ROM World Art & Culture

The ROM is home to one of the world’s most extensive and eclectic collections of art and other cultural and historical objects. The scale of our collection is enormous, with tens of thousands of artifacts representing the entire sweep of human history. As the product of human invention, the fine arts and design in various media, popular arts, functional objects and the built environment are a direct extension of human thought and experience, shaping and reflecting historical and cultural identities. ROM research examines the complex and fascinating histories of different times and places, and to relate these explorations to our contemporary experience.

ROM World Art & Culture explores millennia of visual arts and material culture.

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Dr Angela Sheng, McMaster University

Imperial regalia were strictly regulated by sumptuary laws in traditional China. These laws reveal much about the culture in China, and specifically in the Forbidden City. Imperial costume expressed the wants and desires of both the individual wearer, and of society as a whole.

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What influences can we trace between China to other parts of the world? How has diplomacy, trade, artistic and intellectual exchange and other forms of contact influenced the development of cultures around the world? Join ROM specialists Rob Mason, Trudy Nicks, and Brian Musselwhite on a journey across the known world, as they explore just how interconnected the world was at the time of the Forbidden City.

Event was held on April 8, 2014

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How and why does a place become forbidden? Is it a location reserved for the elite? How are restricted spaces and structures marked, and how is access controlled? Explore how human societies create taboos around spaces with ROM curators Chen Shen, Justin Jennings, and Silvia Forni as they journey from China to Cameroon, and as far afield as South America. 

Event was held on March 25, 2014