Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenThu, 18 Jan 2018 22:53:50 +0000After Heavy Criticism, German City's Exhibition on Jewish Art Dealer Is Back Onhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-warning-german-city-cancels-jewish-art-dealer-exhibition-180967331/Officials said the previously cancelled show will be put on view in a “more complete and revised form” at a later dateTue, 28 Nov 2017 15:30:00 +0000These Billboards Could Be the First to Feature Immersive Augmented Reality Drawingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-and-real-blend-new-la-billboard-art-exhibition-180967837/Tandem billboards on Sunset Boulevard play host to a fascinating new public art installationThu, 18 Jan 2018 22:53:50 +0000Newly Identified Vincent van Gogh Drawings Go on Display https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-new-van-gogh-drawings-go-display-180967853/The two works were drawn during the artist’s formative years in ParisTue, 16 Jan 2018 21:02:08 +0000France Says ‘Au Revoir’ to the Word ‘Smartphone’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-says-au-revoir-word-smartphone-180967845/Hoping to prevent English tech vocabulary from entering the French language, officials have suggested ‘mobile multifunction’ as an alternativeTue, 16 Jan 2018 20:06:01 +0000World's Fifth-Largest Diamond Found in Lesothohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-fifth-largest-diamond-found-lesotho-180967844/The 910-carat gem is a D-color, type-IIa stone, meaning it is completely colorless and has no visible impuritiesTue, 16 Jan 2018 18:43:42 +0000Arthur Miller’s Vast Archive Comes to the University of Texas at Austinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/university-texas-acquires-arthur-millers-vast-archive-180967818/The collection includes a wealth of material, from theatrical manuscripts to personal memorabiliaFri, 12 Jan 2018 20:28:29 +0000Meet Riley, the Puppy Training to Sniff Out Bugs in Boston's Museum of Fine Artshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boston-museum-training-puppy-sniff-out-art-chewing-insects-180967804/The Weimaraner will inspect incoming artwork for beetles, moths and other critters that can damage museum collectionsThu, 11 Jan 2018 19:04:31 +0000Runaway Sprinkles from the Museum of Ice Cream Create ‘Environmental Hazard’ in Miami Beachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/runaway-sprinkles-museum-ice-cream-create-environmental-hazard-miami-beach-180967785/Here’s the scoop: officials are worried that the museum’s fake sprinkles will get washed into oceans and eaten by marine creaturesWed, 10 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000New York Directive Restricts Inmates’ Literature Optionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-directive-restricts-inmates-literature-options-180967779/A pilot directive affecting three New York State prisons stipulates that inmates can only receive packages from six approved vendorsTue, 09 Jan 2018 21:51:49 +0000Indian Jewels Swiped From Venice Museum in “Movie-Worthy" Heisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indian-jewels-swiped-venice-museum-brazen-heist-180967743/The thieves reportedly deactivated the alarm system and walked off with the goods in broad daylightThu, 04 Jan 2018 19:34:07 +0000Why Americans Missed Out on Public Domain Day (Again)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-miss-out-public-domain-day-again-180967699/Aleister Crowley, Dorothy Parker, and René Magritte joined the public domain in 2018, but not in the United StatesThu, 04 Jan 2018 18:30:38 +0000India to Cap Number of Taj Mahal Visitorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/india-cap-number-taj-mahal-visitors-1-180967738/Spurred by safety and conservation concerns, officials plan to limit the number of domestic tourists to 40,000 per dayThu, 04 Jan 2018 17:13:34 +0000Big Data Traces the World's Most Distinctive Musical Traditionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-data-reveals-worlds-most-distinctive-musical-traditions-180967685/An analysis of 8,200 recordings from 137 nations shows nations in sub-Saharan Africa have the most unique rhythms and melodiesThu, 04 Jan 2018 16:28:03 +0000China Brings an End to Its Ivory Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-brings-end-its-ivory-trade-1-180967688/The country is believed to have been one of the world’s largest markets for ivory productsWed, 03 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Rose Marie's Sprawling Legacy as Told Through the Artifacts She Left Behindhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curator-rose-marie-sprawling-legacy-180967679/The late actress sang for mobsters, toured