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CANADA 150 - Newfoundland and Labrador - Michael Massie Teapot

Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:58 , by Heather Read
detail of silver teapot

My second object from Newfoundland and Labrador is a contemporary piece by silversmith Michael Massie.  It is a teapot, mimicking the shape of an ulu knife, with etched designs on the silver body of the pot.  The handle is made of bloodwood. Massie is a contemporary Canadian artist who was born in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, in 1962. He currently lives on the island portion of the province with his family.

CANADA 150 – Newfoundland and Labrador – Sarah Savarey Hat Box

Posted: March 8, 2017 - 11:28 , by Heather Read
fishing boat in a harbour at sunset

I’m starting my Canada 150 blogging project in Newfoundland and Labrador. Why? To start, it is the province that lies geographically furthest east, and moving east to west is an easy organizational structure. More deeply, Newfoundland and Labrador was one of the last provinces to join Confederation with Canada in 1949. The vote was contentious and the margin of victory was slim. It’s less likely now, but it once would have been possible to find older residents of the island who considered themselves Newfoundlanders first, Canadians second (if Canadian at all).

Stunning Images from Winners of the 2016 ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest

Posted: March 4, 2017 - 12:44 , by Cheryl Nichols
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Two wild turkeys walking down a road.

In celebration of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, the Ontario-wide ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest returned for its second year – this time with both adult and youth categories!

#ThrowbackThursday: Badly Tied Up

Posted: March 2, 2017 - 16:44 , by Sarah Fee
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With a little imagination that is a very nice case arrangement of Quebec material.

In September, 1971, the ROM opened the landmark exhibition Keep Me Warm One Night, a kaleidoscopic display of over 500 pieces of Canadian handweaving. It was the culmination of decades of pioneering research and collecting by the ROM curatorial powerhouse duo ‘Burnham and Burnham’, aka Dorothy K. Burnham and Harold B. Burnham.

5 Things To Do at the Museum During March Break

Posted: March 2, 2017 - 11:04 , by Ryan Dodge
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Drawing of a Blue Whale diving

We've got BIG plans for you during March Break but here's the top 5!

CANADA 150 – What We Make and What We’re Made Of

Posted: February 27, 2017 - 14:24 , by Heather Read
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Hi! I'm Heather Read, the Rebanks Postdoctoral Fellow in Canadian Decorative Arts. In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, I’ll be writing a blog series this year highlighting interesting objects from the Canadian Decorative Arts Collection at the Royal Ontario Museum. With this series, I’ll be talking about some of the furniture, pottery, and glass that are currently on exhibition at the ROM, but I’ll also give you a peek behind the scenes into the parts of this collection that aren’t currently on display.

Collaboration, Family and Photography: The Process of Creating an Installation for The Family Camera Exhibition

Posted: February 27, 2017 - 12:14 , by Jennifer Orpana
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Written By Maya Wilson-Sanchez

Since September 2016, OCAD University, The Royal Ontario Museum and The Family Camera Network have been collaborating to create an interactive project for The Family Camera exhibition opening May 6, 2017.

Illustrations that Bring the Past Back to Life!

Posted: February 23, 2017 - 14:35 , by jacqueline waters
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Meet Danielle Dufault—she is the Royal Ontario Museum's paleaontological illustrator. Check out her amazing illustrations that showcase life from the past. 

When Art Meets Fashion: COS x Agnes Martin

Posted: February 22, 2017 - 10:47 , by Alexandra Palmer
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Two male models posing against a grey background

COS × AGNES MARTIN GUGGENHEIM 2016: Martin menswear is added to the ROM collection

By Dr. Alexandra Palmer and Clara Puton

Popular Motifs on Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana

Posted: February 21, 2017 - 09:00 , by Silvia Forni
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Art, Honour, Ridicule: Asafo Flags of Southern Ghana. Unidentified artist, Saltpond Workshop c. 1980. Royal Ontario Museum.

The Fante are one of the many culturally and linguistically related groups known collectively as the Akan. They mostly live in the Central Region of Ghana, their territory extending along the coast and inland from Takoradi in the west, to Senya Beraku in the east. Coastland Fanteland, once known as the Gold Coast, has been exposed to European contact longer than any other area of sub-Saharan Africa.