ROM Contemporary Culture

Following a 20-year history of culturally diverse programming, the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the ROM (ICC at the ROM) is now one of the Museum’s first Centres of Discovery and has a new name, ROM Contemporary Culture.

ROM Contemporary Culture is a centre for innovation that provides insights and inspiration to help our community make sense of the modern world and connect with one another. ROM Contemporary Culture links the past to the present through the creation of new content and experiences related to the ROM’s collections. Imaginative, experimental, and eclectic in its approach, we explore new ideas and new technologies to raise provocative questions about the natural world, living cultures, and the creative mind.

Each year, ROM Contemporary Culture chooses an idea, issue or theme to investigate,  presenting a range of exhibitions and events that open the floor for conversation, ideas and understanding our changing world.  Beginning its new season in May 2013, ROM Contemporary Culture will explore issues of environment and climate change.  On the eve of the ROM’s 100th anniversary, we ask ourselves about the relationship between nature and culture through the lens of climate change:

How does the landscape change a culture?

How does culture change a landscape?

Over the last several years, the centre has tackled a rich history of topics ranging from homelessness to photojournalism, and from graffiti to the impact of oil refinement on our landscapes.  Artists from Japan, Romania, China, Cuba, Nigeria and of course Canada have all helped deepen our perspectives on the cultures and countries reflected in the ROM’s collections. As a connector to contemporary culture world wide, we encourage you to become part of the converstation on social media, at our programs and in our community.

Past Events

Day of Dialogue on Northern Issues: The Changing Arctic Landscape


Art as Survival with Antony Gormley, November 20, 2013

The Trial of David Suzuki, November 6, 2013