Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 21 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000More Than 700 Lincoln Collectibles Are Set to Go on Auction 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 Record 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 Art 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 Set"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 Him 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 Persists 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 Years 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 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 Ceramicist 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" 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 Florence 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 Art 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 Today'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-Round 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" Passageway 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? 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 Festival 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 Fire 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 Artists 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 Picasso 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 Slippers 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 Grove 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 Heritage 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 Reign 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 Sketches 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 Castle 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 Doors 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 Wall 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 Monastery'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 Published 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 Dispute 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 91 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 Tribe 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 Otherwise‘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 Tales 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 Capitol 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 Rio 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 Cages 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 Teeth 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 Intelligence'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 Auction artwork advertised the Lumière brothers’ pioneering CinématographeTue, 21 Aug 2018 16:44:59 +0000Protestors Pulled Down a Confederate Statue at the University of North Carolina“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' 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 Scots 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 Retrospective 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' Replica 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’ 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 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 Livestream 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 World 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 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 War“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’ 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 Years 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 Parks 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’ 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 January 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 Hughes 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? 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' 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 Art 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 Potato French chef turned the focus of fine cuisine toward simplicity and flavorTue, 07 Aug 2018 14:07:11 +0000Authorities Raze Ai Weiwei’s Beijing Studio 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 Women 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 Published"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 Autobiography 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? 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? 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 Hit 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 Library 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 Online 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 Life 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 Hitchcock 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 Wife 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'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 Gallery 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 Show “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 Auction 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 Million 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 Locker 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 Basket 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 Home 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 Treasures 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 Zones 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 Estate 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 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 Conservation 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