At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenMon, 20 Nov 2017 19:30:11 +0000This Ambitious Landmark Hip-Hop and Rap Anthology Was Successfully Fundedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/funding-landmark-hip-hop-and-rap-anthology-was-community-effort-180965243/Smithsonian's nonprofit record label launched a Kickstarter for help and got itTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:22:52 +0000Good History Takes Time, So Be Patient With the New JFK Documentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/assassination-sleuths-bewareitll-take-lot-time-and-research-make-sense-new-jfk-documents-180966973/There are unlikely to be any bombshells, and it’ll be months or years before historians can draw conclusions from the new filesThu, 26 Oct 2017 15:21:04 +0000How This Artist's Archival Discovery Sparked High-Tech Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-this-artists-archival-discovery-sparked-high-tech-art-180967264/A photograph from a Smithsonian archives piqued Jordan Bennett's creativity; his work is part of a new exhibition that explores technology and tradition Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:30:11 +0000Thirteen Books That Informed and Delighted Smithsonian Scholars This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thirteen-books-informed-and-delighted-smithsonian-scholars-year-180967238/With a mission to increase and diffuse knowledge, Smithsonian thought leaders are voracious readersMon, 20 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Check Out These Thought-Provoking Additions to the National Portrait Galleryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/check-out-thought-provoking-national-portrait-gallerys-new-additions-180967255/The museum is showcasing 25 new artworks through next autumnFri, 17 Nov 2017 18:54:41 +0000The Invisible Face of the American Worker Is Made Stunningly Visible in This New Showhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/invisible-face-american-worker-made-visible-new-portrait-gallery-show-180967242/The National Portrait Gallery kicks off its 50th anniversary with the exhibition "The Sweat of Their Face"Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:22:28 +0000When the Next Pandemic Hits, Will We Be Prepared?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-next-pandemic-hits-will-we-be-prepared-180967210/The question isn’t whether a pandemic will strike—it’s how it will play out.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:20:19 +0000Why Making a Portrait of a Black Woman Was a Form of Protesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-making-portrait-black-woman-was-form-protest-180967158/For Emma Amos, an African-American artist working in the 1970s, the personal was often politicalMon, 13 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Lonnie Bunch Looks Back on Year One and the Making of the Smithsonian's Newest Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/museum-director-lonnie-bunch-looks-back-year-one-making-smithsonians-newest-museum-180967173/The director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture reflects on what it took to make a dream realityThu, 09 Nov 2017 21:22:45 +0000Two Enigmatic Nigerian Figures Reunited After a Century Aparthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-enigmatic-nigerian-figures-reunited-after-century-apart-180967087/One of many highlights in a new exhibition at the National Museum of African ArtWed, 08 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Here's Why Washington’s Beloved Air and Space Museum Is Facing a Sweeping Seven-Year Upgradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/here-why-washingtons-beloved-air-and-space-museum-facing-sweeping-seven-year-upgrade-180967107/The museum will remain open as it works to enhance the visitor's experience Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Portrait of Eliza Hamilton and a Costume Worn by Lin-Manuel Miranda for 'Hamilton' Arrives at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/portrait-eliza-hamilton-and-one-lin-manuel-mirandas-hamilton-costumes-arrives-smithsonian-180967093/Paying homage to the spirit of philanthropy, the museum honors the Eliza Project and the Graham Windham orphanageMon, 06 Nov 2017 15:52:48 +0000How Artificial Intelligence Could Revolutionize Archival Museum Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artificial-intelligence-could-revolutionize-museum-research-180967065/A new study shows off a computer program’s specimen-sorting prowessFri, 03 Nov 2017 17:42:08 +0000What a Smithsonian Folklorist Thinks about Marvel's Cleaned-Up Version of Thorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-smithsonian-folklorist-thinks-about-marvels-cleaned-version-thor-180967052/In Hollywood’s hands, the Thor of ‘Ragnarok’ is a hunk with a heart compared to the brutish thug of loreWed, 01 Nov 2017 20:38:07 +0000These Dramatic Photos Reveal the Soul Behind the Day of the Dead https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dramatic-photos-reveal-soul-behind-day-dead--180967024/New