Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenWed, 18 Jul 2018 20:55:12 +0000Plans for the Emanuel Nine Memorial Unveiled https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plans-emanuel-ame-memorial-unveiled-180969671/The monument to the nine black parishioners slain in Charleston in 2015 will include two wing-like benches that arc around a marble fountainWed, 18 Jul 2018 20:55:12 +0000NYC Fireboat Rebranded in Vibrant Dazzle Camouflage to Commemorate WWIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nyc-fireboat-rebranded-vibrant-dazzle-camouflage-commemorate-wwi-180969683/Vessels cloaked in clashing colors, patterns attempted to confuse U-boat commanders by distorting their perception of a ship’s speed, size and locationWed, 18 Jul 2018 16:45:58 +0000Professor Discovers ‘Lost’ Stanley Kubrick Screenplayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/professor-discovers-lost-stanley-kubrick-screenplay-180969660/Kubrick wrote the script for <i>Burning Love</i> in 1956, but the film never made it to the big screenTue, 17 Jul 2018 15:31:52 +0000This Is What Robotic Art Looks Like in 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-what-robotic-art-2018-180969656/The 2018 RobotArt competition fielded more than 100 submissions entered by 19 teams from all over the worldTue, 17 Jul 2018 14:49:06 +0000Preserved Māori Head Returns to New Zealandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-museum-returns-preserved-maori-head-new-zealand-180969634/The sacred items were once widely collected by Europeans. In recent years, New Zealand has worked to secure the repatriation of these ancestral remainsMon, 16 Jul 2018 21:02:33 +0000Man With World's Longest Fingernails Finally Gets a Manicurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-worlds-longest-fingernails-finally-gets-manicure-180969633/After growing out the nails on his left hand for 66 years, Shridhar Chillal has sold the 31 feet of keratin to Ripley's Believe It Or NotFri, 13 Jul 2018 18:47:36 +0000Researchers Unlock Secrets of Basel Papyrushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-unlock-secrets-basel-papyrus-now-identified-late-antiquity-medical-document-180969625/Now identified as a late antiquity medical document, the 2,000-year-old papyrus describes the phenomenon of female "hysterical apnea"Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:06:25 +0000Earthquake Reveals 12th-Century Temple Hidden Within Aztec Pyramidhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earthquake-reveals-12th-century-temple-hidden-within-aztec-pyramid-180969619/The structure, which lay buried beneath two Aztec temples for centuries, is dedicated to the rain god TlálocThu, 12 Jul 2018 19:07:30 +0000The Parisian Bistro Is Disappearinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parisian-bistro-disappearing-180969608/And one bistro owner is on a mission to save themThu, 12 Jul 2018 15:42:57 +0000Thousands of Unseen Photos Featuring Andy Warhol and Celebrity Pals to Be Digitizedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-unseen-photos-featuring-andy-warhol-and-celebrity-pals-will-be-digitized-featured-exhibition-and-monograph-180969574/The trove of the pop artist’s personal snapshots includes 130,000 frames, which will also be featured in an upcoming show and monographWed, 11 Jul 2018 14:43:04 +0000Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-used-particle-accelerator-unearth-tarnished-19th-century-daguerreotype-portraits-180969585/Using an experimental X-ray fluorescence process, researchers mapped contours of the plates and produced digital copies of images previously lost to timeTue, 10 Jul 2018 18:07:04 +0000The EU Mulls Ditching Daylight Saving Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europe-mulls-ditching-daylight-saving-time-180969572/The European Commission is polling citizens about whether the 28-nation bloc should keep springing forward and falling back each yearMon, 09 Jul 2018 19:15:01 +0000Rare Photographs Put Focus on Egyptians Who Worked Alongside Carter to Excavate Tutankhamun's Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-photographs-featuring-tutankhamuns-tomb-now-display-cambridge-180969565/Harry Burton’s 3,400 snapshots document rich array of artifacts, unseen Egyptians who contributed to the Egyptologist Howard Carter's great discoveryMon, 09 Jul 2018 16:45:57 +0000Rare Landscape Attributed to Lucian Freud Discovered Underneath Another Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-landscape-attributed-lucian-freud-discovered-beneath-painting-artists-friend-180969552/Freud's