Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenThu, 15 Nov 2018 15:30:38 +0000With AI Art, Process Is More Important Than the Product's just auctioned its first piece of AI art—a portrait created via machine learningTue, 16 Oct 2018 17:00:30 +0000W.E.B. Du Bois’ Visionary Infographics Come Together for the First Time in Full Color pioneering team of black sociologists created data visualizations that explained institutionalized racism to the worldThu, 15 Nov 2018 15:30:38 +0000How the First LGBTQ Mariachi Became an Outlet for Advocacy musicians Carlos Samaniego and Natalia Melendez do traditional Mexican music their wayWed, 14 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Stan Lee Helped Shape the Story of What It Is to Be American curator Eric Jentsch weighs into the legacy of the comic-book mastermind Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:08:48 +0000A Letter to Stan Lee, Comic Book Legend, Written by One of His Biggest Fans producer and instructor Michael Uslan eulogizes his hero and mentor, whose superheroes taught him countless life lessonsTue, 13 Nov 2018 17:44:25 +0000Why Walking on Legos Hurts More Than Walking on Fire or Ice you wanted to know about the science and history of stomping on the toy blocksTue, 13 Nov 2018 16:38:30 +0000A Veteran Combat Photographer Recalls His Most Memorable Shots stuck in a darkroom, Jeremy Lock traveled the world capturing life on the front lines and the homefrontFri, 09 Nov 2018 21:39:51 +0000The True Story of Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s 'Outlaw King' Pine stars as the Netflix film’s eponymous hero, who secures his country’s independence but leaves behind a tangled legacyThu, 08 Nov 2018 19:45:18 +0000World’s Oldest-Known Figurative Paintings Discovered in Borneo Cave to at least 40,000 years old, the depiction of a cattle-like animal has striking similarities to ancient rock art found in other parts of the worldWed, 07 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0000Could 3-D Printing Save Music Education? chef Erik Bruner-Yang interviews Jill-of-all-trades Kaitlyn Hova about her plan to infuse STEM education with open source, 3-D printable instrumentsWed, 07 Nov 2018 14:32:50 +0000This Art Show Is Taking the Literal Pulse of America Rafael Lozano-Hemmer uses biometrics to make breathtaking spectacle Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:34:28 +0000Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republic new book argues that violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome's endTue, 06 Nov 2018 15:31:31 +0000In Senegal, Female Empowerment, Prestige and Wealth Is Measured in Glittering Gold African Art Museum's new exhibition delves into a tradition that is both ravishingly beautiful and hauntingly fraughtMon, 05 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000How Close Does "Bohemian Rhapsody" Come to Showing the Real Freddie Mercury? the movie has been critiqued for flattening the legacy of Queen, see the band come to life in historic photosFri, 02 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Scientist Grover Krantz Risked It All. . .Chasing Bigfoot dedicated anthropologist donated his body to science and it’s on display, but his legacy is complicatedWed, 31 Oct 2018 18:07:20 +0000The Musical Performance "Sight Machine" Reveals What Artificial Intelligence Is "Thinking" About Us artist Trevor Paglen's other work, the show asked viewers to reexamine the human relationship to technologyTue, 30 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Ireland’s Fortune-Telling Mashed Potato Dish (Recipe) your luck with this side, traditionally served on HalloweenFri, 26 Oct 2018 20:53:09 +0000A New Museum Honoring America's Veterans Opens in Ohio stories take the place of military artifacts at the new National Veterans Memorial & MuseumFri, 26 Oct 2018 14:52:59 +0000The Science Behind Decorative Gourd Season are the runts of their family of fruits, too tough and bitter to eat, but they remain one of the most popular crops of fallFri, 26 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Makes the Flint Hills of Kansas a Sight to See classical musicians. 200 acres of windblown prairie. And the bracing spirit of the heartland. A Kansas symphony in six movementsThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Court Case That Inspired the Gilded Age’s #MeToo Moment turn-of-the-century trial, the focus of a new book, took aim at the Victorian double standardThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Translator Who Brought a Lost Jewish Poet’s Words to the English-Speaking World in the U.S. but a lifelong speaker of Lithuanian, Laima Vince became enamored of Matilda Olkin’s writingWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Becoming Anne Frank did we turn an isolated teenage girl into the world’s most famous Holocaust victim?Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Kyle Meyer's Photo-Tapestries Give Voice to a Silenced Community New York artist combines digital photography and African fabrics to create deeply textured portraits of persecuted Swazi menTue, 23 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Journey to One of the Country's Most Remote Distilleries's north country serves up cold nights and warming whiskeysMon, 22 Oct 2018 19:57:38 +0000How Japanese Artists Responded to the Transformation of Their Nation new exhibitions at the Freer|Sackler vividly illustrate Japan's arrival to the modern ageMon, 22 Oct 2018 18:44:30 +0000Taste Your Way Through Italy, One Ingredient-Specific Museum at a Time Emilia Romagna region has 25 food museums, each dedicated to a beloved food item – ranging from balsamic vinegar to Parmesan cheeseThu, 18 Oct 2018 14:32:04 +0000Self-Taught Artist Clementine Hunter Painted the Bold Hues of Southern Life view at NMAAHC, Hunter’s colorful artworks depict work in the field, church on Sundays, and laundry on the lineThu, 18 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Return of Dorothy’s Iconic Ruby Slippers, Now Newly Preserved for the Ages unprecedented conservation of the <i>Wizard of Oz</i> shoes involved more than 200 hours, and a call from the FBIThu, 18 