Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 22 Mar 2019 15:32:05 +0000What 'Project Runway' Can Teach Us About the Creative Processhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-project-runway-can-teach-us-about-creative-process-180971777/Seventeen seasons in, the show continues to demystify what it takes to 'make it work'Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:32:05 +0000How the Vietnam War Impacted American Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2019/03/22/american-art-and-vietnam-war/Curator Melissa Ho reflects on her upcoming exhibition exploring how American artists responded to the turbulence of the Vietnam WarFri, 22 Mar 2019 14:23:33 +0000A Souvenir From the Holy Land: On Henry Ossawa Tanner's 'Abraham's Oak'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2019/03/21/souvenir-holy-land-henry-ossawa-tanners-abrahams-oak/'Abraham’s Oak' memorializes a pilgrimage site that the artist likely visited during his travels in the 1890'sThu, 21 Mar 2019 15:11:28 +0000Daesha Devón Harris Combines Oral History and Antique Portraits to Tell a Story of Loss and Hopehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/daesha-devon-harris-combines-oral-history-antique-portraits-180971634/These layered works testify to African-American historyThu, 21 Mar 2019 15:00:00 +0000What Do Dragons Symbolize and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-do-dragons-symbolize-more-questions-from-readers-180971631/You asked, we answeredThu, 21 Mar 2019 13:00:00 +0000How Did the White Picket Fence Become a Symbol of the Suburbs?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-white-picket-fence-180971635/And why the epitome of the perfect house become so creepyTue, 19 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000These Haunting Red Dresses Memorialize Murdered and Missing Indigenous Womenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-haunting-red-dresses-memorialize-murdered-and-missing-indigenous-women-180971730/Artist Jaime Black says the REDress Project is an expression of her grief for thousands of Native victimsTue, 19 Mar 2019 11:32:19 +0000The Madcap Chemists of Boozehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mad-scientists-booze-recreating-spirits-going-back-era-paul-revere-180971630/At Lost Spirits Distillery in Los Angeles, high-tech instruments accelerate the aging process of precious whiskeys and rumsTue, 19 Mar 2019 11:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Bermuda’s Rum Swizzle (Recipe)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/story-behind-bermudas-rum-swizzle-cocktail-180971701/While the Dark ‘n’ Stormy may get all the attention by visitors, the swizzle is what locals drink Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:10:47 +0000The Great Blues Singer Gladys Bentley Broke All the Ruleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/great-blues-singer-gladys-bentley-broke-rules-180971708/For the Smithsonian’s Sidedoor podcast, host Haleema Shah tells the story of an unapologetically gay African-American performer in 1920s and 30s Thu, 14 Mar 2019 17:42:20 +0000'Captain Marvel''s Missed Opportunity With Nostalgiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/captain-marvels-missed-opportunity-nostalgia-180971686/The '90s lives in the new superhero film but doesn't tell us much about the decadeTue, 12 Mar 2019 16:35:35 +0000Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden to Undergo First Redesign in More Than 40 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hirshhorn-sculpture-garden-undergoes-first-redesign-more-than-40-years-180971682/Hiroshi Sugimoto’s design provides easier access from the National Mall and space for larger installationsTue, 12 Mar 2019 14:34:55 +0000What’s the Deal With Ordering Iced Coffee in the Winter?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/whats-deal-ordering-iced-coffee-winter-180971616/A hot take, if you will, on the iced trendTue, 05 Mar 2019 15:06:15 +0000An Appreciation of <i>Küchle</i>, My Family’s Deep-Fried Dough Tradition for Fat Tuesdayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/appreciation-kuchle-my-familys-deep-fried-dough-tradition-fat-tuesday-180971614/Avoid a grease fire. Support a local bakery.Mon, 04 Mar 2019 19:14:43 +0000Made From Microalgae, These Mardi Gras Beads Are Biodegradablehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/made-from-microalgae-these-mardi-gras-beads-are-biodegradable-180971578/Louisiana State University molecular biologist Naohiro Kato is confronting plastic pollution one necklace and doubloon at a timeWed, 27 Feb 2019 17:33:51 +0000The Stories of Poets, Artists and Cartoon Characters Are All Waiting to Be Discovered in Roy Lichtenstein’s Personal Papershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/poets-artists-cartoon-characterstheir-stories-are-all-waiting-be-discovered-roy-lichtensteins-personal-papers-180971306/The Pop artist’s archives, recently donated to the Smithsonian, are soon to be digitizedMon, 25 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Folklorist Delves Into the Rituals and Rewards at the Academy Awardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-folklorist-takes-delves-rituals-and-rewards-academy-awards-180971555/Folk belief holds that if you have won one Oscar, your odds of ever winning a second are greatly diminished by the dreaded “Oscar Jinx”Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:34:33 +0000What Should a Contemporary Monument Look Like? