At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenTue, 13 Nov 2018 21:08:48 +0000Stan Lee Helped Shape the Story of What It Is to Be Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stan-lee-helped-shape-story-what-it-be-american-180970796/Smithsonian curator Eric Jentsch weighs into the legacy of the comic-book mastermind Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:08:48 +0000The History of First Ladies’ Memoirshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-first-ladies-memoirs-180970797/Freed from the political constraints of living in the White House, these famous women have over the decades shared their personal opinions with the publicTue, 13 Nov 2018 19:47:35 +0000With Humans Out of the Way, Humpbacks Are Flourishing—But So Are Orcashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/humans-out-way-humpbacks-are-flourishing-so-are-orcas-180970788/Researchers are just now beginning to understand what happens when one whale species attacks anotherTue, 13 Nov 2018 15:54:41 +0000Prehistoric Angolan “Sea Monsters” Take Up Residence at the Natural History Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/prehistoric-angolan-sea-monsters-take-residence-natural-history-museum-180970774/The new fossil exhibition spotlights the majestic marine predators that swept into the South Atlantic as Pangaea dissolvedFri, 09 Nov 2018 20:53:43 +0000How a Photograph Solved an Art Mysteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2018/11/09/how-photograph-solved-art-mystery/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 17:30:15 +0000How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2018/11/09/100-years-ago-poppies-became-more-just-flowers/The red flowers blooming on a battlefield in Belgium, inspired John McCrae to write the war poem “In Flanders Fields” Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:40:28 +0000Hartley Edwards Played “Taps” on this Bugle After World War I to Honor the Fallenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hartley-edwards-played-taps-bugle-after-world-war-i-honor-fallen-180970752/But the bugler remembered the story a bit wrong. A century later, a curator sets the record straightFri, 09 Nov 2018 13:00:36 +0000What Are the Economic Incentives to Invent?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-are-economic-incentives-invent-180970742/Prizes and patents may fulfill different needs, but together they fuel innovationThu, 08 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000In 1868, Two Nations Made a Treaty, the U.S. Broke It and Plains Indian Tribes are Still Seeking Justice https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1868-two-nations-made-treaty-us-broke-it-and-plains-indian-tribes-are-still-seeking-justice-180970741/The American Indian Museum puts the 150-year-old Fort Laramie Treaty on view in its "Nation to Nation" exhibitionWed, 07 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000This Art Show Is Taking the Literal Pulse of Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-art-show-is-taking-the-literal-pulse-america-180970738/Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer uses biometrics to make breathtaking spectacle Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:34:28 +0000In Senegal, Female Empowerment, Prestige and Wealth Is Measured in Glittering Goldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/senegal-female-empowerment-prestige-and-wealth-measured-glittering-gold-180970698/The African Art Museum's new exhibition delves into a tradition that is both ravishingly beautiful and hauntingly fraughtMon, 05 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000This South Carolina Cabin Is Now a Crown Jewel in the Smithsonian Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/south-carolina-cabin-has-become-crown-jewel-smithsonian-collections-180970681/The 16- by 20-foot dwelling once housed the enslaved; a new podcast tells its story Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Scientist Grover Krantz Risked It All. . .Chasing Bigfoothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientist-grover-krantz-risked-it-all-chasing-bigfoot-180970676/The dedicated anthropologist donated his body to science and it’s on display, but his legacy is complicatedWed, 31 Oct 2018 18:07:20 +0000Ecologists Have this Simple Request to Homeowners—Plant Nativehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ecologists-have-simple-request-homeownersplant-native-180970655/A new study shows how quickly songbird populations fall off when gardens are planted with exotic trees and shrubsWed, 31 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Last-Minute Costumes Inspired by the Archives of American Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2018/10/29/halloween-costume-guide-archives-style/ Tips from the glamorous and bohemian crowdTue, 30 Oct 2018 16:45:10 +0000The Musical Performance "Sight Machine" Reveals What Artificial Intelligence Is "Thinking" About Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/musical-performance-sight-machine-reveals-what-artificial-intelligence-thinking-about-us-180970644/Like artist Trevor Paglen's other work, the show asked viewers to reexamine the human relationship to technologyTue, 30 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Peer