Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 21 Sep 2018 14:16:39 +0000The First Academy Awards Had Its Own Version of the "Popular" Oscarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/subtle-union-busting-roots-original-popular-oscar-1-180969955/The 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/penguin-book-hell-180970307/A 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 Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/vintage-take-high-fashion-showcases-beauty-stitch-time-180970309/Photographer 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 Sorrowshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sean-scullys-artworks-are-study-color-horizon-and-lifes-sorrows-180970334/With 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 Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/behold-america-american-dream-slogan-book-sarah-churchwell-180970311/A 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/museums-visit-free-museum-day-180970317/Museums 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 Beetlejuicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/afterlife-beetlejuice-180970315/The "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 Masterpiecehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/johanna-basford-coloring-books-180970305/Johanna 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 Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-little-women-endures-150-years-later-180970303/The 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 Milwaukeehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-become-cheesehead-180970190/You 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 Donationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hirshhorn-curator-explains-why-marcel-duchamp-donation-was-huge-180970267/Washington 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/woman-singing-you-hirshhorns-sculpture-garden-piece-art-180970255/The 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 Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/eyewitness-account-pinochets-coup-45-years-ago-180970241/Smithsonian 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 Exhibitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/check-out-these-must-see-fall-exhibits-180970146/Underwater 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 Photographerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/local-lens-human-castles-heart-catalonia-180970189/Casteller 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 Kisshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fifty-years-ago-star-trek-aired-tvs-first-interracial-kiss-180970204/For 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 Slippershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-smithsonian-helped-sleuth-out-true-identity-pair-dorothy-ruby-slippers-180970203/When 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”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-operation-finale-180970153/Director 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 Popsiclehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/inventing-longer-lasting-popsicle-180970147/A 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 Lifelinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-portrait-gallery/2018/08/28/neil-simon-19272018/The 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 Dalíhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/travel-landscapes-salvador-dali-catalonia-180969690/Three 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 Careerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/portrait-are-defining-features-john-mccains-life-and-career-180970139/A 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 Citieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-every-food-lover-should-visit-twin-cities-180970084/Minnesota'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 Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/born-into-slavery-bill-traylor-become-leading-light-self-taught-art-180970039/A new show at the Smithsonian American Art museum highlights his workThu, 23 Aug 2018 16:02:31 +0000This Culture, Once Believed Extinct, Is Flourishinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/culture-once-believed-extinct-flourishing-180970101/A 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 Violencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/field-of-blood_article-180970043/A 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 Dogshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2018/08/22/dog-days-summer/The 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 Schoolboyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/little-yellow-bus-came-rescue-persecuted-schoolboy-180970044/LGBTQ 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 Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/epcot-just-got-new-smithsonian-museum-exhibition-180969985/Worlds 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-so-many-people-still-believe-in-bigfoot-180970045/The appeal of the mythical, wild man holds strongTue, 21 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000The Moment That Defines Famed American Composer Leonard Bernsteinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/moment-defins-famed-american-composer-leonard-bernstein-180970027/The 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? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-can-museums-democratize-portraiture-180970029/As 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 Countrysidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/motal-cheese-leading-ecotourism-efforts-armenias-agricultural-east-180970054/A 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 Sockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-one-size-fits-all-tube-sock-180970046/Originally 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 Soulhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/museum-curators-reflect-legacy-queen-soul-180970009/Aretha 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 Nothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-electric-currents-to-fool-ourselves-into-tasting-something-were-not-180970005/Nimesha 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"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/50-hey-jude-still-makes-everything-better-better-better-180970004/The 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 Globehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nut-milks-are-milk-says-almost-every-culture-across-globe-180970008/Even 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 Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inaccurate-images-america-delighted-18th-century-europe-180969992/To 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/host-your-own-conversation-180969745/Arts 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 Themhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/los-angeles-grocery-store-has-31000-items-and-you-cant-eat-any-them-180969990/Browse rows of Butterfingers, ramen packets and "fresh" produce crafted out of feltMon, 13 Aug 2018 20:24:22 +0000A Theory About Muppet Master Frank Ozhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/theory-about-muppet-master-frank-oz-180969981/The 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 Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chinese-born-doctor-who-brought-tofu-america-180969977/Yamei 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/playwright-tom-stoppards-travesties-and-meaning-art-180969769/Now 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/arts-education-resources-180969738/For 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/sidedoor-ep-23-painting-michelle-obama-180969642/The 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/jay-nordlinger-180969653/Music 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/maya-freelons-immersive-and-interactive-sculptures-bring-tissue-paper-life-1-180969799/Maya 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/there-too-much-money-art-180969696/Acclaimed 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 Greatnesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-samoans-are-so-overrepresented-nfl-180969935/It 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 Machinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sensuous-blending-style-and-speed-ducati-both-art-and-machine-180969933/An appreciation for the cognoscenti of motorcycles Wed, 08 Aug 2018 15:07:30 +0000The Ancient Origins of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/randall-white-anthropologist-180969652/Humans 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/how-do-arts-promote-social-change-180969649/During 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 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/nancy-more-relatable-ever-at-85-180969865/The 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/stephanie-smith-curator-vcuica-180969654/Finding 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/ai-wei-wei-authoritarian-regimes-censor-art-180969644/The 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/paul-ha-mit-lab-180969645/Technology 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/erwin-wurm-public-artist-180969651/Conceptual 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/stephanie-steibich-director-saam-180969647/The 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/gus-casely-hayford-director-af-art-180969648/In 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 Hometownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/massive-new-museum-dedicated-comedy-just-opened-lucille-balls-hometown-180969859/The 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/melissa-chiu-director-hh-180969646/The 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/our-most-precious-heritage-national-dialogue-on-state-of-arts-180969717/A 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 Novelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/prince-who-preordered-jane-austens-first-novel-180969797/The 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/topsy-turvy-worldview-georg-baselitz-180969796/Upside-down 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 Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-mural-festivals-around-world-180968693/Every year, cities across the globe bring in artists to transform buildingsMon, 30 Jul 2018 20:37:47 +0000Collaborative “Mail Art” Puts the Post in Postmodernismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/collaborative-mail-art-puts-post-postmodernism-180969783/Letters, 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 Neighborhoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/one-weekend-art-infuses-new-life-cleveland-neighborhood-180969771/Hit 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 Streetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/barcelona-street-photography-180969710/Josep 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 Pastimehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/get-know-khorovats-armenias-favorite-grilling-pastime-180969759/ Thu, 26 Jul 2018 15:18:55 +0000This Artist Dwells in the Clandestine World of Classified Secrets and Surveillancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artist-dwells-clandestine-world-classified-secrets-and-surveillance-180969742/MacArthur 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