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-should-contemporary-monument-look-180971516/A new multi-city art exhibition called "New Monuments for New Cities" tackles this question head onFri, 22 Feb 2019 21:03:14 +0000Why Are Georgia O’Keeffe’s Paintings Breaking Out in Pimples?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-are-georgia-okeeffes-paintings-breaking-out-pimples-180971518/A new handheld tool lets scientists diagnose the chemical reaction behind “art acne”—and learn how it can be preventedFri, 22 Feb 2019 18:32:43 +0000Why Is the Genie in ‘Aladdin’ Blue?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-genie-aladdin-blue-180971536/There’s a simple answer and a colonialist legacy for why the genie looks the way it doesThu, 21 Feb 2019 16:58:24 +0000Hitting the High Notes: A Smithsonian Year of Musichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hitting-high-notes-smithsonian-year-music-180971534/A special report pulling together our coverage of music within the Smithsonian collections and around the worldThu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000Rhiannon Giddens' 21st-Century Sound Has a Long Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/rhiannon-giddens-american-music-history-21st-century-sound-180971449/Inspired by long-lost folk melodies, gospel, opera and bluegrass, the electrifying singer and banjo player gives fresh voice to old American traditionsThu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000In Nigeria, the Veil Is a Fashion Statementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/lagos-nigeria-veil-fashion-statement-180971440/Artist Medina Dugger finds joy in a colorful yet complicated symbol of faithThu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000For 70 Years, the Soap Opera Has Shaped American Pop Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/for-70-years-soap-opera-shaped-american-pop-culture-180971439/The much-maligned genre has been resurrected as prestige TVThu, 21 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000These Objects Begin to Tell the Story of Women's History in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/objects-highlight-power-passion-womens-american-history-180971445/Thirteen artifacts from the National Museum of American History chronicle profound changes in the life of the nationWed, 20 Feb 2019 12:21:16 +0000Don’t Miss These Award-Winning Films at the Mother Tongue Film Festival https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2019/02/19/dont-miss-these-award-winning-films-mother-tongue-film-festival/Kicking off February 21—International Mother Language Day—more than 20 films featuring 62 languages Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:13:37 +0000Dornith Doherty's Mesmerizing Photos Capture the Contradictions of Seed Bankinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dornith-dohertys-mesmerizing-photos-capture-contradictions-seed-banking-180971511/"Archiving Eden," now at the National Academy of Sciences, shows how guarding against an ecological catastrophe is both optimistic and pessimisticTue, 19 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Rise of 'Zero-Waste' Grocery Storeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rise-zero-waste-grocery-stores-180971495/A growing number of supermarkets sell food without packaging in an effort to reduce the toll of plastic on the environmentFri, 15 Feb 2019 15:06:06 +0000‘The North Star’ Amplified Black Voices. How a 2019 Reboot of Frederick Douglass’ Paper Hopes to Do the Samehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/frederick-douglass-north-star-amplified-black-voices-reboot-newspaper-hoping-do-same-180971500/A new outfit sees inspiration from the 19th-century publication that pursued the cause of fighting injustice everywhereThu, 14 Feb 2019 18:37:35 +0000In the Fair City of Verona, Star-Cross'd Lovers Want to Believe in 'La Casa di Giulietta'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fair-city-verona-star-crossed-lovers-want-believe-casa-giulietta-180971494/The number of visitors to this self-proclaimed Shakespearean “city of love” typically swells during the week around Valentine’s DayThu, 14 Feb 2019 13:31:01 +0000Why the Chicano Underdog Aesthetic ‘Rasquachismo’ Is Finally Having Its Day https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-chicano-underdog-aesthetic-rasquachismo-having-its-day-180971490/Next up for the podcast Sidedoor, actor and director Cheech Marin opines on the Chicano art sensibility that is defiant, tacky and wildly creativeThu, 14 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000The Patents Behind Your Box of Valentine's Day Chocolateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-behind-your-box-valentines-day-chocolates-180971478/Before you sample a truffle or a coconut cream, consider all of the innovation that has been poured into the sweets and their lovely presentationWed, 13 Feb 2019 17:23:09 +0000The Mouthwatering History of Seven Fundamental Foodstuffshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mouthwatering-history-seven-fundamental-foodstuffs-180971473/A new Smithsonian book whisks readers on a culinary odyssey, tracing the history of salt, pork, honey, chili, tomato, rice and chocolateWed, 13 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000There Was the Magazine Quiz. Then Came the Internet. What Now?