Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 18 Sep 2020 14:22:57 +0000Fingerprint Analysis Reveals New Insights on Prehistoric Rock Art's Creatorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fingerprints-rock-art-reveal-new-information-about-prehistoric-artists-180975849/Study suggests an adult man and a juvenile girl crafted the red ocher paintings seen at Spain's Los Machos rock shelterFri, 18 Sep 2020 14:22:57 +0000Movie Museum to Open With Show Honoring Japanese Filmmaker Hayao Miyazakihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/academy-museum-open-exhibit-honoring-hayao-miyazaki-and-studio-ghibli-180975825/The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures' inaugural exhibition debuts on April 30, 2021Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:24:44 +0000Controversial, Long-Delayed Eisenhower Memorial Finally Makes Its Debuthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/controversial-long-delayed-eisenhower-memorial-finally-makes-its-debut-180975809/Celebrating Ike's political, military accomplishments required compromise between the architect and the president’s familyTue, 15 Sep 2020 19:21:33 +0000How Chicago Became a Monet Destinationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-chicago-became-monet-destination-180975796/A new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago explores the Impressionist painter's connection to the Midwestern cityTue, 15 Sep 2020 15:52:21 +0000Roman Gaming Piece Crafted Out of Bone Found in Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/piece-roman-board-game-found-chester-england-180975793/Ancient soldiers may have used the oblong token to play "Ludus Latrunculorum," or the "Game of Mercenaries"Mon, 14 Sep 2020 14:25:40 +0000Metropolitan Museum of Art Hires First Full-Time Curator of Native American Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metropolitan-museum-art-hires-first-full-time-curator-native-american-art-180975769/Patricia Marroquin Norby previously worked at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian–New YorkFri, 11 Sep 2020 11:30:00 +0000Why the Houston Museum of African American Culture Is Displaying a Confederate Statuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-houston-museum-african-american-culture-displaying-confederate-statue-180975742/The institution describes the move, which arrives amid a reckoning on the U.S.' history of systemic racism, as "part of healing"Tue, 08 Sep 2020 17:22:15 +0000Why U.K. Publishers Released 600 Books in a Single Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-behind-why-publishers-just-released-600-books-single-day-180975735/Dubbed "Super Thursday," the barrage of books includes many titles delayed by Covid-19Fri, 04 Sep 2020 20:29:55 +0000Keith Haring's Personal Art Collection Is Up for Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/keith-harings-personal-art-collection-going-auction-180975724/Sotheby's sale features works by Warhol, Basquiat, Lichtenstein and other members of the graffiti artist's circleFri, 04 Sep 2020 15:31:11 +0000Remembering the Forgotten Women Writers of 17th-Century Spain https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madrid-exhibit-highlights-forgotten-women-writers-17th-century-spain-180975725/A show in Madrid highlights female authors who penned histories, biographies, poetry, novels, scripts and moreFri, 04 Sep 2020 11:30:00 +0000Dublin Hotel Controversially Removes Four Statues of African Womenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/controversy-surrounds-dublin-hotels-decision-remove-statues-180975718/City officials say the Shelbourne, which moved the sculptures because it believed they depicted enslaved women, failed to follow proper procedures Thu, 03 Sep 2020 17:09:11 +0000Ancient Israeli Cave Transformed Into Art Galleryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-cave-israel-has-been-transformed-art-gallery-180975713/For his latest show, artist Ivo Bisignano created a series of massive wooden sculptures that mimic the cavern's curvatureThu, 03 Sep 2020 14:37:00 +0000The World's Most Expensive Coin Is Up for Salehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-most-expensive-coin-be-auctioned-180975705/Expected to fetch upward of $10 million, the 1794 Flowing Hair dollar was one of the first coins struck by the newly created U.S. MintWed, 02 Sep 2020 15:15:34 +0000Why 'Friendship Books' Were the 17th-Century Version of Facebookhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-library-acquires-friendship-book-almost-400-years-after-trying-buy-it-first-time-180975693/Dozens of 17th-century dignitaries signed a 227-page manuscript recently acquired by a German libraryTue, 01 Sep 2020 16:27:55 +0000Britain's Oldest Example of Christian Graffiti Found Near Hadrian's Wallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1400-year-old-chalice-covered-christian-inscriptions-found-near-hadrians-wall-180975698/Researchers at Vindolanda unearthed a 1,400-year-old lead chalice covered in religious symbolsTue, 01 Sep 2020 15:45:36 +0000Painting Deemed Fake, Consigned to Storage May Be Genuine Rembrandthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fake-painting-rembrandt-workshop-180975691/New analysis confirms the famed Dutch painter’s studio—and perhaps even the artist himself—created "Head of a Bearded Man"Mon, 31 Aug 2020 20:24:34 +0000Thieves Steal 17th-Century Masterpiece for Third Time in 32 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-master-painting-stolen-netherlands-third-time-180975682/Frans Hals' "Two Laughing Boys with a Mug of Beer" was previously purloined in 1988 and 2011Fri, 28 Aug 2020 19:51:13 +0000British Museum Moves Bust of Founder, Who Profited From Slaveryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-moves-bust-founder-who-profited-enslavement-180975680/The London institution, which reopened this week, is reckoning with its