Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenWed, 22 Nov 2017 17:50:55 +0000Did Vikings Bury Their Dead in Clothing Bearing the Arabic Word for "Allah"?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-vikings-buried-their-dead-clothing-bearing-arabic-word-allah-180965262/While contact between Vikings and Muslim cultures is well documented, the interpretation of the 10th-century burial cloth has been called into questionFri, 13 Oct 2017 18:29:14 +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 +0000Presidents From Lincoln to FDR Kept the Thanksgiving Tradition Goinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanksgiving-endures-because-abraham-lincoln-180967254/Lincoln started the process of making it a federal holiday in 1863, crystallizing something that had been around since the days of the PilgrimsFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:24:06 +0000The Historic Tail of the Weeki Wachee Mermaidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-tail-weeki-wachee-mermaids-180967209/You can even learn to “mermaid” yourself, if the fancy takes youFri, 17 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0000Happy 100th Birthday to Marshmallow-Topped Sweet Potato Casserolehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-100-birthday-marshmallow-sweet-potato-180967245/Sweet potato pudding has been a part of American cuisine for a centuryFri, 17 Nov 2017 15:38:29 +0000Newly Discovered Raymond Chandler Story Skewers U.S. Healthcare Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-raymond-chandler-story-skewers-us-healthcare-system-180967253/It’s titled ‘It’s All Right – He Only Died’Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:24:58 +0000How a New Accent Overturned BBC Tradition and Messed With the Nazishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-north-england-voice-overturned-bbc-tradition-180967208/A man with the name of Wilfred Pickles brought regional dialect to the BBC as part of an anti-Nazi-propaganda strategyFri, 17 Nov 2017 14:40:00 +0000Final Piece of Hidden Magritte Masterpiece Foundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/final-piece-hidden-magritte-masterpiece-found-180967252/X-rays have revealed the last bit of "La Pose Enchantee," which the artist cut up and reused in the early 1930sFri, 17 Nov 2017 13:58:25 +0000Why Critics Are Skeptical about the Record-Smashing $450 Million da Vincihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/da-vinci-painting-sells-record-breaking-450-million-180967246/While the sale of "Salvator Mundi" has generated a considerable amount of excitement, there are doubts about its authenticityThu, 16 Nov 2017 20:10:33 +0000Lawsuit Seeks "Personhood" for Three Connecticut Elephantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lawsuit-contends-three-elephants-are-legal-persons-180967240/An animal advocacy group has filed a petition requesting that the elephants be removed from a traveling zooThu, 16 Nov 2017 19:46:22 +0000These Fall Exhibitions Explore the Origins of Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-fall-exhibitions-explore-origins-judy-chicagos-dinner-party-180967157/Brooklyn Museum and National Museum of Women in the Arts revisit the artist's celebration of unrecognized women, female bodyThu, 16 Nov 2017 17:19:22 +0000For a Few Decades in the 18th Century, Women and African-Americans Could Vote in New Jerseyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-black-people-and-women-lost-vote-new-jersey-180967186/Then some politicians got angryThu, 16 Nov 2017 16:20:00 +0000The Real-Life Story of Maria von Trapp https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/real-life-story-maria-von-trapp-180967182/'The Sound of Music' was based on the true story of her life, but took a few libertiesThu, 16 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Portrait of Lord Nelson Found, Scars and Allhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-portrait-lord-nelson-found-scars-and-all-180967205/One of many Nelson portraits by Leonardo Guzzardi, the painting has been restored to include his war wounds Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:43:16 +0000How the 1970s Created Recycling As We Know Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1970s-created-recycling-we-know-it-180967179/People recycled before then, but for different reasonsWed, 15 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Story of the Sperry Top-Siderhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-sperry-top-sider-180967175/Paul A. Sperry's innovative boat shoes were inspired by his dogTue, 14 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Year Before His Presidential Debate, JFK Foresaw How TV Would Change Politicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-jfk-had-say-about-tv-politics-180967172/Television's first iconic president was remarkably prescient on the subject of TVTue, 14 Nov 2017 13:57:00 +0000U.S. Hate Crimes Ticked Upward in 2016https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-hate-crimes-ticked-upward-2016-180967196/The latest FBI stats show a 4.6 percent rise, but crimes may be underreported by a factor of 50Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:48:08 +0000This Film Version of 'Treasure Island' Gave Us Our Image of Pirateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/film-version-treasure-island-gave-us-our-image-pirates-180967149/Avast, you lubbers!Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000Students Allied Themselves With Robin Hood During This Anti-McCarthyism Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/students-allied-themselves-robin-hood-during-1950s-anti-mccarthyism-movement-180967156/The students of the Green Feather Movement caused an on-campus controversy at Indiana UniversityMon, 13 Nov 2017 15:30:00 +0000Archivist Captures New York’s Bygone Past Through Home Movies, Historical Footage https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-landscapes-captures-new-yorks-bygone-past-through-home-movies-archival-footage-180967165/Rick Prelinger seeks to capture ephemeral portraits of city lifeFri, 10 Nov 2017 18:22:58 +0000 In the Early Years of the AIDS Epidemic, Families Got Help From an Unlikely Sourcehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-years-aids-epidemic-families-got-help-unlikely-source-180967144/'An Early Frost' was a made-for-TV movie with a purpose beyond entertainmentFri, 10 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Five Things To Know About the New Louvre Abu Dhabihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-new-louvre-abu-dhabi-180967164/It boasts an impressive rooftop, 55 buildings and a collection of more than 600 artworks—but it has been mired in controversy from the startFri, 10 Nov 2017 14:49:48 +0000Chopin’s Preserved Heart May Offer Clues About His Deathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chopins-preserved-heart-may-offer-clues-about-his-death-180967168/Scientists who recently examined the organ have suggested that Chopin died of complications from tuberculosisThu, 09 Nov 2017 20:18:43 +0000Like Condensed Milk? Try the ‘Meat Biscuit’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/condensed-milk-try-meat-biscuit-180967095/The meat biscuit was a practical idea but Gail Borden, also the inventor of condensed milk, never made it workThu, 09 Nov 2017 14:30:00 +0000The True Story of the German-Jewish High Jumper Who Was Barred From the Berlin Olympicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/true-story-german-jewish-high-jumper-who-was-barred-berlin-olympics-180967154/A new Olympic Channel documentary explores Margaret Lambert's stunted path to Olympic glory—and her resilience in the face of persecution Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:06:38 +0000Pop-Up VR Museum to Bring Dutch and Flemish Masterpieces to the Masseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-pop-vr-museum-bringing-rembrandt-dutch-and-flemish-masterpieces-art-lovers-180967106/The Kremer Museum was imagined up after its creators grew disillusioned with constraints associated with showcasing a collection in a physical buildingWed, 08 Nov 2017 19:24:14 +0000Barnes Foundation Launches Digital Gallery of Its Amazing Art Collectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barnes-foundation-launches-digital-gallery-its-amazing-impressionist-and-early-modern-collection-180967108/Historically infamous for being inaccessible to the public, the foundation has now published images of almost half of its collection onlineWed, 08 Nov 2017 18:05:21 +0000Composer Kurt Weill's Long-Forgotten “Song of the White Cheese" Discovered in Berlin Archivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-newly-discovered-song-composer-kurt-weill-180967140/Listen to the 1931 ditty, which had gone unnoticed in the collection of a little-known actressWed, 08 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Hermann Rorschach’s Artistic Obsession Led to His Famous Test https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hermann-rorschachs-artistic-obsession-led-his-famous-test-180967088/Rorschach's high school nickname was "Kleck," which means "inkblot" in GermanWed, 08 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Masterpiece of Greek Art Found in the Griffin Warrior Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/masterpiece-greek-art-found-griffin-warrior-tomb-180967141/The engraving on the Pylos Combat Agate is so tiny and intricate that it changes our understanding of what the ancient Greeks could produceTue, 07 Nov 2017 21:01:25 +0000Central Park Has No Monuments Dedicated to Real Women. That's About to Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/central-park-monuments-real-women-thats-about-to-change-180967142/The future site was dedicated during the state's centennial of women's suffrage; the State of New York also will build two statues of suffrage leadersTue, 07 Nov 2017 20:10:00 +0000The Third-Term Controversy That Gave the Republican Party Its Symbolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/third-term-controversy-gave-republican-party-its-symbol-180967079/The elephant and the donkey as symbols for America's biggest political parties date back to the 1800s and this controversyTue, 07 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000200 Artifacts of Witchcraft Cast a Spell in Cornell's “The World Bewitch’d” https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-features-200-items-cornells-witchcraft-collection-180967073/The exhibit, full of manuscripts, photographs and posters, highlights the history of witchcraft in EuropeMon, 06 Nov 2017 15:47:45 +0000John Philip Sousa Feared ‘The Menace of Mechanical Music’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-philip-sousa-feared-menace-mechanical-music-180967063/Wonder what he’d say about SpotifyMon, 06 Nov 2017 14:10:00 +0000Most Antiquities Sold Online Are