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Royal Ontario Museum Presents #MeToo & the Arts

  • August 14, 2018

Image: Rob Kall

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is hosting a series of public engagements that explore the intersection of #MeToo and the arts—with a focus on museums.

#MeToo & the Arts features an original display and a slate of programs on sexualized harassment and gender inequity in the arts. This public engagement was prompted by the ROM’s upcoming presentation of Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs, and an allegation of sexual harassment made against the deceased artist.

#MeToo & the Arts seeks to encourage a larger conversation on how museums, and the public, are engaging with art within the context of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

As a vital civic hub, ROM has a responsibility to take on important and challenging topics that are shaping our society today.

The issues of power dynamics, sexual misconduct and gender inequity raised by #MeToo are transforming the way we think about art. Museums everywhere are grappling with these issues and by creating public space for debate and discourse, we have an opportunity to advance the discussion on a critical issue of our time.

The #MeToo & the Arts display is located adjacent to the entrance to the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal and is open free to the public. The display consists of graphic elements, a video installation and a contemplative space that invite audiences to learn, reflect and consider their own questions and answers on the issues.

The program includes: 

·         Select Friday evenings in August and September, 2018 – A series of documentary and feature films that explore the global dimensions of #MeToo, with discussions to follow each screening. Free with reservation.

·         September 18, 2018 – A ROM Connects panel discussion with leaders in the arts on the role of cultural institutions in displaying art within the context of gender and power dynamics in the #MeToo and Time’s Up era. Free with reservation.

·         September 29, 7:00 pm to September 30, 2018, 7:00 am – As part of Nuit Blanche Toronto, the ROM invites visitors to view the #MeToo & the Arts display and experience a live art performance that explores the #MeToo movement. Free city-wide festival.

·         October 9, 2018 – A ROM Speaks moderated conversation on gender and power dynamics in photography and photo journalism. Ticketed.

If you’re heading to Toronto, the Best Western Toronto Airport Hotel is a great accommodation option if you want to soak up the best of the city’s art and museum scene. You also don’t have to worry about missing your flight home, as the property’s complimentary shuttle ensures that you will be at the airport for your flight in plenty of time.


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