Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 22 Mar 2019 15:32:05 +0000What 'Project Runway' Can Teach Us About the Creative Process seasons in, the show continues to demystify what it takes to 'make it work'Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:32:05 +0000How the Vietnam War Impacted American Art Melissa Ho reflects on her upcoming exhibition exploring how American artists responded to the turbulence of the Vietnam WarFri, 22 Mar 2019 14:23:33 +0000A Souvenir From the Holy Land: On Henry Ossawa Tanner's 'Abraham's Oak''Abraham’s Oak' memorializes a pilgrimage site that the artist likely visited during his travels in the 1890'sThu, 21 Mar 2019 15:11:28 +0000Daesha Devón Harris Combines Oral History and Antique Portraits to Tell a Story of Loss and Hope layered works testify to African-American historyThu, 21 Mar 2019 15:00:00 +0000What Do Dragons Symbolize and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 21 Mar 2019 13:00:00 +0000How Did the White Picket Fence Become a Symbol of the Suburbs? why the epitome of the perfect house become so creepyTue, 19 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000These Haunting Red Dresses Memorialize Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Jaime Black says the REDress Project is an expression of her grief for thousands of Native victimsTue, 19 Mar 2019 11:32:19 +0000The Madcap Chemists of Booze Lost Spirits Distillery in Los Angeles, high-tech instruments accelerate the aging process of precious whiskeys and rumsTue, 19 Mar 2019 11:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Bermuda’s Rum Swizzle (Recipe) the Dark ‘n’ Stormy may get all the attention by visitors, the swizzle is what locals drink Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:10:47 +0000The Great Blues Singer Gladys Bentley Broke All the Rules the Smithsonian’s Sidedoor podcast, host Haleema Shah tells the story of an unapologetically gay African-American performer in 1920s and 30s Thu, 14 Mar 2019 17:42:20 +0000'Captain Marvel''s Missed Opportunity With Nostalgia '90s lives in the new superhero film but doesn't tell us much about the decadeTue, 12 Mar 2019 16:35:35 +0000Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden to Undergo First Redesign in More Than 40 Years Sugimoto’s design provides easier access from the National Mall and space for larger installationsTue, 12 Mar 2019 14:34:55 +0000What’s the Deal With Ordering Iced Coffee in the Winter? hot take, if you will, on the iced trendTue, 05 Mar 2019 15:06:15 +0000An Appreciation of <i>Küchle</i>, My Family’s Deep-Fried Dough Tradition for Fat Tuesday a grease fire. Support a local bakery.Mon, 04 Mar 2019 19:14:43 +0000Made From Microalgae, These Mardi Gras Beads Are Biodegradable State University molecular biologist Naohiro Kato is confronting plastic pollution one necklace and doubloon at a timeWed, 27 Feb 2019 17:33:51 +0000The Stories of Poets, Artists and Cartoon Characters Are All Waiting to Be Discovered in Roy Lichtenstein’s Personal Papers Pop artist’s archives, recently donated to the Smithsonian, are soon to be digitizedMon, 25 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Folklorist Delves Into the Rituals and Rewards at the Academy Awards belief holds that if you have won one Oscar, your odds of ever winning a second are greatly diminished by the dreaded “Oscar Jinx”Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:34:33 +0000What Should a Contemporary Monument Look Like? new multi-city art exhibition called "New Monuments for New Cities" tackles this question head onFri, 22 Feb 2019 21:03:14 +0000Why Are Georgia O’Keeffe’s Paintings Breaking Out in Pimples? new handheld tool lets scientists diagnose the chemical reaction behind “art acne”—and learn how it can be preventedFri, 22 Feb 2019 18:32:43 +0000Why Is the Genie in ‘Aladdin’ Blue?’s a simple answer and a colonialist legacy for why the genie looks the way it doesThu, 21 Feb 2019 16:58:24 +0000Hitting the High Notes: A Smithsonian Year of Music special report pulling together our coverage of music within the Smithsonian collections and around the worldThu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000Rhiannon Giddens' 21st-Century Sound Has a Long History by long-lost folk melodies, gospel, opera and bluegrass, the electrifying singer and banjo player gives fresh voice to old American traditionsThu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000In Nigeria, the Veil Is a Fashion Statement Medina Dugger finds joy in a colorful yet complicated symbol of faithThu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000For 70 Years, the Soap Opera Has Shaped American Pop Culture much-maligned genre has been resurrected as prestige TVThu, 21 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000These Objects Begin to Tell the Story of Women's History in America artifacts from the National Museum of American History chronicle profound changes in the life of the nationWed, 20 Feb 2019 12:21:16 +0000Don’t Miss These Award-Winning Films at the Mother Tongue Film Festival off February 21—International Mother Language Day—more than 20 films featuring 62 languages Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:13:37 +0000Dornith Doherty's Mesmerizing Photos Capture the Contradictions of Seed Banking"Archiving Eden," now at the National Academy of Sciences, shows how guarding against an ecological catastrophe is both optimistic and pessimisticTue, 19 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Rise of 'Zero-Waste' Grocery Stores growing number of supermarkets sell food without packaging in an effort to reduce the toll of plastic on the environmentFri, 15 Feb 2019 15:06:06 +0000‘The North Star’ Amplified Black Voices. How a 2019 Reboot of Frederick Douglass’ Paper Hopes to Do the Same new outfit sees inspiration from the 19th-century publication that pursued the cause of fighting injustice everywhereThu, 14 Feb 2019 18:37:35 +0000In the Fair City of Verona, Star-Cross'd Lovers Want to Believe in 'La Casa di Giulietta' number of visitors to this self-proclaimed Shakespearean “city of love” typically swells during the week around Valentine’s DayThu, 14 Feb 2019 13:31:01 +0000Why the Chicano Underdog Aesthetic ‘Rasquachismo’ Is Finally Having Its Day up for the podcast Sidedoor, actor and director Cheech Marin opines on the Chicano art sensibility that is defiant, tacky and wildly creativeThu, 14 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000The Patents Behind Your Box of Valentine's Day Chocolates you sample a truffle or a coconut cream, consider all of the innovation that has been poured into the sweets and their lovely presentationWed, 13 Feb 2019 17:23:09 +0000The Mouthwatering History of Seven Fundamental Foodstuffs new Smithsonian book whisks readers on a culinary odyssey, tracing the history of salt, pork, honey, chili, tomato, rice and chocolateWed, 13 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000There Was the Magazine Quiz. Then Came the Internet. What Now? the “Cosmo Quiz” to Quizilla to Buzzfeed... what's next?Mon, 11 Feb 2019 17:28:16 +0000The Evolution of the College Dorm Chronicles How Colleges Became Less White and Male the architecture and history of student housing tell us about higher educationMon, 11 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Incomplete History Told by New York's K.G.B. Museum to be apolitical, the attraction offers whiz-bang tech without the agency's brutal pastFri, 08 Feb 2019 17:13:33 +0000The Pharmacist Who Launched America's Modern Candy Industry Chase invented a lozenge-cutting machine that led to Necco wafers, Sweethearts and the mechanization of candy makingFri, 08 Feb 2019 15:41:24 +0000How Lego Patents Helped Build a Toy Empire, Brick by Brick Danish toy company invented its basic brick, then designed a toddler-friendly version, before adding mini figures to the mixThu, 07 Feb 2019 16:21:23 +0000Four Craft Artists Use Their Medium to Tell the Story of Our Times Renwick’s newest show challenges everything you thought you knew about craft art Tue, 05 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000How First Lady Sarah Polk Set a Model for Conservative Female Power popular and pious wife to President James Polk had little use for the nascent suffrage movementMon, 04 Feb 2019 18:20:52 +0000Play a Groundhog Day Song on a Continuous Loop Bill Murray, wake up to Groundhog Day everyday with the Smithsonian Folkways' groundhog playlist Fri, 01 Feb 2019 19:53:13 +0000The Patents Behind Pasta Shapes you sit down to a bowl, be it gnocchi or Kraft macaroni, consider the design work and innovation that have gone into itFri, 01 Feb 2019 17:20:53 +0000What the Earliest Super Bowl Commercials Tell Us About the Super Bowl inaugural title game in 1967 would not have been getting kudos from the media for representing womenThu, 31 Jan 2019 19:59:34 +0000Breakthrough Korean Feminist Artist Yun Suknam in Her First U.S. Museum Exhibition an assemblage portrait of her mother as the focal piece, the artist’s work is surrounded by the works of those who inspired herWed, 30 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Staffers Scramble to Make Up Time Lost During Government Shutdown are back, the museums are open, the pandas are well, but officials say the ramifications of the shutdown are far from overTue, 29 Jan 2019 19:54:47 +0000Aretha Franklin’s Decades-Old Documentary Finally Comes to Theaters in 2019 2019 nationwide release, 47 years after it was made, means audiences at last will see the Queen of Soul’s transcendent masterpieceTue, 29 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Color TV Transformed the Way Americans Saw the World, and the World Saw America historian of 20th century media argues that the technological innovation was the quintessential Cold War machineFri, 25 Jan 2019 17:36:26 +0000Seventy-Five Years Ago, the Television Musical Made Its Debut"RENT: Live" meet "The Boys from Boise"Fri, 25 Jan 2019 16:08:05 +0000