Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenThu, 15 Nov 2018 15:30:38 +0000With AI Art, Process Is More Important Than the Producthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-ai-art-process-is-more-important-than-product-180970559/Christie's just auctioned its first piece of AI art—a portrait created via machine learningTue, 16 Oct 2018 17:00:30 +0000W.E.B. Du Bois’ Visionary Infographics Come Together for the First Time in Full Color https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-time-together-and-color-book-displays-web-du-bois-visionary-infographics-180970826/His pioneering team of black sociologists created data visualizations that explained institutionalized racism to the worldThu, 15 Nov 2018 15:30:38 +0000How the First LGBTQ Mariachi Became an Outlet for Advocacy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-first-LGBTQ-mariachi-became-outlet-advocacy-180970789/LA musicians Carlos Samaniego and Natalia Melendez do traditional Mexican music their wayWed, 14 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Stan Lee Helped Shape the Story of What It Is to Be Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stan-lee-helped-shape-story-what-it-be-american-180970796/Smithsonian curator Eric Jentsch weighs into the legacy of the comic-book mastermind Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:08:48 +0000A Letter to Stan Lee, Comic Book Legend, Written by One of His Biggest Fanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/letter-stan-lee-written-one-biggest-fans-180970790/Movie producer and instructor Michael Uslan eulogizes his hero and mentor, whose superheroes taught him countless life lessonsTue, 13 Nov 2018 17:44:25 +0000Why Walking on Legos Hurts More Than Walking on Fire or Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-walking-legos-hurts-more-walking-fire-or-ice-180970784/Everything you wanted to know about the science and history of stomping on the toy blocksTue, 13 Nov 2018 16:38:30 +0000A Veteran Combat Photographer Recalls His Most Memorable Shotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/veteran-combat-photographer-recalls-his-most-memorable-shots-180970776/Originally stuck in a darkroom, Jeremy Lock traveled the world capturing life on the front lines and the homefrontFri, 09 Nov 2018 21:39:51 +0000The True Story of Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s 'Outlaw King'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-robert-bruce-scotlands-outlaw-king-180970756/Chris Pine stars as the Netflix film’s eponymous hero, who secures his country’s independence but leaves behind a tangled legacyThu, 08 Nov 2018 19:45:18 +0000World’s Oldest-Known Figurative Paintings Discovered in Borneo Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-oldest-known-figurative-paintings-discovered-borneo-cave-180970747/Dated to at least 40,000 years old, the depiction of a cattle-like animal has striking similarities to ancient rock art found in other parts of the worldWed, 07 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0000Could 3-D Printing Save Music Education? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-3d-printing-save-music-education-180970743/D.C. chef Erik Bruner-Yang interviews Jill-of-all-trades Kaitlyn Hova about her plan to infuse STEM education with open source, 3-D printable instrumentsWed, 07 Nov 2018 14:32:50 +0000This Art Show Is Taking the Literal Pulse of Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-art-show-is-taking-the-literal-pulse-america-180970738/Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer uses biometrics to make breathtaking spectacle Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:34:28 +0000Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lessons-decline-democracy-from-ruined-roman-republic-180970711/A new book argues that violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome's endTue, 06 Nov 2018 15:31:31 +0000In Senegal, Female Empowerment, Prestige and Wealth Is Measured in Glittering Goldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/senegal-female-empowerment-prestige-and-wealth-measured-glittering-gold-180970698/The African Art Museum's new exhibition delves into a tradition that is both ravishingly beautiful and hauntingly fraughtMon, 05 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000How Close Does "Bohemian Rhapsody" Come to Showing the Real Freddie Mercury?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-real-freddie-mercury-180970690/While the movie has been critiqued for flattening the legacy of Queen, see the band come to life in historic photosFri, 02 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Scientist Grover Krantz Risked It All. . .Chasing Bigfoothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientist-grover-krantz-risked-it-all-chasing-bigfoot-180970676/The dedicated anthropologist donated his body to science and it’s on display, but his legacy is complicatedWed, 31 Oct 2018 18:07:20 +0000The Musical Performance "Sight Machine" Reveals What Artificial Intelligence Is "Thinking" About Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/musical-performance-sight-machine-reveals-what-artificial-intelligence-thinking-about-us-180970644/Like artist Trevor Paglen's other work, the show asked viewers to reexamine the human relationship to technologyTue, 30 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Ireland’s Fortune-Telling Mashed Potato Dish (Recipe)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/colcannon-fortune-telling-mashed-dish-recipe-180970492/Try