A screenshot of William Wheeler's VR creation showing a barren, sandy landscape to explore

Reach Out and Touch This Virtual Reality Art Installation

"The Sands," currently on view at Essex Flowers, projects elaborate creations in a physically empty space

The enigmatic Yayoi Kusama built a museum for her work in near total secrecy

Yayoi Kusama Secretly Built a Museum

Opening October 1, the Tokyo museum will showcase art and archives from the visionary avant-garde Japanese artist

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, or porcelainberry originated in China, Korea, Japan and Russia, but is a vigorous invasive in the United States.

Scientists Are Using This Collection of Wood Samples to Combat Illegal Logging

Archie F. Wilson loved wood enough to amass the country’s premiere private collection. Now scientists are using it as a weapon against illegal logging

Joseph Goebbels viewing the 1937 Degenerate Art Exhibition.

Eighty Years Later, Two Exhibits Confront the "Degenerate Art" Purge

In 1937, the Nazis confiscated modernist art from museums and put it up for ridicule in an exhibit that still reverberates today

Dream Of Motherhood by Pitseolak Ashoona (Inuit), 1969

Three Generations of Inuit Women Defy Exploitation by Visualizing Resilience and Love

A grandmother, a mother and a daughter, all took up pen and ink to tell their stories

Guy de la Garde, L'Histoire et description du Phoenix, 1550

The British Library Will Release Two New Books Inspired by “Harry Potter”

The editions are companions to an upcoming exhibition at the library, which will display rare artifacts related to J.K. Rowling’s magical universe

George W. Bush’s Paintings of World Leaders to Go On Display at Conservative Conference

The former president’s “Art of Leadership” series features portraits of Merkel, Blair, Putin and other influential politicians

"Dodge's Ridge"

At 100, Andrew Wyeth Still Brushes People the Right (and Wrong) Way

The centennial of his birth offers galleries and critics the opportunity to reconsider one of America's most famous painters

Les choses de Paul Poiret (Paul Poiret's Things), 1911

Esperanza Spalding: Jazz Musician, Grammy Award Winner and Now Museum Curator

The title of her latest album "D + Evolution" is also the theme of a new exhibition at the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt

Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts

Three texts dealing with charms, spirits, and all other manners of magical practice are now accessible online

On July 8, the Hirshhorn becomes a festival of sound with opportunities to listen to the solar system or use body temperature to compose melodies.

The Hirshhorn Transforms Into a One-Day Soundscape

For one day, the museum will add an interactive soundscape to the works of visual art on display

Horatio Greenough’s 12-ton marble statue of George Washington heralds the newly reopened west wing gallery.

Renovated Museum Wing Delves Into Untold Chapters of American History

“The Nation We Build Together” questions American ideals through exhibits on democracy, religion, diversity and more

Petitioning with your feet display

New Exhibition Asks “What Kind of Nation Do We Want to Be?”

The American History Museum opens a trio of timely new shows on democracy, religion and immigration

"The Room at the Top of the Stairs" by Fu-Sheng KU.

Asia’s First Major LGBTQ Exhibition to Launch in Taipei

The groundbreaking <i>Spectrosynthesis</i> is united by a single theme: the spectrum of light

"My Family Is Lost," created by a teenage refugee, is on display at London's Oxo Tower.

London Exhibit Showcases Powerful Artwork Created by Teenage Refugees

“All I Left Behind. All I Will Discover” includes pieces by 80 teens who fled to the UK

In 2001, Smithsonian scientists Doug Owsley and Kari Bruwelheide traveled to the Grove in Glenview, Illinois, Robert Kennicott's boyhood home, to open the naturalist's casket and determine the cause of his death.

Two Smithsonian Scientists Retrace the Mysterious Circumstances of an 1866 Death and Change History

Did the 19th-century naturalist Robert Kennicott die of his own hand?

In 2001, Smithsonian scientists Doug Owsley and Kari Bruwelheide traveled to the Grove in Glenview, Illinois, Robert Kennicott's boyhood home, to open the naturalist's casket and determine the cause of his death.

Smithsonian's Behind-the-Scenes 'Sidedoor' Podcast Returns for Second Season

New episodes explore a 150-year-old cold case, the history of beer, war photography and more

Alexander Calder, "Five Rudders," 1964. Lent by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University St. Louis. Gift of Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg, 1964. © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

11 New Art Exhibits to See This Summer

From Edvard Munch to sonic arcades, these shows are worth putting on your calendar this season

The Treaty of Medicine Creek

Medicine Creek, the Treaty That Set the Stage for Standing Rock

The Fish Wars of the 1960s led to an affirmation of Native American rights

Zelt 46—dithyrambisch (Tent 46—Dithyrambic) by Markus Lüpertz, 1965

It Takes Two Museums to Cover the Work of this Prolific German Neo-Expressionist

Europe’s celebrated Markus Lüpertz has a huge appetite for creativity. He's also a poet, writer, set designer and jazz pianist

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