Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenFri, 13 Sep 2019 15:36:07 +0000The Man Who Mentored da Vinci Receives First U.S. Retrospectivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-mentored-da-vinci-has-finally-received-his-first-us-retrospective-180973127/National Gallery of Art spotlights Andrea del Verrocchio, a skilled sculptor and painter whose individual accomplishments have long been overlookedFri, 13 Sep 2019 15:36:07 +0000Exploring Paul Revere’s Legacy Beyond His Famed Midnight Ridehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exploring-paul-reveres-legacy-beyond-his-famed-midnight-ride-180973121/Before becoming an American legend, the Revolutionary War hero was best known as a skilled artisan, activist and entrepreneur Thu, 12 Sep 2019 17:39:06 +0000A New Monopoly Celebrates Women. But What About the Game’s Own Overlooked Inventor?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-monopoly-celebrates-womens-empowerment-what-about-games-overlooked-female-inventor-180973106/At the turn of the 20th century, Lizzie Magie created the Landowner’s Game, which sought to teach players about the injustices of wealth concentration Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:29:36 +0000This London Gallery Is Working to Be One of the World's Most Accessible Museumshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-gallery-worlds-most-accessible-museum-180973105/The Wellcome Collection's latest permanent exhibition focuses on design features and curatorial approaches suggested by individuals with disabilitiesWed, 11 Sep 2019 17:48:19 +0000Photographer Robert Frank, Who Exposed the Alienation and Heartbreak of America, Dies at 94https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-photographer-robert-frank-who-exposed-alienation-and-heartbreak-american-culture-180973098/‘I was tired of romanticism,’ Frank once said. ‘I wanted to present what I saw, pure and simple.’Tue, 10 Sep 2019 21:15:18 +0000Dutch Museum Faces Protest Over Exhibition on Nazi Designhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibition-nazi-design-opens-protests-netherlands-180973077/The show focused on how design furthered the 'development of the evil Nazi ideology,' but critics worry the show glorifies Nazi aestheticsTue, 10 Sep 2019 14:00:06 +0000Drought Reveals Dolmen of Guadalperal, Popularly Dubbed ‘Spanish Stonehenge’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-reveals-dolmen-guadalperal-popularly-dubbed-spanish-stonehenge-180973070/Construction of a dam and reservoir in 1963 flooded the archaeological site, submerging the megalith monument and hiding it from viewMon, 09 Sep 2019 14:32:09 +0000Help Find the Owners of More Than 100 Recovered Artworkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lapd-needs-help-finding-owners-100-recovered-artworks-180973065/Stolen around Los Angeles in 1993, the paintings and antiques were recently recovered by LAPD when some were brought to an auction houseFri, 06 Sep 2019 16:05:25 +0000The Met Is Hiring Its First Full-Time Curator of Native American Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/met-hiring-its-first-full-time-curator-indigenous-art-180973055/The ideal candidate will have ‘[d]emonstrable connections with descendent communities’Thu, 05 Sep 2019 16:20:49 +0000Wildfires Are Destroying Bolivia's Rock Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildfires-are-destroying-bolivias-rock-art-180973048/Blazes set by farmers hoping to clear land for agriculture pose a threat to archaeological sites across the South American countryThu, 05 Sep 2019 15:10:57 +0000Kimberly Teehee Is the Cherokee Nation’s First Delegate to Congresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kimberly-teehee-cherokee-nations-first-delegate-congress-180973046/An 1835 treaty promised a delegate to the Cherokee Nation—but that role has not been filled until now Wed, 04 Sep 2019 17:29:12 +0000Medieval Coin Hoard Offers Evidence of Early Tax Evasionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-coin-hoard-offers-evidence-early-tax-evasion-180973026/Metal detector enthusiasts in England unearthed a trove of 2,528 coins while searching in SomersetFri, 30 Aug 2019 16:11:25 +0000Thirty Years After Fall of Berlin Wall, a Citywide Celebrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/berlin-will-mark-30th-anniversary-walls-fall-week-long-arts-festival-180973018/A week-long arts festival will feature concerts, immersive exhibitions, art installations, panel discussions and moreThu, 29 Aug 2019 16:03:51 +0000The Man Who Transformed a Welsh Town Into a 'Kingdom' of Used Bookshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-richard-booth-who-transformed-welsh-town-kingdom-used-books-180973010/Thanks to Richard Booth, who died on August 20 at the age of 80, the town is still known as a literary hubThu, 29 Aug 2019 10:00:00 +0000Glass Models of Decaying Fruit Set to Go on View After Two Decades in Storagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glass-models-decaying-fruit-set-go-view-after-two-decades-storage-180973009/Designed to serve as teaching tools, the delicate glassware reveals the ravages of such diseases as peach leaf curl, pear scab and