Fake or Illegalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-antiquities-sold-online-are-fake-or-illegal-180967062/Social media and ISIS have combined to flood the web with thousands of questionable artifactsFri, 03 Nov 2017 17:52:01 +0000Harriet Tubman’s Canadian Church Is Struggling to Survivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harriet-tubmans-canadian-church-struggling-survive-180967061/The Salem Chapel in St. Catharines, Ontario, is in desperate need of repairsFri, 03 Nov 2017 16:10:36 +0000The Poetic Tale of Literary Outlaw Black Barthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poetic-tale-literary-outlaw-black-bart-180965356/Stagecoach robber Charles Bole took the inspiration for his pseudonym from pulp fictionFri, 03 Nov 2017 15:48:13 +0000Can a Sandwich Be Intellectual Property?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-sandwich-be-intellectual-property-180965359/This is the story of a patent war over PB&JFri, 03 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000Envisioning Vermeer, Master of Genre Painting, at the National Gallery of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/envisioning-vermeer-master-genre-painting-national-gallery-art-180967043/Exhibition explores the Dutch artist's connections with his contemporariesThu, 02 Nov 2017 19:03:18 +0000What Does Post-9/11 Art Mean? Imperial War Museum Explores the Question in 'Age of Terror'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/imperial-war-museums-age-terror-exhibition-examines-art-post-911-world-180967057/Works by Ai Weiwei, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Coco Fusco respond to contemporary violence and conflictThu, 02 Nov 2017 17:26:18 +0000Why Saudi Arabia Giving a Robot Citizenship Is Firing People Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saudi-arabia-gives-robot-citizenshipand-more-freedoms-human-women-180967007/Saudi Arabia’s newest citizen is a robot named Sophia and she already has more rights than human women who live in the countryThu, 02 Nov 2017 16:17:31 +0000Archaeologists Date Pre-Hispanic Puerto Rican Rock Art for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-date-puerto-rican-rock-art-first-time-180967050/A new analysis looks at the thousands of images found in caves on Mona Island, a spiritual hub for the Taino cultureThu, 02 Nov 2017 15:31:32 +0000New York City Is Asking Its Residents for Input on Controversial Statueshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/will-survey-quell-controversy-surrounding-new-yorks-monuments-180967039/A seven-question survey allows respondents to propose action regarding existing works, suggest new monumentsThu, 02 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000Australia Will Ban Climbing Uluru, a Sacred Indigenous Site, in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-ban-climbing-uluru-rock-sacred-indigenous-site-180967044/The long-awaited move honors Anangu beliefs, which hold that ancestral beings reside inside the rockWed, 01 Nov 2017 18:40:16 +0000The Public Can Finally See Works From the Infamous Nazi-Looted Art Trovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/works-nazi-looted-art-trove-will-be-publicly-displayed-first-time-180967020/Two exhibitions are exploring the treasures and context behind the cache of "degenerate" art uncovered in a Munich apartment in 2012Wed, 01 Nov 2017 18:15:00 +0000Revisiting the Myth of Mata Hari, From Sultry Spy to Government Scapegoat https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/revisiting-myth-mata-hari-sultry-spy-government-scapegoat-180967013/One hundred years after her death, a new exhibit is putting the spotlight on the dancer’s life and legacyWed, 01 Nov 2017 16:26:15 +0000 This New Zealand Island’s Pigeon Mail Stamps Are Still Prizedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-islands-pigeon-mail-stamps-are-still-prized-180965342/Pigeons carried correspondence between Great Barrier Island and the New Zealand mainland for about a decade in the early 20th centuryWed, 01 Nov 2017 16:14:45 +0000America's Oldest Museum of Black Culture Started in a Living Roomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-oldest-museum-black-culture-started-living-room-180965354/The DuSable Museum of African American History was founded by Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, born on this day in 1915Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:54:45 +0000Now You Can Read the Stamp-Sized Story That May Have Inspired Virginia Woolf's "Orlando"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/miniature-book-penned-virginia-woolfs-lover-and-muse-published-first-time-180967036/Vita Sackville-West's hero predates and mirrors Woolf's androgynous time-travelerWed, 01 Nov 2017 14:20:32 +0000The Creator of Sherlock Holmes Was, Like Many Victorians, Fascinated by Mormonshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-arthur-conan-doyle-fascinated-mormons-180965353/The first story featuring iconic detective Sherlock Holmes, 'A Study in Scarlet,' was published on this day in 1887—and set in Mormon UtahWed, 01 Nov 2017 14:03:00 +0000Portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots Found Hidden Beneath Another Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/portrait-mary-queen-scots-found-hidden-beneath-another-painting-180967009/The politically dangerous work was painted over by Adrian Vanson two year after the queen's executionTue, 31 Oct 2017 21:03:28 +0000Dennis Banks, Native American Civil Rights Warrior, Has Diedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dennis-banks-native-american-civil-rights-warrior-has-died-180967037/He rose to national attention after spearheading a 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, South DakotaTue, 31 Oct 2017 20:31:19 +0000Roman Mosaic, Long Used as a Coffee Table, Returned To Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-mosaic-long-used-coffee-table-returned-italy-180966968/The mosaic hails from a “pleasure ship” built by the notorious emperor Caligula Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:27:28 +0000Understanding the Doping Controversy That's Hit Sled Dog Racinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doping-controversy-comes-sled-dog-racing-180966937/Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey's dogs tested positive for banned substances, but Seavey claims it was sabotageTue, 31 Oct 2017 18:28:50 +0000Linda Nochlin, Pioneering Feminist Art Historian, Has Died https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/linda-nochlin-pioneering-feminist-art-historian-has-died-180967018/Nochlin is best known for a 1971 essay theorizing that social institutions—and not a lack of talent—held women back in the art worldTue, 31 Oct 2017 17:41:21 +0000Unpublished Harper Lee Letters Purchased at Auction Share Intimate Reflectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unpublished-harper-lee-letters-go-auction-180966967/The letters from the <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> scribe include remembrances of Hollywood celebrities, a bit of history and some sassTue, 31 Oct 2017 16:09:47 +0000Zombie Movies Are Never Really About Zombieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zombie-movies-are-never-really-about-zombies-180965321/Zombies have offered a way to work out cultural fears about everything from race to climate changeMon, 30 Oct 2017 15:20:00 +0000How New Printing Technology Gave Witches Their Familiar Silhouettehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-new-printing-technology-gave-witches-their-familiar-silhouette-180965331/Popular media helped give witches their imageMon, 30 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Getting to the Roots of "Plant Horror"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getting-roots-plant-horror-180965323/From the serious—pod people—to the farcical—”feed me, feed me!”—this genre has produced some strange stuffMon, 30 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Comic Artists Who Inspired Roy Lichtenstein Aren't Too Thrilled About Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comics-behind-roy-lichtenstein-180966994/Lichtenstein's use of comic art and styles made him one of America's most famous pop artists, but some have comic artists have a bad taste in their mouthsFri, 27 Oct 2017 13:40:00 +0000These Two Small Letters Heralded the Beginning of Online Communicationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-two-small-letters-heralded-beginning-online-communication-180965327/Their message is far more profound in retrospect than it was at the timeFri, 27 Oct 2017 13:10:00 +0000The Boston Public Library Is Digitizing 200,000 Vintage Recordingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boston-public-library-will-digitize-200000-vintage-recordings-180966931/With the help of the Internet Archive, the recordings from the Sound Archives Collection will one day be available for free streaming and downloadWed, 25 Oct 2017 20:18:13 +0000Einstein's Maxims on Life Fetch $1.8 Million at Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/einsteins-brief-maxims-life-sell-18-million-180966964/The notes were given as a tip to a Tokyo bellboy in 1922Wed, 25 Oct 2017 19:39:00 +0000This Artist Is Crowdsourcing "Singing" Sand From Around the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-crowdsourcing-sand-around-world-recreate-sound-singing-deserts-180966966/Amsterdam-based artist Lotte Geeven is making sand symphonies for a public artwork debuting next springWed, 25 Oct 2017 19:29:05 +000020 Years Ago, an Iconically Quirky St. Louis Museum Openedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/20-years-ago-iconically-quirky-st-louis-museum-opened-180966962/A veritable playhouse of salvaged materials and crafted objects, the City Museum has entertained the young and young at heart for two decadesWed, 25 Oct 2017 18:54:47 +0000This Gallery Is Dedicated to Coal Miners' Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mining-art-gallery-opens-uk-town-180965348/The Mining Art Gallery showcases works created by the thousands of miners who've lived and worked in the Great Northern CoalfieldTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:50:42 +0000How Boris Pasternak Won and Lost the Nobel Prizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-boris-pasternak-won-and-lost-nobel-prize-180965368/Today in 1958, the "Doctor Zhivago" author won the Nobel Prize, but the Soviets made sure he never got itMon, 23 Oct 2017 21:02:20 +0000Songbook From the 16th-Century Spells Out Samurai Customs, Tactics and Baby Nameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/songbook-16th-century-spells-out-samurai-customs-tactics-and-baby-names-180965361/The newly translated Japanese text offers kernels of advice to warriors who had yet to face battleMon, 23 Oct 2017 16:55:28 +0000California Becomes First State to Introduce