Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 21 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000More Than 700 Lincoln Collectibles Are Set to Go on Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-700-lincoln-collectibles-are-set-go-auction-180970323/Historian Harold Holzer amassed his extraordinary collection of lithographs, prints and assorted Lincolniana over the course of half a centuryFri, 21 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000American Woman Sets New Bicycle Speed Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-woman-sets-new-bicycle-speed-record-180970329/Cyclist Denise Mueller-Korenek hit 183.932 MPH while drafting behind a drag racer in Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats, besting the previous record of 167 mphThu, 20 Sep 2018 16:05:22 +00005Pointz Graffiti Revived at New Museum of Street Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/5pointz-graffiti-revived-new-museum-street-art-180970322/A 20-story stairwell at a Manhattan Hotel brings together the works of street artists who worked at the now-demolished 5Pointz outdoor galleryThu, 20 Sep 2018 14:04:10 +0000Real Planet Discovered Where Vulcan Home World in "Star Trek" Is Sethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/real-planet-discovered-where-vulcan-home-world-star-trek-set-180970335/"Fascinating, Captain"Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:54:00 +0000Elon Musk Is Sending a Japanese Billionaire to the Moon, and He’s Taking a Group of Artists With Himhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elon-musk-sending-japanese-billionaire-moon-and-hes-taking-group-artists-him-180970333/Yusaku Maezawa hopes to recruit six to eight artists for the week-long mission, which is expected to launch as early as 2023Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:10:25 +0000Why the Legend of Medieval Pope Joan Persistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-coins-suggest-legendary-female-pope-may-have-existed-after-all-180970297/The mythical female pope is back in the news as an academic uses medieval coins to look for physical evidence of her reignWed, 19 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Docs Show Shakespeare's Father Had Legal and Financial Trouble Throughout the Bard's Teen Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/docs-show-shakespeares-father-had-legal-and-financial-trouble-throughout-his-teen-years-180970299/Twenty-one documents found in the U.K.'s National Archives add context to the Bard's feelings toward power and monarchyTue, 18 Sep 2018 15:55:22 +0000Delacroix, the Visionary Romantic Artist, Gets First Major North American Retrospective https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/delacroix-visionary-romantic-artist-gets-his-first-north-american-retrospective-180970291/A new exhibition at the Met features nearly 150 of Delacroix’s paintings, drawings and prints Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:08:45 +0000Her 3,000-Year-Old Bones Showed Unusual Signs of Wear. It Turns Out, She Was a Master Ceramicisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-female-artisan-whose-masterful-ceramics-defied-ancient-greek-gender-norms-180970288/After analyzing the woman’s skeleton, researchers unlocked her past as an ancient Greek artisanFri, 14 Sep 2018 17:50:37 +0000Before There Was Streaming, the Victorians Had "Magic Lanterns"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victorian-magic-lanterns-were-19th-century-version-netflix-180970286/New research finds these early image projectors, which brought world landmarks, fairytale favorites to life, were a regular part of middle-class lifeFri, 14 Sep 2018 15:40:53 +0000Five Ways Cultural Institutions, Landmarks and Zoos Are Prepping for Hurricane Florencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-ways-souths-cultural-institutions-landmarks-are-preparing-hurricane-florence-180970283/Many museums are closing their doors, while zoos and aquariums are moving their animals indoorsThu, 13 Sep 2018 18:14:52 +0000Cornelius Wasn’t the Only Gurlitt Sibling to Inherit Nazi-Looted Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cornelius-wasnt-only-gurlitt-sibling-inherit-nazi-looted-art-180970270/Nicoline Benita Renate Gurlitt received 18 works from her father’s trove of stolen art, and four of these works were just returned to their rightful ownersThu, 13 Sep 2018 14:25:06 +0000British Museum Traces History of Dissent From Ancient Egypt to Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-traces-history-dissent-ancient-egypt-today-180970258/'I Object: Ian Hislop’s Search for Dissent' span centuries, continentsWed, 12 Sep 2018 20:07:27 +0000Bloomsbury Group’s Countryside Hub Opens to Visitors Year-Roundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bloomsbury-groups-countryside-hub-opens-visitors-year-round-180970216/A new expansion has helped the Charleston Museum overcome conservation and space concerns that once forced it to shut down during winterWed, 12 Sep 2018 16:58:05 +0000Excavations at Medieval Vyborg Castle Reveal Secrets of "Hidden" Passagewayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-game-board-unearthed-hidden-chamber-medieval-vyborg-castle-180970246/The finds include a game board etched into the surface of a clay brick that was likely used to play a variation of the strategy game nine men’s morrisTue, 11 Sep 2018 16:03:55 +0000Was Mona Lisa's Enigmatic Smile Caused by a Thyroid Condition?