#MeToo & the Arts | Level 1, Thorsell Spirit House

July 21, 2018 to October 21, 2018

Museums today are struggling with what to do when artists represented in their galleries are accused of sexual harassment or when artworks in their collections are viewed as problematic. #MeToo & the Arts offers audiences a series of public engagements that explore the intersection of #MeToo and the arts, with a focus of museums. Prompted by the ROM’s upcoming presentation of Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs, and an allegation of sexual misconduct made against the deceased artist, #MeToo & the Arts seeks to encourage a larger conversation about how museums, and the public, are engaging with art within the context of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. 

Located at the entrance to the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal in the Thorsell Spirit House and open free to the public, the display examines how museums are engaging with issues raised since October 2017 when the #MeToo movement gained momentum in the wake of allegations made against a number of powerful men in the film industry. The display invites audiences to learn, reflect and consider their own questions and answers on the issues.

The programming component of the engagement includes:

ROM Connects: Select Friday evenings - August & September 2018 – Free with RSVP
Film Series: Documentary film screenings followed by director discussions that explore the global dimensions of #MeToo.

ROM Connects: September 18, 2018 - Free with RSVP
Join leaders in the arts community for an in-depth panel discussion on gender and power dynamics in the context of art institutions and the role that they play in light of the larger debate concerning art and artists during the time of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

Nuit Blanche September 29, 7:00 pm to September 30, 2018, 7:00 am - Free city-wide festival
Nuit Blanche: Free public access to #MeToo & the Arts installation and artist performances throughout Nuit Blanche festival hours.

ROM Speaks: Tuesday October 9, 2018 – Separately ticketed
Explore gender and power dynamics in photography and photo journalism in this moderated discussion.

This engagement is the result of extensive consultation with many individuals, including an advisory council consisting of leaders in the Greater Toronto Area’s arts cultural and advocacy communities.


Comment by Colette

I would love to see you showcase unknown artist's who have recovered from sexual assaults by using art as therapy. After the last sexual assault, there have been many. I found painting and crochet were the only things that can keep my mind from going to the darkest places and I would love the opportunity to have my hard work shown and see others like me come forward to show the beauty they created from pain

Comment by Diane Labelle-Davey

I’d love to attend some of these discussions having worked in the cultural sector for most of my career. Please keep me informed as to the details.