Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Arts & CultureenTue, 17 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Supernova That Launched a Thousand Gorgeous Space Images colorizing one of the first Hubble satellite images, illustrator Dana Berry ushered in a new era of stunning space visualsTue, 17 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000Dubai Will Be Home To the World’s Biggest Vertical Farm indoor megafarm might be the best way for the United Arab Emirates—a country that imports an estimated 85 percent of its food—to attempt to feed itselfMon, 16 Jul 2018 18:18:23 +0000What Knitting Can Teach You About Math this professor's class, there are no calculators. Instead, students learn advanced math by drawing pictures, playing with beach balls—and knittingMon, 16 Jul 2018 15:46:44 +0000Works by Over 100 Contemporary Artists Take Over Cleveland citywide FRONT International festival is the largest event of its kind in North AmericaSat, 14 Jul 2018 20:52:46 +0000Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition the backyard of the world’s oldest-known winery, a cherished national tradition evolvedFri, 13 Jul 2018 17:19:12 +0000Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater and beasts dance across the imagination in these silhouetted puppet showsFri, 13 Jul 2018 17:03:11 +0000Unprecedented Billboard Campaign Puts Spotlight on Indigenous Artists in Canada“Resilience” features artwork by 50 indigenous women supersized on billboards throughout Canada—from British Columbia's coast to Newfoundland's eastern tipFri, 13 Jul 2018 15:42:47 +0000Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibit graduate students set out to show that the scientific and artistic processes are more similar than many imagineThu, 12 Jul 2018 17:49:06 +0000Armenia’s “Tree of Life” Tradition Took Root Thousands of Years Ago, and Has Only Grown Since tree adorned in this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival will continue to blossom overseasThu, 12 Jul 2018 16:47:38 +0000Seven Artists Explore New Orleans' Forgotten Histories new exhibit timed to the city's tricentennial explores The Big Easy's diverse and sometimes troubled pastThu, 12 Jul 2018 14:37:32 +0000Why Los Angeles Is One of the Best Places to Film San Gabriel Mountains lure lots of Angelenos looking for some quiet seclusion. One of the more famous was Leonard Cohen who spent five years thereThu, 12 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Connecticut Farm Is Milking Cows for Data milkers, video cameras and even sensors hidden inside cows will help the facility get the most milk from a healthy herdWed, 11 Jul 2018 19:00:03 +0000The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug new generation is emerging to craft the ancient rugsFri, 06 Jul 2018 20:03:35 +0000Building the Flight 93 Memorial's Massive Chime Tower Tower of Voices, being erected in Pennsylvania this summer, will feature chimes on a scale unseen anywhere else in the worldThu, 05 Jul 2018 16:00:00 +0000Forget Baguettes — Why In-the-Know Bread Lovers Should be Heading to the Caucasus (Recipe) a culinary research trip to the Republic of Georgia, a team of chefs tour backyard bakeries — and return with inspiration for their flatbreadThu, 05 Jul 2018 14:05:57 +0000For Hundreds of Years, Papier-Mâché Has Lent a Surreal Face to Catalan Culture performers disguised as Giants and Big Heads blend reverence with ribaldry at the Smithsonian Folklife FestivalTue, 03 Jul 2018 19:08:49 +0000What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution? may not have been hosting a cookout, but they did know how to imbibe and celebrateTue, 03 Jul 2018 18:29:37 +0000The Point of Armenia's Splashy Holiday Is Getting Wet ancient tradition of Vardavar attracts tourists to Armenia, but bring a change of clothesTue, 03 Jul 2018 14:00:00 +0000This Musician’s Songs Give Powerful Voice to a Language in Crisis and linguistic activist Alidé Sans hails from an isolated Catalan valley where a rare dialect is spoken Mon, 02 Jul 2018 19:47:07 +0000The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life Wirt Benson helped invent the fictional teen sleuth who became a generational role modelMon, 02 Jul 2018 14:44:50 +0000How Soup Nourishes Barcelona's Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants the town plaza of Nou Barris, a festival feast mixes together the spices and flavorings of the world’s cuisinesFri, 29 Jun 2018 19:18:00 +0000What Will It Take to Make Vegan Wool? team of Colombian students has created a wool-like material from coconut fibers, hemp and mushroom enzymesFri, 29 Jun 2018 16:34:06 +0000Let Us Tell You S'more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat gooey snack became popular thanks to technological advances of the Industrial Revolution, which brought cheap sweets to the massesFri, 29 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar 700 years ago, the most famous of the medieval Christian orders is undergoing a 21st century revivalThu, 28 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Counterfeit Queen of Soul strange and bittersweet ballad of kidnapping, stolen identity and unlikely stardomThu, 28 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000An Artistic Reimagining of London's Past in 'Old River Thames' ho! Photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten English looks at when swan lovers come to their censusThu, 28 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000These Soulful, Soothing Armenian Songs and Instrumentals Blend East With West from all over the globe gather with traditional instruments to perform at this year’s Folklife Festival Wed, 27 Jun 2018 20:13:29 +0000Some of Barcelona's Most Acclaimed Musicians Will Rock and Rumba Washington D.C. acclaimed Catalan musical acts introduce Folklife Festival-goers