Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenThu, 18 Jan 2018 22:53:50 +0000After Heavy Criticism, German City's Exhibition on Jewish Art Dealer Is Back On said the previously cancelled show will be put on view in a “more complete and revised form” at a later dateTue, 28 Nov 2017 15:30:00 +0000These Billboards Could Be the First to Feature Immersive Augmented Reality Drawings billboards on Sunset Boulevard play host to a fascinating new public art installationThu, 18 Jan 2018 22:53:50 +0000Newly Identified Vincent van Gogh Drawings Go on Display two works were drawn during the artist’s formative years in ParisTue, 16 Jan 2018 21:02:08 +0000France Says ‘Au Revoir’ to the Word ‘Smartphone’ to prevent English tech vocabulary from entering the French language, officials have suggested ‘mobile multifunction’ as an alternativeTue, 16 Jan 2018 20:06:01 +0000World's Fifth-Largest Diamond Found in Lesotho 910-carat gem is a D-color, type-IIa stone, meaning it is completely colorless and has no visible impuritiesTue, 16 Jan 2018 18:43:42 +0000Arthur Miller’s Vast Archive Comes to the University of Texas at Austin collection includes a wealth of material, from theatrical manuscripts to personal memorabiliaFri, 12 Jan 2018 20:28:29 +0000Meet Riley, the Puppy Training to Sniff Out Bugs in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts Weimaraner will inspect incoming artwork for beetles, moths and other critters that can damage museum collectionsThu, 11 Jan 2018 19:04:31 +0000Runaway Sprinkles from the Museum of Ice Cream Create ‘Environmental Hazard’ in Miami Beach’s the scoop: officials are worried that the museum’s fake sprinkles will get washed into oceans and eaten by marine creaturesWed, 10 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000New York Directive Restricts Inmates’ Literature Options pilot directive affecting three New York State prisons stipulates that inmates can only receive packages from six approved vendorsTue, 09 Jan 2018 21:51:49 +0000Indian Jewels Swiped From Venice Museum in “Movie-Worthy" Heist thieves reportedly deactivated the alarm system and walked off with the goods in broad daylightThu, 04 Jan 2018 19:34:07 +0000Why Americans Missed Out on Public Domain Day (Again) Crowley, Dorothy Parker, and René Magritte joined the public domain in 2018, but not in the United StatesThu, 04 Jan 2018 18:30:38 +0000India to Cap Number of Taj Mahal Visitors by safety and conservation concerns, officials plan to limit the number of domestic tourists to 40,000 per dayThu, 04 Jan 2018 17:13:34 +0000Big Data Traces the World's Most Distinctive Musical Traditions analysis of 8,200 recordings from 137 nations shows nations in sub-Saharan Africa have the most unique rhythms and melodiesThu, 04 Jan 2018 16:28:03 +0000China Brings an End to Its Ivory Trade country is believed to have been one of the world’s largest markets for ivory productsWed, 03 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Rose Marie's Sprawling Legacy as Told Through the Artifacts She Left Behind late actress sang for mobsters, toured New York nightclubs and wisecracked her way through a career that spanned nine decadesFri, 29 Dec 2017 22:25:48 +00002,000-Year-Old Texts Reveal the First Emperor of China’s Quest for Eternal Life Shihuang issued an executive order demanding that his subjects search for an immortality elixirFri, 29 Dec 2017 20:01:57 +0000Speak Now: Reward for Biggest Art Heist in History Gets Cut in Half on New Year's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hoped the $10 million reward would shake loose new clues in the 27-year-old crimeFri, 29 Dec 2017 19:14:33 +0000Cache of Newly Digitized Travel Photographs Will Transport You to 1900s California William and Grace McCarthy really got around, and in nearly 3,000 photos, they captured a unique view of San Francisco, Tahoe and YosemiteFri, 29 Dec 2017 16:59:53 +0000The YMCA First Opened Gyms to Train Stronger Christians fitness was a secondary goal for the movementFri, 29 Dec 2017 15:20:00 +0000Madame de Pompadour Was Far More Than a ‘Mistress’ though she was a keen politicker and influential patron, she’s been historically overlooked Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:01:00 +000030,000 Shards of Historic Stained Glass Found in Westminster Abbey's Attic glass and other trash was excavated from depressions in the vaulted ceiling and are being made into new windows for the AbbeyFri, 29 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000Belgium Ends Telegram Service After 171 Years end of Belgian telegrams isn’t the end of the service across the world, but it’s getting closeThu, 28 Dec 2017 19:59:38 +0000Tomb Door Engraved with Menorah Discovered in Israel artifact tells the story of the three major religious groups that have occupied Tiberias over the centuriesThu, 28 Dec 2017 19:23:05 +0000Don Hogan Charles, Who Captured the Civil Rights Movement, Has Died at 79 1964, Charles became the first black photographer hired by the <i>New York Times</i>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:35:42 +0000The