gray moldThu, 29 Aug 2019 06:00:00 +0000Melbourne Gets Gallery Devoted to Female Artistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gallery-devoted-contemporary-female-artists-open-melbourne-180972995/Finkelstein Gallery seeks to correct the art world's longstanding gender imbalances by featuring contemporary art by womenWed, 28 Aug 2019 16:27:02 +0000Althea Gibson, Who Smashed Through Racial Barriers in Tennis, Honored With Statue at U.S. Openhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/althea-gibson-who-smashed-through-racial-barriers-tennis-honored-statue-us-open-180973001/'It’s about time,' said former doubles partner Angela BuxtonWed, 28 Aug 2019 15:15:43 +0000Indonesia Plans to Build a New Capital on Borneohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indonesia-plans-build-new-capital-borneo-180973000/On Monday, Joko Widodo, president of Indonesia, announced the nation’s central government's new locationTue, 27 Aug 2019 18:35:07 +0000155 Years After His Death, Abolitionist John Pierre Burr's Epitaph Updated to Include His Father, Aaron Burrhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aaron-burr-vice-president-who-shot-alexander-hamilton-had-secret-family-color-180972999/Descendant Sherri Burr's research shows that the vice president had children with Mary Emmons, a servant in his householdTue, 27 Aug 2019 17:16:39 +0000Thousands of Unseen Photographs, Documents Digitized for Prince Albert’s 200th Birthdayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-unseen-photographs-documents-digitized-honor-prince-alberts-200th-birthday-180972993/The collection highlights the royal consort’s role in shaping Victorian society, from his interest in photography to his passion for social reformMon, 26 Aug 2019 15:42:44 +0000London's 'Eiffel Tower' Is Still Losing Moneyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-eiffel-tower-still-losing-money-180972985/Built for the 2012 Olympic Games, the ArcelorMittal Orbit has not turned into the tourist attraction it was expected to becomeFri, 23 Aug 2019 18:08:58 +0000New Stained Glass Is Coming to Germany’s Oldest Monasteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gerhard-richter-set-design-stained-glass-germanys-oldest-monastery-180972986/Gerhard Richter is set to design a trio of windows for the Benedictine Tholey AbbeyFri, 23 Aug 2019 16:43:37 +0000500-Year-Old Inca Mummy Repatriated to Boliviahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/500-year-old-inca-mummy-repatriated-bolivia-180972966/Dubbed Ñusta, or 'Princess,' the mummy represents the first archaeologically significant set of remains to be repatriated to the Andean countryThu, 22 Aug 2019 17:38:59 +0000Documentary Explores Pioneering Woman Director Written Out of Film Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/documentary-explores-pioneering-woman-director-written-out-film-history-180972956/Alice Guy-Blaché directed more than 1,000 films including the world's first narrative film, but was expunged from the story of cinemaThu, 22 Aug 2019 14:56:21 +0000Bronx Exhibition Spotlights Alvin Baltrop, Photographer Who Documented Manhattan’s Underground Queer Communityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronx-exhibition-spotlights-alvin-baltrop-photographer-who-documented-manhattans-underground-queer-community-180972955/Baltrop took thousands of snapshots at New York's West Side Piers between 1975 and 1986Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:15:32 +0000The Term ‘Museum’ May Be Getting Redefinedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-are-divided-over-proposed-redefinition-museum-180972943/But experts are divided on the proposed new definitionTue, 20 Aug 2019 18:05:55 +0000Early Sketches From 'The Little Prince' Found in Swiss Collectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-sketches-little-prince-found-swiss-collection-180972942/A folder includes images from the beloved book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, as well as a love letter written to his wife, Consuelo de Saint ExupéryTue, 20 Aug 2019 17:43:21 +0000Paris Basement Used as WWII Resistance Headquarters Transformed Into Museum Centerpiecehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paris-basement-used-wwii-resistance-headquarters-transformed-museum-centerpiece-180972930/The soon-to-open museum also explores the lives of Resistance leaders Jean Moulin and General LeclercMon, 19 Aug 2019 18:04:11 +0000The Ohio State University Seeks to Trademark 'The' https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ohio-state-university-seeks-trademark-180972925/This article is about an articleFri, 16 Aug 2019 19:02:37 +0000New Rules Could Determine Who Gets to Climb Everesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-rules-could-determine-who-gets-climb-everest-180972926/Nepali officials propose new requirements for obtaining a permit to climb the world's tallest mountainFri, 16 Aug 2019 17:56:52 +0000Thanks to the Hopper Hotel Experience, You Can Now Spend a Night at the Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-edward-hopper-hotel-experience-you-can-now-spend-night-museum-180972922/The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will