friend, the little-known artist Tom Wright appears to have recycled a canvas that was left unfinished by the famed portraitistFri, 06 Jul 2018 14:51:15 +0000Two Florence Museums Are Tracing the City's 500-Year Connection to Islamic Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/joint-exhibition-shows-florence-medici-familys-connections-islamic-world-180969553/The Uffizi explores East-West interactions between the 15th and 17th centuries; the Bargello features donations from 19th- and 20th-century collectorsThu, 05 Jul 2018 20:43:01 +0000Stock Photo Agencies Agree to Pull ‘Unnatural’ Images of Primateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stock-photo-agencies-agree-pull-unnatural-images-primates-180969541/PETA had lobbied against images that perpetuate harmful misconceptions about the animalsThu, 05 Jul 2018 14:43:48 +0000How a "Sultry" Statue of Liberty Cost the U.S. Post Office More Than $3.5 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-sultry-statue-liberty-cost-post-office-35-million-180969539/A sculptor was awarded millions in royalties after the USPS accidentally used an image of his Las Vegas replica on a 2010 postage stampTue, 03 Jul 2018 19:13:20 +0000Arsenic-Laced Books Discovered in University Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arsenic-laced-books-discovered-university-library-180969527/During the Victorian era, the toxin was commonly found hidden in wallpaper, paints and dyes Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:32:37 +0000Automata History Comes Alive in the 'Marvellous Mechanical Museum'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/automata-move-clockwork-marvellous-mechanical-museum-180969514/The new exhibition at Compton Verney features a Fabergé elephant with swinging trunk and a gigantic kinetic sculpture by Rowland EmettMon, 02 Jul 2018 20:05:29 +0000Daisy Kadibil’s Story of Escape Called Attention to the "Stolen Generations" of Aboriginal Australianshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/daisy-kadibil-aboriginal-australian-who-escaped-assimilation-camp-has-died-95-180969489/Kadibil, who died at the age of 95, had her incredible odyssey recounted in the acclaimed 2002 film ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:14:18 +0000The Man Who Believed Nudity Should Be a Civil Righthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turner-v-stokes-leader-nudist-movement-has-died-90-180969475/Turner V. Stokes, who died on Saturday at the age of 90, advocated for nudists' ability to go about sans clothingFri, 29 Jun 2018 16:41:15 +0000Restorationist Botches 16th-Century Spanish Statue of Sainthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curious-george-restorationists-botch-500-year-old-spanish-statue-saint-180969471/Reports indicate a local priest hired an art teacher to restore the polychromatic wooden statue, with cartoonish resultsWed, 27 Jun 2018 20:07:37 +0000David Goldblatt, the South African Photographer Who Documented Life Under Apartheid, Has Died at 87https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/david-goldblatt-south-african-photographer-who-documented-life-under-apartheid-has-died-1-180969453/He did not rush to the frontlines of violent events, but instead photographed everyday scenes of racial discrimination Wed, 27 Jun 2018 16:46:56 +0000Is This Painted Tile Da Vinci’s Earliest Known Work?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painted-tile-da-vincis-earliest-known-work-180969445/Two Italian scholars believe the tile was painted by the Renaissance master in 1471, but other experts are not convincedTue, 26 Jun 2018 18:13:30 +0000Interactive, Digital Art Museum Opens in Tokyohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interactive-digital-art-museum-opens-tokyo-180969439/Touch digital birds, sip flower tea and more at the world's largest digital art museumMon, 25 Jun 2018 14:49:01 +0000Take a 3D Tour Through Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Westhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-3d-tour-through-frank-lloyd-wrights-taliesin-west-180969425/New state-of-the-art scans allow virtual visits to the architect's winter home and gives conservators detailed blueprintsThu, 21 Jun 2018 18:56:42 +0000New York Is Building a New Monument to Women’s History—And It Wants the Public’s Helphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-building-new-monument-womens-historyand-it-wants-publics-help-180969424/A new initiative titled She Built NYC is asking New Yorkers to recommend