Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 14 Dec 2018 15:35:38 +0000What Do a Toilet Seat and the Mail Have to Do With Art?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2018/12/13/what-do-toilet-seat-and-mail-have-do-art/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:35:38 +0000How Savvy Advertising Helped Make Stereo Technology Mainstreamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-stereo-technology-became-mainstream-thanks-savvy-advertising-180971028/Stereo demonstrations and colorful ads sold customers on the two-channel sound technology when it was introduced 60 years agoThu, 13 Dec 2018 18:06:28 +0000New Molina Family Latino Gallery Opens in 2021 at the National Museum of American History https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-latino-center/2018/12/07/new-molina-family-latino-gallery-open-national-museum-american-history-2021/New Molina Family Latino Gallery to Open at National Museum of American History in 2021Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:15:12 +0000The Ten Best Board Games of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-board-games-2018-180970986/Go analog at your next party with one of these new classicsTue, 11 Dec 2018 15:54:46 +0000Eight Dazzling Toy Train Displays to Get You in the Holiday Spirithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/get-holiday-spirit-these-eight-model-train-shows-180970951/From Dallas to New York City, these mighty miniatures will delight even the biggest ScroogeMon, 10 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best Children's Books of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-childrens-books-2018-180970972/Our picks deliver feminist history, folklore reimagined and an adventurous romp through awe-inspiring destinationsFri, 07 Dec 2018 20:56:10 +0000This Sculptor Imagines Brain Waves in 3-Dhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-sculptor-imagines-brain-waves-in-3d-180970953/Julia Buntaine Hoel depicts the electrical activity of the brain in <i>Wave(s)</i>, on display at Smithsonian's "The Long Conversation"Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:23:19 +0000Seven Must-See New Museum Exhibits to Marvel at This Winterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/must-see-new-museum-exhibits-winter-2018-180970879/From fancy lights to Wes Anderson aesthetics, these new exhibits explore artists, history and funFri, 30 Nov 2018 19:10:10 +0000The Best Books of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-books-2018-180970895/In our efforts to increase and diffuse knowledge, we highly recommend these 70 titles released this yearFri, 30 Nov 2018 14:35:29 +0000History's Selfies: Looking at Artists Looking at Themselveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/historys-selfies-looking-artists-looking-themselves-180970869/National Portrait Gallery closes out 50-year anniversary celebration after widening the view to include more women, diverse backgrounds and emerging mediaFri, 30 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Smithsonian.com's Chief Digital Officer Shares His Favorite Books of the Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/chief-digital-officer-shares-favorite-books-year-180970921/Our own William Allman describes the 2018 titles he found to be the most enjoyable and eye-opening reads Thu, 29 Nov 2018 19:26:23 +0000The History of Our Love-Hate Relationship With the Christmas Letterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-love-hate-relationship-christmas-letter-180970725/How the "Dear Friends" missive started and how it has survived the Facebook ageThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Who Was Ida O'Keeffe, Georgia's Lesser-Known, But Perhaps More-Talented, Sister?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ida-okeeffe-georgia-lesser-known-sister-180970724/The painter who toiled in the shadow of her celebrated sibling is the subject of a new, major exhibitionThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000'Dear Evan Hansen' Recognized as Part of America's Cultural Heritagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dear-evan-hansen-recognized-part-american-story-180970912/Artifacts from the Broadway musical come to the collections of Smithsonian's National Museum of American HistoryWed, 28 Nov 2018 21:01:34 +0000Atlanta's Famed Cyclorama Mural Will Tell the Truth About the Civil War Once Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/atlanta-famed-cyclorama-tell-truth-civil-war-once-again-180970715/One of the war's greatest battles was fought again and again on a spectacular canvas nearly 400 feet long. At last, the real history is being restoredWed, 28 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why This Body-Surfing, Sound-Blasting, Cake-Throwing DJ Belongs in a Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-body-surfing-sound-blasting-cake-throwing-dj-belongs-museum-180970855/Just as his new release tops the charts, Electronic Dance Music DJ Steve Aoki says he is "blown away" to have his turntable technology in the collectionsWed, 28 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Immigrant Story Behind the Classic "Greetings From" Postcardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/immigrant-story-behind-classic-greetings-from-postcards-180970894/Long before Instagram, Americans showed off their travels using Curt Teich's cheery linen postcards.Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:31:33 +0000What Makes Janelle Monáe America's Most Revolutionary Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/janelle-monae-americas-most-revolutionary-artist-180970727/The musical virtuoso leaves her old persona behind with her third album, <em>Dirty Computer</em>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Tracy K. Smith, America's Poet Laureate, Travels the Country to Ignite Our Imaginationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tracy-smith-poet-laureate-traveling-country-igniting-imagination-180970722/Like Johnny Appleseed, Smith has been planting the seeds of verse across the U.S.Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Time's Up Initiative Built Upon the Work Done by These Labor Activistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/times-upinitiative-built-upon-work-labor-activists-180970720/How the leaders of a farmworkers' alliance reached across cultural divides to fight sexual harassmentTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000How John Krasinski Created 'A Quiet Place'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/john-krasinski-created-quiet-place-180970716/The actor turned director creates a genre-busting horror movie with a terrifying twist—silenceTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Artist Reenvisioned Marvel Superheroes in a Traditional Native American Stylehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artist-reenvisioned-marvel-superheroes-traditional-native-american-style-180970852/Jeffrey Veregge uses formline, more typical of paintings and totem poles, to create a heroic mural Mon, 26 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000This Holiday Season, Treat Yourself to Some Succulent Soul Foodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/holiday-season-treat-yourself-some-succulent-soul-food-180970865/Smithsonian Books introduces the <i>Sweet Home Café Cookbook</i>, chock full of delicious riffs on classic African-American recipesWed, 21 Nov 2018 11:41:12 +0000The Patents Behind Pumpkin Piehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-behind-pumpkin-pie-180970857/This