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mona-lisa-may-have-had-thyroid-disorder-180970245/Doctor theorizes that the sitter's lank hair, weak smile and yellowing skin point to post-pregnancy hypothyroidismMon, 10 Sep 2018 18:27:24 +0000See the Electrifying Art Lighting up This Year's LUMA Projection Arts Festivalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/electrying-art-lights-fantastic-luma-180970227/The Binghamton visual arts festival is the only one in the U.S. to focus exclusively on projection mappingFri, 07 Sep 2018 18:11:18 +0000Five Things We've Learned Since Brazil’s Devastating National Museum Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-latest-updates-brazils-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970232/Local students and Wikipedia are spearheading campaigns to preserve the museum’s digital legacyFri, 07 Sep 2018 16:58:01 +0000Madrid’s Prado Museum Will Spotlight Pioneering Duo of Female Renaissance Artistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madrids-prado-museum-will-spotlight-pioneering-duo-female-renaissance-artists-180970214/Lavinia Fontana is widely considered the first professional female artist, while Sofonisba Anguissola served as Philip II of Spain’s court painter Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:48:19 +0000Now You Can View the Travel Sketchbooks of Françoise Gilot, Artist and Inspiration to Picassohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/francoise-gilot-artist-and-inspiration-picasso-has-published-her-travel-sketchbooks-180970199/The sketches were made in the '70s and '80s, during Gilot’s journeys abroadThu, 06 Sep 2018 14:21:27 +0000After 13-Year Chase, F.B.I. Nabs Pair of Dorothy's Ruby Slippershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fbi-nabs-dorothys-ruby-slippers-after-13-years-run-180970196/The shoes were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005 and were recently recovered in MinneapolisTue, 04 Sep 2018 20:58:11 +0000Greek Farmer Stumbles Onto 3,400-Year-Old Tomb Hidden Below His Olive Grovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greek-farmer-stumbles-3400-year-old-tomb-hidden-below-his-olive-grove-180970197/The Crete local was trying to park his vehicle when he accidentally unearthed the ancient Minoan graveTue, 04 Sep 2018 19:44:32 +0000Why Brazil's National Museum Fire Was a Devastating Blow to South America's Cultural Heritagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-destroyed-brazil-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970194/The collection of more than 20 million artifacts included the oldest fossil found in the Americas and a trove of indigenous literatureTue, 04 Sep 2018 19:38:43 +0000British Aristocrat Commissions 180-Foot Monument Celebrating Elizabeth II’s Reignhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-aristocrat-commissions-180-foot-monument-celebrating-elizabeth-iis-reign-180970185/The Third Viscount Devonport has chosen sculptor Simon Hitchens to bring the Elizabeth Landmark to lifeFri, 31 Aug 2018 19:26:22 +0000See Leonardo da Vinci's Genius Yourself in These Newly Digitized Sketcheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-close-newly-digitized-da-vinci-notebooks-180970183/The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has made ultra high-resolution scans of two codices available onlineFri, 31 Aug 2018 16:02:43 +0000Hidden Medieval Door Leading to Smugglers’ Caves Discovered Underneath Scottish Castlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-medieval-door-leading-smugglers-caves-discovered-underneath-scottish-castle-180970172/Culzean Castle, a towering fortress overlooking the cliffs of Ayrshire, sits atop a labyrinthine network allegedly used by smugglers, ghosts and fugitivesThu, 30 Aug 2018 19:29:20 +0000Helsinki's New Subterranean Art Museum Opens Its Doorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/helsinkis-new-subterranean-art-museum-opens-its-doors-180970176/The Amos Rex Museum is located beneath Lasipalatsi, a 1930s shopping center known as the ‘Glass Palace’Thu, 30 Aug 2018 19:15:47 +0000An Immersive Art Installation Will Temporarily Resurrect the Berlin Wallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/immersive-art-installation-will-temporarily-resurrect-berlin-wall-180970168/This fall, event organizers plan on constructing a pseudo-city within a block of Berlin in order to emulate life in an unfamiliar countryWed, 29 Aug 2018 19:46:59 +0000Archaeologists Unearth Medieval