potential subjects for the monumentThu, 21 Jun 2018 17:20:05 +0000Charleston, South Carolina, Formally Apologizes for Its Role in the Slave Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/charleston-formally-apologizes-its-role-slave-trade-180969415/Some 40 percent of enslaved Africans entered the country through Charleston Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:12:29 +0000Stolen Christopher Columbus Letter Returned to Vatican, But Mystery Persistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stolen-copy-christopher-columbus-letter-returned-vatican-180969399/The letter, which had been printed in 1493, was replaced with a convincing fake—and investigators still don’t know who committed the crimeTue, 19 Jun 2018 13:26:10 +0000Mountaintop Museum Highlights the History of Bond—James Bondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mountaintop-museum-highlights-history-bondjames-bond-180969377/The new 007 Elements museum is built into the top of an Alpine mountain and features a full-size airplane from the movie <i>Spectre</i>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000This Town In Kansas Has Its Own Unique Accenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/town-kansas-unique-accent-180969390/Immigration over the last 40 years has all the young people in town speaking English with a slightly Latin feelMon, 18 Jun 2018 18:14:56 +0000The Getty Is Fighting to Keep a Rare Greek Bronzehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getty-fighting-keep-rare-greek-bronze-180969384/An Italian magistrate has ordered that the statue, which was discovered in the Adriatic Sea by Italian fishermen, be returned to ItalyFri, 15 Jun 2018 17:55:51 +0000Historic California Ghost Town Is Up For Salehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-ghost-town-sale-180969322/Cerro Gordo was once a lively mining town Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:22:00 +0000'HALO' Makes Art Out of Subatomic Particle Collisions at Art Baselhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/particle-collisions-transform-kaleidoscopic-light-sound-immersion-art-basel-180969367/The site-specific installation by British artist duo Semiconductor revisits the universe’s first momentsThu, 14 Jun 2018 15:57:16 +0000Why Artists Have so Much Trouble Painting Lightninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-artists-have-so-much-trouble-painting-lightning-180969323/A new study compares painted versus photographed depictions of lightning bolts' offshooting branchesThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:46:57 +0000How to Hear the Met’s Historic Instruments' Singular Soundshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-streaming-swan-songs-mets-historic-instruments-180969297/New audio recordings by the museum feature roughly 40 instruments, from Ming dynasty lute to the world’s oldest surviving pianoThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:09:18 +0000The Unheralded Legacy of Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Cottonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-rights-pioneer-dorothy-cotton-has-died-180969361/The late activist helped organize the Birmingham marches and educated the disenfranchised about their constitutional rightsWed, 13 Jun 2018 20:05:46 +0000Why Macedonia's Government Agreed to Change the Country's Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/macedonia-agrees-change-its-name-bringing-end-decades-long-conflict-greece-180969360/The country will now be known as the Republic of North Macedonia, bringing an end to a decades-long conflict with GreeceWed, 13 Jun 2018 18:50:46 +0000How the Brits Refuted Nazi Germany’s ‘Degenerate Art' Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-brits-refuted-nazi-germanys-degenerate-art-exhibition-180969359/The 1938 show celebrated works by German Expressionists, defended artists on world stageWed, 13 Jun 2018 18:07:35 +0000The Odyssey of the World's Largest Freshwater Pearlhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/collector-pay-big-bucks-worlds-largest-freshwater-pearl-180969235/The gem, which was was recently bought at auction, was likely found in China in the 1700s and was once owned by Russia's Catherine the GreatTue, 12 Jun 2018 20:23:36 +0000The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Will Give Away Its Trove of Artworks and Archiveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/roy-lichtenstein-foundation-giving-away-huge-trove-artworks-and-archives-180969281/The Whitney Museum has been gifted 400 works by the famed pop artist, while the Smithsonian Archives of American Art will receive half a million documentsTue, 12 Jun 2018 18:25:34 +0000The V&A Wants Your Help Locating Vintage Mary Quant Designshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/v-turns-public-search-vintage-mary-quant-clothing-180969290/The Welsh fashion designer pioneered high street fashion, popularizing bright patterns, miniskirts and hot pantsMon, 11 Jun 2018 20:58:44 +0000Could This Sculpted Head Depict a Little-Known Biblical King?