New York nightclubs and wisecracked her way through a career that spanned nine decadesFri, 29 Dec 2017 22:25:48 +00002,000-Year-Old Texts Reveal the First Emperor of China’s Quest for Eternal Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-texts-reveal-first-emperor-chinas-quest-eternal-life-180967671/Qin Shihuang issued an executive order demanding that his subjects search for an immortality elixirFri, 29 Dec 2017 20:01:57 +0000Speak Now: Reward for Biggest Art Heist in History Gets Cut in Half on New Year'shttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fess-now-reward-biggest-art-heist-history-gets-cut-half-new-years-180967675/The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hoped the $10 million reward would shake loose new clues in the 27-year-old crimeFri, 29 Dec 2017 19:14:33 +0000Cache of Newly Digitized Travel Photographs Will Transport You to 1900s Californiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-these-photos-early-20th-century-tourism-california-180967667/Travelers William and Grace McCarthy really got around, and in nearly 3,000 photos, they captured a unique view of San Francisco, Tahoe and YosemiteFri, 29 Dec 2017 16:59:53 +0000The YMCA First Opened Gyms to Train Stronger Christianshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ymca-first-opened-gyms-train-stronger-christians-180967665/Physical fitness was a secondary goal for the movementFri, 29 Dec 2017 15:20:00 +0000Madame de Pompadour Was Far More Than a ‘Mistress’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madame-de-pompadour-was-far-more-mistress-180967662/Even though she was a keen politicker and influential patron, she’s been historically overlooked Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:01:00 +000030,000 Shards of Historic Stained Glass Found in Westminster Abbey's Attichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/30000-shards-historic-stained-glass-found-westminster-abbeys-attic-180967663/The glass and other trash was excavated from depressions in the vaulted ceiling and are being made into new windows for the AbbeyFri, 29 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000Belgium Ends Telegram Service After 171 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/belgium-ends-telegram-service-after-171-years-180967660/The end of Belgian telegrams isn’t the end of the service across the world, but it’s getting closeThu, 28 Dec 2017 19:59:38 +0000Tomb Door Engraved with Menorah Discovered in Israelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-door-engraved-menorah-discovered-israel-180967647/The artifact tells the story of the three major religious groups that have occupied Tiberias over the centuriesThu, 28 Dec 2017 19:23:05 +0000Don Hogan Charles, Who Captured the Civil Rights Movement, Has Died at 79https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/don-hogan-charles-photographer-who-captured-civil-rights-movement-has-died-79-180967645/In 1964, Charles became the first black photographer hired by the <i>New York Times</i>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:35:42 +0000The Library of Congress Will Stop Archiving Twitterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-will-stop-archiving-twitter-180967651/Because tweets have become too long and too numerous, the Library will only archive tweets of 'historic value"Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:43:39 +0000It Didn’t Take Very Long For Anesthesia to Change Childbirthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-didnt-take-very-long-anesthesia-change-childbirth-180967636/The unprecedented idea of a painless delivery changed women's livesWed, 27 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000Three Things to Know About Radical Prohibitionist Carry A. Nationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-radical-prohibitionist-carry-nation-180967627/Nation was convinced she was on a mission from GodWed, 27 Dec 2017 14:12:00 +0000How 21st-Century Technology Is Shedding Light on a 2nd-Century Egyptian Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-new-imaging-technique-revealed-secrets-ancient-portrait-180967633/Researchers at UCLA and the National Gallery of Art have pioneered a technology that goes behind the scenes of a centuries-old artistic processTue, 26 Dec 2017 17:08:46 +0000Remembering Mamie ‘Peanut’ Johnson, the First Woman to Take the Mound as a Major-League Pitcherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mamie-peanut-johnson-first-female-pitcher-negro-leagues-has-died-82-180967642/The Negro Leagues trailblazer has died at 82. Barred from trying out for a segregated female league, she made her mark playing alongside menTue, 26 Dec 2017 15:47:16 +0000How Charles II Used