Adult Programs

Contexts: Lectures at the ROM

Come to the ROM to hear experts in the fields of natural history, world cultures, the environment, anthropology and archaeology. Lecturers will share new discoveries, amazing artifacts and cutting edge science in a fascinating series of monthly lectures.

10 AM Coffee an Tea in Druxy's ROM Cafe, Level B1

11:00 AM Lecture in Eaton Theatre

Note: FM assistive devices and ASL interpretation are available on request. ASL interpretation requires three weeks advance notice.

Contexts talks are supported by The Currelly Society

Wednesday, November 26

Into the (Rex) Woods: Trails of a Canadian Illustrator's Archive with Arlene Gehmacher

Rex Woods was one of Canada’s premier commercial illustrators in the 1930s - 1950s. He is also the artist of the 1967 copy of the “Fathers of Confederation,” the famous painting by Robert Harris that is believed to have been destroyed in the Canadian Parliament Building fire of 1916. His range of subject matter is enormous, and provides a window as much into how Canada was reflected in as it was shaped by the popular press. We (ROM) have his career and personal archives, including paintings, sketches, photographs, research files, diaries, correspondence. The Rex Woods display is, based on experience of anecdotal responses to the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada, one of gallery’s displays that most engages visitors. For that reason Arlene has been cataloguing the collection, including archival documents, to make it accessible to the public.

Speaker: Arlene Gehmacher, ROM Curator, is an Art Historian specializing in imagery of Canada from the 18th century to the present, primarily in the visual idioms of Western European art.  She studies "Canada" as a subject in its social context, in terms of production, critical reception, institutional histories, and display strategies, as a means to address how identities and historical narratives from national to personal levels are articulated and communicated. Arlene's research has been centred on the ROM's collections.  Her current primary focus is the Canadian watercolours and drawings collection and the publication with Mary Allodi, curator emeritus, of acquisitions made from 1972 to 2010.

Included with Museum admission. Note: Contexts is not offered in December.

Date & Time

  • Last Wednesday of each month


  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Meet in Gloria Chen Court

Bloor Street (main entrance)