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TORONTO, June 23 (Canadian-Media): The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) announced yesterday that it planned to launch a series of public engagements that explore the concept of #MeToo and the arts with a focus on museums, media reports said.
#MeToo & the Arts featuring on original display and a slate of programs on sexualized harassment and gender inequity in the arts would be launched on July 21, 2018,
ROM’s upcoming presentation of Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs, and an allegation of sexual harassment made against the deceased artist had prompted this public engagement.
#MeToo & the Arts aims 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.
“In the ROM’s role as a vital civic hub, we have a responsibility to take on important and challenging topics that are shaping our society today,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “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 we believe that by creating public space for debate and discourse, we have an opportunity to advance the discussion on a critical issue of our time.”
Josh Basseches (centre)
The #MeToo & the Arts display, which is open free to the public will be located adjacent to the entrance to the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.
The display will focus on 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 will consist 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.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)