At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 21 Sep 2018 17:29:05 +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 +0000How the Smithsonian Prepares for Hurricanes and Flooding https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-smithsonian-preps-hurricanes-and-flooding-180970294/An 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 Donationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hirshhorn-curator-explains-why-marcel-duchamp-donation-was-huge-180970267/Washington 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/woman-singing-you-hirshhorns-sculpture-garden-piece-art-180970255/The 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 Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/eyewitness-account-pinochets-coup-45-years-ago-180970241/Smithsonian ethnomusicologist Dan Sheehy poignantly recalls the brutal outcome of a nation dividedMon, 10 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Hunting Deadly Mosquitoes in Panama https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hunting-deadly-mosquitoes-panama-180970229/The 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? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/was-1968-tv-show-julia-milestone-or-millstone-180970198/Diahann 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 Locationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/conservation-commons/2018/08/29/six-years-movebank-has-collected-one-billion-animal-locations/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:26:13 +0000How the Smithsonian Helped Sleuth Out the True Identity of a Pair of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-smithsonian-helped-sleuth-out-true-identity-pair-dorothy-ruby-slippers-180970203/When 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 Slippershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fbi-nabs-dorothys-ruby-slippers-after-13-years-run-180970196/The 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 Zoneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-sculptures-ancient-women-give-voice-protection-antiquities-war-zones-180970179/The 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 Lifelinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-portrait-gallery/2018/08/28/neil-simon-19272018/The 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 Motherlyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-eating-poop-makes-these-mole-rats-more-motherly-180970140/New 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 Careerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/portrait-are-defining-features-john-mccains-life-and-career-180970139/A 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 Backhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-environmental-research-center/2018/08/24/first-time-biologists-track-cownose-rays-florida-and-back/While 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 Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/born-into-slavery-bill-traylor-become-leading-light-self-taught-art-180970039/A new show at the Smithsonian American Art museum highlights his workThu, 23 Aug 2018 16:02:31 +0000This Culture, Once Believed Extinct, Is Flourishinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/culture-once-believed-extinct-flourishing-180970101/A 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 Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/could-laval-incinerate-trash-more-questions-readers-180970030/You asked, we answeredThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000For the Dog Days of Summer, Here Are 31 Artists and Their Dogshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2018/08/22/dog-days-summer/The 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 Schoolboyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/little-yellow-bus-came-rescue-persecuted-schoolboy-180970044/LGBTQ 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 Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/epcot-just-got-new-smithsonian-museum-exhibition-180969985/Worlds 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 Bernsteinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/moment-defins-famed-american-composer-leonard-bernstein-180970027/The 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? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-can-museums-democratize-portraiture-180970029/As 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 Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-scientists-discovered-helium-first-alien-element-1868-180970057/First 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 Soulhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/museum-curators-reflect-legacy-queen-soul-180970009/Aretha 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"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/50-hey-jude-still-makes-everything-better-better-better-180970004/The 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/host-your-own-conversation-180969745/Arts 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 Triceratopshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2018/08/10/elegy-hatcher-triceratops/The 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/playwright-tom-stoppards-travesties-and-meaning-art-180969769/Now 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/arts-education-resources-180969738/For 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/sidedoor-ep-23-painting-michelle-obama-180969642/The 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/jay-nordlinger-180969653/Music 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 Diedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-zoos-beloved-aging-emu-has-died-180969960/Darwin 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 Groundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/prospects-are-looking-gulf-coast-tribe-relocating-higher-ground-180969932/As 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/maya-freelons-immersive-and-interactive-sculptures-bring-tissue-paper-life-1-180969799/Maya 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/there-too-much-money-art-180969696/Acclaimed 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 Machinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sensuous-blending-style-and-speed-ducati-both-art-and-machine-180969933/An appreciation for the cognoscenti of motorcycles Wed, 08 Aug 2018 15:07:30 +0000The Ancient Origins of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/randall-white-anthropologist-180969652/Humans 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/how-do-arts-promote-social-change-180969649/During 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/stephanie-smith-curator-vcuica-180969654/Finding 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/ai-wei-wei-authoritarian-regimes-censor-art-180969644/The 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 Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/four-foals-join-herd-przewalskis-horses-smithsonian-180969895/This 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/paul-ha-mit-lab-180969645/Technology 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/erwin-wurm-public-artist-180969651/Conceptual 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 Flighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/one-kind-biplane-embodies-thrill-airshow-flight-180969864/The 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/stephanie-steibich-director-saam-180969647/The 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/gus-casely-hayford-director-af-art-180969648/In 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/melissa-chiu-director-hh-180969646/The 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.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/our-most-precious-heritage-national-dialogue-on-state-of-arts-180969717/A 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 Fluxhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/images-1968-capture-america-violent-flux-180969785/A 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/topsy-turvy-worldview-georg-baselitz-180969796/Upside-down 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 Rootshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nearly-four-months-old-zoos-youngest-gorilla-has-begun-show-his-rambunctious-roots-180969790/Moke, 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 Postmodernismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/collaborative-mail-art-puts-post-postmodernism-180969783/Letters, 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 Physiquehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pinpoint-origin-fish-check-out-physique-180969768/A 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