Mexican Photographer Miguel Gandert allows his subjects to narrate their own storyTue, 31 Oct 2017 19:11:49 +0000Signpost From Standing Rock, Now in the Smithsonian Collections, Shows the Power of Solidarityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/signpost-from-standing-rock-now-smithsonian-collections-shows-power-solidarity-180966928/A new addition to the National Museum of the American Indian links current events to a long and problematic history Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000In Emotional Homecoming, Smithsonian Repatriates 24 Sets of Human Remainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-repatriates-24-sets-human-remains-alaskan-community-180966927/Collected by an anthropologist in 1931, the National Museum of Natural History returned the bones to the village of IgiugigTue, 31 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000These Breathtaking Images Are the Cat’s Meow in Nature Photographyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-breathtaking-images-are-cats-meow-nature-photography-180967015/Sixty incredible outdoor scenes are now on view at the National Museum of Natural HistoryMon, 30 Oct 2017 20:30:27 +0000Yes. The Night Before Halloween Is a Real Holidayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-do-you-call-night-before-halloween-180967010/In New Jersey, it's known as 'Mischief Night." In Detroit, it's 'Devil's Night.' And in Cincinnati, it's ... 'Cabbage Night'?Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:51:41 +0000How Spanish-Language Broadcasters Gave Voice to America's Hispanicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-spanish-language-broadcasters-gave-voice-americas-hispanics-180966985/In a country where more than 37 million people speak Spanish, stations like Telemundo reach under-served communitiesMon, 30 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Six Books to Read About the History of Immigration in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/six-books-read-about-history-immigration-america-180965198/A curator at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum selects some must-reads Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:58:25 +0000Fats Domino's Infectious Rhythms Set a Nation in Motionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fats-dominos-infectious-rhythms-set-nation-motion-180966984/This Rock ’n’ Roll maverick was a true New Orleans originalThu, 26 Oct 2017 20:27:52 +0000Why Do So Many Train Stations Have the Same Name?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/train-stations-same-name-180965219/You asked, we answeredThu, 26 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Kara Walker Boldly Rewrote Civil War Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-kara-walker-boldly-rewrote-civil-war-history-180965367/The artist gives 150-year-old illustrations a provocative update at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumThu, 26 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000VIDEO: Conflict, Insight, Hope -- A Conversation About Immigration in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/what-does-it-mean-be-american-today-180965160/Read the full transcript from the latest Second Opinion roundtableWed, 25 Oct 2017 17:15:53 +0000An Open, Candid Conversation About Immigration in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/immigration-america-180965144/A series of conversations about one of our nation's most intractable concernsWed, 25 Oct 2017 17:13:34 +0000There Are Possibly Only 30 of These Rare Porpoises Left on the Planethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vaquita-vanishing-rare-porpoise-left-planet-180965221/The fascinating vaquita is heading for oblivion, the victim of a ravenous black market for a dubious remedyWed, 25 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000You Should Thank Maurice Hilleman for Helping You Live Past the Age of 10https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/you-should-thank-maurice-hilleman-helping-you-live-past-age-10-180965369/The “Greatest Scientist of the 20th Century” created vaccines for pandemics and childhood illnessesWed, 25 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000At This Spectral Subway Platform, Trains Approach But Never Arrivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/spectral-subway-platform-trains-approach-never-arrive-180965363/An otherworldly art installation debuts at the Renwick just in time for HalloweenWed, 25 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Fresh Look for Smithsonian's Oldest Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fresh-look-smithsonians-oldest-art-museum-180965346/The Freer's renovation comes with a new thematic presentation of Asian Art—and the Peacock Room is reopened, as wellTue, 24 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0000What a Pair of Empty Blackboards Can Teach Us About Art and Social Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-pair-empty-blackboards-can-teach-us-about-art-social-change-180965304/Can