Through the Lens of the World's Best Nature Photographers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peer-through-lens-worlds-best-nature-photographers-180970612/Sixty images, including the winners, from the 23rd annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards go on viewMon, 29 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000As His Remains Are Finally Interred, Powerful Emblems of Matthew Shepard's Life and Memory Come to the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/his-remains-are-finally-interred-powerful-emblems-matthew-shepards-life-and-memory-come-smithsonian-180970639/Judy and Dennis Shepard lay their son to rest at the Washington National Cathedral after donating childhood artwork, photos and a wedding ringFri, 26 Oct 2018 16:31:19 +0000Does the Same Goose Always Lead the Flying V and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/same-goose-always-lead-flying-formation-180970546/You asked, we answeredThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Ancient Maize Can Tell Us About Thousands of Years of Civilization in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ancient-maize-thousands-years-civilization-america-180970543/It took millennia, but America’s founding farmers developed the grain that would fuel civilizations—and still doesThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000In the Wake of Apollo’s “Giant Leap,” What’s Next for Lunar Exploration?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wake-apollos-giant-leap-whats-next-lunar-exploration-180970593/A new Smithsonian Book unpacks the possible future of missions to the MoonThu, 25 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000World War I Handmade American Flag to Stay in Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/world-war-i-handmade-american-flag-stay-scotland-180970594/The Smithsonian Institution extends its loan of the historic artifact to Islay—a small island with a big heartWed, 24 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000A Huge Shipment of Crustaceans Is Heading North From Louisiana to D.C.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/huge-shipment-crustaceans-heading-north-louisiana-dc-180970596/The Natural History Museum prepares to add 100,000 more specimens to their collection already totaling 11.3 millionTue, 23 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000How Japanese Artists Responded to the Transformation of Their Nationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-japanese-artists-responded-transformation-their-nation-180970598/Two new exhibitions at the Freer|Sackler vividly illustrate Japan's arrival to the modern ageMon, 22 Oct 2018 18:44:30 +0000Dama Gazelle Calf Born at Smithsonian’s National Zoohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dama-gazelle-calf-born-smithsonians-national-zoo-180970587/Fahima gave birth to a healthy female calf October 9 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:24:43 +0000Meet the Real Rock Star of the New Dino Hall—the Fearsome Ceratosaurushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2018/10/16/smithsonian-dino-celebrity-finally-tells-all/The dinosaur is finally giving up its secrets as it prepares for a long fight with a <i>Stegosaurus</i> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:57:34 +0000Self-Taught Artist Clementine Hunter Painted the Bold Hues of Southern Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/self-taught-artist-clementine-hunter-painted-bold-hues-southern-life-180970572/On view at NMAAHC, Hunter’s colorful artworks depict work in the field, church on Sundays, and laundry on the lineThu, 18 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Return of Dorothy’s Iconic Ruby Slippers, Now Newly Preserved for the Ages https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/return-dorothys-iconic-ruby-slippers-now-newly-preserved-ages-180970574/The unprecedented conservation of the <i>Wizard of Oz</i> shoes involved more than 200 hours, and a call from the FBIThu, 18 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Two Decades Ago, John Glenn’s Encore Space Flight Lifted U.S. Spiritshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-decades-ago-john-glenns-encore-space-flight-lifted-us-spirits-180970512/Two cameras tell the tale of the first American to orbit Earth and his return to space 36 years laterWed, 17 Oct 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Innovative Spirit: Changing Our World For the Betterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/innovative-spirit-changing-our-world-better-180952004/In partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we look at the innovative spirit within the Smithsonian and beyondMon, 15 Oct 2018 14:31:07 +0000Smithsonian Curator Reflects on What 'First Man' Gets Right About Neil Armstrong's Journey to the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curator-reflects-what-first-man-gets-right-getting-neil-armstrong-moon-180970515/The new film lays bare the personal sacrifice and peril that accompanied NASA's historic mission Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:04:50 +0000Bill Traylor Depicted His Brutal Lifetime With Vibrant Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bill-traylor-depicted-his-brutal-lifetime-vibrant-art-180970496/A