Game Board During Search for Lost Monasteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-medieval-game-board-during-search-lost-monastery-180970161/Scotland's oldest surviving manuscript, the Book of Deer, was written by monks living in the Aberdeenshire monasteryWed, 29 Aug 2018 16:03:29 +0000J.R.R. Tolkien's Final Posthumous Book Is Publishedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jrr-tolkiens-final-posthumous-book-published-180970164/The author tinkered with and rewrote <em>The Fall of Gondolin</em>, one of his first tales of Middle-earth, many times during his careerWed, 29 Aug 2018 15:57:25 +000063 Works By Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele Are at the Center of the Latest Nazi-Looted Art Disputehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/63-works-austrian-expressionist-egon-schiele-are-center-latest-nazi-looted-art-dispute-180970155/The German Lost Art Foundation removed the artworks from its database, suggesting they were saved by a collector's relatives rather than seized by NazisTue, 28 Aug 2018 18:59:26 +0000Neil Simon, Prolific Playwright and Giant of Broadway, Has Died at 91https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neil-simon-prolific-playwright-and-giant-broadway-has-died-91-180970137/He wrote more than 30 comedic plays, among them ‘Barefoot in the Park’ and ‘The Odd Couple’ Mon, 27 Aug 2018 18:07:01 +0000Drone Captures First Images of an Uncontacted Amazon Tribehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drone-captures-first-images-uncontacted-amazon-tribe-180970135/Officials say images like these can help them learn how to better protect Brazil’s indigenous people Fri, 24 Aug 2018 20:54:44 +0000Astronomers Say This Reflective Space Sculpture Will Cause Unneeded Light Pollution. The Artist Argues Otherwisehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-say-trevor-paglens-reflective-space-sculpture-will-generate-unnecessary-light-pollution-artist-argues-otherwise-180970128/‘Orbital Reflector,’ a 100-foot long, diamond-shaped balloon, aims to inspire humans to gaze up at the night sky with a renewed sense of wonderFri, 24 Aug 2018 19:18:08 +0000Fall Down the Rabbit Hole With the New York Public Library's Instagram Version of Classic Taleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-public-library-reimagines-classic-books-instagram-generation-180970118/Featured texts include ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ ‘The Metamorphosis’ and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper'Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:35:42 +0000North Carolina Votes to Keep Three Confederate Monuments at the State Capitolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/north-carolina-votes-keep-three-confederate-monuments-state-capitol-180970115/The state’s historical commission said it was bound by a 2015 law that restricts the relocation of statues on public property Thu, 23 Aug 2018 16:58:53 +0000Shuttered Amid Protests Last Year, Queer Art Exhibition Reopens in Riohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/queer-art-exhibition-shuttered-amid-protests-last-year-reopens-rio-180970088/A successful crowdfunding campaign helped bring “Queermuseu” back to life Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:24:41 +0000After 116 Years, Animal Crackers Have Been Freed From Their Circus Cageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-116-years-animal-crackers-have-been-freed-their-cages-180970110/A new redesign of the iconic treats shows animals walking across a savannaWed, 22 Aug 2018 20:31:24 +0000Archaeological Dig at Australian Metro Station Unearths 1,000 Human Teethhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeological-dig-australian-metro-station-unearths-1000-human-teeth-180970100/A local dentist probably flushed the molars down the toilet or discarded them with his trashWed, 22 Aug 2018 19:03:40 +0000Christie's Will Be the First Auction House to Sell Art Made by Artificial Intelligencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christies-will-be-first-auction-house-sell-art-made-artificial-intelligence-180970086/Christie's will sell the work from Paris-based art collective Obvious, which created ‘Portrait of Edmond Belamy’ with the machine-learning algorithm GANTue, 21 Aug 2018 19:54:06 +0000Poster From One of the Earliest Public Movie Screenings Is Heading to Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poster-one-earliest-public-movie-screenings-heading-auction-180970067/The artwork advertised the Lumière brothers’ pioneering CinématographeTue, 21 Aug 2018 16:44:59 +0000Protestors Pulled Down a Confederate Statue at the University of North Carolinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/protestors-toppled-confederate-statue-university-north-carolina-180970082/“Silent Sam,” as the monument is known, had been a source of controversy for decadesTue, 21 Aug 2018 16:29:58 +0000A 2,000-Year-Old Golden Horse Head Suggests Romans Actually