Arts

Large "Hollywood" sign on hillside (© Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty Images)

Who’s been censoring your movie?

The Chinese government censors everything the government disagrees with. It even coerces foreign movie studios to edit and change their films.
Crowd of women protesters with snow falling (© Hengameh Golestan/Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art)

Iranian women’s strength on display at Smithsonian exhibit

Take a look at life in Iran through the artistic expression of Iranian female photographers in a popular exhibit at an art gallery in Washington.
Portrait of dark-haired woman with long Indian-beadwork earrings (© Shawn Miller/Library of Congress)

Meet Joy Harjo, the new U.S. poet laureate

Joy Harjo, a Native American poet, playwright and musician, has been named the new U.S. poet laureate by the Library of Congress.
Artwork depicting lives of Chinese empresses (© The Palace Museum)

China’s last empresses debut in U.S. exhibit

Beijing's Palace Museum has lent the Smithsonian paintings, embroidered gowns and other items dating from China's Qing Dynasty for an exhibit on empresses.
Drawing of person caught in cogs (Yasser Castellanos)

Cuban artists protest government restrictions

Cuban artists are boycotting the 2019 Havana Biennial. Their alternative show protests Decree 349, a law that makes independent artistic expression a crime.
Illustration of man reading book with U.S.-flag bookmark (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Americans see the world through literature in translation

Americans’ interest in what’s happening in the rest of the world is reflected in their growing appetite for foreign literature.
Chinese artifacts on a table with blue tablecloth (© Sam Riche)

U.S. returns stolen artifacts to China

Working closely with Chinese officials, the FBI has accomplished the largest repatriation of cultural items from the U.S. to the People’s Republic of China.
Man crossing a street with blue car driving past (© Desmond Boylan/AP Images)

5 ways the Cuban revolution has failed the people of Cuba

The Cuban Communist Party has failed to deliver on the promises of the revolution that ushered it into power 60 years ago.
Hollywood sign (© AP Images)

Hollywood: Still a magnet for worldwide talent

Actors and filmmakers from Poland to Taiwan have contributed to the world's first and most profitable film industry, centered in Hollywood, California.