to Mediterranean rock, habanera, rumbero and rumba Wed, 27 Jun 2018 17:26:17 +0000What It Took to Set the World Record for Surfing surfer Rodrigo Koxa had to conquer PTSD before he was ready to break Garrett McNamara’s world recordWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:30:00 +0000Identity Crisis: Three Photo Essays Highlight the Lives of the Dispossessed our chaotic era, there are outcasts—and people who take them inWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000The True Story of “A Very English Scandal” and the Trials of a Closeted Gay Politician new series about 1970s British MP Jeremy Thorpe traces his rise to power, then dramatic fall, complete with charges of a conspiracy to murderWed, 27 Jun 2018 13:34:36 +0000The Uniquely Texan Origins of the Frozen Margarita Dallas restaurant owner blended tequila, ice and automation. America has been hungover ever sinceWed, 27 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000How Armenian Dance Adapted Over Time and Place, music and technique are on tap at a Folklife Festival Dance Summit Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Iconic Hula Hoop Keeps on Rolling the loopy 60-year-old toy maintains its popularityTue, 26 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000King T’Challa’s Black Panther Suit, a Bold Statement of Afrofuturist Pride, Comes to the Smithsonian on the opportunity to celebrate contemporary African-African filmmaking at the National Museum of African American History and Culture this fallMon, 25 Jun 2018 20:41:21 +0000Festival de Folklife Com a Principiant de Conversa director Michael Atwood Mason reflexiona sobre els poders transformadors de l'intercanvi culturalMon, 25 Jun 2018 14:48:21 +0000Here’s How to Have a More Meaningful Experience at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Michael Atwood Mason reflects on the transformative powers of cultural exchange Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Beyond the Headlines, Catalan Culture Has a Long History of Vibrancy and Staying Power autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia takes center stage at this summer's Smithsonian Folklife FestivalMon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Unfurling the Rich Tapestry of Armenian Culture year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival will offer a window on Armenian visions of homeMon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000You'll Have to Take a Boat Ride and a Hike Through the Forest to Get to France's Newest Art Museum new French museum puts an out-of-the-box spin on the usual gallery experienceFri, 22 Jun 2018 17:21:34 +0000The Hammond Train Wreck of 1918 Killed Scores of Circus Performers hundred years ago, a horrific railway disaster decimated the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus—but the show still went onFri, 22 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetime the similarities and differences between Indigenous and Western cosmologiesThu, 21 Jun 2018 19:13:42 +0000Maya Freelon’s Immersive and Interactive Sculptures Bring Tissue Paper to Life artwork will be a part of this weekend’s By the People Festival at the Arts and Industries buildingThu, 21 Jun 2018 18:31:20 +0000How We Elected <i>T. rex</i> to Be Our Tyrant Lizard King true story behind our obsession with the last and largest of the tyrannosaurs Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:40:43 +0000What a Cabinet of Fake Noses Tells Us About How Art Preservation Has Evolved collection of replica appendages is on display in Copenhagen's Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museumThu, 21 Jun 2018 12:10:00 +0000The Neuroscientist in the Art Museum Massachusetts's Peabody Essex Museum, Tedi Asher is using neuroscience research to create impactful art experiencesTue, 19 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Daguerreotype Photography Reflected a Changing America National Portrait Gallery brings the eerie power of a historic medium into focusMon, 18 Jun 2018 19:13:51 +0000How This Comic Maker Plans to Make Everyone an Artist first annual "By the People Festival" kicks off in the Washington, D.C. area with interactive art, gospel, Jazz, opera and other performancesMon, 18 Jun 2018 14:52:36 +0000For 50 Years, José Feliciano's Version of the National Anthem Has Given Voice to Immigrant Pride acclaimed musician offers a moving welcome to the newest U.S. citizens and donates his guitarFri, 15 Jun 2018 15:30:28 +0000This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines Rosen meets the free spirits giving shape to this flourishing wine region with a soon-to-be-legendary culinary scene, California’s Mendocino CountyThu, 14 Jun 2018 19:35:45 +0000Space Needle Was Designed to Look Very Different it's hard to imagine Seattle's Space Needle looking any other way, few people know that the iconic 'flying saucer' design wasn't the original choiceThu, 14 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000The First Family of Rodeo a cowboy legend have what it takes to recapture the championship?Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:02:49 +0000What if Napoleon Hadn't Lost Europe and Other Questions of Alternate History the 200-year-old literary genre reflects changing notions of history and societyWed, 13 Jun 2018 13:31:11 +0000Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New <i>Jurassic World</i> So Much Better appears that <i>Fallen Kingdom</i> has not evolved alongside 21st century researchTue, 12 Jun 2018 14:11:51 +0000How Newton, Goethe, an Ornithologist and a Board Game Designer Helped Us Understand Color new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum explores the kaleidoscope of figures who shaped color theoryMon, 11 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000How ‘Jurassic Park’ Made History 25 Years Ago, Propelling Computer-Generated Animation Forward was the first time that computer-generated characters interacted with human actors on screen. How has the technology improved since then?Fri, 08 Jun 2018 17:01:48 +0000Oprah's Undeniable Influence on American History Recognized in New Smithsonian Exhibition National Museum of African American History and Culture follows Winfrey's life, from her roots in rural Mississippi to her success as a cultural phenomThu, 07 Jun 2018 13:21:47 +0000The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2018 Oregon Trail stops to Mister Rogers' original neighborhood, these towns are worth seeing this yearTue, 05 Jun 2018 15:53:16 +0000Which Famous Music Icons Lived in These Chicago Homes? has always been a hotbed of musical talentTue, 05 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Ketchup Revolutionized How Food Is Grown, Processed and Regulated condiment really is the perfect complement to the American dietMon, 04 Jun 2018 14:24:06 +0000Yes, You Can Go Sandboarding in the Namib Desert Namibian town of Swakopmund is a top tourist draw for desert lovers. Popular activities include quad-biking and sandboarding down its massive dunesThu, 31 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Archives Reveal Touching Stories on the Life of Robert Indiana, the Man Who Invented “LOVE” curators reflect on the legacy of the iconic artist, following his death at age 89Wed, 30 May 2018 18:21:24 +0000The Issue on the Table: Is "Hamilton" Good For History? a new book, top historians discuss the musical’s educational value, historical accuracy and racial revisionismWed, 30 May 2018 14:27:36 +0000Songster Dom Flemons Brings Back the Melodies of the Black Cowboy Latest from Folkways, a Label Marking 70 Years, revives music traditions from the African-American ranch crews of the WestWed, 30 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Is How Hard It Is to Catch a 40-lb. Dogtooth With a Reel Andy Coetzee is holding onto his fishing line for dear life, as a monstrous tug threatens to drag him into the oceanWed, 30 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Brief History of America's Appetite for Macaroni and Cheese by Thomas Jefferson, this versatile dish fulfills our nation's quest for the 'cheapest protein possible'Tue, 29 May 2018 14:37:57 +0000You’ll Never Guess What State Has 2018's Top Wine Destination Fri, 25 May 2018 18:20:59 +0000Rarely Seen 19th-Century Silhouette of a Same-Sex Couple Living Together Goes On View new show, featuring the paper cutouts, reveals unheralded early Americans, as well as contemporary artists working with this old art formFri, 25 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Amelia Bloomer Didn’t Mean to Start a Fashion Revolution, But Her Name Became Synonymous With Trousers the 1850s, women’s rights activists briefly adopted a new style in an effort to liberate themselves from heavy dressesThu, 24 May 2018 14:33:16 +0000What Is the Future of Fire? Andrew C. Scott reconstructs the sites of past blazes to look at our relationship with this elusive elementThu, 24 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000When Paper Clothing Was the Perfect Fit war-weary world needed a new wardrobe, and this cheap, washable attire seemed to rise to the occasionThu, 24 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Are These Baked Mushroom Sandals the Future of Fashion? sustainable fashion goes mainstream, multiple designers are turning to fungi for compostable attireWed, 23 May 2018 16:39:15 +0000The Lost Maidens of Berlin decades-long quest for one of the most intriguing artworks looted by the Nazis leads to the courtyard of a posh hotel in the German countrysideWed, 23 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000Get Schooled on the History of Where 'Grease' Was Really Filmed me about it, studWed, 23 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000Hamilton's David Korins Explains What Makes the Smash Hit's Design So Versatile renowned designer dishes about the new Hamilton exhibition, precision and metaphor on stage and how the turntables almost didn’t happenWed, 23 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Your Next Favorite European Wine Region Isn’t in France, Italy or Spain wine in this country is so good, they don’t want to export it — keeping 98% for themselvesTue, 22 May 2018 20:35:14 +0000The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back waging the war against this devastating wave of the venomous species have taken on an "eat 'em to beat 'em" approachTue, 22 May 2018 15:00:00 +0000A New Exhibit Gives Charles White's Art and Activism the Attention They Deserve century after his birth, an overlooked figure in the Black Renaissance is on the rise againTue, 22 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000First Major Swahili Coast Art Show Reveals a Diverse World of Cultural Exchange and Influence the Smithsonian’s African Art Museum, international influences commingle to create a farrago of artisanal splendors Tue, 22 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000The East Coast May Be On the Brink of a Hop Renaissance a farmer and a brewer come together to bring hops back to the eastern United States?Mon, 21 May 2018 16:14:39 +0000Mister Rogers Pioneered Speaking to Kids About Gun Violence need the children's television icon now more than everMon, 21 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Factory That Oreos Built new owner for the New York City landmark offers a tasty opportunity to recap a crème-filled historyMon, 21 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Photographing Pandas Is More Challenging Than You Might Think Ami Vitale describes her years of work capturing the lovable furballsMon, 21 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000