Revered Artist Ferdinand Hodler Receives His Due, the Portrait Gallery Joins In swirl of dance portraits complement a single Swiss loan of Hodler’s Italian dancer Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000These Photos of the Abandoned Domino Sugar Refinery Document Its Sticky History new photography book uncovers the last days (and lasting legacy) of a New York institutionTue, 19 Dec 2017 16:22:27 +0000The Ten Stories You Didn't Read in 2017 But Should Have music behind prison bars to a San Francisco building with a dark past, here are the top 10 pieces we published last year that deserve another lookTue, 19 Dec 2017 15:06:50 +0000The Ten Best Children's Books of 2017 picks are full of silly words, weird animals and unknown historiesMon, 18 Dec 2017 14:40:38 +0000Gone at 27 and Eternally Youthful For the Ages, Jimi Hendrix Would Have Been 75 This Year gold-brocade vest at the Smithsonian evokes the innovative musician’s enduring legacyFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:41:56 +0000A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories the practice is now more associated with Halloween, spooking out your family is well within the Christmas spiritFri, 15 Dec 2017 12:30:00 +0000What the Robots of Star Wars Tell Us About the Future of Human Work films' much-loved robots exist mostly to assist rather than replace humans—and like us, they are prone to errorsThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:49:05 +0000The Incredible Linguistic Diversity of Tibet Is Disappearing to national schooling and the Internet, many of the plateau’s unique languages are in dangerTue, 12 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Was Enrico Fermi Really the “Father of the Nuclear Age”? new book takes a fresh look at the famed scientistMon, 11 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000A New Way to Show Your Devotion in Mexico City: Wear a T-Shirt Smithsonian folklorist makes the pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and discovers an emerging traditionMon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000Don't Miss These 10 New Art and Design Exhibits Opening This Winter everything from artistic chairs to underground magazines this seasonFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:45:40 +0000An Extravagant New Tribute to the Rise of Portraiture 600 Years Ago artist takes 21st century technology and culture to a 15th century aestheticFri, 08 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000People Are Lying on the Floor To See this Dazzling Ceiling Puzzle work pays homage to the vaulted domes, ornate Italianate arches and Art Deco geometric forms of nine of the nation's historic ceilingsFri, 08 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Ten Best History Books of 2017 presidential biographies to a look at the long rise of fake news, these picks will surely interest history buffsThu, 07 Dec 2017 17:10:22 +0000Turning Hurricane Data Into Music listening to storms help us understand them better? A meteorologist and a music technologist think soWed, 06 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000When 'The Graduate' Opened 50 Years Ago, It Changed Hollywood (and America) Forever movie about a young man struggling to find his way in the world mesmerized the nation when it debutedWed, 06 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Anthony Daniels Gives C-3PO an Unlikely Dash of Humanity fussy but brave “protocol droid” plays the role of the Greek chorus in the Star Wars franchiseWed, 06 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Designer of the Smithsonian Sunburst Logo Dies Chermayeff was a brilliant designer, a gifted artist and the purveyor of a unique visual language, says Smithsonian curator Ellen LuptonTue, 05 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000John Travolta’s Breakout Hit Was America’s Best Dance Party’s been 40 years since ‘Saturday Night Fever’—a gritty film powered by music, machismo and masterful footwork—became a cultural phenomenonMon, 04 Dec 2017 20:02:29 +0000What Archaeologists and Historians Are Finding About the Heroine of a Beloved Young Adult Novel scholarship reveals details about the Native American at the center of the classic <em>Island of the Blue Dolphins</em>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:07:10 +0000The Ten Best Travel Books of 2017 reads will remedy even the direst cases of wanderlustFri, 01 Dec 2017 18:23:27 +0000This Artist Painted With Light. An Admiring Astronomer Helped Make Him a Star works and machinations of Thomas Wilfred, a lone performer, inventor and visionary, are now on viewFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:14:12 +0000Maverick Music Takes Center Stage in This New Play on Nina Simone Smithsonian expert delves into the song and struggle at the heart of 'Four Women' at D.C.'s Arena StageThu, 30 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Is There Humanity to Be Found Within Serial Killers? new book tells the complex stories behind murderous women, the so-called “femmes fatales.”Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:22:37 +0000Gulliver's Travels Wasn't Meant to Be a Children's Book And More Things You Didn't Know About the Literary Classic now, 350 years after his birth, the great Irish satirist Jonathan Swift remains as sharp and relevant as everTue, 28 Nov 2017 19:15:01 +0000A Trip Inspired by 'Murder on the Orient Express' the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the murder mystery is not includedTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:23:42 +0000Marley Dias' Inspirational Goal to Collect Books About Girls of Color can we learn from a 12-year-old who’s turning the literary world upside down? EverythingTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000What Makes John Legend America's Most Versatile Artist, singer, actor, producer, virtual reality maven. John Legend is an entertainment all-starTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000These Shooting Stars of Broadway Staged the Impossible: A Musical About 'War and Peace' Malloy and Rachel Chavkin brought the Tolstoy epic to life with <em>Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812</em>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why the Team Behind Sesame Street Created a Character With Autism bravest new face on television is a Muppet that doesn’t say much. But she speaks volumes about life on the spectrumTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Ava DuVernay's Visionary Filmmaking Is Reshaping Hollywood eye for American history puts her in the vanguard. Her passion for justice makes her a heroTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Ten Best Photography Books of 2017 eye-opening works invite us to find ourselves in history and natureTue, 28 Nov 2017 15:18:11 +0000Mark Bradford’s Paintings Scratch at the Surface of a Conflicted America Hirshhorn Museum hosts the artist’s first solo show in WashingtonTue, 28 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Mexican Painter Changed by the City, Changes Art"In New York, I went berserk over painting," said Rufino Tamayo, whose works are now on view in a new retrospectiveMon, 27 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000'The Problem with Apu' Does More Than Pick Apart a 'Simpsons' Stereotype new documentary tackles Asian representation in media with humor and poiseWed, 22 Nov 2017 18:54:53 +0000The Invisible Way That Marketers Set the Menu for Your Thanksgiving Feast from decades ago put in place the traditions we hold dear each yearWed, 22 Nov 2017 15:26:48 +0000Why You Won’t See Pudding on the Thanksgiving Table The once-classic American dish has been widely replaced with the casserole—thanks in part to anti-immigrant sentiments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000