Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 18 Sep 2020 14:22:57 +0000Fingerprint Analysis Reveals New Insights on Prehistoric Rock Art's Creators suggests an adult man and a juvenile girl crafted the red ocher paintings seen at Spain's Los Machos rock shelterFri, 18 Sep 2020 14:22:57 +0000Movie Museum to Open With Show Honoring Japanese Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki Academy Museum of Motion Pictures' inaugural exhibition debuts on April 30, 2021Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:24:44 +0000Controversial, Long-Delayed Eisenhower Memorial Finally Makes Its Debut Ike's political, military accomplishments required compromise between the architect and the president’s familyTue, 15 Sep 2020 19:21:33 +0000How Chicago Became a Monet Destination new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago explores the Impressionist painter's connection to the Midwestern cityTue, 15 Sep 2020 15:52:21 +0000Roman Gaming Piece Crafted Out of Bone Found in England soldiers may have used the oblong token to play "Ludus Latrunculorum," or the "Game of Mercenaries"Mon, 14 Sep 2020 14:25:40 +0000Metropolitan Museum of Art Hires First Full-Time Curator of Native American Art Marroquin Norby previously worked at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian–New YorkFri, 11 Sep 2020 11:30:00 +0000Why the Houston Museum of African American Culture Is Displaying a Confederate Statue institution describes the move, which arrives amid a reckoning on the U.S.' history of systemic racism, as "part of healing"Tue, 08 Sep 2020 17:22:15 +0000Why U.K. Publishers Released 600 Books in a Single Day "Super Thursday," the barrage of books includes many titles delayed by Covid-19Fri, 04 Sep 2020 20:29:55 +0000Keith Haring's Personal Art Collection Is Up for Auction's sale features works by Warhol, Basquiat, Lichtenstein and other members of the graffiti artist's circleFri, 04 Sep 2020 15:31:11 +0000Remembering the Forgotten Women Writers of 17th-Century Spain show in Madrid highlights female authors who penned histories, biographies, poetry, novels, scripts and moreFri, 04 Sep 2020 11:30:00 +0000Dublin Hotel Controversially Removes Four Statues of African Women officials say the Shelbourne, which moved the sculptures because it believed they depicted enslaved women, failed to follow proper procedures Thu, 03 Sep 2020 17:09:11 +0000Ancient Israeli Cave Transformed Into Art Gallery his latest show, artist Ivo Bisignano created a series of massive wooden sculptures that mimic the cavern's curvatureThu, 03 Sep 2020 14:37:00 +0000The World's Most Expensive Coin Is Up for Sale to fetch upward of $10 million, the 1794 Flowing Hair dollar was one of the first coins struck by the newly created U.S. MintWed, 02 Sep 2020 15:15:34 +0000Why 'Friendship Books' Were the 17th-Century Version of Facebook of 17th-century dignitaries signed a 227-page manuscript recently acquired by a German libraryTue, 01 Sep 2020 16:27:55 +0000Britain's Oldest Example of Christian Graffiti Found Near Hadrian's Wall at Vindolanda unearthed a 1,400-year-old lead chalice covered in religious symbolsTue, 01 Sep 2020 15:45:36 +0000Painting Deemed Fake, Consigned to Storage May Be Genuine Rembrandt analysis confirms the famed Dutch painter’s studio—and perhaps even the artist himself—created "Head of a Bearded Man"Mon, 31 Aug 2020 20:24:34 +0000Thieves Steal 17th-Century Masterpiece for Third Time in 32 Years Hals' "Two Laughing Boys with a Mug of Beer" was previously purloined in 1988 and 2011Fri, 28 Aug 2020 19:51:13 +0000British Museum Moves Bust of Founder, Who Profited From Slavery London institution, which reopened this week, is reckoning with its colonialist history in the wake of global protests against racismFri, 28 Aug 2020 18:43:27 +0000Why the First Monument of Real Women in Central Park Matters—and Why It's Controversial, New York City welcomed a public artwork honoring three suffragists. But some scholars argue that the statue obscures more than it celebratesWed, 26 Aug 2020 20:25:45 +0000A History of El Greco's Masterful—and Often Litigious—Artistic Career 57-work retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago charts the evolution of the 16th-century painter's distinctive styleWed, 26 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000How a Japanese Museum Is Documenting Life During Covid-19 exhibition features everyday objects that would have been unfamiliar before the pandemicTue, 25 Aug 2020 13:33:53 +0000A 1,000-Square-Foot Mosaic of Ida B. Wells Welcomes Visitors to D.C.'s Union Station artwork, installed in honor of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, celebrates the pioneering civil rights leader and journalistTue, 25 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Helsinki Power Plant May Be Transformed Into Arts and Culture Center Finnish capital plans to decommission the Hanasaari power plant by 2024. Could it be the next Tate Modern?Mon, 24 Aug 2020 15:08:23 +0000Flooding Endangers World's Largest Buddha Statue waters in China dampened the toes of the Leshan Giant Buddha for the first time since 1949Mon, 24 Aug 2020 13:10:33 +0000New York’s ‘Glass Bottle Beach’ Closed After Survey Finds Radioactive Waste Dead Horse Bay shoreline was a magnet for beachcombers and sightseers who came to peruse the eroding contents of 1950s landfillMon, 24 Aug 2020 12:30:00 +0000Stone Sculptures of 'Chronicles of Narnia' Characters to Adorn Medieval Church of Aslan, the White Witch and other mythical beings will replace weathered carvings at St. Mary's Church in YorkshireFri, 21 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Kentucky State Capitol Will