Art to Bolster Britain’s Struggling Monarchyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-charles-ii-used-art-bolster-britains-wounded-monarchy-180967522/A new exhibit at the Queen’s Gallery in London features more than 200 items from the collection of the “Merry Monarch”Tue, 26 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000'Sesame Street' to Create a Show for Syrian Refugee Childrenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sesame-street-receives-100-million-grant-create-show-syrian-refugee-children-180967640/A $100 million MacArthur grant will fund the important project, which will feature characters and narratives developed specifically for its unique audienceFri, 22 Dec 2017 20:23:02 +0000Manhattan DA Launches First Antiquities Trafficking Unithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/manhattan-da-launches-first-antiquities-trafficking-unit-180967607/The unit will investigate the uptick in looted artifacts flooding the antiquities marketFri, 22 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Listen to Alan Turing's First Computer-Generated Christmas Carols https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-alan-turings-first-computer-generated-christmas-carols-180967624/In 1951, the BBC played two carols from Turing's computer, which have now been recreated by New Zealand researchersFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Memphis Removes Two Confederate Statueshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/memphis-removes-two-confederate-statues-180967622/One was dedicated to Jefferson Davis, the other to Nathan Bedford Forrest Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:13:02 +0000President Lincoln’s Last Christmashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-lincolns-last-christmas-180967617/The character of American Christmas changed as a result of the Civil WarThu, 21 Dec 2017 18:02:32 +0000Zora Neale Hurston’s Study of the Last Known U.S. Slave to Be Published in 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zora-neale-hurstons-study-last-known-us-slave-be-published-2018-180967613/Cudjo Lewis was captured and transported to the U.S. in 1860. After regaining his freedom five years later, he went on to help establish African TownThu, 21 Dec 2017 17:02:29 +0000The Most Notorious Poet in 18th Century America Was An Enslaved Teenager You've Never Heard Ofhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-notorious-poet-18th-century-america-was-enslaved-teenager-youve-never-heard-180967610/Phyllis Wheatley was a prodigy, but her ultimate fate reflects the gross racial disparities of 1700s AmericaThu, 21 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Marshmallow-Topped Hot Chocolate Will Keep You Warm This Long Solstice Nighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marshmallow-topped-hot-chocolate-will-keep-you-warm-long-solstice-night-180967614/Marshmallows and hot chocolate each have a long history, but their union only dates back about a centuryThu, 21 Dec 2017 14:58:44 +0000 The Weird Story of the FBI and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-story-fbi-and-its-wonderful-life-180967587/The film supposedly had Communistic tendenciesWed, 20 Dec 2017 15:05:16 +0000How Swimsuits Became Fashion Itemshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-swimsuits-became-fashion-items-180967583/Rose Marie Reid's vision for beachwear helped shape the modern swimsuitTue, 19 Dec 2017 18:49:48 +0000First Center for Empathy and Art Launched in Minneapolishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-center-empathy-and-art-launched-minneapolis-180967567/The center will bring together researchers, artists, historians and philosophers to learn how art museums can promote empathy and understandingTue, 19 Dec 2017 18:49:31 +0000For the First Time, Inuit Artists Will Represent Canada at the Venice Biennale https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-inuit-artists-will-represent-canada-venice-biennale-180967566/The Isuma collective is a video production company run by Indigenous artists of the Canadian ArcticTue, 19 Dec 2017 17:02:08 +0000How Mark Twain’s Hatred of Suspenders Drove Him to Inventhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mark-twains-hatred-suspenders-drove-him-invent-180967577/Under his given name, Samuel Clemens, Twain held several patentsTue, 19 Dec 2017 16:45:16 +0000Federal Court Strikes Down Ban on ‘Scandalous’ Trademarkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/federal-court-strikes-down-ban-scandalous-trademarks-180967582/The game-changing case centered on a clothing brand with a cheekTue, 19 Dec 2017 15:27:50 +0000How 1950s America Shaped ‘The