your luck with this side, traditionally served on HalloweenFri, 26 Oct 2018 20:53:09 +0000A New Museum Honoring America's Veterans Opens in Ohiohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-museum-honoring-americas-veterans-opens-ohio-180970637/Personal stories take the place of military artifacts at the new National Veterans Memorial & MuseumFri, 26 Oct 2018 14:52:59 +0000The Science Behind Decorative Gourd Seasonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-decorative-gourd-season-friends-180970636/Gourds are the runts of their family of fruits, too tough and bitter to eat, but they remain one of the most popular crops of fallFri, 26 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Makes the Flint Hills of Kansas a Sight to Seehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-rhapsody-180970545/70 classical musicians. 200 acres of windblown prairie. And the bracing spirit of the heartland. A Kansas symphony in six movementsThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Court Case That Inspired the Gilded Age’s #MeToo Momenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/court-case-inspired-gilded-age-me-too-movement-180970538/A turn-of-the-century trial, the focus of a new book, took aim at the Victorian double standardThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Translator Who Brought a Lost Jewish Poet’s Words to the English-Speaking Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/translator-brought-jewish-poet-words-english-speaking-world-180970555/Raised in the U.S. but a lifelong speaker of Lithuanian, Laima Vince became enamored of Matilda Olkin’s writingWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Becoming Anne Frankhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/becoming-anne-frank-180970542/Why did we turn an isolated teenage girl into the world’s most famous Holocaust victim?Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Kyle Meyer's Photo-Tapestries Give Voice to a Silenced Communityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/kyle-meyer-photo-tapestries-give-voice-silenced-community-180970544/The New York artist combines digital photography and African fabrics to create deeply textured portraits of persecuted Swazi menTue, 23 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Journey to One of the Country's Most Remote Distillerieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/countrys-most-remote-distillery-rye-worth-journey-1-180970602/Minnesota's north country serves up cold nights and warming whiskeysMon, 22 Oct 2018 19:57:38 +0000How Japanese Artists Responded to the Transformation of Their Nationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-japanese-artists-responded-transformation-their-nation-180970598/Two new exhibitions at the Freer|Sackler vividly illustrate Japan's arrival to the modern ageMon, 22 Oct 2018 18:44:30 +0000Taste Your Way Through Italy, One Ingredient-Specific Museum at a Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taste-your-way-through-italy-one-ingredient-specific-museum-time-180969866/The Emilia Romagna region has 25 food museums, each dedicated to a beloved food item – ranging from balsamic vinegar to Parmesan cheeseThu, 18 Oct 2018 14:32:04 +0000Self-Taught Artist Clementine Hunter Painted the Bold Hues of Southern Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/self-taught-artist-clementine-hunter-painted-bold-hues-southern-life-180970572/On view at NMAAHC, Hunter’s colorful artworks depict work in the field, church on Sundays, and laundry on the lineThu, 18 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Return of Dorothy’s Iconic Ruby Slippers, Now Newly Preserved for the Ages https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/return-dorothys-iconic-ruby-slippers-now-newly-preserved-ages-180970574/The unprecedented conservation of the <i>Wizard of Oz</i> shoes involved more than 200 hours, and a call from the FBIThu, 18 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Explore the Dublin Destinations That Inspired "Dracula"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-bram-stokers-dublin-just-time-halloween-180970480/Follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker and see how his hometown inspired him to write his famous horror novelWed, 17 Oct 2018 19:06:54 +0000The True Story of Misty of Chincoteague, the Pony Who Stared Down a Devastating Nor'Easterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/real-misty-chincoteague-once-stared-down-barrel-storm-180970557/The Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 was a horse of another colorTue, 16 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Dawn of Television Promised Diversity. Here’s Why We Got “Leave It to Beaver” Insteadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dawn-television-promised-diversity-heres-why-we-got-leave-it-beaver-instead-180970548/Using original archival research and FBI blacklist documents, a new book pieces together the intersectional narratives that never made it on airMon, 15 Oct 2018 16:13:53 +0000This Golden Canopy Could Power 500 Homes https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/golden-canopy-could-power-500-homes-180970516/Architects propose a new sustainable landmark on a Melbourne beach that is both public art and a power plantThu, 11 Oct 2018 15:05:05 +0000Bill Traylor Depicted His Brutal Lifetime With Vibrant Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bill-traylor-depicted-his-brutal-lifetime-vibrant-art-180970496/A new Smithsonian show, seven years in the