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 connects us to our world and to each other by engaging with ROM research and collections, as well as local, national and international artists, creators and thought leaders. ROM Contemporary Culture links the past to the present while pointing to future possibilities. 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.

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 and thinkers from Canada, China, Cuba, Japan, Nigeria, Romania, and the US all helped deepen our perspectives on the cultures and countries reflected in the ROM’s collections. We encourage you to connect on social media, at our programs and in our community.
 

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Latest News

Category: Exhibition

This new exhibition presents one hundred photographic prints made from original negatives abandoned by the Khmer Rouge at the notorious S-21 secret prison in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Category: Exhibition

The Royal Ontario Museum and The Institute for Contemporary Culture at the ROM celebrate the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto with the display of AIDS, a sculpture by the Canadian art collective General Idea. Created in 1989 and inspired by Robert Indiana's 1970 LOVE sculpture, it is an artifact from a time in Canada when AIDS dominated the headlines. It is a poignant reminder that the disease remains a concern today in Canada and in many other parts of the world.

Category: Exhibition

The interiors of the ROM’s lobby are the canvas for Canadian artist Charles Pachter’s imaginative digital presentation.

Pachter, described as a “Northern Warhol,” uses images of Canadian icons to create quirky, humourous and poignant multimedia installations. From the moose to the maple leaf, the Queen to the butter tart, Pachter recreates common objects into visual poems, examining them as pop art symbols of post-colonial contemporary Canadian art.