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Monthly Archive: December

Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Posted: November 16, 2018 - 11:43 , by Amanda Girgis
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Shop the ROM this holiday season!
November 30 - December 2, 2018

ROM Members get double the discount! 20% off regularly priced merchandise* at the ROM Boutique and the Exhibition Boutique when you show your Membership card.

Fear for Adults and Fascination for Kids: Spiders and Friends Day at The Hospital for Sick Children

Posted: October 29, 2018 - 10:29 , by Ryan Dodge
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Written by Mark Bernards, Environmental Visual Communications student

 

A child a the Hospital for Sick Children engages in a spider craft.

An Afternoon With Weird Science at the ROM's 80-Year-Old Camp

Posted: October 24, 2018 - 11:50 , by Kiron Mukherjee
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Bethany Kempster sit with her science class observing rocks and minerals. Image: Michael Berger

On their quest, they find glow-in-the-dark rocks, which leads to a lesson about ultraviolet radiation. A lesson, Bethany admits that will not be taught in school until grade 12.⠀

Turning Fear Into Fascination

Posted: October 23, 2018 - 15:01 , by Kiron Mukherjee
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Claire walks along a floor with projected digital spiders, that crawl away from her as she walks. Image: Claire Foran.

As you enter the Royal Ontario Museum's latest exhibition, you are immediately swarmed by scurrying spiders; hundreds of them, crawling all around you. But you can't touch them- they aren't real.

Totally Buggin’: Spiders and Insects in Pop Culture

Posted: October 13, 2018 - 15:27 , by Kiron Mukherjee
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Image Credit: Director of Photography TRENT OPALOCH; Director NEILL BLOMKAMP. DISTRICT 9 image copyright TRISTAR PICTURES INC.

He slowly raises his head. It’s then that she notices a clicking noise emanating from beneath his jaw. The workings of his jaw begin to move. Something is not right. 

Image Credit: Director of Photography TRENT OPALOCH; Director NEILL BLOMKAMP. DISTRICT 9 image copyright TRISTAR PICTURES INC.

Eight-legged and Adorable

Posted: October 13, 2018 - 14:58 , by Kiron Mukherjee
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Jumping Spider. © Natasha Hirt, 2017. Used with permission.

Let me paint you a picture of a spectacular critter. Staring up at you is an adorable little animal precious enough that it could fit in your hand. You carefully pick him up, and his tiny feet tickle your palm. As he slowly nestles into your hand, you realize that their fluffy body is soft to the touch. When you lean in to say hello, he peers back at you with shimmering eyes so sparkly that it seems like a cartoon character has come to life. Just like you, he can appreciate an evening staying cozy inside with his human pals. What are you thinking of?

Glimpses of Upper Burma: Clement Williams (1833-1879)

Posted: August 31, 2018 - 18:22 , by Deepali Dewan
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Black and white pagoda image

The recently-acquired collection of photography, documents, and artifacts provides a rare glimpse into Upper Burma before colonization, allowing us to consider the intersection of politics, trade, and religion in the 19th century. Written by Ron Graham and Deepali Dewan.

Appreciation of Indigenous Storytelling with Sister Spider

Posted: August 30, 2018 - 11:30 , by Sarah Elliott
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Written by Carly Brascoupé, Kiowa Wind Memorial Indigenous Youth Intern

“Origins of Chintz,” The Exhibit: A Look Back to 1970

Posted: July 6, 2018 - 12:10 , by Sarah Fee
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View of the Exhibition “Origins of Chintz”

“Chintz… the exotic fabric from India that caught Europe’s fancy… So popular it was banned in England and France… Revolutionized Europe’s textile printing industry.”

Thus exclaimed the brochure that accompanied the ROM’s landmark exhibition, ‘The Origins of Chintz’, which opened in April, 1970, now nearly fifty years ago. Occupying the whole of the central ground gallery, known today as Currelly’s Court, the exhibition displayed nearly 100 towering examples of Indian ‘chintz’.  

Safavid Tile Project II: Rebuilding the Friezes

Posted: June 26, 2018 - 12:28 , by Robert Mason
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976.298.123 Tiled arch frieze of dragon-slaying scene, made in Isfahan, Iran, Safavid Period 17th century AD; here photographed in the old ROM Islamic gallery

The ROM's Wirth Gallery of The Middle East is blessed with two complete friezes of cuerda seca tiles that would have been in the spandrels of arches. These were made in Iran in the last third of the 17th century under the Safavid dynasty, probably in Isfahan. They were bought by the ROM in 1974 by Curator Lisa Golombek together with a number of other tiles that make up parts of these friezes, or sometimes individual tiles.