At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 19 Jan 2018 22:09:30 +0000Smithsonian Museums Will Remain Open this Weekend and Mondayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-museums-will-remain-open-this-weekend-federal-shutdown-or-not-180967899/The days ahead may be uncertain, but for the time being, the show goes onFri, 19 Jan 2018 22:09:30 +0000In 1968, When Nixon Said “Sock it To Me” on <i>Laugh-In,</i> TV Was Never Quite the Same Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1968-when-nixon-said-sock-it-me-laugh-tv-was-never-quite-same-again-180967869/The show's rollicking one-liners and bawdy routines paved the way for <i>Saturday Night Live</i> and other cutting-edge television satireFri, 19 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000The TV Show ‘Black Lightning’ Gives the Superhero World a Jolt of Social Justicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tv-show-black-lightning-gives-superhero-world-jolt-social-justice-180967864/For the protagonist of WB’s new comic book show, community and family come firstWed, 17 Jan 2018 21:35:51 +0000Here's My Problem With the Google Arts & Culture Face-Matching App https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-my-problem-google-arts-culture-face-matching-app-180967843/Kim Sajet, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, offers ideas to make it betterTue, 16 Jan 2018 22:08:01 +0000What the Batmobile Tells Us About the American Dreamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-batmobile-tells-us-about-american-dream-180967846/Fans of DC Comics will go batty for this new installation at the National Museum of American HistoryTue, 16 Jan 2018 20:23:34 +0000Sixty-Five Years Later, the Queen Recalls Her Coronationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sixty-five-years-later-queen-recalls-her-coronation-180967828/New Smithsonian Channel special has rare Queen Elizabeth II interview and offers a closeup of the Crown JewelsFri, 12 Jan 2018 21:32:27 +0000Deeply Grieving MLK’s Death, Activists Shaped a Campaign of Hurt and Hopehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/deeply-grieving-martin-luther-kings-death-activists-shaped-campaign-about-hurt-and-hope-180967822/At Resurrection City, an epic 1968 demonstration on the National Mall in Washington D.C., protesters defined the next 50 years of activismFri, 12 Jan 2018 20:51:32 +0000The True History of Luke Skywalker's Monastic Retreathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/true-history-luke-skywalkers-monastic-retreat-180967798/A Smithsonian Librarian delves into centuries of maps and manuscripts to discover ancient stories of this sacred place and sanctuaryThu, 11 Jan 2018 21:04:25 +0000Madagascar's Ancient 'Pelican Spiders' Are As Striking As They Are Strangehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/madagascars-ancient-pelican-spiders-are-striking-they-are-strange-180967808/New research offers an in-depth look at the island's fascinating spider sceneThu, 11 Jan 2018 19:38:00 +0000Think Mountain Time’s Confusing? Try Living on Martian Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/think-mountain-times-confusing-try-living-martian-time-180967799/Smithsonian's latest podcast "AirSpace" digs into the zany work schedules of the men and women on NASA's Mars rover projectsThu, 11 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000For People Living with Disabilities, New Products Prove Both Practical and Stylishhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/people-living-disabilities-new-products-prove-both-practical-and-stylish-180967783/Cooper Hewitt turns its design eye to beautifully styled wheelchairs, hearing aids and other accessible innovationsTue, 09 Jan 2018 21:15:59 +0000January Happenings At the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/january-happenings-smithsonian-180967752/Blow away winter blues with our recommended list of film, lectures, concerts and moreFri, 05 Jan 2018 16:56:26 +0000How Museums Are Becoming More Sensory-Friendly For Those With Autismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-museums-are-becoming-more-sensory-friendly-for-those-with-autism-180967740/An increasing number of institutions are developing programs that make exhibitions more accessible to those with developmental disabilitiesFri, 05 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000Say Hello to Pavel, the National Zoo's Latest Addition, an Amur Tigerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/say-hello-pavel-national-zoos-latest-addition-and-vision-natural-beauty-180967749/For the first time since 1948, a 10-year-old male Siberian big cat graces the D.C. menagerieFri, 05 Jan 2018 11:41:30 +0000Why Our Oceans Are Starting to Suffocatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-our-oceans-are-starting-suffocate-180967746/A new paper links global warming to diminished oxygen concentrations at seaThu, 04 Jan 2018 21:00:19 +0000How Zoo Animals Stay Safe and Warm in the Arctic Blasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-zoo-animals-stay-safe-arctic-blast-180967742/From flamingo 'hot tubs' to heated termite mounds, zoos have plenty of tricks to keep creatures safe when the forecast freezes overThu, 04 Jan 2018 17:35:12 +0000Can All Living Things Exhibit Albinism?