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Monthly Archive: December

Storytelling: Art, Culture, Nature

Posted: November 29, 2016 - 13:35 , by Stacey Kerr
This year’s overall winner of Wildlife Photographer of Year is Tim Laman and his photo story, “While the forest still stands.” This image from the story is titled “Entwined lives.” It shows an orangutan high in a tree with the rest of the canopy below

Guest blog by Environmental Visual Communication graduate Samantha Stephens

Art, Culture, Nature. They may be separate words, but if we consider them separate disciplines, we are doing a disservice to the potential of human wisdom. Without nature, there is no culture. Without culture, there is no art. EVC grad Samantha Stephens gives us some examples of how these themes intertwine in recent ROM research and exhibits, including the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit, open now!

Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted: November 24, 2016 - 17:51 , by Amanda Girgis
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Ornaments, unique jewellery, holiday apparel and more! The ROM Boutiques have you covered this holiday season.  

#ThrowbackThursday: Drying in the Garden

Posted: November 24, 2016 - 10:00 , by Sarah Fee
Judy drying a coverlet in the ROM garden

In September, 1971, the ROM opened the landmark exhibition Keep Me Warm One Night, a kaleidoscopic display of over 500 pieces of Canadian handweaving. It was the culmination of decades of pioneering research and collecting by the ROM curatorial powerhouse duo ‘Burnham and Burnham’, aka Dorothy K. Burnham and Harold B. Burnham.

What Is “Obscene”? And Who Decides? — Thought and Proposition by the Curator of "A Third Gender"

Posted: November 15, 2016 - 12:53 , by Diana Lu
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What Is “Obscene”? And Who Decides? — Thought and Proposition by the Curator of A Third Gender

By Asato Ikeda

 

 

#ThrowbackThursday: Overshot Coverlets

Posted: November 10, 2016 - 10:00 , by Sarah Fee

In September, 1971, the ROM opened the landmark exhibition Keep Me Warm One Night, a kaleidoscopic display of over 500 pieces of Canadian handweaving. It was the culmination of decades of pioneering research and collecting by the ROM curatorial powerhouse duo ‘Burnham and Burnham’, aka Dorothy K. Burnham and Harold B. Burnham.

Farms, Cities, Animals, and the Museum

Posted: November 8, 2016 - 15:05 , by Stacey Kerr
A goat is milked in front of the ROM for "The Goat, the Honey, and the Museum" project by Bill Burns. Photo by Teghan Dodds

Guest blog by Environmental Visual Communication student Teghan Dodds

Goats are not something you’d expect to see within the confines of the city, and especially not on Toronto’s Bloor Street with its upscale shops and prestigious historical buildings. Read this blog written by 2016 Environmental Visual Communication student Teghan Dodds to find out why we had goats out in front of the ROM, and what that has to do with nature, art, and the ROM.

ROMwpy winner Steven Rose - Arctic Photography

Posted: November 8, 2016 - 11:34 , by Ryan Dodge
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A late summer vista in the Canadian Arctic showing ocean, snow peaked mountains

Photographer Steven Rose shares his photos from an Arctic trip

Artists of the Floating World, Part II

Posted: November 7, 2016 - 16:56 , by Diana Lu
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Written by Josiah Ariyama

Supervised by Dr. Asato Ikeda

 

In the sunset years of his life and a hundred years before Perry, Suzuki Harunobu revolutionized the woodblock printing method, rendering previous methods obsolete. In Part II we look at nishiki-e, full-coloured prints from 1765 onward. 

 

Harunobu

Recap: ROM Take Our Kids to Work Day

Posted: November 7, 2016 - 08:15 , by Shannon Murphy
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Students preview a variety of bug specimens held in the ROM's research collections.

Last week, the ROM hosted a fun-filled Take Our Kids to Work Day for thirteen Grade 9’s on November 2nd. Welcomed by Dan Sibley,Chief Human Resources Officer, and Nick Bobrow, CFO & Deputy Director, Operations, the kids started the day with a couple of fun ice breaker activities to get to know each another. Next, the students engaged in an interesting and important Health & Safety presentation lead by Ellen Shaeen-Hanright (ROM OH&S).

Not just for show: how and why museum specimens are collected

Posted: October 31, 2016 - 13:42 , by Stacey Kerr
ROM technician Brad Millen processes a bird specimen that will be added to the ROM's collections. Photo by Samantha Stephens

Guest blog by Environmental Visual Communication student Samantha Stephens

The sign on the door seemed quite appropriate. “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.” I imagine that, as this quote from Dante’s Inferno indicates, this might be what hell feels like. As this last barrier swings open and the dim room is revealed, the swarm of hundreds of tiny creatures moving across the concrete floor completes that vision. However, for some of the ROM’s tireless workers, this environment is heaven. Here resides the dermestid beetle colony. These ravenous beetles are eagerly seeking their next meal. Manoeuvring themselves into the crevices of skeletons, they strip the flesh from delicate specimens with more precision and speed than the nimblest of human fingers.