Nutcracker’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1950s-america-shaped-nutcracker-180967570/It took the marketing insight of a Russian choreographer to make it all happenMon, 18 Dec 2017 16:30:00 +000012 Facts About ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/12-facts-about-12-days-christmas-180967569/Amaze and astound your loved ones with these pieces of carol triviaMon, 18 Dec 2017 15:40:27 +0000Movie Theaters Will Be Legal in Saudi Arabia Again After 35 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/movie-theaters-are-legal-saudi-arabia-again-after-35-years-180967523/The first cinemas are expected to be open by March 2018Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:59:27 +0000Dive Through More Than 1,000 Dalí Paintings Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catalogue-1000-dali-paintings-now-available-online-180967543/Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation's complete catalogue raisonné, which spans from 1910 to 1983, is sheer surrealist eye candyFri, 15 Dec 2017 19:01:55 +0000The Cinema Museum, Housed in the Workhouse Where Charlie Chaplin Spent His Formative Years, Is Under Threathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/campaign-hopes-save-workhouse-where-charlie-chaplin-spent-unhappy-childhood-180967548/The property will go up for sale in 2018Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:23:26 +0000Inside the First Museum in Iran Devoted to a Female Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iran-opens-first-museum-honoring-female-artist-180967549/The new museum houses 50 works by the acclaimed artist Monir Shahroudy FarmanfarmaianFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:15:01 +0000The FDA Used to Have People Whose Job Was to Taste Teahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-used-have-people-whose-job-was-taste-tea-180967545/Literally, that was itFri, 15 Dec 2017 14:58:39 +0000Here's Why Pearls No Longer Cost a Fortunehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pearls-cost-fortune-180967540/Coming up with ways to lower the price of pearls—either through culturing or by out-right fakery—took centuriesThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:22:27 +0000George Washington’s Hard Death Shows the Limits of Medicine in His Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washingtons-hard-death-shows-limits-medicine-his-time-180967531/He’s one of the United States’s most revered figures, but his last hours were plagued by excruciating illnessThu, 14 Dec 2017 14:53:43 +0000What to Know About the Removal of 44 Artworks from Catalan's Museum of Lleidahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/removal-44-artworks-catalan-museum-sparks-protests-180967493/The fate of the works has become a point of contention in Catalonia’s bitter push for independenceWed, 13 Dec 2017 18:55:47 +0000The Magical Mind of Gabriel García Márquez Shines Through His Newly Digitized Archivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/much-gabriel-garcia-marquezs-archives-are-now-available-online-180967530/The University of Texas has digitized some 27,000 documents from the collection of the acclaimed authorWed, 13 Dec 2017 17:01:35 +0000Catch a Rare Viewing of Robert Frost's Cheery, Dreary, Dark Christmas Cardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robert-frosts-christmas-cards-highlight-creative-power-collaboration-180967532/The poet’s annual Christmas cards, made in compilation with printer Joe Blumenthal, were not necessarily traditional, but they were always beautifulWed, 13 Dec 2017 15:52:26 +0000How One Mycologist Saved France’s Wine (Among Other Things)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-mycologist-saved-frances-wine-among-other-things-180967526/Bordeaux mixture saved many crops besides grapes from fungusWed, 13 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000In Luxor, Two Tombs Dating Back 3,500 Years Unveil Their Secretshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-3500-year-old-tombs-opened-egypt-180967490/They include hundreds of statues and one of the best-preserved wall paintings found in the areaTue, 12 Dec 2017 20:05:26 +0000Why Pantone's Color of the Year Is the Shade of Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pantones-color-year-shade-science-180967516/PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet is a deep saturated purple, but it doesn't hold a candle to true ultravioletTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:00:44 +0000The Un-Christmassy Origin of Gingerbread Houseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-christmassy-origin-gingerbread-houses-180967461/This tradition dates back to the story of Hansel and GretelTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Sign