Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 25 Sep 2020 17:24:23 +0000Here's What's New to Explore as Smithsonian Museums Reopenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-reopens-four-museums-180975795/Two more museums, the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian, open Friday Mon, 14 Sep 2020 19:38:41 +0000How Geraldine Ferraro's 1984 Campaign Broke the Vice-Presidential Glass Ceilinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/geraldine-ferraro-unprecedented-1984-campaign-vice-president-180975491/The charismatic congresswoman from Queens forged a path for women in American politicsMon, 10 Aug 2020 15:55:59 +0000Why Are All Swedish Cottages Painted Red?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-are-all-swedish-cottages-painted-red-180975914/One company has exclusive rights to the source of the iconic pigment—a copper mine's supply of iron deposits that may last just a century moreFri, 25 Sep 2020 17:24:23 +0000How Do People Picnic Around the Globe?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-do-people-picnic-around-globe-180975823/Outdoor dining is having a moment. Let these traditions from eight different places help you put together the ultimate open-air mealWed, 23 Sep 2020 14:45:46 +0000The Women Writers Who Shaped 20th-Century American Literaturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/women-writers-who-shaped-20th-century-american-literature-180975872/A new show at the National Portrait Gallery spotlights 24 authors, including Lorraine Hansberry, Sandra Cisneros and Maxine Hong KingstonWed, 23 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000How the Vampire Got His Fangshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/history-vampire-fangs-180975783/An incisive history of a Halloween snarlTue, 22 Sep 2020 16:00:00 +0000Eight Works of Art Hiding in New York Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eight-works-art-hiding-new-york-city-180975873/In her new book, author Lori Zimmer reveals some of the city’s best art pieces not found in museumsTue, 22 Sep 2020 12:30:00 +0000How NASA Marketed Its Space Program With Fantastical Depictions of the Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/nasa-marketed-moon-future-180975781/When it came to exploring the stars, Americans had to see it to believe in itMon, 21 Sep 2020 17:00:00 +0000Germany May Have Banished Nazism, but Its Medieval Anti-Semitism Is Still in Plain Sighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/germany-nazism-medieval-anti-semitism-plain-sight-180975780/In the city where Martin Luther revolutionized Christianity, a vile, 700-year-old sculpture openly denigrates Jews. Why is it still there?Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:45:20 +0000Photographs From the Last Quiet Places on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photographs-last-quiet-places-180975765/Little can compare to the healing power of silenceFri, 18 Sep 2020 16:04:28 +0000Nero, History's Most Despised Emperor, Gets a Makeoverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-nicer-nero-history-roman-emperor-180975776/For nearly 2,000 years, the Roman ruler has been depicted as an egotistical monster who fiddled while Rome burned. But is this image accurate?Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:30:40 +0000Why Robert Pirsig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Still Resonates Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/robert-pirsig-zen-art-motorcycle-maintenance-resonates-today-180975768/The author's meditation on technology treads a whole new path in the modern, digital worldFri, 18 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000Alexander von Humboldt: The Man History Forgothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/alexander-von-humboldt-man-who-history-forgot-180975777/Rediscover the 19th-century naturalist who traveled on four continents, wrote 2,500 letters, 36 books and hugely influenced early AmericaThu, 17 Sep 2020 19:00:27 +0000Saddle Up With Badger Clark, America's Forgotten Cowboy Poethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/saddle-up-badger-clark-americas-cowboy-poet-180975770/The unsung writer, known to many as "Anonymous," led a life of indelible verseThu, 17 Sep 2020 18:40:22 +0000The World’s First Entirely Virtual Art Museum Is Open for Visitorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-first-entirely-virtual-art-museum-is-open-for-visitors-180975759/VOMA—the Virtual Online Museum of Art—is a free and fully immersive art experience Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:54:09 +0000How Will Covid-19 Change the Way Museums Are Built?