Gender-Neutral Birth Certificateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-becomes-first-state-introduce-gender-neutral-birth-certificates-180965343/The new law also makes it easier for residents to legally change their sex designationFri, 20 Oct 2017 18:42:15 +0000Stone Age Britons Feasted While Building Stonehengehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-britons-feasted-hard-while-building-stonehenge-180965324/A new exhibit shows that the builders gorged on animals from as far away as ScotlandFri, 20 Oct 2017 16:48:25 +0000After 149 Years, Thailand's Royal Puppets Dance Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thai-royal-funeral-showcase-lost-puppetry-art-180965315/The ancient art of Hun Luang all but vanished until passionate artisans revived the style in time for the late king’s royal funeralThu, 19 Oct 2017 17:24:27 +0000"Lost" Rodin Sculpture Discovered in New Jersey Borough Hallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-rodin-sculpture-discovered-new-jersey-borough-hall-180965314/It took decades for someone to notice the artist’s signature, which was facing the wallThu, 19 Oct 2017 15:31:20 +0000Tragedy and Beauty of Nature on Display in This Year's Best Wildlife Photoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-look-2017s-best-wildlife-photos-180965311/The 16 award-winning images range from whimsical birds to the tragic aftermath of a poaching raidThu, 19 Oct 2017 14:42:24 +0000Three Things to Know About Pants-Wearing Mountaineer Annie Smith Peckhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-pants-wearing-mountaineer-annie-smith-peck-180965297/Peck wasn’t wealthy and her family, who did have money, didn’t approve of her globe-trotting, mountain-climbing, pants-wearing lifestyle Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000John Z. DeLorean Thought He Was Designing the Car of the Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-z-delorean-thought-he-was-designing-car-future-180965302/Instead its almost-instantly out-of-date styling made it a legendThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Five Things to Know About 2017 Man Booker Prize Winner George Saundershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-george-saunders-winner-2017-man-booker-prize-180965309/He becomes the second America to win for his book "Lincoln in the Bardo," an experimental ghost story that explores the grief of the 16th presidentWed, 18 Oct 2017 18:50:49 +0000Now You Can Virtually Visit Quttinirpaaq National Park, One of the Most Remote Places on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/street-view-records-canadas-most-remote-national-park-180965296/Google Street Views records the wonders of the northerly jewelWed, 18 Oct 2017 16:39:21 +0000The Real-Life Whale That Gave Moby Dick His Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/real-life-whale-inspired-moby-dick-180965282/Mocha Dick had encounters with around 100 ships before he was finally killedWed, 18 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +000025 Images Capture at-Risk Heritage Sites of the Latest World Monuments Watchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-monuments-fund-releases-list-25-risk-heritage-sites-180965300/The World Monuments Fund shines a light on landmarks in over 30 countries and territories that are in desperate need of conservationWed, 18 Oct 2017 15:19:08 +0000Smithsonian Curator Talks Barack and Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait Selectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barack-and-michelle-obama-chose-two-compelling-artists-paint-their-official-smithsonian-portraits-180965295/Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald will become the first black artists commissioned to paint a presidential couple for the SmithsonianTue, 17 Oct 2017 21:12:54 +0000The "Unlikely Historians" Who Documented America in Protesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unlikely-historians-nypd-who-documented-america-protest-180965271/A new exhibit showcases photos and films that have long been stowed away in a basement at New York Police Department's headquartersTue, 17 Oct 2017 17:12:18 +0000This Groundbreaking Astronaut and Star Trek Fan Is Now Working on Interstellar Travelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/groundbreaking-astronaut-and-star-trek-fan-now-working-interstellar-travel-180965277/Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, wants us to look beyond EarthTue, 17 Oct 2017 14:29:08 +0000How Margarita Cansino Became Rita Hayworthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-margarita-cansino-became-rita-hayworth-180965275/Hayworth navigated identity, ethnicity and transformation throughout her careerTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:40:00 +0000Richard Wilbur, Esteemed Poet and Two-Time Pulitzer Winner, Dies at 96https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richard-wilbur-esteemed-poet-and-two-time-pulitzer-winner-dies-96-180965278/He championed a formal style in an era dominated by experimental, confessional poetryMon, 16 Oct 2017 21:04:13 +0000The Cardiff Giant Was Just a Big Hoaxhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cardiff-giant-was-just-big-hoax-180965274/Even though it didn't really look much like a petrified person, spectacle-seekers flocked to view itMon, 16 Oct 2017 14:18:12 +0000Mark Twain Liked Cats Better Than Peoplehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mark-twain-liked-cats-better-people-180965265/Who wouldn't? Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000Five Things You Didn't Know About the Boy Scouts of Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-you-didnt-know-about-boy-scout-membership-180965254/The Boy Scouts will begin admitting girls next year, just one of many changes the organization has undergone over the yearsFri, 13 Oct 2017 17:53:45 +0000A Century After WWI, a Victory Garden Sows Seeds of Remembrancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-war-gardens-commemorate-100th-anniversary-wwi-180965251/The Library of Congress is playing host to heirloom vegetables and traditional growing methods that date back to 1917Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:29:20 +0000Why Is Friday the 13th Supposedly Unlucky?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-friday-13th-supposedly-unlucky-180965147/No one really knows–spooky, right? Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000U.S. Pulls Out of Unesco for the Second Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-pulls-out-unesco-second-time-180965252/Citing bias against Israel, the U.S. breaks ties with UN agency it helped foundThu, 12 Oct 2017 21:29:57 +0000App Aims to be the "Shazam" of the Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/app-aims-be-shazam-art-museum-180965199/With a database of 30 museums worldwide and growing, Smartify can use your phone camera to identify and explain works of artThu, 12 Oct 2017 18:40:40 +0000Restoration Uncovers Four Figures Hidden in 17th-Century Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-catholic-figures-found-hidden-17th-century-painting-reformation-leaders-180965174/The discovery sheds new light on the painting’s anti-Catholic message Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:35:02 +0000These Were the First Cookbooks Published By Black People in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-were-first-cookbooks-published-black-people-america-180965175/These cookbooks and domestic guides offer historians a window into the experiences and tastes of black Americans in the 1800sWed, 11 Oct 2017 19:49:16 +0000Why an Irish Stamp Has Reignited a Decades-Old Debate About Che Guevara’s Controversial Legacyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-irish-stamp-honoring-che-guevara-has-controversial-legacy-180965191/The commemorative stamp was issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the guerrilla revolutionaryWed, 11 Oct 2017 16:44:24 +0000How Eleanor Roosevelt and Henrietta Nesbitt Transformed the White House Kitchenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-eleanor-roosevelt-and-henrietta-nesbitt-transformed-white-house-kitchen-180965159/The kitchen was new, but by all accounts it didn't help the cookingWed, 11 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000There Never Were 57 Varieties of Heinz Ketchup https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-never-were-57-varieties-heinz-ketchup-180965158/The '57' doesn't actually refer to <I>anything</i>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:30:00 +0000Exhibit Sheds New Light on Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-looks-behind-and-beneath-famed-renoir-painting-180965178/More than 130 years after it was completed, "Renoir and Friends" returns to the famed paintingTue, 10 Oct 2017 18:01:54 +0000The Sweet Story of the Berlin Candy Bomberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sweet-story-berlin-candy-bomber-180965156/Gail Halvorsen's efforts made children happy but they also provided the U.S. military with an opportunityTue, 10 Oct 2017 15:53:22 +0000Agoraphobic Photographer Captures the World With Some Help From Google Street Viewhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/travel-photography-just-laptop-180965145/A new exhibition shows how Jacqui Kenny has photographed stunning images of the planet without leaving her London homeMon, 09 Oct 2017 17:41:20 +0000The Sharp Rise and Steep Descent of AOL Instant Messengerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pioneering-aol-instant-messenger-end-180965152/The free instant messaging service introduced millions to the joys of online communication, but it fell behind in the social media ageFri, 06 Oct 2017 20:05:27 +0000International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins Nobel Peace Prizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-campaign-abolish-nuclear-weapons-wins-nobel-peace-prize-180965146/The grassroots coalition spearheaded a U.N. treaty to outlaw nuclear arms and hopes to make them taboo, like chemical weaponsFri, 06 Oct 2017 16:24:15 +0000Using 18th-Century Writings and Illustrations, Scientists Model an Ancient Magnetic Stormhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modeling-ancient-solar-storm-180965132/The vibrant aurora lit up the night sky over the city of Kyoto, Japan, some 250 years agoThu, 05 Oct 2017 19:56:37 +0000 ‘Why ‘The Family Circus’ Was Always So Sentimentalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-family-circus-was-always-so-sentimental-180965114/Cartoonist Bil Keane landed on a formula that worked and he stuck to itThu, 05 Oct 2017 15:59:15 +0000What to Know About Literature's Newest Nobel Winner British Novelist Kazuo Ishigurohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-novelist-kazuo-ishiguro-wins-nobel-prize-literature-180965136/The author of <i>The Remains of the Day</i> and seven other books explores themes of memory, time and self-deceptionThu, 05 Oct 2017 15:26:34 +0000Even Colonial Americans Liked Pumpkin Spicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-colonial-americans-liked-pumpkin-spice-180965134/A recipe for pumpkin (or rather, “pompkin”) spice appears in America’s oldest cookbookThu, 05 Oct 2017 14:38:22 +0000People in the 1800s Dreamed of Bicycling on Waterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-1800s-dreamed-bicycling-water-180965107/Despite numerous patents, nothing really ever came of this fadThu, 05 Oct 2017 13:09:00 +0000The Founder of Primal Scream Therapy Has Died. What Exactly Is Primal Scream Therapy?