Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 21 Sep 2018 14:16:39 +0000The First Academy Awards Had Its Own Version of the "Popular" Oscar ceremony itself was rooted in union-busting, laying the basis for the art vs. mass acclaim debate we see play out todayThu, 09 Aug 2018 14:41:51 +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 +0000How to Make Your Own Cheesehead in Milwaukee can make your own iconic Cheesehead hat for this year’s football season at the Foamation factory in MilwaukeeThu, 13 Sep 2018 19:01:56 +0000Hirshhorn Curator Explains the Significance of the Huge Marcel Duchamp Donation D.C. art lovers Aaron and Barbara Levine promise 50 important works to the museumWed, 12 Sep 2018 15:55:07 +0000Don't Be Surprised if a Woman Sings to You in the Hirshhorn’s Sculpture Garden Smithsonian’s first purchase of a performance art piece is happening now, but the artist requests no photos, please Tue, 11 Sep 2018 17:01:14 +0000An Eyewitness Account of Pinochet’s Coup 45 Years Ago ethnomusicologist Dan Sheehy poignantly recalls the brutal outcome of a nation dividedMon, 10 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Check Out These 10 Must-See Fall Exhibits artifacts and Winnie the Pooh take center stage at these new museum exhibits this fallFri, 07 Sep 2018 15:15:02 +0000Climb a 35-Foot Human Tower Through the Lens of a Photographer and photographer Alex Nebot documents the fascinating Catalan sport of stacking people into elaborate towersFri, 07 Sep 2018 14:43:06 +0000Fifty Years Ago, "Star Trek" Aired TV's First Interracial Kiss actress Nichelle Nichols, the first black woman to have a continuing co-starring role on TV, it was the beginning of a lifelong career in activismWed, 05 Sep 2018 15:35:56 +0000How the Smithsonian Helped Sleuth Out the True Identity of a Pair of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers the FBI asked museum conservators at the American History Museum for assistance, they discovered the two pairs are twinsWed, 05 Sep 2018 14:20:03 +0000The True Story of “Operation Finale” Chris Weitz explores the 1960 hunt for Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in the new feature filmTue, 28 Aug 2018 18:55:42 +0000Inventing a Longer-Lasting Popsicle British design firm has used a half-forgotten World War II technique to create ice pops that don't melt as fast as the ordinary onesTue, 28 Aug 2018 16:32:01 +0000For Neil Simon, Laughter Was His Lifeline influential playwright defined American comedy for a generation of television, theater and movie audiencesTue, 28 Aug 2018 14:45:39 +0000Travel Through the Landscapes That Inspired Salvador Dalí destinations in northeastern Spain offer a unique glimpse into the life of the famous surrealistTue, 28 Aug 2018 13:41:26 +0000The Portrait That Captures the Defining Features of John McCain’s Life and Career photograph of the straight-talking Arizona senator goes on view In Memoriam at the Portrait GalleryMon, 27 Aug 2018 19:24:28 +0000Why Every Food Lover Should Visit the Twin Cities's Twin Cities are forging a new identity, one that celebrates the region's Nordic past while embracing its multicultural presentThu, 23 Aug 2018 17:44:49 +0000Born Into Slavery, Bill Traylor Would Become a Leading Light of Self-Taught Art new show at the Smithsonian American Art museum highlights his workThu, 23 Aug 2018 16:02:31 +0000This Culture, Once Believed Extinct, Is Flourishing new exhibition explores the cultural heritage of the Taíno, the indigenous people of the Caribbean Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:38:08 +0000Before the Civil War, Congress Was a Hotbed of Violence new book from historian Joanne Freeman chronicles the viciousness with which elected officials treated each otherThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000For the Dog Days of Summer, Here Are 31 Artists and Their Dogs Smithsonian's Archives of American Art selects works from its collections in honor of those hot August daysWed, 22 Aug 2018 17:56:20 +0000How a Little Yellow Bus Came to the Rescue of a Persecuted Schoolboy activist and journalist Bil Browning reminisces about the importance of a simple toyWed, 22 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000Epcot Just Got a New Smithsonian Museum Exhibition apart yet sharing so much, the two vacation destinations collaborate to bring scholarship and authenticity to Disney audiences Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why Do So Many People Still Want to Believe in Bigfoot? appeal of the mythical, wild man holds strongTue, 21 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000The Moment That Defines Famed American Composer