Thanksgiving, when you take a bite of the traditional pie, take a moment to think about the inventions that have gone into the making of itWed, 21 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scholars-pick-their-favorite-books-2018-180970823/Here are eleven titles that intrigued and thrilled Smithsonian's knowledge seekers this yearTue, 20 Nov 2018 15:47:35 +0000The True Story of the 'Green Book' Moviehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/true-story-green-book-movie-180970728/Jazz, race and an unlikely friendship inspire the new film about navigating Jim Crow AmericaTue, 20 Nov 2018 13:30:00 +0000How Voltaire Went from Bastille Prisoner to Famous Playwrighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-voltaire-went-bastille-prisoner-famous-playwright-180970854/Three hundred years ago this week, the French philosopher and writer began his career with a popular retelling of Sophocles' 'Oedipus'Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best Books About Food of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-books-about-food-2018-180970846/These ten titles should satisfy readers hungry to learn more about the history and science of foodMon, 19 Nov 2018 16:54:08 +0000Why a New Robin Hood Arises Every Generationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-new-robin-hood-rises-every-generation-180970844/Troubled times always bring out the noble bandit who, in the face of tyranny and corruption, robs from the rich to give back to the peopleMon, 19 Nov 2018 15:19:58 +0000How Poetry Soothed a Nation in Mourning for John F. Kennedy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-poetry-soothed-nation-mourning-john-f-kennedy-180970837/First the jolt of shock, then the shroud of sadness struck 55 years agoFri, 16 Nov 2018 19:50:45 +0000Smithsonian Adds Arthur Jafa’s “Love is the Message, The Message is Death” to the Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-adds-arthur-jafas-love-message-message-death-collection-180970838/The seminal work, a contemporary <em>Guernica</em>, is the first joint acquisition for the Hirshhorn and the Smithsonian American Art MuseumFri, 16 Nov 2018 18:16:12 +0000The World's First Synthesizer Was a 200-Ton Behemothhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/worlds-first-synthesizer-was-200-ton-behemoth-180970828/Thaddeus Cahill's Telharmonium may not have been a huge success, but it was an important achievement in music historyFri, 16 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000W.E.B. Du Bois’ Visionary Infographics Come Together for the First Time in Full Color https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-time-together-and-color-book-displays-web-du-bois-visionary-infographics-180970826/His 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-first-LGBTQ-mariachi-became-outlet-advocacy-180970789/LA 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 Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stan-lee-helped-shape-story-what-it-be-american-180970796/Smithsonian 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 Fanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/letter-stan-lee-written-one-biggest-fans-180970790/Movie 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 Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-walking-legos-hurts-more-walking-fire-or-ice-180970784/Everything 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 Shotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/veteran-combat-photographer-recalls-his-most-memorable-shots-180970776/Originally 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'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-robert-bruce-scotlands-outlaw-king-180970756/Chris 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 Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-oldest-known-figurative-paintings-discovered-borneo-cave-180970747/Dated 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? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-3d-printing-save-music-education-180970743/D.C. 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 Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-art-show-is-taking-the-literal-pulse-america-180970738/Artist 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 Republichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lessons-decline-democracy-from-ruined-roman-republic-180970711/A 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 Goldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/senegal-female-empowerment-prestige-and-wealth-measured-glittering-gold-180970698/The 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-real-freddie-mercury-180970690/While 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 Bigfoothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientist-grover-krantz-risked-it-all-chasing-bigfoot-180970676/The 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 Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/musical-performance-sight-machine-reveals-what-artificial-intelligence-thinking-about-us-180970644/Like 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)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/colcannon-fortune-telling-mashed-dish-recipe-180970492/Try your luck with this side, traditionally served on HalloweenFri, 26 Oct 2018 20:53:09 +0000A New Museum Honoring America's Veterans Opens in Ohiohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-museum-honoring-americas-veterans-opens-ohio-180970637/Personal 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 Seasonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-decorative-gourd-season-friends-180970636/Gourds 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 Seehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-rhapsody-180970545/70 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 Momenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/court-case-inspired-gilded-age-me-too-movement-180970538/A 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 Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/translator-brought-jewish-poet-words-english-speaking-world-180970555/Raised 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 Frankhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/becoming-anne-frank-180970542/Why 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 Communityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/kyle-meyer-photo-tapestries-give-voice-silenced-community-180970544/The 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 Distillerieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/countrys-most-remote-distillery-rye-worth-journey-1-180970602/Minnesota'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 Nationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-japanese-artists-responded-transformation-their-nation-180970598/Two 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 Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taste-your-way-through-italy-one-ingredient-specific-museum-time-180969866/The 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 Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/self-taught-artist-clementine-hunter-painted-bold-hues-southern-life-180970572/On 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/return-dorothys-iconic-ruby-slippers-now-newly-preserved-ages-180970574/The 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"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-bram-stokers-dublin-just-time-halloween-180970480/Follow 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 +0000