art alter the course of history? Should artists even try? Joseph Beuys said yes and yesMon, 23 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Melania Trump Donates Her Inaugural Ball Gown to the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/melania-trump-donates-her-inaugural-ball-gown-smithsonian-180965350/Mrs. Trump, who confesses a passion for design, had a precise idea of what she wanted to wear on that historic eveningFri, 20 Oct 2017 20:59:09 +0000Fifty Years Ago, a Rag-Tag Group of Acid-Dropping Activists Tried to "Levitate" the Pentagonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-rag-tag-group-acid-dropping-activists-tried-levitate-pentagon-180965338/The March on the Pentagon to end the Vietnam War began a turning point in public opinion, but some in the crowd were hoping for a miracleFri, 20 Oct 2017 16:31:30 +0000The Shocking World of Electric Fisheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/shocking-world-electric-fishes-180965329/Fish like eels use electricity to navigate their worldsFri, 20 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Ties That Bind Muhammad Ali to the NFL Protestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/connections-between-muhammad-ali-and-nfl-protests-180965310/A new biography reveals new details about the history of the boxer—“a heavyweight of contradictions”Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:37:44 +0000These Collegiate Innovators Are at the Vanguard of Technology and Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-collegiate-innovators-are-vanguard-technology-and-art-180965298/A massive three-day festival spotlights the achievements of the Atlantic Coast ConferenceThu, 19 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000How Korean Fried Chicken, AKA "Candy Chicken" Became a Transnational Comfort Foodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/forklife-korean-fried-chicken-transnational-comfort-food-180965128/A new Smithsonian Folklife Project, Forklife, traces the journeys of immigrant food traditions taking root in the United StatesWed, 18 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Curator Talks Barack and Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait Selectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barack-and-michelle-obama-chose-two-compelling-artists-paint-their-official-smithsonian-portraits-180965295/Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald will become the first black artists commissioned to paint a presidential couple for the SmithsonianTue, 17 Oct 2017 21:12:54 +0000Inventing a Vocabulary to Help Inuit People Talk About Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inventing-vocabulary-to-help-inuit-people-talk-about-climate-change-180965062/One team is working with Inuvialuit elders to come up with a renewable energy terminology—and maybe revive a dying languageTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Home Is Where the Corpse Is—At Least In These Dollhouse Crime Sceneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/home-where-corpse-frances-glessner-lees-miniature-dollhouse-crime-scenes-180965204/Frances Glessner Lee's ‘Nutshell Studies’ exemplify the intersection of forensic science and craftMon, 16 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Have We Been Building Chairs All Wrong?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/have-we-been-building-chairs-all-wrong-180965194/Experimental Dutch designer Joris Laarman uses algorithms and digital technology to innovate through constraintFri, 13 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Take a Tour of the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific Collections this Autumnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-tour-smithsonians-asian-artwork-autumn-180965141/Diverse artifacts all across the Smithsonian Institution captivate and confound in equal measureThu, 12 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Why the Ancient Egyptians Loved Their Kittieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-ancient-egyptians-loved-their-kitties-180965155/A show opening at the Sackler dramatizes the various meanings that the people of Egypt once associated with catsWed, 11 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000America's Undead Are Immortalized at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/americas-undead-are-immortalized-smithsonian-180965203/The cast of "The Walking Dead" donates a set of perfectly macabre Halloween giftsTue, 10 Oct 2017 21:38:54 +0000Meet Mr. Mumler, the Man Who “Captured” Lincoln’s Ghost on Camerahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-mr-mumler-man-who-captured-lincolns-ghost-camera-180965090/When America’s first aerial cameraman met an infamous spirit photographer, the chemistry was explosiveTue, 10 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000A Territorial Land Grab That Pushed Native Americans to the Breaking Pointhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/territorial-grab-pushed-native-americans-breaking-point-180965142/The 