new Smithsonian show, seven years in the making, takes a deep dive into the life of a self-taught artist and former slaveWed, 10 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000In a New Film, Master Artisans Share Their Passion for the Labors They Love https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-film-master-artisans-share-their-passions-labors-love-180970474/Award-winning filmmakers, Smithsonian folklorist Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner, explore impact of craft in <em>Good Work</em>, airing now on PBSFri, 05 Oct 2018 20:27:43 +0000What’s Open and What’s Not During the National Air and Space Museum’s Seven-Year Renovationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-open-and-whats-not-during-national-air-and-space-museums-seven-year-renovation-180970483/Visitors might be inconvenienced, but the much-loved Washington, D.C. museum is undergoing a massive revitalizationFri, 05 Oct 2018 20:14:48 +0000San Francisco's 'Early Days' Statue Is Gone. Now Comes the Work of Activating Real Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/san-francisco-early-days-statue-gone-now-comes-work-activating-real-history-180970462/The racist sculpture's end comes at a “tipping point for the politics of Native American memory,” says the director of the American Indian MuseumThu, 04 Oct 2018 16:00:00 +0000This Freak Aviation Disaster Brought Supersonic Idealism Down in Flameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/freak-aviation-disaster-brought-supersonic-idealism-down-flames-180970459/In a just-released Smithsonian Book, author Samme Chittum assesses the Concorde’s demise with the keen eye of a crime reporterThu, 04 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Much-Loved Paddington Bear Turns Sixtyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/paddington-bear-turns-sixty-180970439/Celebrating the October 1958 publication of <em>A Bear Called Paddington,</em> Smithsonian Libraries takes a look at several pop-up books Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:22:28 +0000New Cheetah Mom Earns High Marks Caring for Her Three New Smithsonian Cubshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-cheetah-mom-earns-high-marks-caring-her-three-new-smithsonian-cubs-180970440/Cubs born to Sukiri on September 22 are latest in the National Zoo’s efforts to diversify gene pool of captive born cheetahsMon, 01 Oct 2018 20:22:28 +0000Would Baseball have Become America’s National Pastime Without Baseball Cards?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/would-baseball-have-become-americas-national-pastime-without-baseball-cards-180970406/Tobacco companies spurred the mania, but artistry won the hearts of collectorsFri, 28 Sep 2018 15:25:41 +0000A Hologram of the First Woman of Color in Space Debuted on Museum Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hologram-first-woman-color-space-debuted-museum-day-180970417/An installation at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum featuring Mae Jemison highlights diversity in space explorationThu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Film Festival Examines African-American Life Through Dozens of Distinct Lenseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-film-festival-examines-african-american-life-through-dozens-distinct-lenses-1-180970404/The first of its kind, the late-October event brings together perspectives both historical and contemporaryThu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Names Billie Jean King One of Its "Great Americans" https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/billie-jean-king-named-great-americans-180970415/The tennis icon chatted about her life and legacy in a wide-ranging conversation at the National Museum of American HistoryWed, 26 Sep 2018 20:15:05 +0000Before He Was a Musician, John Lennon Was a Philatelisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/he-was-musician-john-lennon-was-philatelist-180970391/Marking the arrival of a new postage stamp, the musician’s boyhood collection is on view at the National Postal MuseumTue, 25 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000Remembering Arthur Mitchell, the Barrier-Breaking Black Ballet Dancerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arthur-mitchell-who-broke-barriers-black-ballet-dancers-has-died-84-180970357/Mitchell 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 Redhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whitney-flame-topaz-smolders-vibrant-red-180970336/A 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 Sorrowshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sean-scullys-artworks-are-study-color-horizon-and-lifes-sorrows-180970334/With 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/museums-visit-free-museum-day-180970317/Museums 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 Spacesuithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/latest-kickstarter-preserve-neil-armstrong-spacesuit-180970316/As 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 Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-little-women-endures-150-years-later-180970303/The 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 +0000