Got Along Wth German 'Barbarians'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculpted-horse-head-complicates-legendary-roman-conquest-german-barbarians-180970077/The sculpture fragment suggests Romans lived peacefully alongside Germans until a decisive defeat at the Battle of Teutoburg ForestTue, 21 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Are Excavating Sheffield Castle, One-Time Prison of Mary, Queen of Scotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-begins-sheffield-castle-one-time-prison-mary-queen-scots-180970065/The Scottish queen spent 14 years imprisoned at the medieval strongholdFri, 17 Aug 2018 18:31:28 +0000'Baroque's Leading Lady' Artist Michaelina Wautier Finally Gets Retrospectivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antwerp-hosts-first-retrospective-dedicated-baroque-artist-michaelina-wautier-180970055/The 17th-century painter mastered an array of genres at a time when most female artists were consigned to painting flowersFri, 17 Aug 2018 17:25:27 +0000Light-Reactive Bacteria Create Miniature 'Mona Lisa' Replicahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-reactive-bacteria-can-function-paint-living-building-blocks-180970062/Researchers transformed swimming bacteria into replica of the da Vinci masterpiece, morphing likenesses of Albert Einstein, Charles DarwinFri, 17 Aug 2018 16:19:37 +0000Taiwan Unveils Its First Statue Honoring ‘Comfort Women’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taiwan-unveils-its-first-statue-honoring-comfort-women-180970053/The monument has sparked diplomatic tensions with JapanFri, 17 Aug 2018 15:34:39 +0000Crime-Fighting Art Expert Helps Bring Stolen Buddha Statue Back to India https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buddha-statue-returned-india-57-years-after-it-was-stolen-180970019/The statue comes home 57 years ago after being stolenThu, 16 Aug 2018 16:49:35 +0000You Can Now Watch the Whitechapel Fatberg's Decay on Livestreamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-livestream-decay-whitechapel-fatberg-180970018/The toxic clump of sewage oil and waste housed at the Museum of London has, so far, changed colors, ‘sweated,’ hatched flies and grown yellow pustulesThu, 16 Aug 2018 15:16:41 +0000Swiss Institute Reimagines Duchamp’s Readymades for the Modern Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-institute-reimagines-duchamps-readymades-modern-world-180970002/The exhibition asks visitors to revisit the objects in their daily life that are often taken for granted Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000View the Uffizi’s Ancient Treasures From Afar, in 3D https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/view-uffizis-ancient-treasures-afar-3d-180970007/A new website has digitized 300 objects from the Florence gallery’s Greek and Roman collectionWed, 15 Aug 2018 14:56:33 +0000How an Artist Is Rebuilding a Baghdad Library Destroyed During the Iraq Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-hopes-rebuild-baghdad-library-destroyed-during-iraq-war-180969979/“168:01,” an installation now on view at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, encourages visitors to donate books to the University of Baghdad Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Missouri Exhibition Explores the Centuries-Old Specter of ‘Fake News’ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missouri-exhibition-explores-centuries-old-specter-fake-news-180969980/Curator considers three categories of 'fake news': error, hoax and truths deemed falseTue, 14 Aug 2018 17:40:21 +0000Pocket-Sized Bible Returns to Canterbury Cathedral After 500 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pocket-sized-bible-returns-canterbury-cathedral-after-500-years-180969949/The volume was lost after Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the cathedral’s monasteryTue, 14 Aug 2018 17:33:56 +0000Fog Sculptures Are Enshrouding Boston's Historic Parkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fog-sculptures-are-enshrouding-bostons-historic-parks-180969984/Artist Fujiko Nakaya brings five fog installations to life to mark the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's 20th anniversaryTue, 14 Aug 2018 14:26:57 +0000Hundreds of Newly Found Poems Reveal the Devastation of the U.K.’s ‘Cotton Famine’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-newly-found-poems-reveal-devastation-uks-cotton-famine-180969966/When the American Civil War crippled England’s cotton industry, impoverished workers turned to poetry to convey their plightMon, 13 Aug 2018 19:11:05 +0000First US-Based World War II Master’s Degree Program Will Launch in Januaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-world-war-ii-masters-degree-program-will-launch-january-180969971/The online graduate program is a collaboration between Arizona State University and the National World War II Museum in New OrleansMon, 13 Aug 2018 16:02:10 +0000Researcher Finds Earlier Birth Date for Langston Hugheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-finds-earlier-birth-date-langston-hughes-180969969/It has long been believed that the famed poet was born in 1902, but his name appears in newspaper articles from 1901Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:24:04 +0000Did This Couple Steal a $160 Million de Kooning?