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-will-covid-19-change-way-future-museums-are-built-180975022/The global pandemic will have long-lasting effects on the form and function of future museumsWed, 16 Sep 2020 13:00:00 +0000Important Hudson River School Archive Is Now Fully Digitizedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2020/09/15/hudson-river-school-legacy-weir-family-papers-now-fully-digitized/Prominent artists like Edwin Austin Abbey, Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Eastman Johnson are featured in the Weir Family PapersTue, 15 Sep 2020 20:40:14 +0000A New Edition of 'Pride and Prejudice' Crosses Its T's and Dots Its I'shttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-edition-pride-prejudice-crosses-its-ts-and-dots-its-is-180975808/Barbara Heller used period handwriting—and new material—to bring the novel’s colorful letters to lifeTue, 15 Sep 2020 17:53:35 +0000Why 'Glory' Still Resonates More Than Three Decades Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-glory-still-resonates-more-three-decades-later-180975794/Newly added to Netflix, the Civil War movie reminds the nation that black Americans fought for their own emancipationMon, 14 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000Japan's Love-Hate Relationship With Catshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/japans-love-hate-relationship-with-cats-180975764/From shapeshifters to demonic corpse eaters, supernatural cats have roamed for centuries in the country's folkloreFri, 11 Sep 2020 13:17:08 +0000Secretary Lonnie Bunch Discusses Music's Role in African American History and Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/conversations-in-context-music/From Lead Belly to Kendrick Lamar, black musicians have long used song to share stories of struggle and triumphThu, 10 Sep 2020 21:04:14 +0000The Notre-Dame Crypt Reopens for the First Time Since the Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/notre-dame-crypt-reopens-for-first-time-since-fire-180975753/To mark the occasion, a new exhibition in the area under the cathedral's courtyard honors novelist Victor Hugo and architect Eugène Viollet-le-DucWed, 09 Sep 2020 19:49:23 +0000Artist Maren Hassinger Has Spent Her Entire Career Mediating the Current Momenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artist-maren-hassinger-has-spent-her-entire-career-mediating-current-moment-180975746/Curators Dorothy Moss and Charlotte Ickes explore the artist’s story ahead of her arrival in the Capital CityWed, 09 Sep 2020 14:59:27 +0000This Norwegian Island Claims to Be the Fabled Land of Thulehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/this-norwegian-island-claims-to-be-fabled-land-thule-180975740/Residents of Smøla believe they live in the northernmost location mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman literature. Other contenders say not so fast.Tue, 08 Sep 2020 18:01:21 +0000The Papers of Artist Chiura Obata Chronicle Life Inside World War II Incarceration Campshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2020/09/02/acquisitions-chiura-obata-papers/At the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the artist's story is one of resilience amidst the upheaval Fri, 04 Sep 2020 16:22:46 +0000Catherine the Great's Lost Treasure, the Rise of Animal Rights and Other New Books to Readhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/catherine-greats-lost-treasure-securing-animal-rights-and-other-new-books-read-180975721/These five September releases may have been lost in the news cycleFri, 04 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000How to Make Clothing Dye With Excess Fruits and Vegetables From Your Gardenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-make-clothing-dye-with-excess-fruits-vegetables-from-your-garden-180975720/Here are step-by-step instructions for giving your clothes and food scraps a second lifeThu, 03 Sep 2020 14:57:48 +0000The Complicated Legacy of 'My Old Kentucky Home'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/complicated-legacy-my-old-kentucky-home-180975719/Sung each year at the Kentucky Derby, the tune's original meaning has long been lost to historyThu, 03 Sep 2020 14:49:27 +0000How the Death of George Floyd Sparked a Street Art Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-death-george-floyd-sparked-street-art-movement-180975711/A group of Minnesota faculty and students is documenting and archiving the phenomenon Thu, 03 Sep 2020 13:00:00 +0000How Illustrators Brought the Spunky Ramona Quimby to Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-illustrators-brought-spunky-ramona-quimby-to-life-180975702/Five different artists have depicted the beloved character in Beverly Cleary's books, making her relatable to generations of childrenThu, 03 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000In Washington, D.C., Towering Candles Shine as a Beacon of Hope in Dark Timeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/washington-dc-these-towering-candles-grace-dark-times-beacon-hope-180975700/Artist Sterling Ruby reflects on the recent installation of his sculpture <em>Double Candle</em> at the Hirshhorn Wed, 02 Sep 2020 15:43:47 +0000The Remarkable Life and Work of Guitar Maker Freeman Vineshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/remarkable-life-and-work-guitar-maker-freeman-vines-180975694/For nearly half a century, the North Carolina native has created instruments out of found wood—including some from a notorious hanging treeTue, 01 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000Anthony Fauci and Alan Alda Talk Science and 26 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in Septemberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2020/08/26/anthony-fauci-and-alan-alda-talk-science-and-26-other-smithsonian-programs-streaming-september/This month drop in on events about global climate justice, Picasso's 'Guernica,' bird brains, the Supreme Court, William Faulkner, orchids and moreMon, 31 Aug 2020 14:10:15 +0000See 12 Stunning Portraits of World War II Veteranshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/see-twelve-stunning-portraits-world-war-ii-veterans-180975638/Photographer Zach Coco has spent the past five years documenting more than 100 men and women's storiesMon, 31 Aug 2020 13:55:10 +0000How the Desolate Architectural Paintings of Emilio Sanchez Were Crafted From the Artist's Travel Snapshots https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2020/08/27/how-painter-emilio-sanchez-used-vacation-snapshots-aesthetic-experimentation/ In the Archives of American Art, a scholar pieces together the Cuban-born painter's complex artistic practice Thu, 27 Aug 2020 15:01:27 +0000'Ammonite' Is Historical Fan Fiction About the World's First Great Fossil Hunterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ammonite-historical-fanfiction-about-worlds-first-great-fossil-hunter-180975655/A new trailer previews the period drama featuring Kate Winslet as pioneering paleontologist Mary AnningWed, 26 Aug 2020 13:31:19 +0000A Brief History of the Mason Jarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-mason-jar-180975546/Around since 1858, the home canning classic is a sought after item for pandemic gardeners this summerWed, 26 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000Take a Deep Dive Into This Awesome Example of 1970s Photorealismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2020/08/19/beneath-surface-audrey-flacks-photorealism/Smithsonian's Carolyn Russo says to study this 1973 artwork by photorealist painter Audrey Flack is like looking at a plane spotting puzzleTue, 25 Aug 2020 15:07:07 +0000The Little-Known Role of Slavery in Viking Societyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/little-known-role-slavery-viking-society-180975597/A new book looks at the legendary Scandinavians through their own eyesTue, 25 Aug 2020 14:00:00 +0000Taking a Closer Look at a Mural From 1968's Resurrection Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/taking-close-look-wall-resurrection-city-180975514/A makeshift wall in Washington, D.C. speaks to a heroic struggle to overcome inequalityThu, 20 Aug 2020 13:37:52 +0000Sanford Biggers' Quilts Carry Secret Messageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sanford-biggers-quilts-bronx-museum-180975510/Inspired by antique “freedom quilts,” the artist stitches encoded icons into his own textured piecesThu, 20 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000How the Smithsonian Is Documenting and Preserving Video Gameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2020/08/17/level-playing-document-and-preserve-video-games/At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a researcher develops strategy for digital preservationWed, 19 Aug 2020 13:52:41 +0000The Man Who Swam the Full Length of the Mississippi Riverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fred-newton-swam-mississippi-river-180975512/How Fred Newton found himself neck-deep in history Wed, 19 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000The 70 Million-Year-Old History of the Mississippi Riverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/geological-history-mississippi-river-180975509/Dive into the secret past and uncertain future of the body of water that has defined a nationWed, 19 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000Two Women, Their Lives Connected by American Slavery, Tackle Their Shared Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-lives-connected-american-slavery-tackle-shared-history-180975508/One descended from an enslaver, the other from the people he enslaved. Together, they traveled to the Deep South to learn their families' pastsWed, 19 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000Why Sudan's Remarkable Ancient Civilization Has Been Overlooked by Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sudan-land-kush-meroe-ancient-civilization-overlooked-180975498/The African nation's pyramids and other archaeological sites are only now emerging from the shadow of its more storied neighbor to the northWed, 19 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Sixteen Snapshots of Life in New York City Under Quarantinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sixteen-snapshots-life-new-york-city-under-quarantine-180975582/An outdoor photography exhibition at the New-York Historical Society is helping New Yorkers process the Covid-19 pandemicTue, 18 Aug 2020 17:53:20 +0000What 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage Looks Like Through the Eyes of 100 Women Artistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/she-votes-how-us-women-won-suffrage-and-what-happened-next-180975541/A new book fills its pages with an illustrated, intersectional exploration of the past centuryTue, 18 Aug 2020 17:30:36 +0000The Inside Story of the 25-Year, $8 Million Heist From the