Library of Congress Will Stop Archiving Twitter tweets have become too long and too numerous, the Library will only archive tweets of 'historic value"Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:43:39 +0000It Didn’t Take Very Long For Anesthesia to Change Childbirth unprecedented idea of a painless delivery changed women's livesWed, 27 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000Three Things to Know About Radical Prohibitionist Carry A. Nation was convinced she was on a mission from GodWed, 27 Dec 2017 14:12:00 +0000How 21st-Century Technology Is Shedding Light on a 2nd-Century Egyptian Painting at UCLA and the National Gallery of Art have pioneered a technology that goes behind the scenes of a centuries-old artistic processTue, 26 Dec 2017 17:08:46 +0000Remembering Mamie ‘Peanut’ Johnson, the First Woman to Take the Mound as a Major-League Pitcher Negro Leagues trailblazer has died at 82. Barred from trying out for a segregated female league, she made her mark playing alongside menTue, 26 Dec 2017 15:47:16 +0000How Charles II Used Art to Bolster Britain’s Struggling Monarchy new exhibit at the Queen’s Gallery in London features more than 200 items from the collection of the “Merry Monarch”Tue, 26 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000'Sesame Street' to Create a Show for Syrian Refugee Children $100 million MacArthur grant will fund the important project, which will feature characters and narratives developed specifically for its unique audienceFri, 22 Dec 2017 20:23:02 +0000Manhattan DA Launches First Antiquities Trafficking Unit unit will investigate the uptick in looted artifacts flooding the antiquities marketFri, 22 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Listen to Alan Turing's First Computer-Generated Christmas Carols 1951, the BBC played two carols from Turing's computer, which have now been recreated by New Zealand researchersFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Memphis Removes Two Confederate Statues was dedicated to Jefferson Davis, the other to Nathan Bedford Forrest Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:13:02 +0000President Lincoln’s Last Christmas character of American Christmas changed as a result of the Civil WarThu, 21 Dec 2017 18:02:32 +0000Zora Neale Hurston’s Study of the Last Known U.S. Slave to Be Published in 2018 Lewis was captured and transported to the U.S. in 1860. After regaining his freedom five years later, he went on to help establish African TownThu, 21 Dec 2017 17:02:29 +0000The Most Notorious Poet in 18th Century America Was An Enslaved Teenager You've Never Heard Of Wheatley was a prodigy, but her ultimate fate reflects the gross racial disparities of 1700s AmericaThu, 21 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Marshmallow-Topped Hot Chocolate Will Keep You Warm This Long Solstice Night and hot chocolate each have a long history, but their union only dates back about a centuryThu, 21 Dec 2017 14:58:44 +0000 The Weird Story of the FBI and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ film supposedly had Communistic tendenciesWed, 20 Dec 2017 15:05:16 +0000How Swimsuits Became Fashion Items Marie Reid's vision for beachwear helped shape the modern swimsuitTue, 19 Dec 2017 18:49:48 +0000First Center for Empathy and Art Launched in Minneapolis center will bring together researchers, artists, historians and philosophers to learn how art museums can promote empathy and understandingTue, 19 Dec 2017 18:49:31 +0000For the First Time, Inuit Artists Will Represent Canada at the Venice Biennale Isuma collective is a video production company run by Indigenous artists of the Canadian ArcticTue, 19 Dec 2017 17:02:08 +0000How Mark Twain’s Hatred of Suspenders Drove Him to Invent his given name, Samuel Clemens, Twain held several patentsTue, 19 Dec 2017 16:45:16 +0000Federal Court Strikes Down Ban on ‘Scandalous’ Trademarks game-changing case centered on a clothing brand with a cheekTue, 19 Dec 2017 15:27:50 +0000How 1950s America Shaped ‘The Nutcracker’ took the marketing insight of a Russian choreographer to make it all happenMon, 18 Dec 2017 16:30:00 +000012 Facts About ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ and astound your loved ones with these pieces of carol triviaMon, 18 Dec 2017 15:40:27 +0000Movie Theaters Will Be Legal in Saudi Arabia Again After 35 Years first cinemas are expected to be open by March 2018Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:59:27 +0000Dive Through More Than 1,000 Dalí Paintings Online Dalí Foundation's complete catalogue raisonné, which spans from 1910 to 1983, is sheer surrealist eye candyFri, 15 Dec 2017 19:01:55 +0000The Cinema Museum, Housed in the Workhouse Where Charlie Chaplin Spent His Formative Years, Is Under Threat property will go up for sale in 2018Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:23:26 +0000Inside the First Museum in Iran Devoted to a Female Artist new museum houses 50 works by the acclaimed artist Monir Shahroudy FarmanfarmaianFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:15:01 +0000The FDA Used to Have People Whose Job Was to Taste Tea, that was itFri, 15 Dec 2017 14:58:39 +0000Here's Why Pearls No Longer Cost a Fortune up with ways to lower the price of pearls—either through culturing or by out-right fakery—took centuriesThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:22:27 +0000George Washington’s Hard Death Shows the Limits of Medicine in His Time’s one of the United States’s most revered figures, but his last hours were plagued by excruciating illnessThu, 14 Dec 2017 14:53:43 +0000What to Know About the Removal of 44 Artworks from Catalan's Museum of Lleida fate of the works has become a point of contention in Catalonia’s bitter push for independenceWed, 13 Dec 2017 18:55:47 +0000The Magical Mind of Gabriel García Márquez Shines Through His Newly Digitized Archive University of Texas has digitized some 27,000 documents from the collection of the acclaimed authorWed, 13 Dec 2017 17:01:35 +0000Catch a Rare Viewing of Robert Frost's Cheery, Dreary, Dark Christmas Cards poet’s annual Christmas cards, made in compilation with printer Joe Blumenthal, were not necessarily traditional, but they were always beautifulWed, 13 Dec 2017 15:52:26 +0000How One Mycologist Saved France’s Wine (Among Other Things) mixture saved many crops besides grapes from fungusWed, 13 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000In Luxor, Two Tombs Dating Back 3,500 Years Unveil Their Secrets include hundreds of statues and one of the best-preserved wall paintings found in the areaTue, 12 Dec 2017 20:05:26 +0000Why Pantone's Color of the Year Is the Shade of Science 18-3838 Ultra Violet is a deep saturated purple, but it doesn't hold a candle to true ultravioletTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:00:44 +0000The Un-Christmassy Origin of Gingerbread Houses tradition dates back to the story of Hansel and GretelTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Sign the Stars Anywhere on Earth With the First International Astronomy Dictionary For Deaf Communities encyclopedic list includes more than 40 space terms ranging from the Moon to exoplanetMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:16:16 +0000Mamma Mia!: Naples’ Pizza-Making Process Gets Unesco Heritage Status art of <i>pizzaiuolo</i>, as the craft is known, is a cherished tradition that is not easy as pieMon, 11 Dec 2017 15:39:57 +0000A Paper Bag Was the Inspiration for the First Coach Purse Cahn reached back to her childhood experiences to design the "leather shopping bag" that was the company's first purseMon, 11 Dec 2017 14:30:00 +0000The Profound Loneliness of Greta Garbo’s is auctioning off a collection of letters that reveal Garbo’s deep dissatisfaction with her life in HollywoodFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:56:42 +0000Message From the Past Found Inside Spanish Statue of Jesus local chaplain wanted people from the future to know what crops his region grew, what games they played and what diseases they sufferedFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:16:27 +0000Toblerone’s Tussle With "Twin Peaks" Chocolate Comes to a Bittersweet End grocery chain Poundland is now able to sell its Toblerone copycat, but it had to change the packaging Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:39:41 +0000Saudi Prince Revealed as Buyer of $450 Million da Vinci Heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi investigation by David D. Kirkpatrick of the <i>New York Times</i> revealed the buyer's identityThu, 07 Dec 2017 23:24:16 +0000Australia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Jubilant Vote first same-sex weddings will be able to take place as early as January 9Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:08:47 +0000Why Lubaina Himid's Turner Prize Win Is One for the History Books 63-year-old, Zanzibar-born contemporary artist becomes the oldest person and first woman of color to win the prestigious awardThu, 07 Dec 2017 19:51:32 +0000How Marie Tussaud Created a Wax Empire France, to Britain, to the world, Tussaud's waxworks endureThu, 07 Dec 2017 17:03:00 +0000Colombia Begins the Christmas Season With These Beautiful Light Displaysía de las Velitas is celebrated on the day before the celebration of the Immaculate ConceptionThu, 07 Dec 2017 15:57:29 +0000The Riveting Story of an American Icon has a surprising historyThu, 07 Dec 2017 14:04:00 +0000Why the Getty Center Is the "Safest Place" For Its Priceless Collection in the Case of Disaster wildfires blaze through Southern California, the Getty's Ron Hartwig explains how the structure was built with fire in mindWed, 06 Dec 2017 22:42:32 +0000These Are the Most Instagrammed Museums of 2017, selfie, in the feed—which institutions did users of the popular photo sharing site tag as the fairest of all?Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:33:07 +0000You've Seen The Washington Monument. Now See the Other Washington Monuments, the obelisk in Washington, D.C. is not the only monument to America's first presidentWed, 06 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Ancient Maya Heritage Comes Alive...With Some Help From Google and the British Museum explorer Alfred Maudslay’s images are now available online for all to seeTue, 05 Dec 2017 22:02:25 +0000Indonesia Gets Its First Contemporary Art Museum inaugural exhibition of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara features 90 works by 70 artistsTue, 05 Dec 2017 18:40:44 +0000Walt Disney’s First ‘Princess’ Was A Spunky Four-Year-Old silent ‘Alice Comedies’ ran from 1924 through 1927, predating MickeyTue, 05 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000Sweeping Mumbai Exhibition Tells the Story of India, With Help From the British Museum‘India and the World’ features 124 loans from London and 104 objects from institutions across IndiaTue, 05 Dec 2017 16:45:25 +0000Civil War Reenactments Were a Thing Even During the Civil War 'practice battles' are the root of today's Civil War reenactorsTue, 05 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000After 1300 Years Abroad, the Earliest Complete Latin Bible Returns to England Codex Amiatinus will go on display at the British Library in 2018Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000More than 120 Academics and Artists Call for Removal of Controversial Monuments in New York letter singles out three statues and two commemorative markers honoring contentious historical figuresMon, 04 Dec 2017 22:03:27 +0000Pioneering Political Journalist Marianne Means Has Died at Age 83 first woman assigned to cover a president's activities on a full-time basis, Means wrote a widely syndicated column about the goings-on in WashingtonMon, 04 Dec 2017 19:37:44 +0000Researchers Investigate What Makes a Poem Popular recent study found that vividness of imagery best predicted a poem's aesthetic appealMon, 04 Dec 2017 17:31:15 +0000The Memorial to Crazy Horse Has Been Under Construction For Almost 70 Years you can still visit the memorial, which is located in South DakotaMon, 04 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Exhibit of Art by Guantánamo Prisoners Prompts Pentagon Review Department of Defense has halted transfers of artworks by detaineesFri, 01 Dec 2017 21:18:52 +0000Archaeologists in California Unearth a Large Sphinx—From the Set of ‘The Ten Commandments’ Cecil B. DeMille gave the order for the entire set be buried beneath the sand after shooting on the blockbuster concludedFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:23:00 +0000Five Things to Know About Queen Charlotte Meghan Markle, the late 18th-century Queen Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz may have been the country's first biracial royalThu, 30 Nov 2017 20:57:20 +0000‘Comfort Women’ Statue Prompts Osaka to Cut Ties with San Francisco monument pays tribute to women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothelsWed, 29 Nov 2017 22:08:16 +0000Square Dancing is Uniquely American the culture it came from, square dance has roots in European, Native American and African practices Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000 Thank(?) Joseph Shivers For Spandex Spanx to space suits, spandex has shaped modern garmentsWed, 29 Nov 2017 15:27:38 +0000This Neural Network Can (Maybe) Start a Novel Better Than You the end of NaNoWriMo draws near, take a look at one researcher's effort to help find that perfect first lineWed, 29 Nov 2017 14:13:46 +0000Newly Discovered 235-Year-Old Watercolor Shows Off General Washington’s Wartime Tent painting offers a unique glimpse into the Revolutionary WarWed, 29 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Museum Restores North America's Longest Painting in 1848, the quarter-mile-long panorama deteriorated after it toured the country on wagons and trainsTue, 28 Nov 2017 19:54:03 +0000A Look Inside China’s Effort to Preserve Historical Mongolian Manuscripts projects are attempting to digitize the more than 200,000 volumes of Mongolian books and documents in the countryTue, 28 Nov 2017 18:09:37 +0000Our Cloud Names Come From a 1700s Amateur Meteorologist Howard's nomenclature inspired writers as well as scientistsTue, 28 Nov 2017 14:45:00 +0000Behold the Newly Digitized 400-Year-Old Codex Quetzalecatz manuscript dates back to the late 1500s, and was recently acquired by the Library of CongressMon, 27 Nov 2017 21:35:26 +0000Friction Matches Were a Boon to Those Lighting Fires–Not So Much to Matchmakers who worked in match factories were exposed to white phosphorus, which caused a debilitating and potentially deadly conditionMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:59:47 +0000The Pilgrims Weren't the First to Celebrate Thanksgiving 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 Image 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 Berlin 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’? 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 Castle 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 Scammer 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 Riots Fantastics parades were occasions of sometimes-violent revelryMon, 20 Nov 2017 14:59:29 +0000