Monthly Archive: December
This week I am in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard Art Museums here are rebuilding, and planning new galleries, and have also acquired a new collection of pottery from the Middle East. So they have flown me down here for the week on an all-expenses-paid visit, to look at their Islamic pottery (AD 700-1700) and tell them if it is good (not fake), where it is from, and when it was made.
Getting to and from work and home can be hectic. Most of us use TTC or drive, and in doing so we miss much of what cyclists or pedestrians see clearly every day. Did you know, for example, that a herd of “bunny dogs” romp on the boulevard at Wellington and John? Or that Glenn Gould is amongst us, and invites us to join him on a bench to watch the world go by? Where is Toronto’s newest wonder, created in China from 22 tons of stainless steel, and what message does it convey??
Sometimes, there are really extraordinary stories that are uncovered in our day to day studies; this particular one was submitted by Dr. Henry Frania, an Entomology research associate at the ROM.
On a recent trip to New York City, ICC Managing Director Francisco Alvarez met with artist Marla Mossman. While gallery hopping and deep conversations over sushi, Marla shared the details of her very intriguing current art project.
How would you describe the relationship between Canada and our closest ally and neighbour? Child/Mother? Sibling rivalry? Victim/Bully? Worshippers/Idol? Friends? Enemies? Frenemies?
Some would argue that in everything but name we are effectively the 51st State with a puppet Prime Minister whose strings are pulled by a puppet master President, while others would counter by saying that our countries share a very close and mutually respected bond that allows for tree trade, cross border shopping, and a wealth of partnerships.
This coming weekend at the ROM (June 9-10) we will have Ancient Rome and Greece Weekend! There will be re-enactors demonstrating and displaying arms and armour, ROM experts and objects, an archery range with more re-enactors, and a myriad of activities including make a lucky “bulla”, creating your own mosaic masterpiece and learning the game of “knucklebones”.