At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenThu, 22 Oct 2020 18:53:00 +0000Here's What's New to Explore as Smithsonian Museums Reopenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-reopens-four-museums-180975795/Two more museums, the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian, open Friday Mon, 14 Sep 2020 19:38:41 +0000The Complicated Relationship Between Latinos and the Los Angeles Dodgershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/complicated-relationship-between-latinos-and-los-angeles-dodgers-180976109/A new Smithsonian book and an upcoming exhibition, '¡Pleibol!,' recounts the singular importance of baseball in Latino history and cultureThu, 22 Oct 2020 18:53:00 +0000Secretary Lonnie Bunch on the New Memorial to Native American Veteranshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/secretary-lonnie-bunch-new-memorial-native-american-veterans-180976042/Located in front of the National Museum of the American Indian, the sculpture reminds us of the true burden of freedomThu, 22 Oct 2020 15:25:01 +0000Why Are South American Animals Smaller Than Those on Other Continents?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/south-american-animals-smaller-than-other-continents-180976043/You've got questions. We've got expertsThu, 22 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000The Global History of the Bandanahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/global-history-bandana-180976040/How an Indian export became part of the fabric of American lifeThu, 22 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000To Adapt to a Changing Environment 400,000 Years Ago, Early Humans Developed New Tools and Behaviorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-drastic-ecological-change-led-leap-forward-behavior-weapons-and-tools-180976101/When the East African Rift Valley transformed dramatically, new weapons arose and trade expandedWed, 21 Oct 2020 18:00:00 +0000Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction With Horten's All-Wing Aircraft Designhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/truth-stranger-fiction-hortens-all-wing-aircraft-design-180976095/New research dispels some of the myths behind the world's first jet-powered flying wing Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000When Young Americans Marched for Democracy Wearing Capeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/young-americansa-marched-democracy-capes-180976036/In 1880, a new generation helped decide the closest popular vote in U.S. historyWed, 21 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000How Girls Have Brought Political Change to Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-girls-have-brought-political-change-america-180976070/The history of activism in young girls, who give voice to important issues in extraordinary ways, is the topic of a new Smithsonian exhibition.Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000Covid-19's Impact on Working Women Is an Unprecedented Disasterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/covid-19s-impact-working-women-unprecedented-disaster-180976084/In September, 865,000 women left the workforce, with effects playing out differently for those of different races and classesMon, 19 Oct 2020 16:57:36 +0000The Long History of Blaming Immigrants in Times of Sicknesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-history-blaming-immigrants-times-sickness-180976053/Panelists at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History discuss pandemics and scapegoatingMon, 19 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000These Photos Capture the Unity—and Defiance—of the Million Man Marchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/photos-capture-unity-defiance-million-man-march-180976076/Roderick Terry’s photographs are now housed at the National Museum of African American HistoryFri, 16 Oct 2020 16:53:24 +0000What an Asteroid Could Tell Us About Ancient Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/10/15/what-asteroid-could-tell-us-about-ancient-earth/Knowing those rocks’ origins will help scientists learn more about the composition of objects in the solar system and asteroid beltThu, 15 Oct 2020 16:11:53 +0000Meet the Award-Winning Activist Campaigning for Food Justice https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-award-winning-activist-campaigning-food-justice-180976062/Danielle Nierenberg, the recipient of the 2020 Julia Child Award, is working to make global food systems more equitableThu, 15 Oct 2020 14:57:01 +0000Why Latino History Is American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-childrens-book-proves-why-latino-history-american-history-180976010/The new children's book, 'Nuestra América,’ is chock-full of educators, activists, celebrities and others that make up the American landscapeWed, 14 Oct 2020 14:18:05 +0000The Wonderfully Weird World of Deep-Sea Squidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/10/08/get-know-scientist-discovering-deep-sea-squids/For this month's "Meet a SI-entist," the Smithsonian's curator of cephalopods says these are the "intelligent invertebrates"Tue, 13 Oct 2020 15:26:28 +0000Tribes Reintroduce Swift Fox to Northern Montana’s Fort Belknap Reservationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tribes-reintroduce-swift-fox-northern-montanas-fort-belknap-reservation-180976001/After absence of more than 50 years, the pint-sized predator returns to the prairieTue, 13 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000For This Year's Crop of Smithsonian Craft Show Artists, the Pandemic Changes Everythinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-years-artists-pandemic-smithsonians-prestigious-craft-show-180976025/Ceramicist Patti Warashina, the winner of the show’s prestigious Visionary Award, reflects on how her artwork reveals the surreal of these timesFri, 09 Oct 2020 17:13:30 +0000Help This Scholar Reverse the Erasure of Native Contributions in the Creation of These 20th-Century Muralshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-institution-office-fellowships-and-int/2020/10/09/reversing-erasure-native-contributions-muralism/Native artists working on monumental, public works of art remain unidentified and unrecognized; it's time to change thatFri, 09 Oct 2020 14:19:26 +0000'Jeopardy!' Champion Ken Jennings on Lessons Learned From Alexander von Humboldt https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2020/09/30/jeopardy-champion-ken-jennings-lessons-learned-alexander-von-humboldt/“I’ll take Alexander von Humboldt for $500, Alex” Thu, 08 Oct 2020 14:16:26 +0000Five Ideas for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2020/10/07/indigenous-peoples-day-2020/Honor Native American ideas, make your garden a native ecosystem, read these books, or take in one of these online programs with Native guestsWed, 07 Oct 2020 15:27:12 +0000Calling All Portrait Artistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-portrait-gallery/2020/10/05/portrait-competition-2022/The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is seeking submissions now through Jan. 29, 2021, to its triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait CompetitionTue, 06 Oct 2020 16:07:20 +0000Why Elaine de Kooning's Portrait of JFK Broke All the Ruleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-elaine-de-kooning-jfk-portrait-broke-rules-180975959/After the assassination, the grief-stricken artist painted the president’s image obsessively; finally saying she caught only "a glimpse" of himTue, 06 Oct 2020 14:41:42 +0000Why It Takes a DNA Test to Determine a Panda Cub's Sex https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-it-takes-dna-test-determine-panda-cub-sex-180975988/The National Zoo announces the 6-week-old giant panda is a boyMon, 05 Oct 2020 19:15:50 +0000A Native American Community in Baltimore Reclaims Its Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/native-american-community-baltimore-reclaims-its-history-180975948/Thousands of Lumbee Indians, members of the largest tribe east of the Mississippi, once lived in the neighborhoods of Upper Fells Point and Washington HillMon, 05 Oct 2020 14:10:57 +0000Top Designers Strut Their Stuff at Cooper Hewitt Galahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/top-designers-strut-their-stuff-cooper-hewitt-gala-180975967/Kickstarter, Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, TELFAR and others take home awardsFri, 02 Oct 2020 16:03:10 +0000A Virtual Tour of Old Town Alexandria and 27 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in Octoberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2020/09/28/virtual-tour-old-town-alexandria-and-27-other-smithsonian-programs-streaming-october/Join programs, multi-part courses, studio arts classes and virtual study tours Wed, 30 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000Native Americans Have Always Answered the Call to Servehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2020/09/29/national-vfw-day/National Veterans of Foreign Wars Day, September 29, recognizes the men and women who have served honorably in the U.S. military overseas Tue, 29 Sep 2020 20:24:58 +0000Six Videos From the Natural History Museum That Put the Pandemic in Contexthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/09/23/six-videos-put-pandemic-context/Explore the life cycle of modern outbreaks, from infection to immunity and vaccines to combat themTue, 29 Sep 2020 19:21:10 +0000Here's How You Can Help Amphibians in the Fight Against Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-institution-office-fellowships-and-int/2020/09/22/back-dead-amphibians-continue-fight-against-extinction/We now know that the killer chytrid fungus originated in Asia and that humans unintentionally spread it around the worldMon, 28 Sep 2020 16:33:56 +0000Why Sweden’s Ancient Tradition of Calling Home the Herds Is