Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenWed, 21 Mar 2018 14:59:11 +0000A Powerful, Three-Story Video Installation Will Transform the Hirshhorn giant projection by Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko returns to the museum for the first time in 30 years Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:19:37 +0000A Look Back at the Artist Dora Maar photographer best remembered as Picasso’s muse steps out of his shadowWed, 21 Mar 2018 14:59:11 +0000The Electric Organ That Gave James Brown His Unstoppable Energy was it about the Hammond organ that made the 'Godfather of Soul' say please, please, please?Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:52:59 +0000These Newly Donated Artifacts Capture the Spirit of Washington, D.C. Drag from the Academy of Washington drag organization add a valuable thread to the tapestry of American LGBTQ historyWed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Eiffel Tower Could Be Repainted Its Original Vibrant Color Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:35:21 +0000Why Canada Wants You to Know You’re Eating Crickets some countries, insects may finally be getting their due as affordable, nutritious protein sourcesTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:32:41 +0000How Do You Make Beer in Space? on your beer goggles and join us on a hops-fueled rocket rideTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0000Dogs Were Transported Across Great Distances for Ancient Maya Rituals new paper uses chemistry to shed light on the management of Maya animalsMon, 19 Mar 2018 21:01:36 +0000"Timeless" Races Back to the ’50s in ‘Darlington’ second episode of the season highlights an underappreciated NASCAR driver from the sport’s earliest daysMon, 19 Mar 2018 03:00:30 +0000A Never-Ending Poem Grows in the Netherlands Letters van Utrecht is carved into the city streets and will continue indefinitely Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:53:33 +0000How One Impromptu Jam Session Spawned a Sweeping Irish-American Music Revival For 40 years, Green Fields of America has told traditional Irish stories through songFri, 16 Mar 2018 16:07:18 +0000The Prolific Illustrator Behind Kewpies Used Her Cartoons for Women’s Rights O’Neill started a fad and became a leader of a movementThu, 15 Mar 2018 17:04:32 +0000In Persia’s Dynastic Portraiture, Bejeweled Thrones and Lavish Decor Message Authority and 19th century photographs offer a rare window into the lives of the royal familyThu, 15 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Ben Franklin May Be Responsible for Bringing Tofu to America a letter of 1770 may have ushered the Chinese staple into the New WorldThu, 15 Mar 2018 11:59:59 +0000This Artist Deconstructed His Love and Fascination for <i>Calvin and Hobbes</i> Lewis finds a new way of writing poetry, through artistry, and his assemblage of cut-up dialog balloons from Bill Watterson’s much-loved comic stripWed, 14 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000What Frankenstein Can Still Teach Us 200 Years Later An innovative annotated edition of the novel shows how the Mary Shelley classic has many lessons about the danger of unchecked innovationWed, 14 Mar 2018 12:57:30 +0000Peek into the Colorful History of the World's Largest Pigment Collection<i>An Atlas of Rare & Familiar Colour</i> combs through the rainbow that makes up the Forbes Pigment CollectionWed, 14 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +0000These Unique Buildings in India Just Won the Biggest Award in Architecture 90-year-old is the first Indian architect to win the Pritzker PrizeTue, 13 Mar 2018 18:48:54 +0000Daydream About Summer With These Color-Drenched Photos of the Great American Fair Pamela Littky set off across the United States to discover why these timeless summer festivals have such staying powerMon, 12 Mar 2018 17:17:26 +0000How Do We Restore Trust in Our Democracies? Museums can be a starting point, says David J. Skorton, the Secretary of the Smithsonian InstitutionMon, 12 Mar 2018 15:35:12 +0000Embroidering Electronics Into the Next Generation of 'Smart' Fabrics an archaic sewing skill a key to connected, sensing, communicating fabrics of the future?Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:23:23 +0000Buckle Up, History Nerds — “Timeless” Is Back and As Usual, Gets the Facts Mostly Right a new editorial series, we recap the NBC show that puts a new twist on American historyMon, 12 Mar 2018 03:02:55 +0000The 19th-Century “Golden Hours” Convention Brought Young Readers Together to Meet Their Literary Heroes dime novels and story papers entertained boys and launched a popular culture we still consume todayFri, 09 Mar 2018 17:16:00 +0000Inside the Colorado Vault That Keeps Your Favorite Foods From Going Extinct heirloom potatoes to honeybee sperm, this collection works to preserve our invaluable agricultural diversityFri, 09 Mar 2018 14:43:15 +0000A Classic American Cheerleading Troupe Tumbles to Smithsonian Immortality"America's Sweethearts" are as dedicated to social service as they are to the Dallas CowboysWed, 28 Feb 2018 20:26:45 +0000There’s Great Drama Within the Truths of “The Looming Tower” filmmaker Alex Gibney brought a documentarian’s eye to the story of the 9/11 attacksWed, 28 Feb 2018 19:45:27 +0000Smell-O-Vision, Astrocolor and Other Film Industry Inventions That Proved To Be Flops, color and special effects transformed the moviegoing experience. These innovations decidedly did not.Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:35:42 +0000Will a New Law Forever Change the German Language? a language is strongly gendered, it can raise all sorts of challenges to a society that’s increasingly accepting of a wide spectrum of identitiesWed, 28 Feb 2018 13:14:20 +0000A Brief History of Khash, Armenia’s Love-It-or-Hate-It Hangover Cure (Recipe) foot soup: It’s what’s for breakfastTue, 27 Feb 2018 20:28:38 +0000This Museum Tour Is the Perfect Guide to Celebrating Women’s History in Style the National Portrait Gallery to the Air and Space Museum, here’s where to find the stories of wondrous women come MarchTue, 27 Feb 2018 19:00:04 +0000A Quest to Find America's Best Craft Chocolate Makers“Chocolate Noise” profiles the most original small-batch chocolatiers across the countryTue, 27 Feb 2018 18:26:56 +0000The Art of Armenian Pottery Will Be on Display at This Summer's Smithsonian Folklife Festival artists behind Sisian Ceramics create works evocative of the Armenian landscapeMon, 26 Feb 2018 21:04:31 +0000Are You Buying What These Artists Are Selling? absurdity of American commercialism is laid bare in the Hirshhorn’s latest exhibitionMon, 26 Feb 2018 19:41:22 +0000How the 1988 Olympics Helped Spark a Global Kimchi Craze Summer Games in Seoul introduced a new international audience to the delicious and stinky stapleFri, 23 Feb 2018 22:33:43 +0000Four Restaurants Bringing Traditional Dishes into Contemporary Cuisine chefs are putting modern spins on ancient recipesFri, 23 Feb 2018 15:59:48 +0000Norman Rockwell's <i>Four Freedoms</i> Brought the Ideals of America to Life wartime painting series reminded Americans what they were fighting forFri, 23 Feb 2018 15:30:16 +0000Striking Photos of the Past and Present of Papua New Guinea tribal traditions to urban strife in the island nationFri, 23 Feb 2018 14:51:42 +0000Latest IMAX Film Studies History of American Music and Space Museum makes way for the Flying ElviFri, 23 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000A 21st-Century Reimagining of Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" iconic paintings helped the U.S. win World War II. What do they mean today?Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:37:51 +0000Were Neanderthals the Earliest Cave Artists? New Research in Spain Points to the Possibility pushed back the date of cave paintings at three sites to 65,000 years ago—20,000 years before the arrival of humans in EuropeThu, 22 Feb 2018 19:02:00 +0000The Reckoning years ago, an acclaimed series of documentaries introduced the world to an isolated tribe in Papua New Guinea. What happened when the cameras left?Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:31:18 +0000The Tipi Gets a Makeover of evolution and tradition commingle in a new show at the American Indian Museum in New York City Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:43:19 +0000The Fantastic Beasts of John James Audubon's Little-Known Book on Mammals American naturalist spent the last years of his life cataloguing America's four-legged creaturesThu, 22 Feb 2018 15:26:48 +0000A Preview of Grant Wood's New Retrospective at the Whitney artist who posed as a farmer gets the star treatment at the New York museum in his biggest show everWed, 21 Feb 2018 16:26:57 +0000In Search of the Real Grant Wood denim-clad artist who painted American Gothic wasn’t the hayseed he’d have you believeWed, 21 Feb 2018 16:19:25 +0000In Obama's Official Portrait the Flowers Are Cultivated From the Past Wiley’s painting is full of historical art references says Kim Sajet, the director of the National Portrait GalleryTue, 20 Feb 2018 21:46:52 +0000How the Creators of <em>Loving Vincent</em> Brought the First Fully Painted Animated Film to Life van Gogh’s swirling coats of paint really move in the Oscar-nominated film thanks to 62,450 original oil paintingsTue, 20 Feb 2018 17:39:01 +0000The New Director of the Smithsonian’s African Art Museum Reflects on the Look and Fashion of <em>Black Panther</em> blockbuster movie borrowed from multiple African peoples to create a unique Wakandan styleTue, 20 Feb 2018 17:28:05 +0000The Bond Between Mary Todd Lincoln and Her Seamstress connection between first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her African-American seamstress Elizabeth Keckley was a remarkably strong oneMon, 19 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Presidential Portrait That Was the “Ugliest Thing” LBJ Ever Saw Johnson’s cantankerous nature carried over to even the more engaging parts of being Commander in ChiefFri, 16 Feb 2018 15:13:32 +0000In the Future, Will We Be Growing Fruit in