colonialist history in the wake of global protests against racismFri, 28 Aug 2020 18:43:27 +0000Why the First Monument of Real Women in Central Park Matters—and Why It's Controversial https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monument-controversy-women-pioneer-central-park-180975662/Today, New York City welcomed a public artwork honoring three suffragists. But some scholars argue that the statue obscures more than it celebratesWed, 26 Aug 2020 20:25:45 +0000A History of El Greco's Masterful—and Often Litigious—Artistic Careerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/el-greco-art-institute-chicago-180975648/A 57-work retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago charts the evolution of the 16th-century painter's distinctive styleWed, 26 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000How a Japanese Museum Is Documenting Life During Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-museum-opens-exhibit-documenting-life-during-covid-19-pandemic-180975641/New exhibition features everyday objects that would have been unfamiliar before the pandemicTue, 25 Aug 2020 13:33:53 +0000A 1,000-Square-Foot Mosaic of Ida B. Wells Welcomes Visitors to D.C.'s Union Stationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-square-foot-mosaic-ida-b-wells-revealed-union-station-180975637/The artwork, installed in honor of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, celebrates the pioneering civil rights leader and journalistTue, 25 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Helsinki Power Plant May Be Transformed Into Arts and Culture Centerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/helsinki-power-plant-may-be-transformed-into-arts-culture-center-180975634/The Finnish capital plans to decommission the Hanasaari power plant by 2024. Could it be the next Tate Modern?Mon, 24 Aug 2020 15:08:23 +0000Flooding Endangers World's Largest Buddha Statuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flood-waters-endanger-buddha-statue-180975632/Rising waters in China dampened the toes of the Leshan Giant Buddha for the first time since 1949Mon, 24 Aug 2020 13:10:33 +0000New York’s ‘Glass Bottle Beach’ Closed After Survey Finds Radioactive Waste https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-yorks-glass-bottle-beach-closed-after-survey-finds-radioactive-waste-180975631/The Dead Horse Bay shoreline was a magnet for beachcombers and sightseers who came to peruse the eroding contents of 1950s landfillMon, 24 Aug 2020 12:30:00 +0000Stone Sculptures of 'Chronicles of Narnia' Characters to Adorn Medieval Church https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chronicle-narnia-statues-will-ornament-medieval-church-180975611/Statues of Aslan, the White Witch and other mythical beings will replace weathered carvings at St. Mary's Church in YorkshireFri, 21 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Kentucky State Capitol Will Unveil Its First Statue Honoring a Womanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kentucky-announces-plans-state-capitols-first-monument-honoring-woman-180975600/The sculpture depicts Nettie Depp, who championed public education in the early 20th centuryThu, 20 Aug 2020 15:47:37 +0000Why a Campaign to 'Reclaim' Women Writers' Names Is So Controversialhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-some-authors-used-pseudonyms-throughout-history-180975598/Critics say Reclaim Her Name fails to reflect the array of reasons authors chose to publish under male pseudonymsThu, 20 Aug 2020 11:30:00 +0000Buckingham Palace's Art Collection to Be Exhibited in Public Gallery for First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buckingham-palace-art-collection-be-exhibited-public-gallery-first-time-180975589/The 65 works set to go on view include masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and TitianWed, 19 Aug 2020 14:18:32 +0000In Paris, Virtual Reality Experience Shows Notre-Dame Before and After 2019 Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-reality-experience-shows-notre-dame-and-after-2019-fire-180975581/The 18-minute documentary features footage of usually inaccessible spots, including the attic and sacristyTue, 18 Aug 2020 11:30:00 +0000Peer Into the Past With Photorealistic Portraits of Roman Emperorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peer-past-these-photorealistic-portraits-roman-emperors-180975558/Artist Daniel Voshart used machine learning and editing software to create likenesses of 54 ancient leadersThu, 13 Aug 2020 17:00:38 +00003-D Facial Reconstruction Suggests Raphael Self-Portrait Presents Idealized Version of the Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-facial-reconstruction-suggests-raphael-self-portrait-presents-idealized-version-artist-180975549/The new model reveals the Renaissance giant's prominent noseWed, 12 Aug 2020 15:37:39 +0000Explore Dorothea Lange's Iconic Photos With These Online Exhibitionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lange-online-exhibits-180975537/Digital hubs from the Oakland Museum of California and the Museum of Modern Art showcase the American photographer's oeuvreTue, 11 Aug 2020 18:16:02 +0000How an Algorithm Draws Unexpected Connections Between Works of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-algorithm-creates-unlikely-pairings-classic-art-180975529/Given a starting image, the artificial intelligence can identify objects that match its colors, textures and themes Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Sole-Searching, Shoe-Swiping Fox Caught in Germanyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fox-snags-and-stores-more-100-shoes-180975528/The crafty urban dweller built a colorful collection of footwear dominated by CrocsMon, 10 Aug 2020 20:02:07 +0000Centuries-Old 'Wine Windows' Open for Business in Florencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wine-windows-florence-medieval-disease-180975517/A