The ROM is one of the most precious educational resources available in Toronto. This world-class, world-famous museum has an ever-changing lineup of exhibitions, galleries and special events to enjoy. Here is sample of what you can experience at The ROM in the fall of 2018.
Change your opinion of spiders from creepy to cool. Learn what makes arachnids some of the most interesting creatures on Earth. We all know about their incredible web-spinning abilities, but did you know that spiders can also dance, swim and grow back their lost limbs?
Spiders: Fear and Fascination is on now at the ROM. The exhibition will be open until January 6th, 2019. Entangle yourself in interactive displays and augmented reality experiences, including a dance competition with a beautiful Peacock Spider! You can even explore a recreated spider cave. You can go even deeper and check out the ROM Spider Lab, weekdays from 10:30 am to 4 pm, and weekends from 10:30 am until 5 pm. Experience live spider demonstrations from professional Spider Wranglers.
Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion
Enter the world of Dutch designer Iris van Herpen Explore her collections from 2008 to 2015. Always on the cutting edge, van Herpen transcends fashion to interweave the worlds of art, technology and design into her work. Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion gives you a look at the creations and collaborations that have pushed boundaries and brought the artist international acclaim.
Accompanying this exhibition is Phillip Beesely: Transforming Space. One of Canada’s most innovative architects and a collaborator of van Herpen, Phillip Beesely is fascinated with form, function and evolving the design world and how we collectively think about it. The show is on now until October 8th.
Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs
The late photographer Raghubir Singh was one of the most celebrated photographers India has ever produced. His style offered an insight into the intersection of the traditional East and the modern West, the places and people that reveal a dramatic palette through his distinctive lens. Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs tracks his career from the late 1960’s all the way up to his unpublished projects, and his death in 1999.
#MeToo & the Arts
#MeToo & the Arts examines how museums are struggling to engage with the issues raised by the #MeToo movement — when an artist’s work or their personal behaviour becomes problematic. Through a series of displays and public engagements, a larger conversation is encouraged about how museums, the public and individuals are engaging with art in this new context. The display is free and open to the public. It’s located in the Thorsell Spirit House, by the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal entrance. It is on now, until October 21st.
Gallery of Chinese Architecture
Visit the Gallery of Chinese Architecture on Level 1 of the ROM. With over 200 artifacts, this is the largest collection outside of China. The Ming Tomb, Tombs of the Han and Tang, as well as a reconstruction of an Imperial Palace are cornerstones of the collection.
China is an ancient culture and its architectural legacy dates back just as far. This gallery features artifacts dating between approximately 300 BC to AD 1900. Learn about the relationship between Yin-houses (architecture for the dead) and Yang-houses (architecture for the living) and how that intertwines with the concept of feng shui or geomancy.
Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity
The Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity, located on Level 2, is an opportunity for people of all ages to engage in the complex relationship that connects all living things. This interactive environment offers hands-on displays and specimens, along with trained facilitators to answer any questions and offer further insight.
Wirth Gallery of the Middle East
Take a journey back to the Cradle of Civilization with the Wirth Gallery of the Middle East, on Level 3 at The ROM. In The Fertile Crescent, where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers meet, ancient civilizations thrived and made enormous advances in areas including medicine, law, mathematics, writing and religion. Examine the legacies that the Babylonians, Sumerians, Assyrians and others left behind, and how they influenced our modern world, spanning from the Palaeolithic age all the way to the 20th Century.
If you’re still under the impression that museums are boring, Friday Night Live is going to change your mind. These evening parties for adults are held between 7 pm and 11:30 pm. They feature live entertainment, food, drinks, as well as access to galleries and exhibits. Here are a few upcoming #FNLROM events to look forward to:
#FNLROM: Fashionology on Friday, September 28th. There will also be a display of carnival costumes using the latest digital design and fabrication techniques from SugaCayne Designs. Designer Beckie DiLeo will be illustrating the evening’s guests in her whimsical style.
#FNLROM: Pumpkin Spice
Get your gratitude flowing and spice up your Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, October 5th with #FNLROM: Pumpkin Spice. Enjoy performances by Lissa Monet, as well as Silent Beats Silent Disco where you choose which live groove to tune into. Choose from Cozmic Cat, Janette King or the U of T Jazz Stars of the Future. Tickets also give you access to the Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs exhibit, and #MeToo and the Arts Exhibitions.
#FNLROM: Dig It!
There is no better way to celebrate International Archeology Day on October 12th, than with #FNLROM: Dig It! In addition to access to the Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs and #MeToo and the Arts Exhibitions, live performances by Narcy and And U of T Jazz Stars of the Future, you can also experience the CRANE PROJECT. This gallery activation features an international, interdisciplinary research team as they use the latest tech to enhance Near East archeology.
Selected Sunday afternoons, from 11 am to 4 pm, at The ROM are Family Fundays. Come out and experience exciting themed activities inspired by the exhibits and collections on display. The next one is Family Funday: Digging History on October 21st. Celebrate International Archeology Day with the oldest tools ever used by hominids, and the newest technology available to archeologists, to help us discover our past. This event is free with Museum admission.
Don’t miss out on all The ROM has to offer!
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