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Explore the Dublin Destinations That Inspired "Dracula" in the footsteps of Bram Stoker and see how his hometown inspired him to write his famous horror novelWed, 17 Oct 2018 19:06:54 +0000The True Story of Misty of Chincoteague, the Pony Who Stared Down a Devastating Nor'Easter Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 was a horse of another colorTue, 16 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Dawn of Television Promised Diversity. Here’s Why We Got “Leave It to Beaver” Instead original archival research and FBI blacklist documents, a new book pieces together the intersectional narratives that never made it on airMon, 15 Oct 2018 16:13:53 +0000This Golden Canopy Could Power 500 Homes propose a new sustainable landmark on a Melbourne beach that is both public art and a power plantThu, 11 Oct 2018 15:05:05 +0000Bill Traylor Depicted His Brutal Lifetime With Vibrant Art new Smithsonian show, seven years in the making, takes a deep dive into the life of a self-taught artist and former slaveWed, 10 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000In a New Film, Master Artisans Share Their Passion for the Labors They Love filmmakers, Smithsonian folklorist Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner, explore impact of craft in <em>Good Work</em>, airing now on PBSFri, 05 Oct 2018 20:27:43 +0000This Weekend, NYC’s High Line Takes Center Stage for a "Mile-Long Opera",000 singers from around the city will descend on the popular park to showcase the stories of New YorkersFri, 05 Oct 2018 13:46:08 +0000This Freak Aviation Disaster Brought Supersonic Idealism Down in Flames a just-released Smithsonian Book, author Samme Chittum assesses the Concorde’s demise with the keen eye of a crime reporterThu, 04 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Much-Loved Paddington Bear Turns Sixty the October 1958 publication of <em>A Bear Called Paddington,</em> Smithsonian Libraries takes a look at several pop-up books Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:22:28 +0000The Screenwriting Mystic Who Wanted to Be the American Führer Dudley Pelley and his Silver Shirts were just one of many Nazi-sympathizers operating in the United States in the 1930sWed, 03 Oct 2018 13:05:29 +0000A New Project Weaves Patient Stories Into Art bioengineer collaborates with artists, clinicians and patients to come up with an art exhibition with heartTue, 02 Oct 2018 15:00:13 +0000This Artist Redefines a "Chiseled Body" and hyper-detailed, these anatomical mosaics draw on ancient inspirationMon, 01 Oct 2018 16:00:20 +0000Tour Armenia's Enduring Soviet-Era Architecture's unique flavor of Soviet Modernism combined socialist design ideals, classical stonework and pink volcanic rockFri, 28 Sep 2018 17:39:34 +0000Would Baseball have Become America’s National Pastime Without Baseball Cards? companies spurred the mania, but artistry won the hearts of collectorsFri, 28 Sep 2018 15:25:41 +0000Photos Document What Remains of a Soviet Atomic City new book explores the architectural history of Metsamor, Armenia, once a planned utopia for nuclear power plant workersThu, 27 Sep 2018 23:04:21 +0000Mapping Armenia’s Edible Landscape, One Wild Bilberry Bush at a Time 1000 Leaf Project aims to document Armenia's hundreds of edible plants and mushrooms with help from local residentsThu, 27 Sep 2018 21:32:28 +0000A Hologram of the First Woman of Color in Space Debuted on Museum Day installation at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum featuring Mae Jemison highlights diversity in space explorationThu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Film Festival Examines African-American Life Through Dozens of Distinct Lenses first of its kind, the late-October event brings together perspectives both historical and contemporaryThu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Names Billie Jean King One of Its "Great Americans" tennis icon chatted about her life and legacy in a wide-ranging conversation at the National Museum of American HistoryWed, 26 Sep 2018 20:15:05 +0000Before He Was a Musician, John Lennon Was a Philatelist the arrival of a new postage stamp, the musician’s boyhood collection is on view at the National Postal MuseumTue, 25 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000From Lava Tentacles to Abandoned Car Lots, This Acclaimed Violinist Turned Aerial Photographer Captures Our World From 2,000 Feet Up Todorov, a professor of music, shares his journey into the world of aerial photography Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:38:37 +0000What Does Hell Look Like? new book imagines how the underworld may appear with these illustrationsFri, 21 Sep 2018 14:16:39 +0000A Vintage Take on High Fashion Showcases the Beauty of a Stitch in Time Cathleen Naundorf mined Chanel's archives for a majestic new book Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Sean Scully’s Artworks Are a Study in Color, Horizon and Life’s Sorrows a return to the Hirshhorn following his 1995 retrospective, Scully presents his sublime <i>Landlines</i> seriesThu, 20 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Original Meanings of the “American Dream” and “America First” Were Starkly Different From How We Use Them Today new book from historian Sarah Churchwell examines the etymologies of two ubiquitous phrasesThu, 20 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday and zoos across the country are letting visitors in admission-free. Here are some highlights. Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:31:24 +0000The Afterlife of Beetlejuice "Ghost with the Most" has been haunting movie watches—and one small Vermont town—for 30 yearsWed, 19 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000The Artist Who Made Coloring Books Cool for Adults Returns With a New Masterpiece Basford, whose fanciful, hand-drawn illustrations launched a worldwide craze, is back with flying colorsTue, 18 Sep 2018 15:40:17 +0000Why 'Little Women' Endures 150 Years Later author of a new book about the classic says the 19th-century novel contains life lessons for all, especially for boysTue, 18 Sep 2018 14:42:22 +0000