Women’s Work https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-swedens-ancient-tradition-calling-home-herds-womens-work-180975904/The spellbinding refrains of the kulning call reflect a tradition that offered women freedom and independence Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:38:56 +0000Check Out Pictures and Video of the Giant Panda Cub's First Veterinary Examhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2020/09/22/giant-panda-cubs-first-veterinary-exam/At one-month-old, all signs point to a healthy, strong cubWed, 23 Sep 2020 14:21:54 +0000The Women Writers Who Shaped 20th-Century American Literaturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/women-writers-who-shaped-20th-century-american-literature-180975872/A new show at the National Portrait Gallery spotlights 24 authors, including Lorraine Hansberry, Sandra Cisneros and Maxine Hong KingstonWed, 23 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000Are There Native Descendants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition? And More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/native-descendants-lewis-clark-expedition-questions-readers-180975785/You've got questions. We've got expertsTue, 22 Sep 2020 15:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch on How the Institution Builds Its Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lonnie-bunch-secretary-collections-180975784/Finding the next awe-inspiring artifact requires flexibility, help from the community—and a healthy dose of good luckTue, 22 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000Nation Mourns Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Who Broke Barriers and Became a Feminist Iconhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ruth-bader-ginsburg-dies-87-180975875/The Supreme Court justice, who died at 87, "inspired women to believe in themselves," says the Smithsonian's Kim SajetSat, 19 Sep 2020 16:39:49 +0000Why Robert Pirsig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Still Resonates Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/robert-pirsig-zen-art-motorcycle-maintenance-resonates-today-180975768/The author's meditation on technology treads a whole new path in the modern, digital worldFri, 18 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000Alexander von Humboldt: The Man History Forgothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/alexander-von-humboldt-man-who-history-forgot-180975777/Rediscover the 19th-century naturalist who traveled on four continents, wrote 2,500 letters, 36 books and hugely influenced early AmericaThu, 17 Sep 2020 19:00:27 +0000How the Revolutionary Thinker Alexander von Humboldt Helped to Create the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-revolutionary-thinker-alexander-von-humboldt-helped-create-smithsonian-180975790/The 19th-century polymath continues to influence the Institution’s research; a major Smithsonian exhibition explains how and why Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:57:46 +0000Important Hudson River School Archive Is Now Fully Digitizedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2020/09/15/hudson-river-school-legacy-weir-family-papers-now-fully-digitized/Prominent artists like Edwin Austin Abbey, Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Eastman Johnson are featured in the Weir Family PapersTue, 15 Sep 2020 20:40:14 +0000Why Black, Indigenous and Other People of Color Experience Greater Harm During the Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-blacks-indigenous-and-other-people-color-experience-greater-harm-during-pandemic-180975773/Scholars take a deep dive into how structural racism intersects with public healthTue, 15 Sep 2020 14:35:55 +0000What the Rhythm of a Maned Wolf's Heart Revealshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2020/09/08/what-rhythm-maned-wolfs-heart-reveals/Smithsonian researchers are monitoring stress rates of this keystone species for better ways to manage themFri, 11 Sep 2020 17:45:25 +0000Secretary Lonnie Bunch Discusses Music's Role in African American History and Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/conversations-in-context-music/From Lead Belly to Kendrick Lamar, black musicians have long used song to share stories of struggle and triumphThu, 10 Sep 2020 21:04:14 +0000Artist Maren Hassinger Has Spent Her Entire Career Mediating the Current Momenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artist-maren-hassinger-has-spent-her-entire-career-mediating-current-moment-180975746/Curators Dorothy Moss and Charlotte Ickes explore the artist’s story ahead of her arrival in the Capital CityWed, 09 Sep 2020 14:59:27 +0000Top 10 Giant Panda Cub Cam Momentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/top-10-giant-panda-cub-cam-moments-180975739/Two National Zoo curators and the panda keeper journal their favorite moments of the new cub's first daysTue, 08 Sep 2020 15:31:35 +0000Why Thomas Jefferson