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/magazine-quiz-internet-what-now-180971463/From the “Cosmo Quiz” to Quizilla to Buzzfeed... what's next?Mon, 11 Feb 2019 17:28:16 +0000The Evolution of the College Dorm Chronicles How Colleges Became Less White and Malehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-college-dorms-180971457/What the architecture and history of student housing tell us about higher educationMon, 11 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Incomplete History Told by New York's K.G.B. Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/incomplete-history-told-new-yorks-kgb-museum-180971458/Designed to be apolitical, the attraction offers whiz-bang tech without the agency's brutal pastFri, 08 Feb 2019 17:13:33 +0000The Pharmacist Who Launched America's Modern Candy Industryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pharmacist-who-launched-americas-modern-candy-industry-180971354/Oliver Chase invented a lozenge-cutting machine that led to Necco wafers, Sweethearts and the mechanization of candy makingFri, 08 Feb 2019 15:41:24 +0000How Lego Patents Helped Build a Toy Empire, Brick by Brickhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-lego-patents-helped-build-toy-empire-brick-by-brick-180971429/The Danish toy company invented its basic brick, then designed a toddler-friendly version, before adding mini figures to the mixThu, 07 Feb 2019 16:21:23 +0000Four Craft Artists Use Their Medium to Tell the Story of Our Times https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/four-craft-artists-use-their-medium-tell-story-our-times-180971210/The Renwick’s newest show challenges everything you thought you knew about craft art Tue, 05 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000How First Lady Sarah Polk Set a Model for Conservative Female Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-first-lady-sarah-polk-set-model-conservative-female-power-180971393/The popular and pious wife to President James Polk had little use for the nascent suffrage movementMon, 04 Feb 2019 18:20:52 +0000Play a Groundhog Day Song on a Continuous Loophttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/play-groundhog-day-song-continuous-loop-180971395/Like Bill Murray, wake up to Groundhog Day everyday with the Smithsonian Folkways' groundhog playlist Fri, 01 Feb 2019 19:53:13 +0000The Patents Behind Pasta Shapeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-behind-pasta-shapes-180971388/When you sit down to a bowl, be it gnocchi or Kraft macaroni, consider the design work and innovation that have gone into itFri, 01 Feb 2019 17:20:53 +0000What the Earliest Super Bowl Commercials Tell Us About the Super Bowlhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-earliest-super-bowl-commercials-tell-us-about-super-bowl-180971391/The inaugural title game in 1967 would not have been getting kudos from the media for representing womenThu, 31 Jan 2019 19:59:34 +0000Breakthrough Korean Feminist Artist Yun Suknam in Her First U.S. Museum Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/breakthrough-korean-feminist-artist-yun-suknam-her-first-us-museum-exhibition-180971111/With an assemblage portrait of her mother as the focal piece, the artist’s work is surrounded by the works of those who inspired herWed, 30 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Staffers Scramble to Make Up Time Lost During Government Shutdownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-staffers-scramble-makeup-time-lost-government-shutdown-180971372/Workers are back, the museums are open, the pandas are well, but officials say the ramifications of the shutdown are far from overTue, 29 Jan 2019 19:54:47 +0000Aretha Franklin’s Decades-Old Documentary Finally Comes to Theaters in 2019 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/aretha-franklins-47-year-old-documentary-finally-comes-theaters-2019-180971203/The 2019 nationwide release, 47 years after it was made, means audiences at last will see the Queen of Soul’s transcendent masterpieceTue, 29 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Color TV Transformed the Way Americans Saw the World, and the World Saw Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/color-tv-transformed-way-americans-saw-world-world-saw-america-180971343/A historian of 20th century media argues that the technological innovation was the quintessential Cold War machineFri, 25 Jan 2019 17:36:26 +0000Seventy-Five Years Ago, the Television Musical Made Its Debuthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/television-musical-actually-debuted-75-years-ago-180971342/"RENT: Live" meet "The Boys from Boise"Fri, 25 Jan 2019 16:08:05 +0000