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: Video

Angela Hartwick is the collector of Bollywood Cinema Showcards . Featured in the exhibition Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Film Art from the 1950s to the 1980s, the Institute for Contemporary Culture asks her about her extensive collection.

Category: Video

A time-lapse montage captures installation of Housepaint, Phase 2: Shelter, a ground-breaking exhibition of street art in the Roloff Beny Gallery. Presented by the Institute for Contemporary Culture, ten street artists created colourful canvas house responding to issues of poverty and homelessness in memory of the former residents of Toronto's Tent City. Closed July 5, 2009.

Category: Video

Walls and Barriers, a collaborative youth project, was conceived in affiliation with the El Anasui exhibition and in cooperation with the Institute for Contemporary Culture. On view September 25 to October 23, 2010.