Author Archive: Brittany Budani

Monthly Archive: December Brit

An Interview with Jameel Jaffer

Posted: October 17, 2016 - 09:59 , by Brittany Budani
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Jameel Jaffer

With his talk at the upcoming 11th annual Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture, part of the ROM Speaks series, constitutional lawyer and civil liberties advocate Jameel Jaffer will focus on the phenomenon of official secrecy. Zeroing in on the legal, political, and social repercussions of allowing democratic governments to withhold information about national security policy from the public. The ROM's Ann Webb recently talked with Jaffer about the interssection of art and secrecy. 

Going Dark

Posted: October 11, 2016 - 10:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Jameel Jaffer

Blog by Doug Wallace

The culture of government secrecy and society's indifference to it are quickly becoming a troubling trend.

Exhibit A: Dior Dress

Posted: September 15, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Red dress with white panels and black beaded designs

“In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable.”

— Christian Dior 

Commissioned by the ROM, Passage #5 was designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior Haute Couture. This dramatic coat-dress was inspired by fashion illustrator René Gruau’s drawings from the 1940s and 1950s and is a 21st-century reworking of Dior’s 1947 New Look collection (his first).

A Family's Gift Inspired by a Mother's Dedication

Posted: September 8, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A wooden chair with a black and white pattern cushion

For the past 40 years, the ROM has been Barbara Chisholm’s main volunteer endeavour. She has guided thousands of visitors through the Museum, sharing her love of decorative arts and European history with the public, a delight to all those with the good fortune to experience her lively and engaging storytelling.

The LMS Lab

Posted: September 6, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Three women in a lab running DNA testing

From discovering new species to preserving endangered ones, the ROM’s LMS uses genetic sequencing to study specimens.

Tattoos: Famously Inked

Posted: September 1, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Tattooing has made a comeback as an emblem of choice and as an expression of one's identity in an ever more globalized world. It has acquired the status of an art form: tattooing has gravitated from the margins to the mainstream. From historical figures to modern celebrities, tattoos have spread throughout the ages. Bet you didn't realize these famous figures had tattoos...

1) Justin Trudeau 

Member Profile: Rapid Fire Questions With Ian Leaver

Posted: August 30, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A photograph of a young man in a blue sweater standing in front of three Roman busts.

Ian Leaver is a 25-year-old ROM Member with autism who visits the Museum often, touring the exhibitions and spending time with other ROM visitors and staff. Ian's mother, Wendy, says that although Ian does not ask many questions due to his disability, his visits to the ROM have brought out a curiosity she has not seen in him before.

What inspired your first visit to the ROM?

I like Dinosaurs and my sister gave me a Membership.

How would you describe the ROM to a friend who had never visited the Museum before?

Profile: Canada's Astronaut

Posted: August 29, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A photograph of a man in an astronaut suit without a helmet

Chris Hadfield sits down with ROM Magazine and talks space, dinos, and risk.

Tattoos: Arctic

Posted: August 23, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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drawn picture of a woman dressed in fur in a snow hut surrounded by shelves of pots and antlers

How tattoos are viewed in the Arctic communities.

Profile: Marianne Mader

Posted: August 22, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Woman in a black dress and glasses standing in front of purple crystals incased in a rock

New on the Ground (and in Space)

The ROM’s Marianne Mader discusses her inspirations and what’s next for her.

What made you pursue planetary science as a study?