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photograph-offers-link-between-retired-couple-and-160-million-stolen-de-kooning-180969963/The Thanksgiving snapshot places Jerry and Rita Alter in Tucson, Arizona, just a day before the 1985 heistFri, 10 Aug 2018 17:34:05 +0000Historian Asserts That Leonardo’s Assistant Painted Majority of 'Salvator Mundi' https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oxford-scholar-challenges-salvator-mundi-attribution-arguing-leonardos-assistant-painted-majority-work-180969948/The Oxford research fellow names Bernardino Luini as main artist, believes da Vinci only painted between five to 20 percent of the paintingThu, 09 Aug 2018 20:24:23 +0000Ten Picassos Discovered Amid Tehran Museum’s Hidden Collection of Western Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ten-picassos-discovered-amid-tehran-museums-hidden-collection-western-art-180969899/The Picassos will be included in a major exhibition of works that have been held in storage since Iran’s 1979 revolutionTue, 07 Aug 2018 16:55:07 +0000Joël Robuchon, the World's Most Michelin-Starred Chef Who Transformed the Mashed Potatohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chef-century-joel-robuchon-potato-180969892/The French chef turned the focus of fine cuisine toward simplicity and flavorTue, 07 Aug 2018 14:07:11 +0000Authorities Raze Ai Weiwei’s Beijing Studiohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/authorities-raze-ai-weiweis-beijing-studio-180969891/The contemporary art giant is known for his caustic criticism of the Chinese governmentMon, 06 Aug 2018 19:48:27 +0000New Virginia Monument Will Pay Tribute to Hundreds of Historic Womenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-virginia-monument-will-pay-tribute-hundreds-historic-women-180969812/The monument features 12 bronze statues and a wall etched with 400 additional names of women who played an important role in shaping Virginia's historyMon, 06 Aug 2018 18:42:06 +0000New Semi-Autobiographical Hemingway Story Publishedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-hemingway-story-published-180969873/"A Room On the Garden Side" was written in 1956 and takes place during the liberation of Paris in 1944Fri, 03 Aug 2018 19:55:19 +0000New York Public Library Acquires Unpublished Chapter of Malcolm X’s Autobiographyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-public-library-acquires-unpublished-chapter-malcolm-xs-autobiography-180969871/The public is just weeks away from being able to view these “lost” worksFri, 03 Aug 2018 19:01:34 +0000Have Researchers Unraveled the Six-Decade Mystery of a Kansas Museum Portrait?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-unravel-six-decade-mystery-kansas-museum-portrait-180969862/The team believes it has identified the rightful artist behind ‘Mrs. Thomas Pelham,’ a nearly life-size portrait depicting an 18th-century aristocratFri, 03 Aug 2018 16:35:30 +0000Did George Orwell Pick Up TB During the Spanish Civil War?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-orwell-may-have-picked-tb-during-spanish-civil-war-180969807/A new technique was able to pull tuberculosis bacteria and morphine residue from a letter the author sent in 1938, ten years befor his diagnosisThu, 02 Aug 2018 18:43:16 +0000Statistics Offer Answer to Decades-Long Dispute Over Authorship of Beatles Hithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statistics-offer-answer-decades-long-dispute-over-authorship-beatles-hit-180969804/Researchers say there is less than a one in 50 chance that Paul McCartney composed the melody of "In My Life"Wed, 01 Aug 2018 19:09:02 +0000Cologne Archaeologists Unearth Foundations of Germany’s Oldest Known Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cologne-archaeologists-unearth-foundations-germanys-oldest-library-180969795/The library, which was built between 150 and 200 C.E., held an estimated 20,000 ancient scrollsTue, 31 Jul 2018 19:28:36 +000024,000 Documents Detailing Life of Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted Now Available Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/24000-documents-detailing-life-landscape-architect-frederick-law-olmsted-now-available-online-180969788/Collection includes journals, personal correspondence detailing development of Biltmore estate, U.S. Capitol grounds and the Chicago World's FairTue, 31 Jul 2018 15:55:25 +0000A New Exhibition Is Here to Spice Up Your Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-here-spice-your-life-180969775/Do you really, really, really wanna see it?Tue, 31 Jul 2018 15:16:41 +0000Art, Science and Religion Blend in Exhibition