At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 21 Sep 2018 17:29:05 +0000Remembering Arthur Mitchell, the Barrier-Breaking Black Ballet Dancer joined the New York City Ballet in 1955 and later founded the Dance Theater of HarlemFri, 21 Sep 2018 17:29:05 +0000The Whitney Flame Topaz Smolders in Vibrant Red new gemstone at the Natural History Museum is already igniting wonder in viewersThu, 20 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000Sean Scully’s Artworks Are a Study in Color, Horizon and Life’s Sorrows a return to the Hirshhorn following his 1995 retrospective, Scully presents his sublime <i>Landlines</i> seriesThu, 20 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday and zoos across the country are letting visitors in admission-free. Here are some highlights. Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:31:24 +0000The Latest on the Kickstarter Campaign to Conserve Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit a new biopic blasts off, the protective suit worn by the 'First Man' on the moon is readied for its star turnWed, 19 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why 'Little Women' Endures 150 Years Later author of a new book about the classic says the 19th-century novel contains life lessons for all, especially for boysTue, 18 Sep 2018 14:42:22 +0000How the Smithsonian Prepares for Hurricanes and Flooding emergency command center is ready for activation and the National Zoo could move animals into bunkersFri, 14 Sep 2018 20:11:36 +0000Hirshhorn Curator Explains the Significance of the Huge Marcel Duchamp Donation D.C. art lovers Aaron and Barbara Levine promise 50 important works to the museumWed, 12 Sep 2018 15:55:07 +0000Don't Be Surprised if a Woman Sings to You in the Hirshhorn’s Sculpture Garden Smithsonian’s first purchase of a performance art piece is happening now, but the artist requests no photos, please Tue, 11 Sep 2018 17:01:14 +0000An Eyewitness Account of Pinochet’s Coup 45 Years Ago ethnomusicologist Dan Sheehy poignantly recalls the brutal outcome of a nation dividedMon, 10 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Hunting Deadly Mosquitoes in Panama latest podcast “Sidedoor” travels with Smithsonian experts on the trail of the buzzing beasts known as the AedesFri, 07 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Was the 1968 TV Show “Julia” a Milestone or a Millstone for Diversity? Carroll's award-winning series was a hit, but it delivered a sanitized view of African-American lifeThu, 06 Sep 2018 15:30:00 +0000Massive Animal Tracking Database Collects Its One-Billionth Creature Location Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:26:13 +0000How the Smithsonian Helped Sleuth Out the True Identity of a Pair of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers the FBI asked museum conservators at the American History Museum for assistance, they discovered the two pairs are twinsWed, 05 Sep 2018 14:20:03 +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 +0000Two Sculptures of Ancient Women Give Voice to the Protection of Antiquities in War Zones Smithsonian's elegant Haliphat of Palmyra and the blue-eyed Miriam from Yemen raise awareness of the illegal trade in and destruction of antiquitiesFri, 31 Aug 2018 15:43:37 +0000For Neil Simon, Laughter Was His Lifeline influential playwright defined American comedy for a generation of television, theater and movie audiencesTue, 28 Aug 2018 14:45:39 +0000How Eating Poop Makes These Mole-Rats More Motherly research suggests a colony’s queen stimulates babysitters by transferring a type of estrogen through her fecesMon, 27 Aug 2018 19:27:56 +0000The Portrait That Captures the Defining Features of John McCain’s Life and Career photograph of the straight-talking Arizona senator goes on view In Memoriam at the Portrait GalleryMon, 27 Aug 2018 19:24:28 +0000Biologists Say Chesapeake Bay Cownose Rays Travel to Florida and Back scientists have unraveled one mystery about cownose ray migrations, there are still many unknowns surrounding the animals. Read more: http://www.smiFri, 24 Aug 2018 18:24:52 +0000Born Into Slavery, Bill Traylor Would Become a Leading Light of Self-Taught Art new show at the Smithsonian American Art museum highlights his workThu, 23 Aug 2018 16:02:31 +0000This Culture, Once Believed Extinct, Is Flourishing new exhibition explores the cultural heritage of the Taíno, the indigenous people of the Caribbean Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:38:08 +0000Could Lava Incinerate Trash and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000For the Dog Days of Summer, Here Are 31 Artists and Their Dogs Smithsonian's Archives of American Art selects works from its collections in honor of those hot August daysWed, 22 Aug 2018 17:56:20 +0000How a Little Yellow Bus Came to the Rescue of a Persecuted Schoolboy activist and journalist Bil Browning reminisces about the importance of a simple toyWed, 22 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000Epcot Just Got a New Smithsonian Museum Exhibition apart yet sharing so much, the two vacation destinations collaborate to bring scholarship and authenticity to Disney audiences Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Moment That Defines Famed American Composer Leonard Bernstein National Portrait Gallery showcases a celebrated conductor as portrayed by the master French photographer Henri Cartier-BressonTue, 21 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000How Can Museums Democratize Portraiture? the National Portrait Gallery turns 50, it is asking how well its collections represent the people—and where there is room for improvementMon, 20 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000How Scientists Discovered Helium, the First Alien Element, 150 Years Ago found only on the sun, scientists doubted the mysterious element even existed for more than a decadeFri, 17 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Museum Curators Reflect on the Legacy of the Queen of Soul Franklin dies at 76; her memory lives on at the Smithsonian in artwork, photographs and other ephemeraThu, 16 Aug 2018 14:24:23 +0000At 50, “Hey Jude” Still Makes Everything "Better, Better, Better" Beatles’ biggest single hit skyrocketed on the charts in August of 1968 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000How to Host Your Own Conversation About the State of the Artshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com are a part of every community, so take part in a Second Opinion-style discussion with your peersTue, 14 