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-sculpted-head-depict-little-known-biblical-king-180969302/Archaeologists uncovered the enigmatic two-inch head at Abel Beth Maacah, site of an ancient crossroadsMon, 11 Jun 2018 20:21:28 +0000Step Into Scotland With Immersive AR Apphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/step-scotlands-natural-historic-wonders-immersive-ar-app-180969270/Portal AR allows users to traverse Britain’s highest peak, roam the halls of Edinburgh Castle and enjoy whiskey at Highlands distilleryMon, 11 Jun 2018 20:06:36 +0000The Archives of Historic Black Newspapers Are Going Digitalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-archives-historic-black-newspapers-180969292/The Obsidian Collection is collaborating with Google Arts & Culture to ensure the journalism is preserved for many years to comeMon, 11 Jun 2018 17:24:53 +0000High-Tech Scanning Shows Picasso's Blue Period Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-tech-scans-show-picassos-blue-period-evolution-180969274/A new study of "La Soupe" reveals it underwent as many as 13 layers of revisionMon, 11 Jun 2018 17:12:30 +0000"Lost" John Coltrane Album to Be Releasedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-john-coltrane-album-be-released-180969291/<i>Both Directions At Once</i> was recorded in 1963 by the classic quartet and reveals Coltrane's journey from melodic standards to avant-garde jazzFri, 08 Jun 2018 20:42:26 +0000At Least 110 Confederate Monuments and Symbols Have Been Removed Since 2015https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/least-110-confederate-monuments-and-symbols-have-been-removed-2015-180969254/But more than 1700 remain, including 772 monuments, more than 300 of which are located in Georgia, North Carolina and VirginiaFri, 08 Jun 2018 19:39:12 +0000Sink Your Teeth Into Chicago’s New Hot Dog Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sink-your-teeth-chicagos-new-hot-dog-museum-180969228/The Vienna Beef company is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a meaty display of memorabilia Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:21:24 +0000"Hidden" Attic in Westminster Abbey Is Opening as a Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-attic-westminster-abbey-opening-museum-180969209/Visitors can view more than 300 relics from the Abbey’s 1,000-year history <i>and</i> peer out at one of the best views in EuropeThu, 07 Jun 2018 15:59:49 +0000What to Know About This Weekend's Centennial British Suffrage Marchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/banners-co-created-female-inmates-be-featured-centennial-british-suffrage-march-180969252/About 45,000 women are expected to participate in four-city procession—projected to be one of the largest collective art events in British historyThu, 07 Jun 2018 15:11:15 +0000Tate Britain Confronts the Aftershocks of World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tate-britain-confronts-emotional-physical-aftershocks-world-war-one-180969243/The museum's newest exhibition explores how British, German and French artists struggle to comprehend bloody conflictWed, 06 Jun 2018 15:02:07 +0000Miss America Is Ditching Its Swimsuit Competition https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/miss-america-ditching-its-swimsuit-competition-180969249/The pageant was founded as a 'bathing beauty' contest. But even in its earlier days, contestants did not always conform to the swimsuit portion happilyTue, 05 Jun 2018 20:41:37 +0000New Clues Emerge in Search for Stolen Caravaggio https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-mobster-offers-clues-search-stolen-caravaggio-180969231/The nativity scene taken from Sicilian chapel in 1969 may have ended up in SwitzerlandMon, 04 Jun 2018 20:21:48 +0000Holey Swiss: Man Breaks Record in British Downhill Cheese Racehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-breaks-record-british-downhill-cheese-race-180969236/Fromage fiends have been participating in this unusual tradition for centuriesMon, 