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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What's New

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.

Category: Exhibition

This unprecedented view of one of the world’s most dynamic cities examines Shanghai as a laboratory for 21st-century urban creation. Leading artists, architects and fashion designers provide an insider's view of the high-speed, high-density, high-rise culture that is rapidly emerging in China's largest city.

Category: Exhibition

The Institute for Contemporary Culture, in partnership with the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) presents Unbuilt Toronto: The City That Could Have Been. Juried images of unbuilt projects from practising architects and designers are juxtaposed against historical images of unrealized building proposals drawn from Mark Osbaldeston’s forthcoming book, Unbuilt Toronto: A History of the City That Might Have Been (Dundurn Press, November, 2008).