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At the Heart of the Museum: Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery Floor Restoration

Posted: September 8, 2014 - 16:08 , by Amanda Girgis
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Original Floors, Armour Court 1931

If floors could talk – from the thousands of visitors who walk through Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery each day, to the long list of programs, installations and events that have taken place in this space, it is truly one of the city’s greatest rooms and the heart of the Royal Ontario Museum. 

Nail Art: Then and Now

Posted: July 9, 2014 - 11:29 , by Amanda Girgis
Empress Dowager Cixi, Image by Jung Chang

Women have grown, groomed and decorated their fingernails for over 5000 years – From the women of Ancient Egypt to the nail salon industry that flourished during the 80s and 90s, nail trends have had authority over beauty regimes across regions and eras. By the late 20th century manicured fingernails would become a sign of the leisure class among many different cultures.  Grooming your fingernails parallels the act of using cosmetics, it exhibits self-expression and character.

Fashion Follows Form: A lesson from The Devil Wears Prada

Posted: June 24, 2014 - 15:22 , by Amanda Girgis
Separating Leather Jacket. IZ Adaptive Clothing. Photo by Adrienne Mountain

Fashion forms culture, history and identity – and likewise fashion can be formed by its function in our daily lives. Our new exhibition, Fashion Follows Form invites Members to think critically about the relationship between function and fashion, in particular it’s inclination to favour form over function.  

[REVIEW] The Making of The Forbidden City Exhibition: Member Lecture

Posted: June 23, 2014 - 12:23 , by Amanda Girgis
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Dr. Chen Shen by the podium

The Royal Ontario Museum treated its Members to a private lecture on The Making of The Forbidden City. Hosted in the Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, over 200 ROM Members were in attendance. Dr. Chen Shen and David Hollands – two of the many masterminds behind our current blockbuster exhibition, spent the morning walking Members though the complex and in depth process of curating an exhibition of this magnitude and exquisite nature.

ROM Ideas: Ancient Cultures

Posted: May 2, 2014 - 14:30 , by Amanda Girgis
ROM Ideas

Explore civilizations of the past with ROM Ancient Cultures, featured this Sunday, May 4th at ROM Ideas. Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll hear at ROM Ideas.

ROM Ideas: Contemporary Culture

Posted: May 1, 2014 - 15:55 , by Amanda Girgis
ROM Ideas, formally know as the Colloquium

On May 3rd, the Center of Contemporary Culture will join the Museum in unpacking their research initiatives. Check out this sneak peak of what you’ll hear at ROM Ideas

ROM Ideas: Fossils & Evolution

Posted: April 30, 2014 - 10:25 , by Amanda Girgis

Join ROM Fossils & Evolution this Sunday May 4th as they unearth their discoveries, and highlight the treasures within our collections. Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll hear at ROM Ideas.

ROM Ideas: Biodiversity

Posted: April 28, 2014 - 13:34 , by Amanda Girgis

This free two-day event  (May 3rd & 4th) highlights the latest global discoveries and ongoing research within each of our eight Centres of Discovery, delivered in TED x-style 12-15 minute talks. Check out this sneak peak from the Center of Biodiversity.
 

Chinese Hat Spheres

Posted: April 16, 2014 - 15:11 , by Amanda Girgis
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Image of Hat Spheres.

How Chinese hat spheres became a visible means of social indentification.

National Volunteer Week: ROMkids

Posted: April 12, 2014 - 10:33 , by Amanda Girgis
Woman standing in the Dinosaur Gallery.

In celebration of National Volunteer Week 2014, we interviewed ROMkids volunteers to learn more about what they do and why they do it.