Unveil Its First Statue Honoring a Woman sculpture depicts Nettie Depp, who championed public education in the early 20th centuryThu, 20 Aug 2020 15:47:37 +0000Why a Campaign to 'Reclaim' Women Writers' Names Is So Controversial say Reclaim Her Name fails to reflect the array of reasons authors chose to publish under male pseudonymsThu, 20 Aug 2020 11:30:00 +0000Buckingham Palace's Art Collection to Be Exhibited in Public Gallery for First Time 65 works set to go on view include masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and TitianWed, 19 Aug 2020 14:18:32 +0000In Paris, Virtual Reality Experience Shows Notre-Dame Before and After 2019 Fire 18-minute documentary features footage of usually inaccessible spots, including the attic and sacristyTue, 18 Aug 2020 11:30:00 +0000Peer Into the Past With Photorealistic Portraits of Roman Emperors Daniel Voshart used machine learning and editing software to create likenesses of 54 ancient leadersThu, 13 Aug 2020 17:00:38 +00003-D Facial Reconstruction Suggests Raphael Self-Portrait Presents Idealized Version of the Artist new model reveals the Renaissance giant's prominent noseWed, 12 Aug 2020 15:37:39 +0000Explore Dorothea Lange's Iconic Photos With These Online Exhibitions hubs from the Oakland Museum of California and the Museum of Modern Art showcase the American photographer's oeuvreTue, 11 Aug 2020 18:16:02 +0000How an Algorithm Draws Unexpected Connections Between Works of Art a starting image, the artificial intelligence can identify objects that match its colors, textures and themes Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Sole-Searching, Shoe-Swiping Fox Caught in Germany crafty urban dweller built a colorful collection of footwear dominated by CrocsMon, 10 Aug 2020 20:02:07 +0000Centuries-Old 'Wine Windows' Open for Business in Florence low-risk alternative to curbside pickup, the portals may have helped fight an outbreak of bubonic plague in the 1630sMon, 10 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000These Life-Size, Animatronic Dinosaurs Are Heading to New Homes, an auction house in Canada offloaded more than 50 robotic reptiles in a unique online saleFri, 07 Aug 2020 15:22:55 +0000Amid Reckoning on Public Art, Statue of Black 'Everywoman' Unveiled in London J. Price's nine-foot-tall "Reaching Out" celebrates black culture and rejects monumentalismFri, 07 Aug 2020 14:17:01 +0000In Pursuit of the Perfect Photo, Tourist Accidentally Breaks Sculpture's Toes have identified the inadvertent vandal as an Austrian man who was in northern Italy on a birthday celebration tripWed, 05 Aug 2020 15:10:57 +0000Kerry James Marshall's New Paintings Consider Blackness and Audubon’s Legacy series explores black erasure in art and John James Audubon’s own racial identityWed, 05 Aug 2020 14:25:51 +0000Explore the Newly Digitized Diaries and Letters of Marian Anderson Libraries' online portal includes more than 2,500 artifacts related to the famed opera singerTue, 04 Aug 2020 15:56:21 +0000Rare Chinese Vase Found in Pet-Filled Home Sells for $9 Million 18th-century artifact was made in a style specific to the Qianlong dynastyMon, 03 Aug 2020 18:20:38 +0000Explore Centuries of Brooklyn's History With These Newly Digitized Maps Brooklyn Historical Society recently launched a portal featuring almost 1,500 documents dating back to the 17th centuryThu, 30 Jul 2020 19:13:44 +0000Nursing Home Residents Recreate Iconic Album Covers During Lockdown in the U.K. staged photoshoots inspired by Elvis Presley, Madonna, David Bowie and other musiciansThu, 30 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Art Historian Identifies the Spot Where Vincent van Gogh Painted His Final Work Dutch artist died 130 years ago todayWed, 29 Jul 2020 18:29:05 +0000Astronomy Offers Fresh Look at Vermeer's 'View of Delft' of sunlight and shadows suggests the Dutch masterpiece portrays the city around 8 a.m. in early September 1659 or 1658Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Olivia de Havilland, Star of Hollywood's Golden Age, Dies at 104 actress is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Melanie Hamilton in "Gone With the Wind"Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:49:48 +0000See Jean-Michel Basquiat Masterpieces Up Close in This Online Exhibition virtual experience spotlights a 2019 show that included around 70 works by the artistMon, 27 Jul 2020 15:24:52 +0000The Legend, the History and the Science Behind Seattle's New Hockey Team Name fans, meet the Seattle Kraken—named for a mythical beast that may have been inspired by the very real giant squidFri, 24 Jul 2020 18:16:32 +0000A New London Tube Map Will Highlight Women and Nonbinary People Emma Watson and Reni Eddo-Lodge drew inspiration from a 2016 project centered on the New York City subwayFri, 24 Jul 2020 14:29:45 +0000Abandoned Artwork Discovered Beneath Pablo Picasso Painting artist, who regularly reused canvases, covered a neoclassical still life with a Cubist oneThu, 23 Jul 2020 14:41:18 +0000Centuries-Old Paintings Help Researchers Track Food Evolution inadvertently documents the domestication of carrots, wheat, watermelon and other culinary delightsThu, 23 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000New Research Suggests Bloodletting, Pneumonia Killed Raphael artist failed to disclose his late-night outings to physicians, leading them to misdiagnose his illnessWed, 22 Jul 2020 14:30:57 +0000Historic Brooklyn Cemetery Seeks Its First Artist-in-Residence is the final resting place of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Louis Comfort Tiffany, among othersWed, 22 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000