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/can-all-living-things-exhibit-albinism-180967507/You asked, we answeredThu, 04 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000How Science is Peeling Back the Layers of Ancient Lacquer Sculptureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-science-peeling-back-layers-ancient-lacquer-sculptures-180967698/These rare Buddhist artworks were found to contain traces of bone and bloodThu, 04 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000It’s Still Christmas in Armeniahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/its-still-christmas-armenia-180967689/The holiday celebrations continue through January 13. Here's what to cook to keep the festivities going.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:30:00 +0000The Fight Over Andrew Johnson's Impeachment Was a Fight for the Future of the United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fight-andrew-johnson-impeachment-fight-future-united-states-180967502/The biggest show in Washington 150 years ago was the trial against the President of the United StatesTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000Rose Marie's Sprawling Legacy as Told Through the Artifacts She Left Behindhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curator-rose-marie-sprawling-legacy-180967679/The late actress sang for mobsters, toured New York nightclubs and wisecracked her way through a career that spanned nine decadesFri, 29 Dec 2017 22:25:48 +0000What <em>The Post</em> Gets Right (and Wrong) About Katharine Graham and the Pentagon Papershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-the-post-gets-right-wrong-katharine-graham-pentagon-papers-180967677/A Smithsonian historian reminds us how Graham, a Washington socialite-turned-publisher, transformed the paper into what it is todayFri, 29 Dec 2017 21:57:03 +0000Don Hogan Charles, Who Captured the Civil Rights Movement, Has Died at 79https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/don-hogan-charles-photographer-who-captured-civil-rights-movement-has-died-79-180967645/In 1964, Charles became the first black photographer hired by the <i>New York Times</i>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:35:42 +0000Bringing Taíno Peoples Back Into Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bringing-taino-peoples-back-history-180967637/An upcoming Smithsonian exhibition explores the legacy of Native peoples in the Greater Antilles and their contemporary heritage movementThu, 28 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000This Woeful Wipeout Made Evel Knievel an Instant Legendhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/woeful-wipeout-made-evel-knievel-instant-legend-180967601/In 1967, a bone-shattering spill at Caesars Palace spawned a career in self-endangermentTue, 26 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000The Remarkable Rebirth of the Button Accordionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remarkable-rebirth-button-accordion-180967626/Musician Gilberto Reyes redesigned the instrument to meet the needs of Latino musiciansFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Turkey Vultures Have a Keen Sense of Smell and Now We Know Whyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/turkey-vultures-have-keen-sense-smell-and-now-we-know-why-180967599/Inside the brains of this olfactory king of the roost is a powerful cellular mechanism for detecting carrion from hundreds of feet awayThu, 21 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Around the Globe, Revered Artist Ferdinand Hodler Receives His Due, the Portrait Gallery Joins Inhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/around-globe-revered-artist-ferdinand-hodler-receives-his-due-portrait-gallery-joins-180967600/A swirl of dance portraits complement a single Swiss loan of Hodler’s Italian dancer Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000The Ten Stories You Didn't Read in 2017 But Should Havehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/our-most-underrated-stories-2017-180967586/From music behind prison bars to a San Francisco building with a dark past, here are the top 10 pieces we published last year that deserve another lookTue, 19 Dec 2017 15:06:50 +0000This Holiday Season, Make Merry in a Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/holiday-season-make-merry-museum-180967529/From heavenly light shows to diabolical dollhouses, the Smithsonian’s winter exhibitions offer something for everyoneMon, 18 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Gone at 27 and Eternally Youthful For the Ages, Jimi Hendrix Would Have Been 75 This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gone-27-and-eternally-youthful-ages-jimi-hendrix-would-have-been-75-year-180967555/A gold-brocade vest at the Smithsonian evokes the innovative musician’s enduring legacyFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:41:56 +0000What Happens to All Those Letters Sent to Santa?