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Curators Killed Hatcher, the 66-Million-Year-Old Triceratops popular dinosaur has a new starring role in the upcoming “Deep Time” exhibition—a meal for T. rex Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:36:33 +0000Playwright Tom Stoppard’s 'Travesties' and the Meaning of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com in revival on Broadway, the Tony-awarded comedy wreaks havoc with art’s pretensionsMon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Second Opinion: The State of the Arts Education Resourceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com use in the classroom or your community, a list of lesson plans and other teaching materials that use arts to explore science, history math and moreMon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Podcast: What It Takes to Paint a Portrait of a First Ladyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com artist behind the National Portrait Gallery's painting of Michelle Obama reveals her creative process Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Does It Mean for Art to Be “Relevant”?https://www.smithsonianmag.com critic and <em>National Review</em> writer Jay Nordlinger discusses why it's okay for high art to be unpopularFri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The National Zoo’s Beloved, Aging Emu Has Died delighted zoo patrons for 21 years with his clever antics and charismaThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:53:34 +0000Prospects Are Looking Up for This Gulf Coast Tribe Relocating to Higher Ground Louisiana’s Isle de Jean Charles slips away, the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe plans community renewal and a museum for their new home Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:55:48 +0000How Artists Are Always at the Forefront of Political Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com Freelon, who was featured at the Smithsonian's By the People festival, discusses the role of artists in societyThu, 09 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Is There Too Much Money in Art?https://www.smithsonianmag.com economist Don Thompson offers his insights on the auction world and how the government subsidizes art in different waysThu, 09 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Sensuous Blending of Style and Speed, This Ducati Is Both Art and Machine appreciation for the cognoscenti of motorcycles Wed, 08 Aug 2018 15:07:30 +0000The Ancient Origins of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com began making art 40,000 years ago. Why?Wed, 08 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Do the Arts Promote Social Change?https://www.smithsonianmag.com the 19th century, American philanthropists sought to use music as a way to alter the course of the nation's historyWed, 08 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Does Art Propel People to Talk to One Another?https://www.smithsonianmag.com artwork that engages the public with social and political topics is an integral part of curating a 21st-century museumTue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Ai Wei Wei on Why Authoritarian Regimes Censor Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com Chinese artist speaks with Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton on how art provides us with perspective on our own humanityTue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Four Foals Join the Herd of Przewalski’s Horses at the Smithsonian endangered species, native to Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan, is slowly being revitalized with the help of conservation scientists around the world.Mon, 06 Aug 2018 20:41:02 +0000Why MIT Has an Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com and art have always been intertwined, says the director of the university’s art museumMon, 06 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Is It Still Great Art if No One Can See It?https://www.smithsonianmag.com artist Erwin Wurm sees human participation as integral to experiencing art, even if it involves eating a hot dogMon, 06 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000This One-of-a-Kind Biplane Embodies the Thrill of Airshow Flight Air and Space Museum’s new “We All Fly” gallery will encourage imaginations to soarFri, 03 Aug 2018 15:38:01 +0000Five Books That Expand Our Definition of What Art Can Behttps://www.smithsonianmag.com director of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum highlights a handful of publications worth giving a read Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Art Is Humanity’s Common Thread, Says the Director of the National Museum of African Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com an interview with the provost of the Smithsonian, Gus Casely-Hayford talks about his deep love of art from Africa and what it tells us about communitiesFri, 03 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Five Artists Who Will Help You Better Understand Challenges of the Modern Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com director of the Hirshhorn Museum shares her picks for seeing why art matters in the 21st centuryThu, 02 Aug 2018 15:36:16 +0000Our Most Precious Heritage: A National Dialogue on the State of the Artshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com panel discussion hosted by the Secretary of the Smithsonian and a series of interviews tackle the big question of why the arts matter in the 21st centuryThu, 02 Aug 2018 14:55:33 +0000These Images From 1968 Capture an America in Violent Flux one-room show at the National Portrait Gallery is a hauntingly relevant 50-year-old time capsuleWed, 01 Aug 2018 17:36:17 +0000The Topsy-Turvy Worldview of Georg Baselitz paintings are part of a 60-year survey of the German painter and sculptor, who makes a return to the HirshhornTue, 31 Jul 2018 19:21:43 +0000At Nearly Four Months Old, the Zoo’s Youngest Gorilla Has Begun to Show His Rambunctious Roots, the National Zoo’s first infant gorilla in nine years, enlivens the primate house with chatter and play.Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:38:27 +0000Collaborative “Mail Art” Puts the Post in Postmodernism, envelopes and enclosures take center stage in an intimate new art showMon, 30 Jul 2018 20:00:41 +0000To Pinpoint the Origin of a Fish, Check Out Its Physique new cost-effective tool may help small-scale fisheries simply and accurately determine the origins of a day's catch.Fri, 27 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000