low-risk alternative to curbside pickup, the portals may have helped fight an outbreak of bubonic plague in the 1630sMon, 10 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000These Life-Size, Animatronic Dinosaurs Are Heading to New Homeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-size-animatronic-dinosaurs-sale-180975502/Yesterday, an auction house in Canada offloaded more than 50 robotic reptiles in a unique online saleFri, 07 Aug 2020 15:22:55 +0000Amid Reckoning on Public Art, Statue of Black 'Everywoman' Unveiled in Londonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculpture-black-woman-london-thomas-price-public-art-180975497/Thomas J. Price's nine-foot-tall "Reaching Out" celebrates black culture and rejects monumentalismFri, 07 Aug 2020 14:17:01 +0000In Pursuit of the Perfect Photo, Tourist Accidentally Breaks Sculpture's Toeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photo-toes-italy-sculpture-break-180975478/Authorities have identified the inadvertent vandal as an Austrian man who was in northern Italy on a birthday celebration tripWed, 05 Aug 2020 15:10:57 +0000Kerry James Marshall's New Paintings Consider Blackness and Audubon’s Legacy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kerry-james-marshall-audubon-legacy-180975481/New series explores black erasure in art and John James Audubon’s own racial identityWed, 05 Aug 2020 14:25:51 +0000Explore the Newly Digitized Diaries and Letters of Marian Anderson https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-newly-digitized-diaries-and-letters-marian-anderson-180975469/Penn Libraries' online portal includes more than 2,500 artifacts related to the famed opera singerTue, 04 Aug 2020 15:56:21 +0000Rare Chinese Vase Found in Pet-Filled Home Sells for $9 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-vase-sells-more-9-million-180975465/The 18th-century artifact was made in a style specific to the Qianlong dynastyMon, 03 Aug 2020 18:20:38 +0000Explore Centuries of Brooklyn's History With These Newly Digitized Mapshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-historical-brooklyn-these-newly-digitized-maps-180975447/The Brooklyn Historical Society recently launched a portal featuring almost 1,500 documents dating back to the 17th centuryThu, 30 Jul 2020 19:13:44 +0000Nursing Home Residents Recreate Iconic Album Covers During Lockdownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/residents-uk-seniors-home-recreate-iconic-album-covers-180975440/Seniors in the U.K. staged photoshoots inspired by Elvis Presley, Madonna, David Bowie and other musiciansThu, 30 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Art Historian Identifies the Spot Where Vincent van Gogh Painted His Final Work https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-art-historian-discovered-exactly-where-van-gogh-painted-his-final-work-180975438/The Dutch artist died 130 years ago todayWed, 29 Jul 2020 18:29:05 +0000Astronomy Offers Fresh Look at Vermeer's 'View of Delft'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomy-offers-fresh-look-vermeers-view-delft-180975413/Analysis of sunlight and shadows suggests the Dutch masterpiece portrays the city around 8 a.m. in early September 1659 or 1658Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Olivia de Havilland, Star of Hollywood's Golden Age, Dies at 104https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/olivia-de-havilland-star-hollywoods-golden-age-dies-104-180975419/The actress is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Melanie Hamilton in "Gone With the Wind"Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:49:48 +0000See Jean-Michel Basquiat Masterpieces Up Close in This Online Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-jean-michel-basquiat-masterpieces-close-online-exhibit-180975416/The virtual experience spotlights a 2019 show that included around 70 works by the artistMon, 27 Jul 2020 15:24:52 +0000The Legend, the History and the Science Behind Seattle's New Hockey Team Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seattles-new-hockey-team-dubbed-kraken-180975407/NHL fans, meet the Seattle Kraken—named for a mythical beast that may have been inspired by the very real giant squidFri, 24 Jul 2020 18:16:32 +0000A New London Tube Map Will Highlight Women and Nonbinary Peoplehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coming-soon-london-tube-map-names-women-and-nonbinary-people-who-made-history-180975403/Co-organizers Emma Watson and Reni Eddo-Lodge drew inspiration from a 2016 project centered on the New York City subwayFri, 24 Jul 2020 14:29:45 +0000Abandoned Artwork Discovered Beneath Pablo Picasso Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/picasso-abandoned-painting-discovery-180975386/The artist, who regularly reused canvases, covered a neoclassical still life with a Cubist oneThu, 23 Jul 2020 14:41:18 +0000Centuries-Old Paintings Help Researchers Track Food Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-paintings-can-teach-us-about-evolution-food-180975381/Art inadvertently documents the domestication of carrots, wheat, watermelon and other culinary delightsThu, 23 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000New Research Suggests Bloodletting, Pneumonia Killed Raphaelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/raphael-died-respiratory-infection-and-bloodletting-180975384/The artist failed to disclose his late-night outings to physicians, leading them to misdiagnose his illnessWed, 22 Jul 2020 14:30:57 +0000Historic Brooklyn Cemetery Seeks Its First Artist-in-Residencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-could-be-first-artist-residence-historic-green-wood-cemetery-180975377/Green-Wood is the final resting place of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Louis Comfort Tiffany, among othersWed, 22 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000