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-happens-all-those-letters-sent-santa-180967542/Believe it or not, most get answeredThu, 14 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000New Documentary Delights With Spectacular Visuals of the Panama Isthmus, A Migratory Superhighwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-documentary-delights-spectacular-visuals-panama-isthmus-migratory-superhighway-180967525/Scientists from all over the world come to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center to study this unique regionTue, 12 Dec 2017 20:58:09 +0000The Incredible Linguistic Diversity of Tibet Is Disappearinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/incredible-linguistic-diversity-tibet-disappearing-180967513/Thanks to national schooling and the Internet, many of the plateau’s unique languages are in dangerTue, 12 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Apollo 17 Was the Swan Song of Manned Space Explorationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/apollo-xvii-was-swan-song-manned-space-exploration-180967471/Looking back 45 years later, is there hope humanity will once again push beyond Earth? President Donald Trump seems to think soMon, 11 Dec 2017 22:48:40 +0000A New Way to Show Your Devotion in Mexico City: Wear a T-Shirthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-way-show-your-devotion-mexico-city-wear-t-shirt-180967464/A Smithsonian folklorist makes the pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and discovers an emerging traditionMon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ask-smithsonian-what-is-dinosaur-180967448/The question may sound like a "duh," but it gets to the heart of how we categorize and define natureFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:04:38 +0000People Are Lying on the Floor To See this Dazzling Ceiling Puzzle https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/people-are-lying-floor-see-dazzling-ceiling-puzzle-180967449/The work pays homage to the vaulted domes, ornate Italianate arches and Art Deco geometric forms of nine of the nation's historic ceilingsFri, 08 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Importance of Graduating in the Navajo Wayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/importance-graduating-navajo-way-180967419/Education in traditional knowledge, as well as global issues, form the foundation of this Navajo Nation universityThu, 07 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Now There Are Near-Perfect Copies of the Hope Diamondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/now-there-are-near-perfect-copies-hope-diamond-180967372/Scientists created cubic zirconia replicas of the historic gem's previous forms—the original brought from India and the famous "French Blue"Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:35:00 +0000Do Other Animals Cry and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/do-other-animals-cry-more-questions-readers-180967225/You asked, we answeredTue, 05 Dec 2017 17:30:09 +0000Designer of the Smithsonian Sunburst Logo Dieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/designer-smithsonian-sunburst-logo-dies-180967410/Ivan Chermayeff was a brilliant designer, a gifted artist and the purveyor of a unique visual language, says Smithsonian curator Ellen LuptonTue, 05 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000John Travolta’s Breakout Hit Was America’s Best Dance Partyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/john-travoltas-breakout-hit-was-americas-best-dance-party-180967396/It’s been 40 years since ‘Saturday Night Fever’—a gritty film powered by music, machismo and masterful footwork—became a cultural phenomenonMon, 04 Dec 2017 20:02:29 +0000Smithsonian Unveils a Bold New Action Plan, Grounded in Unity and Outreachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-unveils-bold-new-action-plan-grounded-unity-and-outreach-180967394/A fresh philosophy aims to touch the lives of a billion people every yearFri, 01 Dec 2017 21:49:59 +0000This Artist Painted With Light. An Admiring Astronomer Helped Make Him a Starhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artist-painted-light-admiring-astronomer-helped-make-him-star-180967384/The works and machinations of Thomas Wilfred, a lone performer, inventor and visionary, are now on viewFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:14:12 +0000Maverick Music Takes Center Stage in This New Play on Nina Simonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/maverick-music-takes-center-stage-new-play-nina-simone-180967352/A Smithsonian expert delves into the song and struggle at the heart of 'Four Women' at D.C.'s Arena StageThu, 30 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Mark Bradford’s Paintings Scratch at the Surface of a Conflicted Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mark-bradfords-paintings-scratch-surface-conflicted-america-180967302/The Hirshhorn Museum hosts the artist’s first solo show in WashingtonTue, 28 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Mexican Painter Changed by the City, Changes Art https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mexican-painter-changed-city-changes-art-180967295/"In New York, I went berserk over painting," said Rufino Tamayo, whose works are now on view in a new retrospectiveMon, 27 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000'The Problem with Apu' Does More Than Pick Apart a 'Simpsons' Stereotypehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/problem-apu-does-more-pick-apart-simpsons-stereotype-180967311/This new documentary tackles Asian representation in media with humor and poiseWed, 22 Nov 2017 18:54:53 +0000