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/founder-primal-scream-therapy-has-died-what-exactly-180965126/Arthur Janov believed encountering trauma from childhood could help free people from adult neurosesThu, 05 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Turkey Claims It's Found Saint Nicholas' Crypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkey-claims-its-found-st-nicholas-crypt-180965116/Archaeologists say the body was not stolen by crusaders in the 11th century and is still located below a church in DemreWed, 04 Oct 2017 20:08:29 +0000World's Largest Online Database of Jewish Art Preserves At-Risk Heritage Objectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-database-jewish-art-preserves-risk-heritage-objects-180965103/Take a tour through the Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art, which contains more than 260,000 entries from 41 countriesWed, 04 Oct 2017 15:30:26 +0000Revel in the Big Details of Tiny Things With These Prize-Winning Imageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/best-photographs-microscopic-world-180965104/Skin cells, tape worms and fuzzy mold are among this years top photosWed, 04 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Hemingway's Earliest Piece of Fiction Discoveredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hemingways-earliest-piece-fiction-discovered-180965098/The phony travelogue describes a trip from his home in Illinois across the Atlantic to Ireland and ScotlandWed, 04 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ancient Statue Damaged by ISIS Resurrected in Damascushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-statue-damaged-isis-resurrected-damascus-180965091/Palmyra's Lion of Al-lāt, as the statue is known, once adorned the temple of a pre-Islamic goddess Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:05:46 +0000The Most 'Realistic' Civil War Novel Was Written Three Decades After It Endedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-realistic-civil-war-novel-180965077/By an author who wasn't even alive when it occurredTue, 03 Oct 2017 14:51:00 +0000You Can Now Read Five Newly Discovered Kurt Vonnegut Short Storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-unpublished-vonnegut-short-stories-released-180965084/Written early in the author's careers, the works were recently unearthed in his archivesMon, 02 Oct 2017 20:11:50 +0000In a First, Archival-Quality Performances Are Preserved in DNAhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-rare-music-performances-archived-dna-180965088/Songs by Miles Davis and Deep Purple at the Montreux Jazz Festival will live on in the ultra-compact, long-lasting formatMon, 02 Oct 2017 18:58:03 +0000Germany Celebrates Its First Same-Sex Marriageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-celebrates-its-first-same-sex-marriages-180965087/The country’s marriage equality law, which was passed in June, went into effect on SundayMon, 02 Oct 2017 16:59:24 +0000The Hollywood Star Who Confronted the AIDS 'Silent Epidemic'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hollywood-star-who-confronted-aids-silent-epidemic-180965059/Rock Hudson died of AIDS-related complications on this day in 1985Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000How a Controversial European Architect Shaped New Yorkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-controversial-european-architect-shaped-new-york-180965073/Le Corbusier's ideas arguably helped shape the city more than his own designsMon, 02 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000This 17th-Century "Women's Petition Against Coffee" Probably Wasn't About Women, or Coffeehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-pro-temperance-women-who-crusaded-against-coffee-180965039/It probably wasn't written by angry, sex-deprived wives–although stranger things have happenedMon, 02 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Perks and Pitfalls of Being a Nobel Laureate: Early Mornings, Performance Anxietyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perks-and-pitfalls-being-nobel-laureate-early-mornings-performance-anxiety-180965042/On the plus side, at UC Berkeley you get free parkingMon, 02 Oct 2017 13:33:54 +0000Da Vinci Had a Hand in the "Naked Mona Lisa"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/da-vinci-had-hand-naked-mona-lisa-180965079/A preliminary study suggests the master painter worked on the drawing called the "Mona Vanna"Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon Sells for $35 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/book-mormon-manuscript-purchased-record-35-million-180965075/Adjusting for inflation, Bill Gates’ $30.8 million purchase of Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester in 1994 remains the most expensive manuscript saleFri, 29 Sep 2017 19:49:23 +0000Competition Wants You to Turn Cultural Heritage Into GIFshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-turn-vintage-images-gifs-180965069/The latest round of "GIF It Up" seeks the best GIFs made from public domain prints, photos, paintings and moreFri, 29 Sep 2017 15:39:02 +0000Hugh Hefner's Legacy as Told Through National Portrait Gallery Artifactshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hugh-hefners-complicated-legacy-180965068/Three objects explore the complicated and controversial life of the late founder of the Playboy empireFri, 29 Sep 2017 14:39:11 +0000New York Village Changes Controversial Seal Showing a White Settler Wrestling a Native American https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-village-changes-controversial-seal-showing-white-settler-wrestling-native-american-180965060/The seal was widely mocked and criticized after villagers voted against changing it last yearFri, 29 Sep 2017 14:33:13 +0000Why Coco Chanel Created the Little Black Dresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-coco-chanel-created-lbd-180965024/The style icon created a... well.... style icon in 1926Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:33:34 +0000Your Mocha is Named After the Birthplace of the Coffee Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-mocha-named-after-birthplace-coffee-trade-180965016/The port city of Mocha, in Yemen, was once a vast coffee marketplaceFri, 29 Sep 2017 13:04:38 +0000Degas' Rare Sculptures Are Stuffed With Wine Corkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/degas-rare-sculptures-are-stuffed-wine-corks-1-180965057/X-rays show the artist fleshed out his wax and clay personal projects with bits and pieces found around the studioFri, 29 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000What to Know About the Controversy Surrounding the Chinese Art Exhibit Coming to the Guggenheimhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/questions-animal-cruelty-artistic-freedom-swirl-over-guggenheim-exhibit-180965045/As questions of animal cruelty, artistic freedom swirl, three major works were pulled from "Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World"Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:33:04 +0000Why You Should Appreciate the Invention of the Bendy Strawhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-appreciate-bendy-straw-180965014/It's the straw that bends, not the personThu, 28 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Saudi Women Win the Right to Drivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saudi-women-win-right-drive-180965037/Next June, women in the ultra-patriarchal society will become the last in the world to receive driver's licensesWed, 27 Sep 2017 17:22:26 +0000Watch a Dinosaur Opera at New York's American Museum of Natural Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-opera-all-about-dinosaur-art-180965026/Sink your teeth into the family friendly “Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt” Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:14:59 +0000A Sixteenth-Century Hot Date Might Include a Trip to the Dissecting Theaterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixteenth-century-hot-date-might-include-trip-dissecting-theater-180964999/Anatomy theaters were an early site for science as spectacleWed, 27 Sep 2017 15:05:00 +0000Africa’s Largest Contemporary Art Museum Opens in Cape Townhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/africas-largest-contemporary-art-museum-opens-cape-town-180965018/But some critics have questioned whether the institution adequately represents black African artistsTue, 26 Sep 2017 17:46:51 +0000Watch This AI Turn Sketches into Masterpieceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-ai-turn-sketches-masterpieces-180965007/Trained on the 'history of human art,' this system can transform your scribblesTue, 26 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Explore the High Fashion of Explorationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-fashion-exploration-180964946/From the Arctic to the Moon, a new exhibit shows how the outfits of exploration have impacted the outfits of the runwayMon, 25 Sep 2017 20:19:11 +0000Museum Devoted to Street Art Opens in Berlinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-devoted-street-art-opens-berlin-180964917/The façade of the five-story building is covered in large muralsMon, 25 Sep 2017 16:35:22 +0000Check Out This Awesome Trilobite Corn Mazehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-awesome-trilobite-corn-maze-180964997/The elaborate Wisconsin maze honors the state's geologic historyMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:07:39 +0000This Ambitious Young Sculptor Gave Us A Lincoln For the Capitolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ambitious-young-sculptor-gave-us-lincoln-capitol-180964974/Vinnie Ream was the first female artist commissioned to create a work of art for the U.S. governmentMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Amidst Heated Criticism, Queer Art Exhibition Is Shuttered in Brazil https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amidst-heated-criticism-queer-art-exhibition-shuttered-brazil-180964910/Protestors accused the exhibit of promoting pedophilia, bestiality, pornography and blasphemyMon, 25 Sep 2017 14:22:36 +0000