Visitors to the ROM can experience the museum’s slate of winter exhibitions, including Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur and Wildlife Photographer of the Year on now; Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year with Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints, opening Jan. 26; Being Japanese Canadian: Reflections on a Broken World opening Feb. 2; and Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India opening March 9.
Chinese New Year Celebration
Jan. 23, 7 p.m.
Celebrate Chinese New Year and the opening of the new ROM-original exhibition, Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year and Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints. Guests will experience a lively New Year Lion Dance with a special dotting of the eye ceremony, followed by performances by Chinese erhu virtuoso George Gao and the Chinese Canadian Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto. The evening event will be followed by an exclusive sneak peak of the exhibition and an elegant cocktail reception with Chinese cuisine catered by Dynasty Restaurant.
Dinosaur Fight Club
Jan. 29, 7 p.m.
This year’s Madeleine Fritz Annual Lecture in Palaeontology features the ROM’s newest dinosaur – the incomparable Zuul crurivastator. Hear palaeontologists Tom Holtz and Victoria Arbour discuss the co-evolution of tyrannosaurs and armoured dinosaurs such as Zuul.
Being Japanese Canadian: Reflections on a Broken World
Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
Join Grammy-nominated Japanese Canadian flutist Ron Korb and Japanese Canadian author and playwright Terry Watada for an evening of spoken word and musical performance to mark the opening of the ROM-original exhibition Being Japanese Canadian: Reflections on a Broken World. The evening of performance will be followed by an exclusive sneak peak of the exhibition and an elegant cocktail reception and Japanese cuisine.
Our Changing Oceans: The Past, Present & Future of Whales
Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
This year’s annual Darwin lecture features Smithsonian researcher Nick Pyenson as he describes the larger-than-life leviathans that have evolved through 50 million years. He will discuss how the ancestors of whales returned from land to the sea and how whales survive the sweepstakes of human-driven habitat and climate change.
OSIRIS-REx program with Canadian Space Agency
Jan. 25, 6 p.m.
Learn about the mission to explore the near-Earth asteroid Bennu, the plans to bring back a small sample and how ROM research is contributing to the out-of-this-world exploration.
The Dinosaur Artist
Jan. 27, 2 p.m.
Explore the perilous world of the illicit international fossil trade with New Yorker staff writer Paige Williams, as she delves into the riveting true story of one man’s dangerous obsession with a rare dinosaur skeleton.
Clothing the Countess de Castiglione
Jan. 10, 11 a.m.
Explore the fascinating history of the Countess de Castiglione, an Italian aristocrat renowned for her daring costumes and spectacular beauty, who arrived in Paris in 1855 and became a short-lived star in Napoleon III’s fête impériale.
Unearthing a Giant: The Making of Zuul
Jan. 31, 11 a.m.
What’s it like to bring dinosaurs back to life? Hear from Peter May, Research Casting International president, as he takes you behind the scenes of what went into preparing Zuul for the latest ROM-original feature exhibition Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur.
Remembering the Ancestors: Chinese New Year Celebration with Ancestor Portraits and Prints
Feb. 14, 11 a.m.
Join ROM senior curator Dr. Wen-chien Cheng, as she describes the importance of ancestral images from painted portraits to mass-produced prints from China. The lecture is in conjunction with the ROM-original exhibition Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year and Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints.
Research Colloquium and Vaughan Lecture
Colloquium: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vaughan Lecture: 5:30 p.m.
The annual ROM Ideas Research Colloquium and Vaughan Lecture is a thought-provoking one-day event highlighting the museum’s ongoing research and recent discoveries. ROM curatorial staff and research associates will present on their diverse field of study in a series of fifteen-minute presentations.
This year’s Vaughan Lecture is titled Archaeology of, in and for a Modern World, presented by Dr. Craig Cipolla, ROM North American archaeology associate curator. Cipolla will draw upon his recent research in New England and the Great Lakes area to address archaeology’s role in contemporary society, including studying histories of settler colonialism, capitalism and cultural plurality and the effecting change in the discipline of archaeology. The Vaughan Lecture is a free, separately ticketed, program. RSVP is required.
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