the Stars Anywhere on Earth With the First International Astronomy Dictionary For Deaf Communitieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sign-stars-anywhere-earth-international-astronomy-sign-language-dictionary-180967488/The encyclopedic list includes more than 40 space terms ranging from the Moon to exoplanetMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:16:16 +0000Mamma Mia!: Naples’ Pizza-Making Process Gets Unesco Heritage Statushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/naples-pizza-making-process-gets-unesco-heritage-status-2-180967470/The art of <i>pizzaiuolo</i>, as the craft is known, is a cherished tradition that is not easy as pieMon, 11 Dec 2017 15:39:57 +0000A Paper Bag Was the Inspiration for the First Coach Pursehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paper-bag-was-inspiration-first-coach-purse-180967457/Lillian Cahn reached back to her childhood experiences to design the "leather shopping bag" that was the company's first purseMon, 11 Dec 2017 14:30:00 +0000The Profound Loneliness of Greta Garbohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/profound-loneliness-greta-garbo-180967417/Sotheby’s is auctioning off a collection of letters that reveal Garbo’s deep dissatisfaction with her life in HollywoodFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:56:42 +0000Message From the Past Found Inside Spanish Statue of Jesushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/message-future-found-inside-spanish-statue-jesus-180967425/A local chaplain wanted people from the future to know what crops his region grew, what games they played and what diseases they sufferedFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:16:27 +0000Toblerone’s Tussle With "Twin Peaks" Chocolate Comes to a Bittersweet Endhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toblerones-tussle-uk-retailer-comes-bittersweet-end-180967453/The grocery chain Poundland is now able to sell its Toblerone copycat, but it had to change the packaging Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:39:41 +0000Saudi Prince Revealed as Buyer of $450 Million da Vinci Heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/saudi-prince-revealed-buyer-450-million-da-vinci-180967451/An investigation by David D. Kirkpatrick of the <i>New York Times</i> revealed the buyer's identityThu, 07 Dec 2017 23:24:16 +0000Australia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Jubilant Votehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-legalizes-same-sex-marriage-jubilant-vote-180967446/The first same-sex weddings will be able to take place as early as January 9Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:08:47 +0000Why Lubaina Himid's Turner Prize Win Is One for the History Bookshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lubaina-himid-oldest-person-and-first-black-woman-win-turner-prize-180967436/The 63-year-old, Zanzibar-born contemporary artist becomes the oldest person and first woman of color to win the prestigious awardThu, 07 Dec 2017 19:51:32 +0000How Marie Tussaud Created a Wax Empirehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-marie-tussaud-created-wax-empire-180967356/From France, to Britain, to the world, Tussaud's waxworks endureThu, 07 Dec 2017 17:03:00 +0000Colombia Begins the Christmas Season With These Beautiful Light Displayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colombia-begins-christmas-season-these-beautiful-light-displays-180967423/Día de las Velitas is celebrated on the day before the celebration of the Immaculate ConceptionThu, 07 Dec 2017 15:57:29 +0000The Riveting Story of an American Icon https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-rosie-riveter-got-famous-180967415/Rosie has a surprising historyThu, 07 Dec 2017 14:04:00 +0000Why the Getty Center Is the "Safest Place" For Its Priceless Collection in the Case of Disasterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-getty-center-safest-place-its-priceless-collection-if-disaster-strikes-180967441/As wildfires blaze through Southern California, the Getty's Ron Hartwig explains how the structure was built with fire in mindWed, 06 Dec 2017 22:42:32 +0000These Are the Most Instagrammed Museums of 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Parisian-Museum-most-instagrammed-2016-180967429/Selfie, selfie, in the feed—which institutions did users of the popular photo sharing site tag as the fairest of all?Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:33:07 +0000You've Seen The Washington Monument. Now See the Other Washington Monumentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dcs-washington-monument-just-one-many-180967411/Unsurprisingly, the obelisk in Washington, D.C. is not the only monument to America's first presidentWed, 06 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Ancient Maya Heritage Comes Alive...With Some Help From Google and the British Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-ancient-mayan-sites-through-eyes-alfred-maudslay-180967428/Victorian explorer Alfred Maudslay’s images are now available online for all to seeTue, 05 Dec 2017 22:02:25 +0000Indonesia Gets Its First Contemporary Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indonesia-gets-its-first-contemporary-art-museum-180967194/The inaugural exhibition of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara features 90 works by 70 artistsTue, 05 Dec 2017 18:40:44 +0000Walt Disney’s First ‘Princess’ Was A Spunky Four-Year-Oldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walt-disneys-first-princess-was-spunky-four-year-old-1-180967392/The silent ‘Alice Comedies’ ran from 1924 through 1927, predating MickeyTue, 05 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000Sweeping Mumbai Exhibition Tells the Story of India, With Help From the British Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mumbai-exhibit-tells-story-india-help-british-museum-180967370/‘India and the World’ features 124 loans from London and 104 objects from institutions across IndiaTue, 05 Dec 2017 16:45:25 +0000Civil War Reenactments Were a Thing Even During the Civil Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-war-reenactments-were-thing-even-during-civil-war-180967405/These 'practice battles' are the root of today's Civil War reenactorsTue, 05 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000After 1300 Years Abroad, the Earliest Complete Latin Bible Returns to Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-1300-years-abroad-earliest-complete-latin-bible-returns-england-180967393/The Codex Amiatinus will go on display at the British Library in 2018Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000More than 120 Academics and Artists Call for Removal of Controversial Monuments in New Yorkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-120-academics-and-artists-call-removal-controversial-monuments-new-york-180967407/The letter singles out three statues and two commemorative markers honoring contentious historical figuresMon, 04 Dec 2017 22:03:27 +0000Pioneering Political Journalist Marianne Means Has Died at Age 83https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marianne-means-pioneering-political-journalist-has-died-83-180967404/The first woman assigned to cover a president's activities on a full-time basis, Means wrote a widely syndicated column about the goings-on in WashingtonMon, 04 Dec 2017 19:37:44 +0000Researchers Investigate What Makes a Poem Popularhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-investigate-what-makes-poem-popular-180967395/A recent study found that vividness of imagery best predicted a poem's aesthetic appealMon, 04 Dec 2017 17:31:15 +0000The Memorial to Crazy Horse Has Been Under Construction For Almost 70 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/memorial-crazy-horse-has-been-under-construction-almost-70-years-180967377/But you can still visit the memorial, which is located in South DakotaMon, 04 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Exhibit of Art by Guantánamo Prisoners Prompts Pentagon Reviewhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibit-art-guantanamo-prisoners-prompts-pentagon-review-180967360/The Department of Defense has halted transfers of artworks by detaineesFri, 01 Dec 2017 21:18:52 +0000Archaeologists in California Unearth a Large Sphinx—From the Set of ‘The Ten Commandments’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-california-unearth-large-sphinx-set-ten-commandments-180967376/Director Cecil B. DeMille gave the order for the entire set be buried beneath the sand after shooting on the blockbuster concludedFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:23:00 +0000Five Things to Know About Queen Charlottehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-queen-charlotte-180967373/Before Meghan Markle, the late 18th-century Queen Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz may have been the country's first biracial royalThu, 30 Nov 2017 20:57:20 +0000‘Comfort Women’ Statue Prompts Osaka to Cut Ties with San Francisco https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comfort-women-statue-prompts-osaka-cut-ties-san-francisco-180967336/The monument pays tribute to women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothelsWed, 29 Nov 2017 22:08:16 +0000Square Dancing is Uniquely Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/square-dancing-uniquely-american-180967329/Like