1809 treaty that fueled Tecumseh’s war on whites at the Battle of Tippecanoe is on view at the American Indian MuseumMon, 09 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Get Lost Inside These Golden Spires Transforming the Sackler Pavilionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/get-lost-inside-these-golden-spries-transforming-sackler-pavilion-180965129/<em>Terminal,</em>the work of acclaimed artist Subodh Gupta, recalls an urban cityscapeFri, 06 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000A Rare Collection of Bronze Age Chinese Bells Tells a Story of Ancient Innovationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bronze-age-chinese-bells-tells-story-ancient-innovation-180964459/These rarely played ancient bells are newly analyzed with their acoustics remastered and digitized for a new exhibition at the Sackler GalleryThu, 05 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000You've Never Tasted "Street Food" Like This Beforehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/youve-never-tasted-street-food-180965106/For its grand reopening, a hub of Asian-American culture serves up a culinary wonderlandWed, 04 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Sackler Buddhist Exhibition Doubles the Immersive Experienceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-sackler-buddhist-exhibit-doubles-immersive-experiences-180965105/Film of Sri Lankan site joins popular shrine room as part of three-year exhibition and we finally learn why one Buddha’s hair is blueWed, 04 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000How Cultural Resilience Made a Difference After Hurricane Hugo And Could Help Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-resilience-culture-helped-caribbean-nation-come-back-devastating-hurricane-and-might-help-again-180965093/When the 1989 hurricane devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands, Smithsonian folklorists were working on an upcoming Folklife FestivalTue, 03 Oct 2017 15:26:48 +0000Tom Petty, Standard-Bearer for Classic Rock, Dies at Age 66https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/tom-petty-standard-bearer-classic-rock-dies-age-66-180965092/In <i>Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen</i>, Bill Bentley remembers the singer-guitarist who forged a unique place in American rockTue, 03 Oct 2017 12:03:34 +0000Hugh Hefner's Legacy as Told Through National Portrait Gallery Artifactshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hugh-hefners-complicated-legacy-180965068/Three objects explore the complicated and controversial life of the late founder of the Playboy empireFri, 29 Sep 2017 14:39:11 +0000These Ancient Whale Baleen Artifacts Can Now Tell New Storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-ancient-artifacts-crafted-whale-baleen-can-now-tell-new-stories-180965066/How an innovative protein analysis technique helped solve a decades-old mystery Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000A Rainbow Shines Anew in National Portrait Gallery's Iconic George Washington Portrait https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rainbow-shines-anew-national-portrait-gallerys-iconic-george-washington-portrait-180965043/A glistening Lansdowne Portrait refresh harkens the reopening of "America's Presidents" Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Tom Brokaw’s Journey From Middle America to the World Stagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tom-brokaws-journey-middle-america-world-stage-180965021/The history-making path of the former NBC Nightly News anchor is honored with a Smithsonian Lewis and Clark compassWed, 27 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Summer of Yoko Ono Ends with Shrieks and Screams https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/summer-yoko-ono-ends-shrieks-and-screams-180965006/A concert, a broken vase and unfettered adoration for the avant-guard artist marks the Hirshhorn’s finale to its appreciation Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Check Out These Stunning Photographs of a Tibetan Horseback Sporthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/check-out-stunning-photographs-tibetan-horseback-sport-180964925/Kings in ancient Tibet promoted the sport to save money on military trainingMon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000The True Story Behind Billie Jean King's Victorious “Battle of the Sexes”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/true-story-behind-billie-jean-king-battle-sexes-180964985/Smithsonian sports curator Eric Jentsch offers a look at her legacy beyond the legendary matchFri, 22 Sep 2017 15:31:54 +0000How U.S. and German Art Experts Are Teaming Up to Solve Nazi-Era Mysterieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-us-and-german-art-experts-are-teaming-solve-nazi-era-mysteries-180964955/Specialists in WWII art loss and restitution will discuss provenance research in BerlinFri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000