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Monthly Archive: December

ROM Research: The Family Camera Network

Posted: April 11, 2017 - 12:45 , by Jennifer Orpana
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Photo of three people in collection storage looking at a photo

The Family Camera Network is a SSHRC-funded, three-year research project that brings together over 25 researchers and 6 cultural and educational institutions to conduct a multi-partner scholarly study of family photographs. An important part of this project is creating public archives at the ROM and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives that will collect and preserve family photographs and their stories.

Wyandot Approaches to Archaeological Ceramics

Posted: April 5, 2017 - 21:08 , by Craig Cipolla
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17th-century Huron pot

This blog entry is the third in a series dedicated to Remembering Ancient Ceramic Traditions, a project initiated by us when we visited the Royal Ontario Museum’s New World Archaeology Collections to view and handle pottery made by our Ancestors. You can read more on the general idea behind the project in our first post (add link) and learn about typical archaeological approaches to ceramics in our second post (add link). In this entry, we discuss and explore our specific orientations—that is, as Wyandot artists—to the archaeological ceramic collections.

CANADA 150 - New Brunswick - Deichmann Pottery

Posted: April 4, 2017 - 11:40 , by Heather Read
detail of a ceramic cup

It can be pretty common in rural parts of Canada to find a pottery studio. Lots of Ontario cottagers have favorite potters that they visit in their cottage community. Many of the Gulf Islands in BC have at least one resident potter. Quebec has a hugely successful pottery show that draws in artists from across the province, 1001 Pots, which highlights the rural potter’s lifestyle. It is so common that it’s hard to believe that there were, at one time, pioneers of that way of life.

Winners of the 2017 Henry's #ROMmembers Capture the Wilderness Contest

Posted: April 2, 2017 - 17:57 , by Cheryl Nichols
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Bird resting in a tree.

In celebration of the ROM's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, Henry's exclusively invited ROM Members to share their latest and greatest nature photographs for a chance to win a new Sony camera!

The AGO and ROM agree to trade objects

Posted: April 1, 2017 - 08:34 , by Ryan Dodge
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In an historic move, the two Toronto cultural organizations agree to swap two collections objects.

#ThrowbackThursday: Asparagus Brunch

Posted: March 30, 2017 - 13:23 , by Sarah Fee
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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.

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.

#ThrowbackThursday: Weaver's Shed Roof

Posted: March 16, 2017 - 13:17 , by Sarah Fee
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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.

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!