ROM Contemporary Culture

Following a 20-year history of culturally diverse programming, the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the ROM (ICC at the ROM) is now one of the Museum’s first Centres of Discovery and has a new name, ROM Contemporary Culture.

ROM Contemporary Culture connects us to our world and to each other by engaging with ROM research and collections, as well as local, national and international artists, creators and thought leaders. ROM Contemporary Culture links the past to the present while pointing to future possibilities. Imaginative, experimental, and eclectic in its approach we explore new ideas and new technologies to raise provocative questions about the natural world, living cultures, and the creative mind.

Over the last several years, the centre has tackled a rich history of topics ranging from homelessness to photojournalism, and from graffiti to the impact of oil refinement on our landscapes.  Artists and thinkers from Canada, China, Cuba, Japan, Nigeria, Romania, and the US all helped deepen our perspectives on the cultures and countries reflected in the ROM’s collections. We encourage you to connect on social media, at our programs and in our community.

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What's New

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2015 March Break at the ROM

Futurology: the future is NOW at the ROM!   

Join us March 14 - 22

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Brunch, Talk, and Tour with Karen von Hahn

What do we mean when we talk about "material" or "consumer" culture?

How can we talk about inanimate things or objects even having a culture, let alone one of sufficient force to drive our own?

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Tickets on sale to RPC/YPC Members March 3 to 5
Tickets on sale to Members March 6 to 8
Tickets on sale to Genearl Public March 9

Using contemporary Western life as a point of departure, Douglas Coupland--along with a panel of astute observers of the challenges and conditions of our current world--contemplates the future and what it might hold.