the culture it came from, square dance has roots in European, Native American and African practices Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000 Thank(?) Joseph Shivers For Spandexhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thank-joseph-shivers-spandex-180967335/From Spanx to space suits, spandex has shaped modern garmentsWed, 29 Nov 2017 15:27:38 +0000This Neural Network Can (Maybe) Start a Novel Better Than Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neural-network-can-maybe-start-novel-better-you-180967300/As the end of NaNoWriMo draws near, take a look at one researcher's effort to help find that perfect first lineWed, 29 Nov 2017 14:13:46 +0000Newly Discovered 235-Year-Old Watercolor Shows Off General Washington’s Wartime Tenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-known-wartime-depiction-general-washingtons-headquarters-tent-discovered-180967353/The painting offers a unique glimpse into the Revolutionary WarWed, 29 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Museum Restores North America's Longest Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-restores-longest-painting-north-america-180967348/Completed in 1848, the quarter-mile-long panorama deteriorated after it toured the country on wagons and trainsTue, 28 Nov 2017 19:54:03 +0000A Look Inside China’s Effort to Preserve Historical Mongolian Manuscriptshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-chinas-effort-preserve-historical-mongolian-manuscripts-180967346/Various projects are attempting to digitize the more than 200,000 volumes of Mongolian books and documents in the countryTue, 28 Nov 2017 18:09:37 +0000Our Cloud Names Come From a 1700s Amateur Meteorologisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-cloud-names-come-1700s-amateur-meteorologist-180967321/Luke Howard's nomenclature inspired writers as well as scientistsTue, 28 Nov 2017 14:45:00 +0000Behold the Newly Digitized 400-Year-Old Codex Quetzalecatzhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-see-400-year-old-mesoamerican-map-online-180967332/The manuscript dates back to the late 1500s, and was recently acquired by the Library of CongressMon, 27 Nov 2017 21:35:26 +0000Friction Matches Were a Boon to Those Lighting Fires–Not So Much to Matchmakershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/friction-matches-were-boon-those-lighting-firesnot-so-much-matchmakers-180967318/Those who worked in match factories were exposed to white phosphorus, which caused a debilitating and potentially deadly conditionMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:59:47 +0000The Pilgrims Weren't the First to Celebrate Thanksgivinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pilgrims-werent-first-celebrate-thanksgiving-180967310/Virginia has a claim to an earlier Christian Thanksgiving celebrationWed, 22 Nov 2017 17:50:55 +0000You Can't Get Closer to Picasso's "Guernica" Than This 436-Gigabyte Imagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-cant-get-closer-picassos-guernica-436-gigabyte-image-180967294/The new "Rethinking Guernica" website also includes 2,000 documents and photos charting the painting's 80-year historyTue, 21 Nov 2017 20:26:37 +0000100 Stolen John Lennon Items Found in Berlinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100-stolen-john-lennon-items-found-berlin-180967292/The trove of memorabilia, which was stolen from Yoko Ono, includes Lennon’s diaries, glasses and handwritten music scoresTue, 21 Nov 2017 18:56:13 +0000Why Do We Call TV Watchers ‘Viewers’?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-we-call-tv-watchers-viewers-180967293/It all goes back to a quirky BBC subcommittee working in the 1930s to change the English languageTue, 21 Nov 2017 18:28:09 +0000"Lost" 17th-Century Portrait by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo Found in a Welsh Castlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bartolome-esteban-murillos-17th-century-portrait-was-considered-lost-then-it-was-found-welsh-castle-180967290/The portrait, which depicts a Spanish writer and historian, has now been added to a Murillo exhibition in New YorkTue, 21 Nov 2017 16:13:40 +0000 Voltaire: Enlightenment Philosopher and Lottery Scammerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/voltaire-enlightenment-philosopher-and-lottery-scammer-180967265/The French government was trying to raise money by running a bond lottery, but a group of intellectuals had other ideasTue, 21 Nov 2017 14:30:00 +0000The First Thanksgiving Parades Were Riotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-thanksgiving-parades-were-riots-180967256/The Fantastics parades were occasions of sometimes-violent revelryMon, 20 Nov 2017 14:59:29 +0000