Arts

People presenting large drawing of rat (© Xin Huashe/Xinhua/Getty Images)

Lunar New Year 2020: Year of the Rat

January 25 is the start of the Lunar New Year, celebrated worldwide. 2020 is the Year of the Rat, which the U.S. is honoring with a new postage stamp.
Painting showing boy sitting in tree by mountain (© Katsushika Hokusai/Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art)

Hokusai: ‘Mad about painting’ exhibition in Washington

Japanese master artist Hokusai was a "man mad about painting." And a new exhibition at the Freer Gallery shows how brilliant an obsession it was.
Quentin Tarantino standing in front of movie billboard (© KGC-324/STAR MAX/IPx/AP Images)

U.S. film director resists Chinese interference

Director Quentin Tarantino has refused to yield to the Chinese government's demands that he make edits to his latest movie before it can be shown in China.
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.