04 Jun 2018 20:20:28 +0000This Is America’s Fastest-Growing Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-fastest-growing-city-180969215/Census data reveals the cities in the United States experiencing population boomsMon, 04 Jun 2018 17:09:58 +0000Expert Says He's Found New Clues Into Location of Long-Lost Frida Kahlo Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/expert-finds-clue-location-long-lost-frida-kahlo-painting-180969225/‘La Mesa Herida’ was last seen in Poland in 1955Fri, 01 Jun 2018 18:52:19 +0000Remains of 14th-Century Village in New Zealand Tells Tales of Māori Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14th-century-maori-village-found-along-new-zealands-south-pacific-coastline-180969219/The excavation, which unearthed moa bones and stone tools, helps fill a gap for researchersFri, 01 Jun 2018 17:24:21 +0000X-Rays Show That Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Will One Day Wilthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-van-goghs-sunflowers-will-wilt-180969224/A new analysis shows that half of the canvas held in Amsterdam is painted with pigments that darken with exposure to UV lightFri, 01 Jun 2018 16:56:11 +0000The First Phase of San Antonio’s 'Latino High Line' Is Now Open https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-phase-san-antonios-latino-high-line-now-open-180969214/San Pedro Creek became a physical and metaphorical barrier between the city’s white and Latino residents. This project is looking to change thatFri, 01 Jun 2018 15:02:08 +0000Ida O’Keeffe Is Finally Getting Her First Solo Museum Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dallas-exhibition-puts-focus-artwork-georgia-okeeffes-sister-180969210/Georgia O’Keeffe’s younger sister was also an artist, and this fall the Dallas Museum of Art is bringing her work into the spotlightFri, 01 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000For the First Time, See Historically Excluded Black Folk Artists at the Methttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/met-exhibition-features-historically-excluded-group-black-assemblage-artists-180969179/'History Refused to Die' shows off the masterful works made by self-taught artists from the American SouthThu, 31 May 2018 18:25:38 +0000Man Attacks Ivan the Terrible Painting, Blames Vodkahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-attacks-ivan-terrible-painting-blames-vodka-180969198/The painting has been a focal point of recent debate around the notorious tsar’s imageWed, 30 May 2018 17:06:18 +0000See Georgia O’Keeffe’s Little-Known Hawaii Paintings Blossom Next to Real Plantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/georgia-okeeffes-little-knwon-hawaii-paintings-blossom-botanical-exhibition-180969177/The show at the New York Botanical Gardens features 300 Hawaiian plant typesWed, 30 May 2018 15:34:25 +0000Explore Google's Sweeping Retrospective on Frida Kahlo’s Life and Legacy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-launches-sweeping-retrospective-frida-kahlos-life-and-legacy-180969173/'Faces of Frida' lets visitors interact with paintings, letters, photographs and other artifacts connected to the iconic artistFri, 25 May 2018 16:15:06 +0000New Exhibition Serves Up 150 Years of Canadian Culinary Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-delves-canadas-unique-culinary-history-180969150/'Mixed Messages: Making and Shaping Culinary Culture in Canada' features cookbooks, photos and artifacts from the 1820s to the 1960s Fri, 25 May 2018 10:00:00 +0000Seattle’s Iconic Space Needle Unveils New Look After $100 Million Renovationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seattles-iconic-building-unveils-new-look-after-100-million-renovation-180969131/The update allows visitors to experience 360-degree views of the city from the observation deckThu, 24 May 2018 17:34:49 +0000Tape-Removing Gel May Be a Game Changer for Art Restorationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-tape-removing-gel-may-have-revealed-michelangelo-180969154/The newly developed hydrogel helps dissolve tape adhesive, one of the stickiest challenges for art conservation and restoration expertsThu, 24 May 2018 10:00:00 +0000Brush up on Your Scuba Certification—This Florida Museum Is Entirely Underwaterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coral-creatures-and-culture-floridas-underwater-museum-art-180969064/The Underwater Museum of Art will permanently exhibit seven sculptures in the Gulf coastal waters off Walton County, FloridaTue, 22 May 2018 20:51:41 +0000