Honoring Illustrator Orra White Hitchcockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-science-and-religion-exhibition-honoring-illustrator-orra-white-hitchcock-180969778/ Orra’s paintings and drawings depict the natural world in colorful detailMon, 30 Jul 2018 13:30:02 +0000Why Gala Dalí—Muse, Model and Artist—Was More Than Just Salvador’s Wifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-gala-dalimuse-model-and-artistwas-more-just-salvadors-wife-180969776/Barcelona exhibition draws on 315 artifacts to unravel the myths behind central surrealist figureMon, 30 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Initiative Is Loaning Artwork Back to the Communities They're Most Associated With https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/britains-national-portrait-gallery-sending-50-works-home-180969767/Britain's National Portrait Gallery's 'Coming Home' initiative will loan portraits to the towns and cities most closely associated with their subjectsFri, 27 Jul 2018 19:38:36 +0000Step Inside the World's First Intertidal Art Galleryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-first-semi-submerged-art-gallery-opens-180969765/Called the "Coralarium," the artwork in the Maldives contains almost 30 coral-covered sculptures that will change with the tidesFri, 27 Jul 2018 18:20:57 +0000Black and Female Circus Artists Take Center Ring in New Museum Showhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-stories-black-and-female-circus-artists-come-light-new-exhibition-180969766/ “Circus! Show of Shows” at the U.K.’s Weston Park Museum reveals how the circus was shaped by diverse groups of performersFri, 27 Jul 2018 17:14:38 +0000Rosa Parks’ Detroit Home Is Now Up for Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosa-parks-detroit-home-now-auction-180969763/Parts of the tiny home where the civil rights activist lived with 17 family members are expected to sell for between $1 and $3 millionThu, 26 Jul 2018 19:11:26 +0000Library of Congress Puts Spotlight on 440 Snapshots Culled From Archive of 14 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-puts-spotlight-440-snapshots-culled-archive-14-million-180969755/About 300 of the images have been newly digitized, and 200 of these are free for public useThu, 26 Jul 2018 14:23:08 +0000Art Dealer Discovers Six Alleged Willem de Kooning Paintings in New Jersey Storage Lockerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-dealer-discovers-six-alleged-willem-de-kooning-paintings-new-jersey-storage-locker-180969741/Boxes labeled with artist's name were found among the 200 abandoned worksTue, 24 Jul 2018 19:50:25 +0000David Bowie’s First Studio Recording Discovered in a Bread Baskethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/david-bowies-first-studio-recording-discovered-bread-basket-180969739/The demo failed to impress recording executives in the early 1960sTue, 24 Jul 2018 18:40:37 +0000Claude Monet's Glazed Biscuit Kitty Cat Returns to the Artist's Homehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/claude-monets-kitty-cat-returns-artists-home-180969727/The terracotta feline was believed to have gone missing after the death of Claude Monet's son MichelTue, 24 Jul 2018 17:19:09 +0000Construction on Rome’s Newest Subway Line Is Revealing a Trove of Ancient Treasureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-romes-newest-subway-line-revealing-trove-ancient-treasures-180969729/Archaeologists have unearthed 2,000-year-old barracks, a military commander’s home and thousands of artifactsTue, 24 Jul 2018 15:11:40 +0000Project to Create Opportunities for Artists Living in Conflict Zoneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-project-creates-opportunities-artists-conflict-zones-180969720/Ruya Maps will stage exhibitions, talks and commissions for artists working in countries often overlooked by the Western marketMon, 23 Jul 2018 20:35:43 +0000See Yves Klein's Experimental Art Take Over the Palatial Blenheim Estatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yves-kleins-sublime-blues-compete-palatial-glory-blenheim-exhibition-180969718/Paintings and sculptures rendered in Klein’s signature blue stand alongside Old Masters, 18th-century baroque stylingsMon, 23 Jul 2018 19:34:06 +0000Rare Footage Shows the Last Surviving Member of an Uncontacted Amazon Tribe https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-footage-shows-last-surviving-member-uncontacted-amazon-tribe-180969728/The man appears healthy, but like other indigenous people of Brazil, his way of life is in dangerMon, 23 Jul 2018 19:09:26 +0000Indigenous Peoples Manage One Quarter of the Globe, Which Is Good News for Conservationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indigenous-people-manage-one-quarter-globe-which-good-news-conservation-180969689/Despite making up 5 percent of the world's population, indigenous peoples maintain large swathes of land, two-thirds of which are still in a natural stateMon, 23 Jul 2018 17:35:11 +0000