host guests in a 3-D recreation of Edward Hopper's 1957 painting, 'Western Motel'Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:10:02 +0000See Scrap of Cloth Believed to Be From Elizabeth I’s Only Surviving Dresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scrap-cloth-representing-elizabeth-is-only-surviving-dress-set-go-view-180972919/The fabric, set to go on view, was previously used as an altar cloth in a small village churchThu, 15 Aug 2019 16:50:00 +0000Imaging Reveals Leonardo da Vinci Wrestled With the Composition of 'The Virgin of the Rocks'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/imaging-reveals-leonardo-wrestled-composition-virgin-rocks-180972918/Two underdrawings detected using high-tech imaging techniques show he altered the figures twice before paintingThu, 15 Aug 2019 16:45:08 +0000At-Risk Indigenous Languages Spotlighted on New Google Earth Platformhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-risk-indigenous-languages-new-google-earth-platform-180972896/The new initiative features recordings of native languages from around the globeThu, 15 Aug 2019 15:54:17 +0000People Aren't Happy About Their Increasingly Brief Encounters With the ‘Mona Lisa’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/louvre-visitors-are-angry-over-increasingly-brief-encounters-mona-lisa-180972908/The problem stems from the masterpiece's temporary relocation to a different wing of the museumWed, 14 Aug 2019 18:08:38 +0000Notre-Dame Restoration Delayed Due to Lead Poisoning Concernshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notre-dame-restoration-delayed-due-lead-poisoning-concerns-180972895/Work is set to continue next week with more stringent safety protocols, decontamination unitsTue, 13 Aug 2019 17:00:09 +0000J.D. Salinger’s Work Is Coming to E-Readers for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jd-salingers-work-coming-e-readers-first-time-180972883/The author’s longtime publishing company will release four e-books in AugustMon, 12 Aug 2019 14:51:59 +0000There Is Going to Be a 'Moby-Dick' Musicalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-going-be-moby-dick-musical-180972880/Broadway powerhouses Dave Malloy and Rachel Chavkin recently previewed the performance under the whale at the American Museum of Natural HistoryFri, 09 Aug 2019 15:21:37 +0000Per Favore, Do Not Sit on the Spanish Stepshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/favore-do-not-sit-spanish-steps-180972875/Plop down on the landmark and you might find yourself hit with a €250 fineThu, 08 Aug 2019 20:41:27 +0000A Beyoncé Portrait Is Coming to the Smithsonian National Portrait Galleryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beyonce-portrait-coming-smithsonian-national-portrait-gallery-180972844/The image appeared in <i>Vogue</i>’s 2018 September issue and was shot by the photographer Tyler MitchellWed, 07 Aug 2019 17:17:07 +0000San Francisco Is Getting a Monument to Maya Angelouhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-francisco-getting-monument-maya-angelou-180972831/The city’s arts commission is expected to choose one of three proposed designs this weekWed, 07 Aug 2019 16:35:25 +0000Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ Author Who Cataloged the African-American Experience, Dies at 88https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toni-morrison-beloved-author-who-catalogued-african-american-experience-dies-88-180972833/'She changed the whole cartography of black writing,' says Kinshasha Holman Conwill of the National Museum of African American History and CultureTue, 06 Aug 2019 19:28:20 +0000Nine Newly Discovered Proust Stories to Be Publishedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nine-newly-discovered-proust-stories-be-published-180972825/The works were slated to be part of the French author's first collection of poems and stories, but were cut for unknown reasonsTue, 06 Aug 2019 14:43:26 +0000Future Graffiti Additions to Prague’s John Lennon Wall Will Be Strictly Regulatedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-graffiti-additions-pragues-john-lennon-wall-will-be-strictly-regulated-180972816/Local authorities are introducing security measures in response to vandalism, obscene graffitiMon, 05 Aug 2019 16:52:11 +0000Miami Museum Launches Exhibition Exclusively on Instagram https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/miami-museum-launches-exhibition-instagram-180972794/Over eight weeks, 'Joyous Dystopia' is posting digital works by eight different artistsMon, 05 Aug 2019 14:15:13 +0000The Six Wives of Henry VIII Are Coming to Broadwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thoroughly-modern-musical-about-henry-viiis-six-wives-coming-broadway-180972799/In 'Six,' the Tudor queens get a chance to share their side of the storyMon, 05 Aug 2019 13:20:47 +0000This Ancient Roman Souvenir Stylus Is Inscribed With a Corny Jokehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-souvenir-stylus-inscribed-corny-joke-180972792/Loosely translated, the message reads, ‘I went to Rome and all I got you was this stylus’Thu, 01 Aug 2019 17:59:14 +0000A Steinbeck Story About a Chef and His Cat Has Been