Created His Own Biblehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-thomas-jefferson-created-his-own-bible-180975716/In a new book, Smithsonian curator of religion Peter Manseau tells of how <em>The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth</em> first sparked hot controversyTue, 08 Sep 2020 14:18:55 +0000The Papers of Artist Chiura Obata Chronicle Life Inside World War II Incarceration Campshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2020/09/02/acquisitions-chiura-obata-papers/At the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the artist's story is one of resilience amidst the upheaval Fri, 04 Sep 2020 16:22:46 +0000Lawsuit Seeks Reparations for Victims of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacrehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tulsa-massacre-survivors-sue-city-seeking-reparations-180975723/Led by a 105-year-old survivor of the attack, the plaintiffs detail almost 100 years of lasting harmThu, 03 Sep 2020 19:50:58 +0000Celebrate Five of Nature's Best Beards on World Beard Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/09/03/five-natures-best-beards-world-beard-day/In the sea, the sky and the land between, organisms sport bristles, fuzz and fur of all styles Thu, 03 Sep 2020 15:05:46 +0000How the Death of George Floyd Sparked a Street Art Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-death-george-floyd-sparked-street-art-movement-180975711/A group of Minnesota faculty and students is documenting and archiving the phenomenon Thu, 03 Sep 2020 13:00:00 +0000Secretary Lonnie Bunch on the History of Civil Rights Protests in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/at-the-smithsonian/conversations-in-context-marches/ Wed, 02 Sep 2020 20:51:56 +0000What a 1,000-Year-Old Seal Skull Can Tell Us About Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/09/02/what-1000-year-old-seal-skull-can-say-about-climate-change/In a new study, scientists explain how a seal native to the South Atlantic, but found in Indiana, likely swam to the middle of North America Wed, 02 Sep 2020 16:23:10 +0000In Washington, D.C., Towering Candles Shine as a Beacon of Hope in Dark Timeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/washington-dc-these-towering-candles-grace-dark-times-beacon-hope-180975700/Artist Sterling Ruby reflects on the recent installation of his sculpture <em>Double Candle</em> at the Hirshhorn Wed, 02 Sep 2020 15:43:47 +0000How 19th-Century Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous Racism Reverberates Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-19th-century-anti-black-and-anti-indigenous-racism-reverberates-today-180975692/A case study for the nation, Minnesota has witnessed racial violence from its inception as a U.S. territoryTue, 01 Sep 2020 14:03:31 +0000Anthony Fauci and Alan Alda Talk Science and 26 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in Septemberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2020/08/26/anthony-fauci-and-alan-alda-talk-science-and-26-other-smithsonian-programs-streaming-september/This month drop in on events about global climate justice, Picasso's 'Guernica,' bird brains, the Supreme Court, William Faulkner, orchids and moreMon, 31 Aug 2020 14:10:15 +0000The Long, Painful History of Racial Unresthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-painful-history-racial-unrest-180975681/A lethal incident of police brutality in Miami in 1979 offers just one of countless examples of the reality generations of African Americans have facedFri, 28 Aug 2020 18:52:41 +0000Athletes Shut Down Sports to Protest Police Brutalityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sports-strikes-police-brutality-180975679/A sports curator at the Smithsonian provides his thoughts on the past and future implications of the events of the week Fri, 28 Aug 2020 17:10:48 +0000High-Tech Tracking Reveals 'Whole New Secret World of Birds'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/high-tech-tracking-reveals-birds-movement-beyond-migration-180975673/A study of Kirtland’s warblers found that some continue exploring long distances even after they reach their breeding grounds Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0000How the Myth of a Liberal North Erases a Long History of White Violencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-myth-liberal-north-erases-long-history-white-violence-180975661/Anti-black racism has terrorized African Americans throughout the nation's history, regardless of where in the country they livedThu, 27 Aug 2020 16:00:01 +0000How the Desolate Architectural Paintings of Emilio Sanchez Were Crafted From the Artist's Travel Snapshots https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2020/08/27/how-painter-emilio-sanchez-used-vacation-snapshots-aesthetic-experimentation/ In the Archives of American Art, a scholar pieces together the Cuban-born painter's complex artistic practice Thu, 27 Aug 2020 15:01:27 +0000