Leonard Bernstein National Portrait Gallery showcases a celebrated conductor as portrayed by the master French photographer Henri Cartier-BressonTue, 21 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000How Can Museums Democratize Portraiture? the National Portrait Gallery turns 50, it is asking how well its collections represent the people—and where there is room for improvementMon, 20 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000Artisan Master Classes Hope to Draw Travelers Into the Armenian Countryside local NGO is working with farmers and craft makers to develop new cultural tourism offerings in Armenia's scenic Gegharkunik regionFri, 17 Aug 2018 13:45:30 +0000A Brief History of the One-Size-Fits-All Tube Sock marketed as sportswear, the tube sock became a stylish accessory thanks to Farrah Fawcett and Kareem Abdul-JabbarThu, 16 Aug 2018 14:47:35 +0000Museum Curators Reflect on the Legacy of the Queen of Soul Franklin dies at 76; her memory lives on at the Smithsonian in artwork, photographs and other ephemeraThu, 16 Aug 2018 14:24:23 +0000Using Electric Currents to Fool Ourselves Into Tasting Something We're Not Ranasinghe is bringing a new dimension to virtual reality, embedding electric taste simulation technology into utensilsWed, 15 Aug 2018 16:17:56 +0000At 50, “Hey Jude” Still Makes Everything "Better, Better, Better" Beatles’ biggest single hit skyrocketed on the charts in August of 1968 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000Nut Milks Are Milk, Says Almost Every Culture Across the Globe though the dairy industry may not like it, labeling the juice from almonds and soy beans 'milk' follows centuries of historyWed, 15 Aug 2018 13:07:42 +0000European Printmakers Had No Idea What Colonial American Cities Looked Like, So They Just Made Stuff Up satisfy customers hungry for visions of the British colonies, these artists created wildly imaginative and inaccurate scenesTue, 14 Aug 2018 14:35:23 +0000How to Host Your Own Conversation About the State of the Artshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com are a part of every community, so take part in a Second Opinion-style discussion with your peersTue, 14 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Los Angeles Grocery Store Has 31,000 Items — and You Can't Eat Any of Them rows of Butterfingers, ramen packets and "fresh" produce crafted out of feltMon, 13 Aug 2018 20:24:22 +0000A Theory About Muppet Master Frank Oz prodigious puppeteer looks back at his most beloved creations, from Grover to Fozzie Bear Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:25:18 +0000The Chinese-Born Doctor Who Brought Tofu to America Kin was a scientific prodigy who promoted the Chinese art of living to U.S. audiencesMon, 13 Aug 2018 14:15:04 +0000Playwright Tom Stoppard’s 'Travesties' and the Meaning of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com in revival on Broadway, the Tony-awarded comedy wreaks havoc with art’s pretensionsMon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Second Opinion: The State of the Arts Education Resourceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com use in the classroom or your community, a list of lesson plans and other teaching materials that use arts to explore science, history math and moreMon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Podcast: What It Takes to Paint a Portrait of a First Ladyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com artist behind the National Portrait Gallery's painting of Michelle Obama reveals her creative process Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Does It Mean for Art to Be “Relevant”?https://www.smithsonianmag.com critic and <em>National Review</em> writer Jay Nordlinger discusses why it's okay for high art to be unpopularFri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Artists Are Always at the Forefront of Political Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com Freelon, who was featured at the Smithsonian's By the People festival, discusses the role of artists in societyThu, 09 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Is There Too Much Money in Art?https://www.smithsonianmag.com economist Don Thompson offers his insights on the auction world and how the government subsidizes art in different waysThu, 09 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Roots of Samoans' Rise to Football Greatness all started in Hawaiʻi on Oahu's North Shore, where plantation managers and mormon elders nurtured future generations of football starsWed, 08 Aug 2018 19:28:01 +0000A Sensuous Blending of Style and Speed, This Ducati Is Both Art and Machine appreciation