making, takes a deep dive into the life of a self-taught artist and former slaveWed, 10 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000In a New Film, Master Artisans Share Their Passion for the Labors They Love https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-film-master-artisans-share-their-passions-labors-love-180970474/Award-winning filmmakers, Smithsonian folklorist Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner, explore impact of craft in <em>Good Work</em>, airing now on PBSFri, 05 Oct 2018 20:27:43 +0000This Weekend, NYC’s High Line Takes Center Stage for a "Mile-Long Opera"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nycs-high-line-takes-center-stage-mile-long-opera-180970419/1,000 singers from around the city will descend on the popular park to showcase the stories of New YorkersFri, 05 Oct 2018 13:46:08 +0000This Freak Aviation Disaster Brought Supersonic Idealism Down in Flameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/freak-aviation-disaster-brought-supersonic-idealism-down-flames-180970459/In a just-released Smithsonian Book, author Samme Chittum assesses the Concorde’s demise with the keen eye of a crime reporterThu, 04 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Much-Loved Paddington Bear Turns Sixtyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/paddington-bear-turns-sixty-180970439/Celebrating the October 1958 publication of <em>A Bear Called Paddington,</em> Smithsonian Libraries takes a look at several pop-up books Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:22:28 +0000The Screenwriting Mystic Who Wanted to Be the American Führerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/meet-screenwriting-mystic-who-wanted-be-american-fuhrer-180970449/William Dudley Pelley and his Silver Shirts were just one of many Nazi-sympathizers operating in the United States in the 1930sWed, 03 Oct 2018 13:05:29 +0000A New Project Weaves Patient Stories Into Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-project-weaves-patient-stories-art-180970445/A bioengineer collaborates with artists, clinicians and patients to come up with an art exhibition with heartTue, 02 Oct 2018 15:00:13 +0000This Artist Redefines a "Chiseled Body"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/artist-redefines-chiseled-body-180970435/Life-size and hyper-detailed, these anatomical mosaics draw on ancient inspirationMon, 01 Oct 2018 16:00:20 +0000Tour Armenia's Enduring Soviet-Era Architecturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tour-armenias-enduring-soviet-era-architecture-180970433/Armenia's unique flavor of Soviet Modernism combined socialist design ideals, classical stonework and pink volcanic rockFri, 28 Sep 2018 17:39:34 +0000Would Baseball have Become America’s National Pastime Without Baseball Cards?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/would-baseball-have-become-americas-national-pastime-without-baseball-cards-180970406/Tobacco companies spurred the mania, but artistry won the hearts of collectorsFri, 28 Sep 2018 15:25:41 +0000Photos Document What Remains of a Soviet Atomic Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/metsamor-armenian-atomic-city-utopia-180970264/A new book explores the architectural history of Metsamor, Armenia, once a planned utopia for nuclear power plant workersThu, 27 Sep 2018 23:04:21 +0000Mapping Armenia’s Edible Landscape, One Wild Bilberry Bush at a Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenias-edible-landscape-1000-leaf-project-180970426/The 1000 Leaf Project aims to document Armenia's hundreds of edible plants and mushrooms with help from local residentsThu, 27 Sep 2018 21:32:28 +0000A Hologram of the First Woman of Color in Space Debuted on Museum Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hologram-first-woman-color-space-debuted-museum-day-180970417/An installation at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum featuring Mae Jemison highlights diversity in space explorationThu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Film Festival Examines African-American Life Through Dozens of Distinct Lenseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-film-festival-examines-african-american-life-through-dozens-distinct-lenses-1-180970404/The first of its kind, the late-October event brings together perspectives both historical and contemporaryThu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Names Billie Jean King One of Its "Great Americans" https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/billie-jean-king-named-great-americans-180970415/The tennis icon chatted about her life and legacy in a wide-ranging conversation at the National Museum of American HistoryWed, 26 Sep 2018 20:15:05 +0000Before He Was a Musician, John Lennon Was a Philatelisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/he-was-musician-john-lennon-was-philatelist-180970391/Marking the arrival of a new postage stamp, the musician’s boyhood collection is on view at the National Postal MuseumTue, 25 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000From Lava Tentacles to Abandoned Car Lots, This Acclaimed Violinist Turned Aerial Photographer Captures Our World From 2,000 Feet Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/jassen-todorov-aerial-photography-world-from-above-smithsonian-photo-contest-180970071/Jassen Todorov, a professor of music, shares his journey into the world of aerial photography Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:38:37 +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 +0000