Home Bioreactors? team of molecular biologists wants you to forget about strawberries and, instead, take "cell jam" for a whirlThu, 15 Feb 2018 18:05:07 +0000Weaving Games and Puzzles Into the Fabric of a City encourage playful learning, Urban Thinkspace and other projects put miniature playgrounds along the paths kids travelThu, 15 Feb 2018 17:24:46 +0000Women Were Better Represented in Victorian Novels Than Modern Ones data shows that women used to be omnipresent in fiction. Then men got in the wayWed, 14 Feb 2018 14:59:12 +0000The Obamas' Official Portraits Break New Ground With Their Boldness picture-perfect reveal ceremony was by turns heartfelt and humorousTue, 13 Feb 2018 20:50:00 +0000For Mark Twain, It Was Love At First Sight aspiring author knew Olivia Langdon was the one when he first laid eyes on a photograph of herTue, 13 Feb 2018 15:35:23 +0000How the “Heart Balm Racket” Convinced America That Women Were Up to No Good engaged carried some legal consequences until the news media got a hold of a sensational storyTue, 13 Feb 2018 15:16:01 +0000Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald Capture the Unflinching Gaze of the President and First Lady nation's first African-American presidency is marked by two prominent African-American portraitistsMon, 12 Feb 2018 23:19:52 +0000A Brief History of Bulgogi, Korea's Most Delicious Export (Recipe) how you can get some of the tender, marinated beef statesideMon, 12 Feb 2018 16:32:21 +0000Hirshhorn's Redesigned Lobby Sheds New Light on a Classic Washington D.C. Building Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, known for his pensive images, is taking on the role of architect and designerMon, 12 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Physics Keeps Figure Skaters Gracefully Aloft twist, turn and jump relies on a mastery of complex physical forcesWed, 07 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Women’s Figure Skating might be surprised to learn that this sport where women now shine was initially seen as solely the purview of male athletesTue, 06 Feb 2018 16:11:53 +0000The Cleveland Museum of Art Wants You To Play With Its Art digital-savvy museum is using more than a dozen interactive games to collect data on how visitors digest artworkMon, 05 Feb 2018 15:34:24 +0000What the First Radio Commercial Jingle Sounded Like was one of the first companies to recognize the enormous potential of radio as an advertising toolFri, 02 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why the Flamingo Signaled the Birth of Sin City Flamingo was the first luxury resort to capture the public's imagination in Las VegasThu, 01 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000These Musical Instruments Are All Made of Ice out at Norway's Ice Music Festival this FebruaryWed, 31 Jan 2018 22:46:30 +0000The Ben Franklin-Inspired Super Bowl Recipes You Never Knew You Needed don't know who Ben Franklin would root for, but we do know what he'd eat on Super Bowl SundayWed, 31 Jan 2018 17:30:49 +0000The True Story of ‘Waco’ Is Still One of Contention new mini-series hopes to humanize those in and outside the doomed compoundWed, 31 Jan 2018 17:28:05 +0000The Evolution of Petface same traits that make these dogs adorable threaten their health and well-being Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:30:00 +0000Wendell Castle, The Man Who Made Furniture Dance, Dead at 85 haunting sculpture <em>Ghost Clock</em> is a favorite Smithsonian artwork and a powerful example of the artist’s skill and craftTue, 30 Jan 2018 19:47:04 +0000Smithsonian Leader Who Helped Launch the American Indian Museum Dies at 91 a mission to create a diverse and dynamic Smithsonian, Robert McCormick Adams is remembered as an intense but humble leaderMon, 29 Jan 2018 21:40:12 +0000After Claims of Animal Cruelty, Can the Circus Survive? the International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo, an unlikely figure is leading the charge to transform the circus for the 21st centuryMon, 29 Jan 2018 15:10:32 +0000Five Whimsical Words of the Winter Olympics, from 'Skeleton' to 'Salchow' sports are hard. The words are harder. We're here to helpMon, 29 Jan 2018 14:42:13 +0000Look at the High-Tech Gear Olympians Will Be Wearing jackets heated with electronic ink to personal airbags for skiers, these are some of the most innovative wearables you'll be seeing in PyeongChangMon, 29 Jan 2018 14:40:05 +0000Your Brain Knows What Songs Are For, No Matter Where They Came From find that people easily recognize lullabies and dance songs from around the worldThu, 25 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000The Ugliest Sculpture Ever, Says the Portrait Gallery’s Director bizarre sculpture of a baby Hercules strangling two snakes set this art historian on a course of discoveryThu, 25 Jan 2018 12:00:00 +0000Have Scientists Found a Greener Way to Make Blue Jeans? engineered strain of <em>E. coli</em> bacteria can produce a precursor to synthetic indigo using fewer nasty chemicals than traditional methodsMon, 22 Jan 2018 16:19:09 +0000