From patterns etched into the skin of an ancient mummy to the colorful designs that adorn people today, tattoos are not just skin deep; they tell us about individuals and their cultures—and offer insights into what it is to be human. Marilyn Epstein sat down with anthropologist Lars Krutak of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to learn more about the history and the future of this intimate art. Continue reading Tattoos: Telling stories in the flesh
William Shatner and George Takei weren’t the only familiar faces at last week’s Awesome Con. Continue reading ARTLAB+ brings the Awesome
A fire-breathing demon enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…and the Smithsonian’s collections. Continue reading Rock and Roll all Nite
Marilyn Epstein takes a stroll along Rina Banerjee’s evocative riverbank at the Sackler Gallery. Continue reading A World Lost: Rina Banerjee’s River
Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with this album of artists and their dogs. Submit your own pup pix, too! Continue reading The Dog Days of Summer
Another bath? I just had one last year! Continue reading Another bath? I just had one last year!
Rising from the debris of urban construction sites, Xu Bing’s phoenixes are a testament to the effects of globalization. Learn the story of their creation in a new exhibition at the Sackler. Continue reading Nine deaths, two births
Haunting, unflinching and mysterious, the winning portraits of the annual Outwin Boochever portrait competition use a variety of media to explore identity. Continue reading A little face time: The Outwin Boochever portrait competition
Spring is finally here and we’re all excited about getting outside. While you’re out enjoying the weather, why not contribute to the world’s scientific database of biodiversity? Continue reading Puttin’ on the Blitz—the BioBlitz
They’re both among the more than 30 props and movie artifacts donated to the American History Museum by Warner Bros. Entertainment. Continue reading What do George Clooney’s cowl and Halle Berry’s bra have in common?