Repeating Innovations: Textiles, Repetitive Actions, and Knowledge Making in Deccan, India
October 19th, 2018, 6pm
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

In the Deccan region of south-central India, communities of makers have for centuries thoughtfully woven, masterfully dyed, and intricately crafted textiles, sustaining and improvising their crafts along the way. 
Join master block carver Kondra Gangadhar, dye expert Jagada Rajappa, and researcher Rajarshi Sengupta as they explore the local knowledge structures that underlie the arts of carving woodblocks, dyeing with natural sources, and weaving complex silk himroo cloth in the Deccan.
Free. RSVP Required.
Museum admission is not included.


BEARDMORE: The Viking Hoax That Rewrote History
October 21st, 2018, 2pm
Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Level 1B

Inspired by the true story of Viking swords in the ROM's collections, historian Douglas Hunter offers up a real-life museum detective story. In 1936, long before the discovery of the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, the ROM made a sensational acquisition: the contents of a Viking grave that prospector Eddy Dodd said he had found on his mining claim east of Lake Nipigon. The relics remained on display for two decades, challenging understandings of when and where Europeans first reached the Americas. In 1956 the discovery was exposed as an unquestionable hoax, tarnishing the reputation of the museum director, Charles Trick Currelly, who had acquired the relics and insisted on their authenticity.
Speaker: Douglas Hunter is an award-winning Canadian author with a PhD in history from York University. He has written widely on bussiness, history, the environment and sports, and was a finalist for the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction prize and the Governor General's Literary Award for his book God's Mercies.

Free. RSVP Required.
ROM Admission is not included.


ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE: Art in the Blood
November 26th, 2018, 7pm
789 Yonge Street, Toronto ON
Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium (main floor)
Toronto Reference Library

An illustrated lecture by Clifford Goldfarb; presented jointly with the Toronto Reference Library

Arthur Conan Doyle is known primarily for his Sherlock Holmes tales, though he wrote extensively and successfully in many genres, both fiction and non-fiction. It would be fair to describe him as a Renaissance Man, with surprising artistic connections/credentials. He was a member of a family of accomplished artists, had artistic skills of his own and even dabbled in architecture. The title comes from: “My ancestors were country squires, who appear to have led much the same life as is natural to their class. But, none the less, my turn that way is in my veins, and may have come with my grandmother, who was the sister of Vernet, the French artist. Art in the blood is liable to take the
strangest forms.” (Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: “The Greek Interpreter”).


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