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

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On February 17, 2010, Dan Perjovschi spoke at the Royal Ontario Museum. Following his week-long stay drawing directly on the walls of the ICC's Roloff Beny Gallery, Perjovschi shared his thoughts on his work, his practice, and his experiences of working in museums and galleries all over the world.

Category: Video

Christopher Phillips, curator of Shanghai Kaleidoscope, shares his passion for Shanghai's art, architecture and fashion design in this provocative exhibition on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto until November 2, 2008.

Selected pieces from the exhibition highlight the high-speed, high-density, high-rise culture that inspires Shanghai Kaleidoscope.

Category: Video

The first segment of Lilanne Lortie's ASL tour of the Institute of Contemporary Culture's exhibition, El Anatusui: When I Last Wrote to You About Africa examines the technique and design behind the artist's large tapestries.

Video contains no sound.