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'Nuqat' Dots the Art, Culture and Design Landscape

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.28.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

They're funky, they're traditional, they're 30-somethings, they're Nuqat (dots), and they're taking the Arab Gulf's art, culture and design scene by storm from Kuwait.

An American Artist Rediscovered: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.30.2015 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. has a sensational survey closing soon: a major retrospective of the Japanese émigré painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi.

Disclaimerland & Validation Via Virtue

Kimann Schultz | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
Kimann Schultz

If the display or broadcasting of creative works were reliant on a virtue rubric, then our museum walls would be nearly empty, our radio waves and streaming would run rather silent, our bookshelves would be quite bare....or chock full of posted disclaimers....?

The Passion and Perseverance of Dr. Johnnetta Cole

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Ola Ojewumi

In the field of higher education, there is no one more iconic than Dr. Johnnetta Cole. She is revered for her achievements as the first African American woman president of Spelman College and Bennett College.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Irene Jewell, the World's Tallest Burlesque Dancer

Ian Spanier | Posted 05.23.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Always quite tall and skinny, Jewell grew up in Canada accustomed to being made fun of. Once, at a dance, a boy ran out on her when she stood up to...

Striking Photos Of Our Wonderful World

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 03.09.2015 | World

The best photographers have the power to transport you to another place and wonder at the world anew. The finalists in Smithsonian magazine's 12th Ann...

What Might Have Been; Treaties and Nation-Building

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Nation to Nation; Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, the recently installed exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian, is one of the most difficult and troubling exhibitions I've ever experienced. It is also the best history exhibition I've seen at the Smithsonian.

Take A Peek Inside 10 Famous Artists' Notebooks And Get Inspired To Create

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts

Diaries. Leonardo da Vinci famously kept one, filled with a flurry of text and 15th century illustrations. During the 1800s Vincent van Gogh buried hi...

Bill Cosby To Loan Art Collection To Smithsonian

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 09.19.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — After amassing a private collection of African-American Art over four decades, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille plan to showcase th...

Y a mi, qué? Who Does the Civil Rights Movement Belong To?

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

How can an exhibit in Brooklyn about the civil rights movement not include the history of the Young Lords, and the Puerto Rican political movement and the artists it inspired throughout the '60s and beyond?

A Most Exquisite Exhibit: Degas/Cassatt at the National Gallery

Christian Josi | Posted 07.07.2014 | Arts
Christian Josi

I managed to score a preview and an interview with Kimberly Jones, who serves as associate curator for the Department of French Paintings and who, along with senior conservator of paintings Ann Hoenigswald, took this wonderful, historic concept and made it into an exquisite reality.

Musical Treasures of D.C.

Tony Woodcock | Posted 06.15.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

The cultural riches of Washington D.C. have been a recent discovery for my family and me despite having visited the Capital on numerous occasions.

Finally, Indian-Americans Get The Exposure They Deserve

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts

One in 100 Americans trace their roots to India, though you wouldn't know it to look at the nation's museums. According to Smithsonian curator Masum M...

This Is The Reason For Recent Animal Deaths At National Zoo, Director Says

Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

The director of the National Zoo told the Washington Post that recent issues with exotic animals at the facility, including a spate of recent deaths, ...

'The Greatest Sex Show On Earth' Just Might Save The Oceans

Posted 08.04.2014 | Green

Little known fact: coral reefs procreate. And since the number of reefs has been cut in half in the last 30 years thanks to climate change, polluti...

Latinos in Atypical Destinations

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 11.06.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Annually, as the eve of Hispanic Heritage Month dawns, I field around 10 requests to speak on a variety of Latino cultural topics, to groups representing government, business, public policy and education. As I was reviewing this year's requests, one in particular stood out.

Namaste, the Shutdown Is Over

Ko Im | Posted 12.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Ko Im

The partial government shutdown was over the night the opening celebration for "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" was supposed to take place at the Smi...

What the Shutdown Says about D.C.'s Cultural Scene

Eli Lehrer | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Eli Lehrer

he shutdown this week, just about 18 years after the last federal closure, gives local residents a chance to get an idea of what the town might be like without the government here. And it's not all bad. A look at the landscape shows that D.C. is coming into its own as a cultural destination.

Government Shutdown Consequences Go Beyond The Capitol Building

Reuters | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

By Patrick Temple-West and Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - The most iconic image from the last big shutdown of th...

What's New Under Tonatiuh?

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

The Smithsonian Institution, driven by rapidly developing technologies, shifting demographics and changing cultural participation patterns, is looking for innovative and even ingenious ways to do its work through the Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards.

Wheelchair User Sues Smithsonian

ARTINFO | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts

The Smithsonian is facing legal action from two brothers who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the institution in federal court last Thursday, th...

New predator alert! Oh wait, it's adorable

OnEarth | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green

By Melissa Mahony, OnEarthThere's a new predator in town--but fortunately, it's an adorable one. Actually, this animal has been around for 3 to 4 mill...

PHOTOS: D.C. Museum Features Weird History

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 08.14.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- There aren't many places where you can see George Washington's hair, a stone from Joan of Arc's dungeon and a fence rail split by Abraha...

Alec Baldwin's D.C. News

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.13.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria will co-chair the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" exhibit gala this fall, th...

Oprah's Big D.C. Move!

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.11.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Oprah Winfrey has donated $12 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum announced...