for the cognoscenti of motorcycles Wed, 08 Aug 2018 15:07:30 +0000The Ancient Origins of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com began making art 40,000 years ago. Why?Wed, 08 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Do the Arts Promote Social Change?https://www.smithsonianmag.com the 19th century, American philanthropists sought to use music as a way to alter the course of the nation's historyWed, 08 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Revamped "Nancy" Is the Perfect Comic Strip for 2018 comic's first woman artist mines her own girlhood experience to make the eternally 8-year-old, cookie-loving grouch even funnierTue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Does Art Propel People to Talk to One Another?https://www.smithsonianmag.com artwork that engages the public with social and political topics is an integral part of curating a 21st-century museumTue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Ai Wei Wei on Why Authoritarian Regimes Censor Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com Chinese artist speaks with Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton on how art provides us with perspective on our own humanityTue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why MIT Has an Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com and art have always been intertwined, says the director of the university’s art museumMon, 06 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Is It Still Great Art if No One Can See It?https://www.smithsonianmag.com artist Erwin Wurm sees human participation as integral to experiencing art, even if it involves eating a hot dogMon, 06 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Five Books That Expand Our Definition of What Art Can Behttps://www.smithsonianmag.com director of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum highlights a handful of publications worth giving a read Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Art Is Humanity’s Common Thread, Says the Director of the National Museum of African Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com an interview with the provost of the Smithsonian, Gus Casely-Hayford talks about his deep love of art from Africa and what it tells us about communitiesFri, 03 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Massive New Museum Dedicated to Comedy Just Opened in Lucille Ball’s Hometown brand-new National Comedy Center — in the noted comedy destination of Jamestown, New York — is a look at the history of humorThu, 02 Aug 2018 17:07:11 +0000Five Artists Who Will Help You Better Understand Challenges of the Modern Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com director of the Hirshhorn Museum shares her picks for seeing why art matters in the 21st centuryThu, 02 Aug 2018 15:36:16 +0000Our Most Precious Heritage: A National Dialogue on the State of the Artshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com panel discussion hosted by the Secretary of the Smithsonian and a series of interviews tackle the big question of why the arts matter in the 21st centuryThu, 02 Aug 2018 14:55:33 +0000The Prince Who Preordered Jane Austen’s First Novel future George IV was a big fan of the author, a feeling she half-heartedly reciprocated with a dedication years laterWed, 01 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Topsy-Turvy Worldview of Georg Baselitz paintings are part of a 60-year survey of the German painter and sculptor, who makes a return to the HirshhornTue, 31 Jul 2018 19:21:43 +0000Where to See the Best Mural Festivals Around the World year, cities across the globe bring in artists to transform buildingsMon, 30 Jul 2018 20:37:47 +0000Collaborative “Mail Art” Puts the Post in Postmodernism, envelopes and enclosures take center stage in an intimate new art showMon, 30 Jul 2018 20:00:41 +0000Vibrant Art Installations Infuse New Life into Abandoned Houses in This Cleveland Neighborhood hard by the recession, Slavic Village is slowly making a comeback with the help of artists and neighborhood groupsFri, 27 Jul 2018 20:27:05 +0000A Photographer Captures Contrasts and Characters in Barcelona's Streets Fabrega Agea, a retired teacher and psychosociologist, points his lens at the city's dark corners and poetic placesFri, 27 Jul 2018 17:11:47 +0000Get to Know Khorovats, Armenia’s Favorite Grilling Pastime Thu, 26 Jul 2018 15:18:55 +0000This Artist Dwells in the Clandestine World of Classified Secrets and Surveillance Award recipient Trevor Paglen is launching his own satellite into space this fall—as a work of artThu, 26 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000