Published in English for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/steinbeck-story-about-chef-and-his-cat-has-been-published-english-first-time-180972776/The author wrote 'The Amiable Fleas' in 1954, for the French newspaper <i>Le Figaro</i>Thu, 01 Aug 2019 15:56:16 +0000New Markers in Atlanta Aim to Put Confederate Monuments in Contexthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-markers-atlanta-aim-put-confederate-monuments-context-180972767/The city is installing the historical markers next to four of its most prominent Confederate memorialsWed, 31 Jul 2019 15:35:15 +0000Family Realizes Long-Forgotten Portrait Was Painted by Famed Nigerian Artist Ben Enwonwuhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/family-realizes-long-forgotten-portrait-their-mother-was-painted-nigerian-artist-ben-enwonwu-180972764/Last year, a similarly rediscovered portrait by Enwonwu sold for $1.6 million, setting an auction record for Nigerian Modernist artTue, 30 Jul 2019 21:26:59 +0000Apollo 11 Mission Memorialized With 2,200 Pounds of Butterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2200-pounds-butter-memorializes-apollo-11-mission-180972750/A buttery Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, along with a couple cows, are on display at the Ohio State FairMon, 29 Jul 2019 16:46:01 +0000Drawing Found in Thrift Store Turns Out to Be an Original Egon Schielehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drawing-found-thrift-store-turns-out-be-original-egon-schiele-180972740/The work, on display as part of an exhibit at Galerie St. Etienne, is expected to sell for between $100,000 to $200,000Fri, 26 Jul 2019 20:42:46 +0000Baltimore Museum of Art, Home to Largest Matisse Collection, Will Open Center Dedicated to Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baltimore-museum-home-largest-matisse-collection-will-open-center-dedicated-artist-180972741/The gallery’s Matisse holdings encompass more than 1,200 paintings, sculptures, drawings and printsFri, 26 Jul 2019 20:02:20 +0000A Statue in the U.K. Had to Be Moved Because It Was Too Popularhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-english-moors-had-be-moved-because-it-was-too-popular-180972733/Visitors flocked to see ‘Seated Figure’ by the artist Sean Henry—and damaged the surrounding landscape of the North York Moors in the processFri, 26 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0000From Baked Dormouse to Carbonized Bread, 300 Artifacts Show What Romans Atehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibit-spotlights-roman-delicacies-baked-dormouse-carbonized-bread-180972731/The show features frescoes, preserved fruit, cooking utensils and vessels recovered from PompeiiFri, 26 Jul 2019 10:00:00 +0000Couture Covering 96 Years of Fashion Is Coming to the Met's Costume Institutehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mets-costume-institute-will-exhibit-fashions-donated-little-known-couture-collector-180972721/A little-known couture collector has gifted the museum 165 items drawn from her collection of approximately 15,000 piecesWed, 24 Jul 2019 19:24:06 +0000Investigation Identifies Nazi-Looted Art Later Ransacked From Hitler’s Headquartershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/investigation-identifies-400-still-missing-works-art-looted-hitlers-headquarters-180972714/Near the end of WWII, Munich civilians plundered food, liquor, furnishings and some 700 works of art, most of which wer stolen property, from the FührerbauTue, 23 Jul 2019 20:19:20 +0000Judy Chicago Retrospective to Look Beyond ‘The Dinner Party’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-judy-chicago-retrospective-will-look-beyond-dinner-party-180972706/The largest exhibition of Chicago's work to date at the de Young Museum in San Francisco will highlight the diversity of the artist’s oeuvre Mon, 22 Jul 2019 20:51:12 +0000Atlanta Museum’s ‘Dating’ App Matches Visitors With Artworkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museums-new-dating-app-matches-visitors-artwork-180972674/The High Museum of Art creates tour routes based on users' likesFri, 19 Jul 2019 19:13:38 +0000The Charles Dickens Museum Acquires ‘Lost’ Portrait of the Author as a Young Manhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dickens-museum-acquires-lost-portrait-author-young-man-180972694/The 1843 painting by Margaret Gillies surfaced at an auction in South Africa in 2017Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:49:17 +0000New Investigation Answers Pressing Question: Whatever Happened to All of Bob Ross’ Paintings?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whatever-happened-all-bob-ross-paintings-180972672/The artist produced almost 30,000 paintings over the course of his lifetimeThu, 18 Jul 2019 19:47:00 +0000Tate Acquires Archive of Works by Little-Known Surrealist Ithell Colquhounhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tate-acquires-archive-works-little-known-surrealist-ithell-colquhoun-180972665/The collection, featuring some 5,000 sketches, drawings and commercial artworks, promises to instigate a 're-evaluation of her whole career'Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:41:08 +0000