Carnegie Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/theft-carnegie-library-books-maps-artworks-180975506/Precious maps, books and artworks vanished from the Pittsburgh archive, and the caper’s final chapter was just writtenTue, 18 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Two Monumental Sculptures Welcome Visitors Back to the Hirshhorn Sculpture Gardenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-monumental-sculptures-welcome-visitors-back-hirshhorn-sculpture-garden-180975579/Both artworks evoke peace in the time of pandemic Mon, 17 Aug 2020 17:54:37 +0000Here's What Going Back to School Looks Like in Indian Country During the Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2020/08/14/returning-school-indian-country-during-pandemic/Native students, teachers, parents and school administrators share their concerns Fri, 14 Aug 2020 20:34:28 +0000How 12 Female Cookbook Authors Changed the Way We Eathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-12-female-cookbook-authors-changed-way-we-eat-180975556/A new book examines the recipes of a dozen cooks who made groundbreaking contributions across the food industryFri, 14 Aug 2020 13:09:20 +0000A Brief History of the Cozy Coupehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-cozy-coupe-180975545/Invented by a former auto designer, the foot-powered kids toy still outsells engine-powered carsThu, 13 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000What Can You Create With These Five Design Treasures From the Cooper Hewitt Collections?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/cooper-hewitt/2020/08/10/discover-smithsonian-open-access-5-design-treasures/Open Access means you can share, remix and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s imagesWed, 12 Aug 2020 16:31:20 +0000Will America's Roadside Attractions Survive COVID-19?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/will-americas-roadside-attractions-survive-covid-19-180975538/With canceled bus tours and capacity limits, the country’s quirkiest stops are facing some serious challengesWed, 12 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000Ten American Towns That Feel Like Europehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ten-american-towns-feel-europe-180975340/You don’t have to travel far to get a taste of European culture right here in the United StatesTue, 11 Aug 2020 13:30:00 +0000Inspire Your Toddler’s STEM Career With This ‘Goodnight Moon’ Parody https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inspire-your-toddlers-stem-career-goodnight-moon-parody-180975520/Astronomer Kimberly Arcand releases her new children’s book ‘Goodnight Exomoon’Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:25:20 +0000How America Became Obsessed With Horseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-america-became-obsessed-horses-180975530/A new book explores the meaning the animal holds for people—from cowboys to elite show jumpers—in this countryTue, 11 Aug 2020 12:30:00 +0000How a Once-Hidden Cache of Art and Archives Expands the Narratives of Mexican Modernismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2020/08/05/how-once-hidden-cache-art-and-archives-expand-narrative-walter-pach-and-mexican-modernism/ The works and writings of American artist and art critic Walter Pach are newly available to scholars and the resource is rich with historyMon, 10 Aug 2020 14:53:07 +0000Why the Black National Anthem Is Lifting Every Voice to Singhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-black-national-anthem-lifting-every-voice-sing-180975519/Scholars agree the song, endowed with its deep history of black pride, speaks to the universal human conditionMon, 10 Aug 2020 13:42:49 +0000How a Choral Director and Her Students Found Joy in the Folkways Archiveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-choral-director-and-her-students-found-community-and-meaning-folkways-archives-180975471/Watch this uplifting video giving voice to stalwarts of the American songbookFri, 07 Aug 2020 18:31:53 +0000Seven Ideas for Do-It-Yourself Backyard Poolshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-ideas-for-do-it-yourself-backyard-pools-180975483/Build a personal oasis with everything from hay bales to scrap wood to a shipping containerThu, 06 Aug 2020 17:57:33 +0000Will Rogers Was One of a Kindhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/will-rogers-was-one-kind-180975472/The popular raconteur touched Americans with his humor, newspaper columns, movie star power, philanthropy and as political agitatorWed, 05 Aug 2020 18:13:06 +0000How the 1918 Pandemic Got Meme-ified in Jokes, Songs and Poemshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/memes-1918-pandemic-180975452/In newspapers across the country, the public dealt with the heartache of the moment by turning to humorFri, 31 Jul 2020 14:58:51 +0000Exploring Underwater Caves and 22 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in August https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2020/07/26/exploring-underwater-caves-and-22-other-smithsonian-associates-programs-streaming-august/Exploring Underwater Caves, Battle of Midway, Economics + Harry Potter. Don't miss outThu, 30 Jul 2020 15:42:51 +0000